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Wild Places: John Muir Film Festival

Published Tuesday 15th April 14

Wild Places, John Muir Film Festival

Wild Places opens at The Brunton on Thursday 17 April.

This festival of films celebrates John Muir's legacy of engagement with the natural world. The festival reflects Muir’s passion for wild places and the environment and celebrates all of the talents of this extraordinary Scotsman – as a naturalist, writer, artist, explorer and founder of the modern conservation movement.  

The festival opens with The Last Explorers – John Muir (12A): set in the spectacular Yosemite Valley in California, this BBC documentary is the story of the father of the modern conservation movement, featuring Neil Oliver. Tom Heap, best known for his investigative reporting on BBC’s Countryfile, gives a pre-screening talk about the importance of conservation, linking conservation work today and John Muir’s work and legacy.  

The programme also includes spectacular documentaries Baraka (PG), Chasing Ice (12A) and Grizzly Man (15), Michael Powell's The Edge of the World about life on a remote Scottish island, Sean Penn's Into the Wild (15), based on the true story of a man who gave up his life to live in the wild, and children's favourite Over the Hedge (U). There will also be the John Muir Schools Presentation - a premiere of a film made by pupils at Law, Musselburgh Burgh and Dunbar Primary Schools.  

Additional guest speakers are Creative Scotland's Scott Donaldson; writer, poet and Edinburgh's Makar Ron Butlin; and mountaineer and stand-up comedian Andy Kirkpatrick 

Wild Places is presented by The Brunton and is sponsored by East Lothian Council’s Economic Development and Strategic Investment Events Sponsorship Programme. 

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