Hippodrome in film Olympics

090112 Gregor Gillespie and chitty chitty bang bang at boness motor museum.
090112 Gregor Gillespie and chitty chitty bang bang at boness motor museum.

THE Hippodrome is taking part in a madcap ‘relay race’ of film screenings for the Cultural 
Olympiad - with a film being delivered by bike from Belfast and then driven by a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car to the Edinburgh Filmhouse!

Tomorrow (Saturday), August 11, the exciting and unusual Shetland Arts project ‘Hansel of Film - Shetland to Southampton and Back’ arrives in Bo’ness, as part of the London 2012 Festival celebrating the Olympic and 
Paralympic Games.

Patron is film critic Mark Kermode; tickets to the screening are free, and it will feature short films - covering drama, animation, comedy and zombie - made by the public.

So far, a Highland dancing troupe, a busking fiddler and a pantomime horse have been among the creative ways the films have been relayed from venue to venue!

Shetland Arts head of development, Kathy Hubbard, said: “It is a real privilege for us to be invited to present the screening at Scotland’s oldest, and one of its most famous, cinemas.”

The audience is invited to stay for light refreshments afterwards, to meet the team and possibly some filmmakers.

Kathy added: “One of the best things about Hansel is getting to meet the audience afterwards and discuss their reactions to what they have just seen.

“We have met with such warmth and enthusiasm all over the UK that it has truly felt like a celebration, which is what the London 2012 Festival is all about 
after all.

“‘Hansel’ is a Shetland dialect word meaning a gift to commemorate a special occasion, and we hope that this is what the screening will be at Bo’ness.”

Book your free tickets in advance - on 01324 506850, at www.shetlandbox
office.org or in person at the Hippodrome - or just turn up.

The bike is due to arrive from Belfast around 2pm; the films start at 2.30pm and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang leaves at 4.30pm.

Visit www.hansel2012.org for more information.