Comedy film festival’s wizard Harry Potter show

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Harry Potter will add star magic to the inaugural Scottish Comedy Film Festival (SCOFF) in May.

In Spontaneous Potter  – the Spontaneous Players will present a new improvised Harry Potter comedy play, with live musical accompaniment, based on an audience suggestion of a title.

Potter shares the spotlight with headliner comic Dave Johns.

His acclaimed one-man show I, Fillum Star is inspired by an extraordinary film world experience, winning the Palme d’Or in 2016.

The star of Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake will tell Campbeltown audiences what it was like to star in the film which won top honours at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

Mr Johns, a stand-up comic and writer, will headline the live programme at Scotland’s only dedicated celebration of comedy film from May 11 to 13.

He will also take part in a special Desert Island Films event with Paul Sneddon, aka comedian Vladimir McTavish.

Festival organiser Ailsa MacKenzie said: ‘We are delighted Dave Johns will be joining us for the first SCOFF.

‘Dave’s one-man show, which premiered at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, is great fun and will be the ideal complement to our screenings of historic and contemporary comedy films.’

The inaugural SCOFF will also feature live performances, shorts and animation, workshops and a range of community activities.

Alasdair Satchel will run two free workshops on animation and comedy.

‘We are looking forward to welcoming both local audiences and visitors to our newly restored cinema for SCOFF,’ said Jane Mayo, chairman of Campbeltown Community Business Ltd, which owns and runs the cinema.

Full details of the main film screenings and wider events programme will be announced in the coming weeks.

Film star Dave Johns will headline the inaugural SCOFF. NO_c07scoff01_dave johns