Edinburgh Film News March 2006

This year Filmhouse has upped the ante for those who wish to see the Oscar glam and gore live with a champagne reception

Article by Colan Mehaffey | 17 Mar 2006

It's that time of the year again when overpaid, emotionally unstable actors get to weep publicly about something other than their drug addiction. Yes, it's Oscar time. And this year Filmhouse has upped the ante for those who wish to see the glam and gore live with a posh champagne and chocolate reception. Amongst other things there will be prizes for the best costume, a special Oscar quiz and an awards sweepstake. Unlike the majority of the award winners, the lovely Filmhouse people have a social conscience and the profits from the event will go to local charity Waverley Care.

Filmhouse is also the venue for a special screening of 'Thelma and Louise' in recognition of International Women's Day. Elaine C. Smith will introduce this one off screening of Ridley Scott's much admired road movie, in her role as a Trustee of The Zero Tolerance Trust. It's a rare chance to see the eponymous duo tear arse across the expansive, rolling scenery on the big screen, so get yourself along and help a worthy cause.

Just up the road, The Cameo has hit upon the unique idea of turning itself into a cr'che each Thursday morning to allow parents and carers the chance to catch up on new movies. The baby-friendly screenings in March include well received recent releases such as 'The Producers' and 'Match Point'.

One definitely not for the kids is Paul Morrissey's 'Flesh', which gets a rare outing at Filmhouse as part of the CINEMA/ART series. The sensibility and influence of Warhol is evident in this 1968 cult classic that launched the careers of both director Morrissey and actor Joe Dallessandro. Dallessandro here plays a hustler who has to turn tricks to raise funds for his wife's girlfriend's abortion. Occasionally shocking, it's a stunningly shot and roughly edited reflection of late 60s New York.

Heavenly Chocolate Oscars Party, Filmhouse, Sunday 5th March, £20
Thelma and Louise, Filmhouse, Wednesday 8th March
The Big Scream, The Cameo, every Thursday at 10.30 AM
Flesh, Filmhouse, Thursday 9th March.