A film about the work of world-famous street artist Banksy will have its UK premiere in Aberdeen.
Saving Banksy will be shown for the first time on British soil at the Belmont Filmhouse.
The documentary, which is being screened as part of Nuart Aberdeen, explores attempts to preserve and profit from street artists’ work.
Colin Farquhar, cinema manager, said: “We’re absolutely delighted. We’re really happy to get hold of the film and be the first to show it.
“This is a great opportunity for the public to immerse themselves in all things street art, taking in the film and enjoying the thought-provoking works that artists will bring to Aberdeen during Nuart.”
Directed by Colin Day with narration by Paul Polycarpou, the film gives an insight to the secretive world of street art and graffiti as well as its new-found value in the traditional art world.
Featuring some of the world’s top street artists, including Jasmin Siddiqui of Herakut who will be taking part in Nuart, it poses the question “What would you do if you woke up one morning and found a million dollar Banksy spray-painted on the side of your building?”.
The premiere – on Saturday, April 15 – will be preceded by the short documentary Eloquent Vandals.
Film-lovers in Aberdeen have praised the news, claiming it will help boost the movie scene in the North-east.
Ross Hargon, president of Aberdeen University Students’ Association CineClub, said: “It looks like something that will be really good for the film scene in Aberdeen.”
And James Finucane, general manager of the festival, added: “Saving Banksy has received widespread critical acclaim – from The New York Times to the LA Times – since its release in the US earlier this year.
“It’s a great coup for Aberdeen and a fascinating insight into current debates about street art practice and the traditional art establishment’s efforts to remove the ‘street’ from ‘street art’.”
Aberdeen Inspired spearheaded the move to bring the Nuart festival to Aberdeen.
Internationally-renowned street artists will take over the Granite City from April 14 to 16 to provide grand-scale murals, installations and other events.
It will be the first festival of its kind in the UK.
Adrian Watson, the chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “Banksy symbolises the debate that goes on around street art and this film is a brilliant platform for discussion.
“We want to get people talking about art and bring it to a new audience in the city, and are hugely looking forward to the premiere.”