14 July 2024
Angry young women raising fists in Edinburgh International Film Festival. Today the festival revealed Since Yesterday: The Untold Story Of Scotland's Girl Bands

We’re only a week away from the programme launch for Edinburgh International Film Festival. Today the festival revealed Since Yesterday: The Untold Story Of Scotland’s Girl Bands is set to close this year’s festival.

The announcement was made by the Festival and acclaimed podcast Girls On Film today. Joining forces to bring the World Premiere of Carla J. Easton and Blair Young’s new music documentary.

The opening gala, which was already announced is Nora Fingscheidt (System Crasher) The Outrun starring Saoirse Ronan.

This film is described as revealing, funny and enraging documentary tracks the history of Scottish girl bands from the 1960s to the present. This scrapbook panorama view of Scottish pop music explores bands, cliques and movements that emerged in the country across the decades, exposing the challenges faced in a male dominated world.

Co-directed by musician Carla J. Easton (shortlisted for Scottish Album of the Year and member of all girl band TeenCanteen) and prominent Scottish director Blair Young; the film is produced by producer/filmmaker Miranda Stern (Scottish Documentary Institute’s New Voices 2020) and the award-winning production company Forest of Black.

Festival Director, Paul Ridd has said “Since the moment we saw this spiky, fun and eye-opening film we knew it had to be a major part of our festival. Here is a fantastically fresh and engaging documentary about Scottish artists, Scottish art and the challenges faced by Scottish women in a male-dominated industry and sexist world. Collaborating with Anna and the good people at Girls On Film on Closing Night is an honour, knowing all the great work they do to promote work by women and about women, and we were so moved by their response to the film. We’ll truly be closing the Festival in style.”

Co-founder and host of Girls On Film, Anna Smith has commented “At Girls On Film, we believe that documenting women’s contributions to history can change the future. We’re thrilled to be partnering with the wonderful EIFF on Since Yesterday: The Untold Story Of Scotland’s Girl Bands. It’s an entertaining, enlightening film that celebrates sisterhood and collaboration while pushing for progress – right up our street! I can’t wait to share this with the audience on Closing Night.”

Since Yesterday: The Untold Story Of Scotland’s Girl Bands will make it’s world premiere on the closing night of 21st August. Tickets for all films will go on sale 11th July, day after the programme launch.

The 77th edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival will take place between 15th and 21st August. We will be there now, stayed tuned for full line up on the site.

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