Sheila Hancock to attend screening of new film in Aberdeen

Sheila Hancock stars in Edie which is being screened at the opening of Festival!

One of the UK’s most beloved actresses is to host a special screening of her new film in Aberdeen next week.

Sheila Hancock will introduce her film Edie at the Belmont Cinema on Thursday as part of the inaugural Festival!

The four-day celebration of cinema, music and science has been masterminded by the teams behind three of Edinburgh’s most popular festivals.

Visitors will enjoy events ranging from award-winning film screenings and the complex science of cheesemaking and beer, to a full programme of jazz concerts.

Along with Bafta nominee Sheila, co-star Wendy Morgan and the film’s producer Mark Stothert will also be in attendance for the showing at 8.40pm.

The film tells the story of elderly woman Edie who, in the aftermath of the death of her controlling husband, decides to fulfil a long-held dream of climbing a mountain in Scotland.

Against her daughter’s wishes, she heads to the Highlands and employs Jonny (Kevin Guthrie) to help her get the right equipment and train her for the gruelling climb.

Sheila, who was married to Inspector Morse actor John Thaw for 28 years before his death in 2002, said it was a physically demanding role.

The 83-year-old said: “I thought to begin with, ‘Well I won’t actually have to climb a mountain’.

“Then I met the director and producer, and they kind of looked at one another and they said, ‘Well it would be good if you did’.

“I thought, ‘Oh my goodness’, but I desperately wanted to do it, so I said, ‘Alright, fine’.”

Festival! is being billed as a “mini festival” and has been created by the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh International Science Festival and Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival.

One of the highlights of the festival is expected to be Cheeseology, which takes participants on a tutored tasting journey of the scientific processes and technologies involved in cheese production – with an opportunity to sample several varieties.