9 – 11 November, 2018

The festival will return for its sixth edition from the 9 – 11 November with the biggest programme to date, bringing international and local gems to Scotland’s west coast.

The packed line-up has been announced for the sixth annual Dunoon Film Festival. Over three days the festival will host a variety of local and international films, live music, and workshops taking place in the newly refurbished Dunoon Burgh Hall, as well as the Studio Cinema and iconic Pier Building.

silent divas opening gala

Assunta Spina

On the opening night, Dunoon Burgh Hall will host a screening of rare silent Italian drama, Assunta Spina starring one of Italian cinemas greatest divas, Francesca Bertini, and featuring an irresistible new live soundtrack by six-piece Edinburgh band The Badwills. After the film, guests can enjoy more of The Badwills’ lively music and even try their hand at the wildest tambourine fueled pizzica and tammurriata dances from the South of Italy.

nae pasaran

Nae Pasaran

Felipe Bustos Sierra’s heartfelt documentary Nae Pasaran, will close the festival on Sunday 11 November – this is the incredible true story of the East Kilbride factory workers who managed to ground half of Chile’s Air Force, from the other side of the world.

Celebrating Some of Scotland’s Finest Filmmaking

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Super November

Over three days the festival celebrates some of Scotland’s finest filmmaking talent, past and present. Where I Am is Here: Margaret Tait 100 is a free event playing tribute to one of Scotland’s most innovative and stridently independent filmmakers, including a selection of her works, a short documentary by Marissa Keating and an introduction by Laura Dolan from Glasgow Woman’s Library. Director Douglas King and actor Darren Osborne will be in town for a screening of Super November, a mumblecore-style romantic comedy and Orwellian dystopia starring Josie Long as a Clydebank librarian.

Special Guests

anna and the apocalypse

Dunoon will welcome a number of exciting guests including:  Glaswegian director John McPhail who will attend a sure-to-be fascinating Q&A following a screening of his Scottish BAFTA-nominated unique zombie musical mash-up Anna and the Apocalypse. Finlay Pretsell will present his insight into the world of professional cycling following the screening of his immersive documentary Time Trial, a portrait of Scottish road-race champ David Millar. Other guests include; Connor Heaney from the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation, who will introduce a 60th anniversary celebration of The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, and Trevor Griffiths, who will present a free talk on Scottish comedy legend Billie Ritchie: The Man Who Made the World Laugh.


Budding filmmakers are in for a treat as Jim Parkyn, one of Aardman Animation’s senior model makers (who has worked on The Shaun the Sheep Movie, Chicken Run and The Pirates! to name a few) will run an Animation Workshop. Plus, camera phones at the ready – bring a little bit of imagination to the Mobile Phone Filmmaking Workshop and learn how to take those important first steps.

International Cinema

cest la vie

The freshest international cinema will be also arriving on Scotland’s west coast, with a screening of effervescent comedy C’est La Vie from the directors of 2011’s French-language hit Untouchable. Cannes award-winning Cold War, an epic romance set against the backdrop of Europe after World War II and Summer 1993, a moving and life-affirming Spanish drama looking at loss from a young person’s perspective. Other highlights across the three-day festivities include the critically acclaimed swan song from the late great Harry Dean Stanton, Lucky, a meditationa mediation on morality, loneliness, spirituality and human connection. Plus, see another side to Parks and Recreations’ Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson) with the lively Hearts Beat Loud, which debuted to rave reviews at Sundance earlier this year.

Fabulous Free Events Celebrating the History of Dunoon


(Strone Point Dunoon photo by Bob Law)

The festival will be celebrating the history of Dunoon and beyond with a number of free events. Film fans are invited to take a trip Doon the Watter through a beautifully crafted mix of family films, archive footage, spoken word and live music – the perfect opportunity to reminiscence, chat and relive the happy summers before the advent of package holidays! Take a nostalgic promenade to classic British holiday resorts in Britain: Coast and Sea and experience a rare insight into Scotland’s war efforts in a selection of archive footage to mark the centenary of WW1 in World War 1 Archive.

The programme offers something for all ages, even the very youngest cinema-goers, with Shorts for Wee Ones, a free screening of magical tales to delight anyone over the age of 3, and a unique ‘scratch and sniff’ screening of Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Movie fans with four-legged friends are invite to a very special bring-your-own-pup screening of Wes Anderson’s latest stop motion joy, Isle of Dogs (Dogs go free!).

A number of cult classics and retro favourites will be returning to the big screen; the sumptuous, exhilarating comedy The Woman featuring a shining Joan Crawford; one of science fictions most celebrated films, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner; Truffaut’s fast, funny and stylish new wave classic Jules et Jim; and arguably one of the most beloved Scottish films of all time, the delightful Gregory’s Girl which will be followed by an 80s-themed disco. Shoulder pads at the ready!

Dunoon Film Festival would like to thank its Funders and Sponsors: Creative Scotland, The Hugh Fraser Foundation, Russell Trust, Western Ferries and local businesses Stewart & Bennett and The Strone Inn as well as many other supporters and friends. Corinne Orton, festival co-director said:

“This year sees our first parallel screening across the water in Greenock, as well as our first British sign language interpreted event. As ever we have a host of free screenings and talks, and have frozen our ticket prices at £5 for the sixth year running, with our bumper All Access Pass at just £30 which is incredible value. We are proud to showcase the best new talent from Scotland, and as we take place over the centenary of the Great War, we shine a light on stories from that time including Jules et Jim and World War I Archive selection. We look forward to welcoming you to yet another bumper edition of the festival.”

Full details of The Programme can be found at dunoonfilmfestival.org


Unless stated otherwise in the programme listing, all tickets are £5. The festival includes a number of free events and tickets for selected screenings are £3. Further information available at dunoonfilmfestival.org.

Tickets are available to book online at dunoonfilmfestival.org and in-person at Dunoon Burgh Hall between 12pm and 4pm Tuesdays to Saturdays (cash or cheque payment only).

Getting to Dunoon from Glasgow

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Cowal Peninsula photo by Bob Law

McGill’s coaches from Glasgow to Dunoon from Buchanan Street. (Free for Senior Citizens) By car  from Glasgow to Dunoon takes around one hour and forty five minutes. It’s a picturesque route via Loch Lomond (A82) and Inveraray.  You can also cross from Gourock to Dunoon by CalMac or Argyll ferry. Plan a great day out on the lovely Cowal Peninsula and take in some movies at Dunoon Film Festival.  Bob Law images and information about Dunoon.


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