April Film Events

Feature by Becky Bartlett | 26 Mar 2010

After the success of Crazy Heart, American country, folk and blues is celebrating a film revival. In Edinburgh, the Cameo is showing The Roots and Branches of American Music (13 April, 8.45pm). Presented by legendary finger-style guitarist Duck Baker, who has collaborated with the likes of Davey Graham and John Renbourn, this documentary charts the history of modern American folk music, with the bonus of added anecdotes and stories from Baker.

In Dundee, the DCA is pleased to announce a partnership with Sheffield Doc/Fest with special screenings of five films from the international documentary festival.  The programme includes the winner of the Doc/Fest Sheffield Green Award, The Blood of the Rose (24 April 3.15pm), part biopic, part whodunnit about the death of Joan Root, a woman who spent her years trying to save Lake Naivasha in Kenya. Also showing is Videocracy (25 April 7pm) by controversial Italian documentary maker Erik Gandini whose film delves into the culture of sex, greed and fame in Berlusconi's Italy.

Budding film directors, writers and actors should head to the CCA for Write, Camera, Action (19 April 6pm) – part of a series of monthly workshops to encourage collaboration and networking for anyone looking to work in film.  Those wanting to attend should register their interest first. More details are available on the CCA website.

As part of the GFT's Late Night Classics David Lynch's celebrated work Blue Velvet will make a return to the big screen for one night only (9 April 10.45pm).  Also showing is American Psycho (23 April 10.45pm) to commemorate the film's tenth anniversary. The chilling adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' novel stars Christian Bale as the psychopathic investment banker Patrick Bateman. And don't forget – your ticket also gives you free entry to Nice 'N' Sleazy's after the film.