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Scottish Company Explores Reaching Larger Audience in the Cinema

World premiere: The List film and Filming The List – Filmhouse, Edinburgh

On Sunday 3 August at 6pm to coincide with the press performance for their Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 production of The Carousel, Stellar Quines is premiering its ground breaking film of The List alongside Filming The List, a behind the scenes documentary revealing how the worlds of theatre and film worked with their differences to create a Scottish first for both.

The screenings will be followed by a Q&A with The List’s stage and screen directors Muriel Romanes and Morag McKinnon.

The List film

In 2013 Stellar Quines set out to discover how a mid scale theatre company can reach a larger audience in the cinema, something big players like the National Theatre and the Met Opera have had conspicuous success with but which, until now, has been beyond the reach of Scottish theatre companies.

Restaging their award-winning Edinburgh Festival Fringe production The List Stellar Quines commissioned BAFTA-winning film director Morag McKinnon to work alongside the company’s Artistic Director Muriel Romanes to produce a cinema version of the play.  Their aim was to create a filmed experience that didn’t compromise the live-ness and intimacy of the actor’s relationship with an audience.

The List film, produced in association with Screen Academy Scotland at Edinburgh Napier University, transforms the intimacy of live theatre directly onto the big screen.

For more information and to view a trailer, see: http://thelist.stellarquines.com/

Reviews for The List

“Maureen Beattie [gives a] mesmerising and thrillingly unforgiving performance as a woman who cannot forgive herself.”  Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

this stellar piece of theatre is outstanding and entirely captivating, and should be right at the top of everybody’s list.” ***** The Public Reviews

Filming The List

Filming a one woman play for the cinema sounds straightforward, but proved anything but for BAFTA-winning director Morag McKinnon and her crew in this observational documentary on the challenges of putting live theatre on the big screen.

Filming The List goes behind the scenes as the two groups of professionals find out how to reconcile the creative and technical differences between theatre and cinema in pursuit of a film of which they can all be proud.

Filming The List was produced, directed and filmed by Robin MacPherson.

The List film

Based on the stage play written by Jennifer Tremblay and translated by Shelley Tepperman

Staring Maureen Beattie

Directed by Morag McKinnon

Director of the original stage production and artistic advisor to the film Muriel Romanes

Produced by Lesley Anne Rose

Executive Producer Robin MacPherson

Filming The List

Produced, directed and filmed by Robin MacPherson

Edited by Sitar Rose

The Carousel

By Jennifer Tremblay

Translated by Shelley Tepperman

Directed by Muriel Romanes

Starring Maureen Beattie

Produced by Lesley Anne Rose

Event details

The screenings of The List film and Filming The List take place on 3 August 2014, 6pm, Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ. www.filmhousecinema.com 0131 228 2688

Following the screening audiences will be invited to cross the road and attend a live performance of The Carousel at 8.30pm at the Traverse, 10 Cambridge St, Edinburgh, EH1 2ED. www.traverse.co.uk  0131 228 1404.

We’ll round off the evening with a drinks reception at the Traverse Bar in celebration of Stellar Quines’ 21st birthday.

About Stellar Quines

Established in 1993, Stellar Quines is an award winning Scottish theatre company that celebrates the energy, experience and perspective of women. In 2014 we are celebrating our 21st anniversary and are proud to have provided a platform for women’s stories and created live theatre driven by women and where female practitioners are at the forefront of all creative roles throughout this time. Stellar Quines has established a reputation for high quality, diverse work which reflects an eclectic range of theatrical styles and is underpinned by a commitment to pushing boundaries and challenging stereotypes.

www.stellarquines.com  @stellarquines

About Screen Academy Scotland and the Institute for Creative Industries at Edinburgh Napier University

Screen Academy Scotland is the national centre of excellence in professional film skills and is a Creative Skillset Film Academy.

The List film was supported by the Institute for Creative Industries through a Scottish Funding Council Innovation Follow-on Award which provided Stellar Quines with access to expertise and facilities at the University.  The Institute supports research and knowledge exchange across all the arts and creative industries, helping creative practitioners, businesses and communities to flourish through the knowledge and expertise of its staff and associates.

For further information

Lesley Anne Rose, Producer


0771 934 3805

Shirley Monteith, Marketing


07737 168680

Liz Smith, Press

daisy.ben@live.co.uk 07971 417210

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