Scottish Comedy Film Festival

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Film premieres, workshops and star live performances are nothing to joke about in Campbeltown this weekend from today.

The inaugural Scottish Comedy Film Festival opens today produced by the Picture House with screen stars, vintage comedy, shorts and features, free workshops and a brand new Harry Potter event.

SCOFF celebrates the grand tradition of film comedy and making audiences laugh ever since the first public film screening held by the Lumière Brothers in 1895.

A fabulous line up with something for everyone of all ages awaits – and all are invited to share the laughter.

The full programme is as follows:

Today Friday May 11: The Man in the White Suit, U, 3pm / £6 screening is a superb Ealing comedy from Scottish director Alexander Mackendrick (The Ladykillers, Whisky Galore!) starring Alec Guinness as a chemist dreaming of creating a fabric that never gets dirty.

The Wind in the Willows, U, 5.30pm / £10, £8 in a live encore screening is the much loved adventures of Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad recorded live at the London Palladium; in a wonderful new musical starring Rufus Hound, Denise Welch, Gary Wilmot and full West End cast. An amazing way to watch a show – every seat is the best seat in the house.

Live on stage, Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake) shares his top movie moments with his old mate and fellow stand up comedian Vladimir McTavish in Desert Island Films  7.30pm / £10, £8.

Headliner Dave Johns returns later on Friday night in spandex for wrestling comic movie ‘Walk Like A Panther,’ 12A , 9.45pm / £6. For more on this performance see page three.

The Retro Gaming and Quiz at 11pm  in Screen two is a sell-out. Players will stay up late and play classic video games on the big screen – Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders and more.

Saturday May 12: Free workshops by filmmaker Alasdair Satchel, each workshop lasts approx two hours. Suitable for age 8+, under 12s must be accompanied by an adult. Email to book in advance.

Animation for all, 10am: Let your imagination go wild and make the impossible appear by the magic of animation.

Comedy, 4.30pm: What makes you laugh? What do you find funny in film? Have fun creating short comedy films.

Campbeltown loves a Singalong and action-packed Disney adventure, Moana, PG 12pm £6 is a corker with tunes to belt out.

One of Dave Johns Desert Island Films Blazing Saddles, 12A, 12.15pm £6 combines slapstick and satire.

Matinee Toni Erdmann, 15, 2.30pm £6 a multi award-winning study of a father-daugther relationship is ‘a humane, hilarious triumph.’

Bunkered! big screen comedy from the archives at 3pm £10, £8 is a very special showing of hand picked vintage Scottish films featuring some of the nation’s best-loved comics (Stanley Baxter, Jimmy Logan, Chic Murray, Rikki Fulton and Jack Millroy’s brilliant Francie and Josie.

Bunkered includes a rare public screening of the moment when Sir Harry Lauder met Charlie Chaplin in Hollywood.

The show also features live musical accompaniment from the BBC’s Jamie MacDougall with Scottish Opera’s Derek Clark on piano, hosted by guest curator Shona Thomson from A Kind of Seeing.

This event is supported by the Local Film Festival Challenge Fund, devolved by Regional Screen Scotland on behalf of Creative Scotland.

Dave Johns returns to his stand-up roots for I, Fillum Star at 8pm, £15

The award-winning star of I, Daniel Blake and Walk Like A Panther spent three decades on the comedy circuit.

He will share his hilarious rollercoaster ride along the red carpet in his hit one-man show.

Sunday May 13: Hunt for the Wilderpeople 12A, 1pm £6 stars Sam Neill in waht the Guardian calls: ‘A big-hearted picture full of small, understated moments of magic.‘

Troubled orphan Ricky gets a new start in the New Zealand countryside with a foster family. However tragedy threatens and Ricky finds himself on the run with his foster uncle.

Divine Order, 12A, 2pm £8, £7, £6 is a new release and part of the Glasgow Film Festival on tour.

Set in 1970s Switzerland young housewife Nora lives in a peaceful little village untouched by the huge social upheavals of the 1960s. A retiring, quiet person, she’s well liked by everyone – until she begins to campaign publicly and pugnaciously for women’s right to vote.

Live event Spontaneous Potter at 4.30pm £10 £8 suitable for all aged 7+

Wizards welcome, Muggles tolerated. Critically acclaimed award-winning comedy improvisers The Spontaneous Players bring their sell out hit show in a magical tale with live musical accompaniment which will appear before your eyes.

Bill Forsyth’s zero budget directorial debut is brought to the big screen in a new HD transfer with the original Glaswegian dialect track restored in That Sinking Feeling, 12, 6.45pm £6

Four hapless pals spend their time hanging around rainy parks and dingy cafés. Their world is about to change when one of them hatches a plan to make them all rich by stealing a job lot of stainless steel sinks …

Saturday night headliner Dave Johns returns in Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake, 15, 7.15pm £6 a gripping human tale about Britain’s welfare state.

Wrestling movie Walk Like A Panther 12A , 9.30pm £6 wraps on the festival in a bear hug.

See for full listings.

Spontaneous Potter is an unofficial show that is not endorsed by or affiliated with Warner Bros., JK Rowling or her publishers. All rights to the ‘Harry Potter’ books and associated trademarks are the property of JK Rowling/her publishers. All film/image rights associated with the film series are property of Warner Bros.

The Scottish Comedy Film Festival (SCOFF) is supported by the Local Film Festival Challenge Fund, devolved by Regional Screen Scotland on behalf of Creative Scotland.

Vladimir McTavish and Dave Johns who appear at SCOFF. NO_c19scoff01