Questions and answers at The Phoenix

Neil Sutcliffe as Murdo in Dirt Road to Lafayette.

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Cinema fans will get the chance to put a director and scriptwriter in the hot seat at Oban’s Phoenix later this month.

Director of Dirt Road to Lafayette, Kenneth Glenaan will be joined by its scriptwriter and Booker-winning Scottish author James Kelman for a live question and answer session after the film is screened on Saturday March 16 at 7.30pm.

The plot follows a bereaved Scottish father, played by David O’Hara, and his teenage son Murdo aka big screen newcomer Neil Sutcliffe on an emotional journey from the Highlands to the US where Murdo hears zydeco music, a kind of Louisiana blues, for the first time.

Murdo, an accordionist, has not played since the death of his mother but all that changes when he meets retired zydeco legend Queen Monzee-ay and her family.

The teenager starts to play the accordion again, fusing the music of his home country with zydeco and helping heal family wounds.

The 2018 film was screened last year at the 72nd edition of Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Catriona Hoon from The Phoenix said: ‘Having Jim and Kenny in the auditorium with us will allow the local audience to have questions answered right there by the makers of the film and hear their stories first-hand. It’s a fantastic event to be able to host right here in Oban, and we’re thrilled they’ve agreed to come along.’

Tickets are £5, to find out more go to

Also coming up from tomorrow, Friday March 8, is Scotch: The Golden Dram, a documentary starring real life people, say its makers. Directed by Andrew Peat and just shown at this year’s Glasgow Film Festival, it tells the story to the world of  Uisge beatha – Gaelic for ‘water of life.’  Capturing stunning Scottish landscapes, the heart of our film is all about the fascinating people who make Scotch whisky including Richard Paterson, a master blender whose nose was insured for $2.5 million,  a company specializing in hand-made bottles for rare whiskies and industry veteran Jim McEwan, a 52-year distiller and master blender.

The long awaited action movie Captain Marvel is also on the screening list as well as ‘many titles which won at the Oscars the other night!’ added Mr Pacitti.

Not an Oscar winning film but still from Oscar-winning director Danis Tanovic, Tigers is also heading to The Phoenix screen. Showing date is Monday, March 18 at 6pm. The film dramatises the true story of Syed Aamir Raza, who worked as a baby milk salesman for Nestlé in Pakistan.

Aamir took on the baby food industry with the help of the International Baby Food Action Network after he realised the death and suffering caused by pushing baby milk, says the film blurb.