Robert Carlyle’s directorial debut opened this year’s EIFF.

Robert Carlyle took to the red carpet at Festival Theatre Edinburgh last night as The Legend of Barney Thomson, Carlyle’s feature film directorial debut, opened this year’s 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF).

Joining him on the red carpet from the film, in which he also stars, were fellow cast members Ashley Jensen, Kevin Guthrie, Brian Pettifer, Samuel Robertson, Tom Courtenay, James Cosmo, Martin Compston and Stephen McCole.

Joining new EIFF artistic director Mark Adams at the world premiere were festival jurors Amy Berg, Archie Panjabi, Kenneth Turan, Karen Gillan, Ian Hart, Denis Lawson, Jo Hartley, Jacqueline Lyanga, Kyle Patrick Alvarez, Dolly Wells and Jaime Winstone.

Other guests in attendance were Sophie Kennedy Clark (The Marriage of Reason & Squalor), Shauna McDonald (Filth), Banished stars Cal Macaninch and Ewen Bremner, and Outlander stars Iain De Caestecker, Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan.

Following the screening of Carlyle’s Glasgow-set thriller, guests partied at The National Museum of Scotland.

The evening marked the start of the 12-day festival, which will host 24 world premieres in the Scottish capital.

The Legend of Barney Thomson will be released nationwide on 24 July 2015 through Icon Film Distribution.