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Wild Places - John Muir Film Festival

Published: Wednesday 5th March 2014

Wild Places - John Muir Film Festival

Wild Places is a festival of films celebrating John Muir's legacy.

Thursday 17 - Saturday 26 April

Presented by The Brunton, Musselburgh working in partnership with other cinemas along the John Muir Way, the new national coast to coast pathway.

The festival reflects Muir's passion for wild places and the environment, and celebrates all of the talents of this extraordinary Scotsman - as a naturalist, writer, artist, explorer and founder of the modern conservation movement.

The festival is sponsored by East Lothian Council’s Economic Development and Strategic Investment Events Sponsorship Programme.

Tickets £7 (£6) unless otherwise stated

Download the brochure of events

Thursday, 17 April 7pm - The Last Explorers – John Muir (BBC Documentary) 
Tim Niel / UK 2011 / 1h / 12A / Documentary

Neil Oliver follows in the footsteps of 19th century adventurer John Muir. Set in the spectacular Yosemite Valley in California, this is the story of the father of the modern conservation movement and one of the founders of America's National Park movement.

Pre screening talk with Tom Heap: To launch the Festival Tom will talk about the importance of conservation, linking conservation work today and John Muir’s work/legacy. Tom Heap is a freelance broadcast journalist, well known for his investigative reporting on BBCs Countryfile.


Tuesday, 22 April 7.30pm - The Edge of the World 
Michael Powell / UK 1937 / 1h12m / U
Cast: John Laurie, Belle Chrystall, Eric Berry, Kitty Kirwan, Finlay Currie.

The film that first made Michael Powell's reputation is a love story set on the remote island of Foula. Filmed on rocks and dizzying cliffs, it's a landscape film par excellence – a rhapsodic vision of lives lived at the farthest extremes of nature and human society.

(Also screening at: Dunbar Film Society, West Barns Village Hall Sat 19 Apr 1.30pm £4 (£10 family) pay on door only; macrobert, Stirling Tue 22 Apr 7.30pm £6.50 (£6))*

Wednesday, 23 April 7pm - Baraka  
Ron Fricke / USA 1992 / 1h37m / No dialogue / PG – Contains images of factory farming and human cremation / Documentary

Taking the ancient Sufi word 'baraka' (which translates as blessing, breath, or the essence of life), the director of photography, co-editor and co-writer for Koyaanisqatsi takes on directorial and cinematographer duties in this breathtaking New Age tone poem that captures images from 24 countries that transcend geographical and language barriers.

Pre Screening Talk With Scott Donaldson From Creative Scotland: Imagining the West - Photography and Wilderness in 19th Century America. Scott will explore ideas of wilderness and show photographs of the American West taken around the time John Muir was exploring it.

(Also screening at: Filmhouse, Edinburgh Thu 17 Apr 6pm £8.20 (£6))


Thursday 24 April 10.30am / £5
John Muir – The Schools Film Premiere

Join the stars of tomorrow on the red carpet for this unique film premiere. Ticket price includes refreshments at the film’s after party. A short animated film exploring the life of John Muir in East Lothian. Created by pupils at Law, Musselburgh Burgh and Dunbar Primary schools with D Fie Foe Productions.

Thursday, 24 April 7.30pmGrizzly Man
Werner Herzog / USA 2005 / 1h44m / 15 – Contains strong language / Documentary

Filmmaker Werner Herzog, perenially fascinated by obsession, here takes on the strange case of Timothy Treadwell, who spent 13 summers in Alaska living among grizzly gears and chronicling their lives on video. The animals he loved, however, were to be his downfall.

(Also screening at: Dunbar Film Society, West Barns Village Hall Sat 19 Apr 3.15pm / £4 (£10 family) pay on door only; Filmhouse, Edinburgh Wed 23 Apr 6pm £8.20 (£6).)

Friday, 25 April 7pm– Into the Wild 
Sean Penn / USA 2007 / 2h28m / 15 – Contains strong language
Cast: Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Jena Malone, Catherine Keener.

Writer/director Sean Penn's powerful and moving adaptation of Jon Krakauer's non-fiction account of the wanderings of Chris McCandless, a young man who leaves behind his friends, family and possessions in search of a greater spiritual knowledge and communion with nature.

Pre screening talk  with Ron Butlin. With readings from Muir’s journals, diaries and letters to old friends Ron will provide a fascinating insight into John Muir. With an international reputation as a prize-winning novelist, Ron Butlin is also the Edinburgh Makar (poet laureate). In 2009 he was made the first ever Honorary Writing fellow (together with Ian Rankin) at Edinburgh University.

(Also screening at: Filmhouse, Edinburgh Mon 21 Apr 5.45pm £8.20 (£6); Lomond School, Helensburgh Fri 25 Apr £7 (£6); Hippodrome, Bo’ness Sat 26 Apr 7.30pm £6 (£4.50) family £16.40.)


Saturday 26 April 2pm – Over The Hedge (U) 
Tim Johnson & Karey Kirkpatrick / USA 2006 / 1h23
Voices: Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, Steve Carell, Wanda Sykes, William Shatner, Nick Nolte. Animated.

When greedy raccoon RJ gets caught stealing the snack stash of a ferocious bear, he’s given a week to replace it of become part of the food chain himself.
The Brunton only: John Muir The Schools Film will be screened first at 2pm (20mins).

(Over The Hedge also screening at: Hippodrome, Bo’ness Sat 26 Apr 11am £2.30, Sun 27 Apr 2.30pm Autism Friendly £6 (£4.50) family £16.40).)


Saturday, 26 April 7pm - Chasing Ice  
Jeff Orlowski / USA 2012 / 1h20m / 12A – Contains one use of strong language / Documentary

National Geographic photographer James Balog set out to capture incontrovertible evidence of climate warming’s impact via an ambitious, multi-continent project visually documenting the increased speed of glacial melting over a matter of years. A profoundly cinematic experience featuring breathtaking time-lapse footage.

Pre Screening talk with Andy Kirkpatrick: Top British mountaineer and standup comedian will talk about his expeditions. Big-wall climber and winter expedition specialist, Andy has soloed the most difficult routes in the world. He is a published writer and film-maker with a tremendous ability to captivate any audience with his unique brand of motivational story-telling.

(Also screening at: Hippodrome, Bo’ness Wed 23 Apr 7.30pm £6 (£4.50), family £16.40 Orange Wednesday applies); macrobert, Stirling Thu 24 Apr 7.30pm 36.50 (£6)