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Rose Street Film Programme

Films by emerging artists

2 August – 2 September 2012

Calvin Laing, Calvin & Metro, 2011


Rose Street has always seemed at odds with the elegance of Edinburgh’s New Town. Renowned in the 19th century as a red light district, it then became known as the ‘amber mile’, home to the drinking establishments which once hosted the Gallic poets.


The street provides a rich context for screenings of film works by artists who all offer oblique views of the city. The programme includes works by Anthony Schrag, Kevin Harman, Emily Speed, Calvin Laing and Tim Taylor. Providing historical context and a spellbinding portait of this too often hidden part of Edinburgh, we will also be screening Margaret Tait’s 1956 Rose Street documentary.


Every Wednesday evening during the festival, we’ll be hosting premieres of new films, accompanied by performances and introductions from the artists involved. These events are free, booking required.


Films will be shown continuously on screens in the windows of participating stores along Rose Street, EH2, including Creative Cookware, Dancewear, Fopp, Goodstead and Nevisport.


Tim Taylor, Swimming the City, 2008, image courtesy Daniel Warren




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Rose Street Film Club: this edition curated by Calvin Laing
8 August, 15 August, 22 August, 29 August



9 August 2012
Artist's Talk: Calvin Laing



16 August 2012
Artist's Talk/Performance: Alexis Milne