After all the doom and gloom about the state of the British filmindustry this year, the Edinburgh International Film Festival (August 17-28)has provided some cause for optimism.
That's largely because a string of British features with decentcommercial prospects have unspooled at this year's event.
Richard E Grant's Wah
For many, the find of the festival so far has been
Richard E. Grant's switch tothe director's chair has also drawn good notices and, according to sales agentThe Works, has had a number of offers in for
Football hooligan tale
Closing night film
Other, less obviously commercial films to draw attention include JanDunn's British Dogme feature
However,perhaps the biggest welcome was reserved for director Joss Whedonand the cast of his sci-fi film Serenity.Hundreds of young fans were on hand to catch the world premiere of the latestoffering from the creator of the Buffyseries. Little wonder that the Universal Pictures film is considered a strong contenderfor the festival's audience prize.