Occasionally we are lucky enough to have special guests attend our screenings to give an insight into the films they have made or generally add to the entertainment value of our screenings.
About Leslee Udwin
Leslee is a BAFTA and multi-award winning Film Producer/Director. Her work as a filmmaker includes “East is East”, “Who Bombed Birmingham?” (which led to the release of the Birmingham 6 after 17 years of wrongful imprisonment) and “India’s Daughter” (which has sparked a global movement for gender equality). A Human Rights Campaigner with many accolades Leslee has spoken at the UN and voted by the NY Times the Second Most Impactful woman 2015, after Hillary Clinton. Leslee is founder & CEO of the Think Equal Charity.
Leslee’s documentary India’s Daughter screened at Balerno Village Screen in December 2017 when Leslee joined us for an extremely interesting Q&A on the film subject matter but also on discrimination and equality issues facing the world more widely. Leslee also managed to find some time to enjoy a choc ice with screenwriter Paul Laverty.
— Rehana Shanks (@rehanashanks) December 3, 2017
About Lewis MacDougall
Lewis MacDougall is a Scottish film actor who made his debut in Pan in 2015. He has then starred in A Monster Calls (2016) which screened at Balerno Village Screen in May 17. For the screening Lewis joined us and gave a brilliant question and answer session after the film. Lewis’ next film is Canadian road-trip film Boundaries.
Dave Johns is professional comedian and actor. He joined us in November 2016 and delivered a brilliant talk before our screening of I, Daniel Blake (a film in which Dave played the star role as Daniel). We really appreciated Dave taking time out of his busy schedule to come and talk to us.
— Balerno English (@BalEngMedDram) November 10, 2016
About Paul Laverty
Paul is an award winning writer and has written the screenplays for nine full length feature films, and two shorts, directed by Ken Loach. He is also a regular visitor and supporter of Balerno Village Screen!
Paul joined us for our Scottish film night when we The Angels’ Share and provided an excellent q&a for the audience after the film. And he came back in twice in 2016 – in January to discuss Jimmy’s Hall then to provide an insight into the people and factors that influenced I, Daniel Blake which we screened in November 2016. Fair to say we are a bit of a fan!
About Douglas Lindsay
His first book, The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson, has been translated into several languages and in July 2015 was released in the UK as the major motion picture event, The Legend of Barney Thomson, starring Robert Carlyle, Emma Thompson and Ray Winstone. Douglas joined us in November 15 to introduce ‘The Legend of Barney Thomson’ film and tell us about how the story of turning a book into a film and some other very amusing observations about being a crime or comedy writer. Douglas joined us in November 2015 for our St Andrews screening weekend introducing and speaking about his book The Legend of Barney Thomson.
About Tom Allen
In late 2006 Tom began planning a long trip called “Ride Earth” — a journey around the world by bicycle. Sleeping under the Saharan stars Tom has travelled to over 40 countries on 4 continents on his bicycle since then. Rather than a quick lap of the planet and a pat on the back, this somehow became his full-time occupation. Tom first screened Janapar with us as part of Edinburgh Festival of Cycling in 2013 and returned in February 2016 with Karun.
About Colin Cloud
With 22 sold out performances at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival to 5 star reviews and signed to NBC Universal for a TV series, Colin Cloud has firmly established his mainstream reputation in addition to that of the leading corporate entertainer and after dinner speaker which first brought him international acclaim.
Colin visited Balerno Village Screen on Friday 3rd October to entertain the audience before our screening of Good Vibrations – he was brilliant! Thanks Colin you are welcome back anytime.
Thank you to the lovely people of Balerno & Clydebank for allowing me to try some new things with them this evening! Much fun! Thank you all
— Colin Cloud (@Colin_Cloud) October 3, 2014
About Walid Salhab
Walid’s films came to the attention of an international audience when his stunning time lapse/stop motion film of Scotland’s capital ‘Kinetic Edinburgh II’ achieved over 3 million views on YouTube. Walid joined us for our Scottish film tonight when we screened Kinetic Scotland – The East followed by The Angels’ Share
Walid is a Media Practices Lecturer and is applying his filming technique to Scotland’s largest arts and regeneration project – The Helix in Falkirk. A major part of this work is capturing the construction of ‘The Kelpies’, two 30 metre high steel-plated sculptures of horses’ heads, weighing over 600 tonnes.