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THE SKINNY: June 2018

EIFF, Mark Cousins, Rip it Up, Apostille, Let's Eat Grandma, Architecture Fringe, Glasgow Comic Con, Scottish Pride, Kelburn Garden Party, Theo Kottis and more...


If it’s June then we must be getting excited about Edinburgh International Film Festival. This year we are partnering with one of the strands of their programme, and have decided to focus on their American Women: Female Directors series for our cover story. We meet Smithereens director Susan Seidelman to look back on the era and discover a sadly all-too-brief period when women were starting to have their voices heard, at least at the mid-budget filmmaking level. Going further into the EIFF programme, we also have words with Mark Cousins on new documentary The Eyes of Orson Welles, and offer a rundown of our top picks from the festival of a whole.

In the centre pages of this here magazine you will find Rip it Up, a special supplement exploring the history of Scottish popular music from the mid-20th century to the present day. It’s been created in collaboration with the National Museum of Scotland to celebrate the opening of their new exhibition of the same name, a nod of course to the incomparable Edwyn Collins and Orange Juice. It's given us an opportunity to take a deep dive into the subject, talking to a host of internationally renowned artists (SHIRLEY MANSON SPOKE TO US IN ALL CAPS TEENAGE ME IS REALLY REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS STILL) and creating a timeline of key dates related to the artists featured in the exhibition.

It’s been an interesting process to reflect on the influence of hearing Scottish voices on the international stage – for me personally, realising that Shirley Manson was from Scotland was a moment of revelation. World-leading music could be made by people, women, from here?

On the final page of the supplement we attempted to create a family tree of Scottish record labels, a project which drove not one but two members of our team perilously close to the edge of reason. Turns out there are loads of them, and they overlap in a multitude of ways. You can see a visual representation of this polyamorous extravaganza on p40.

We’ve got a few IRL adventures this month, starting at Hidden Door on 31 May for a night co-curated by our team featuring a headline set from Makeness alongside a live-soundtracked screening of The Cabinet of Dr Caligari. On 21 June we’re hosting a party at the Filmhouse as part of EIFF. Says our Film editor Jamie Dunn, “DJs, 80s music, it'll be wild.” Finally, we finish the month at Kelburn Garden Party with a whole stage of music curated by our very own Music editor Tallah Brash – find out full details on p47. So many opportunities to engage with The Skinny in person / shout at us for that time we gave your pal’s band a shit review. This’ll definitely not end badly.

Elsewhere in Music, we have words with Michael Kasparis aka Apostille about his latest solo record Choose Life (not a deliberate Trainspotting reference it turns out). Possibly the only band to be named after a punctuation lesson, Let’s Eat Grandma introduce sophomore album I'm All Ears. Rapper / author / lecturer Akala promises us his heart is truly in the music as he gears up to play Doune the Rabbit Hole, and we talk to Chromeo’s Dave 1 about funk ahead of the release of new album Head Over Heels.

In Books, we talk to the Glasgow Comic Con boss to hear about what’s in store at this year’s much-loved event. Comedy speaks to Doug Stanhope about saving lives by smoking and looks back to Flight of the Conchords’ Fringe 2002 debut in the (then) dank surrounds of the Caves as they return to Scotland with their rescheduled mega-tour arriving at the Hydro. In Art, we’ve been quite taken by the Architecture Fringe programme, so meet up with one of the organisers to get an overview of what’s in store. We also meet design critic Alice Rawsthorn to hear her thoughts on the need for a national design policy for Scotland – find her considered insight shared with Local Heroes’ Stacey Hunter on the inside back cover.

On the page opposite you will find our small contribution to the tributes to Scott Hutchison that have been shared from far and wide in the last sad weeks. It is difficult to know how to approach something so devastating and raw; we wanted to bring together a few of the voices who have spoken so eloquently and movingly about him, and share just a few of the glimpses into a truly generous and kind individual and the tiny changes he made to people’s lives on a daily basis. It has been astonishing to realise just how many lives have been so profoundly enriched by this man and his work. Our thoughts remain with the many, many people who love him and all who have been touched by this loss. [Rosamund West]


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