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Film fans got the red carpet treatment when McCaig’s Tower was transformed into a pop up micro-cinema screening a documentary celebrating the power of water.
The event run in partnership by Oban Phoenix Cinema and national festival of Scottish film Cinescapes was a big hit with the outdoor audience on Friday night who turned out to watch Aquarela, directed by Viktor Kossakovsky.
The Oban drizzle added an extra sensory experience as dramatic footage of furious seas, cracking ice flows and terrifying storms raged across the screen getting the climate change message across loud and clear and a reminder of just how vulnerable human beings are. If ever people needed awakening to the power of aqua, this was the film to watch.
McCaig’s Tower was chosen as a fitting venue by Cinescapes Festival because of its location so close to water.
Aquarela was the Phoenix Cinema’s first outdoor screening event and could be the first of more to come.
Jennie Larney, of the Phoenix Cinema in Oban said: ‘All the tickets went, it was a brilliant night and it’s definitely got us thinking about doing more outdoor screenings and where else we could do it. Oban has lots of places that would fit the bill but McCaig’s Tower was just fabulous. Thanks to Cinescapes and to the council for all its support and the cinema staff who always deserve a big-up.’
Photographer Kevin McGarry, who has a studio at the Bridge of Awe filling station, was at the pop-up snapping shots of arriving film-goers on the red carpet. His own images of sea and water scapes were also shown on the screen before the start of the film. To see more of his work go to www.kevinmcgarrystudio.photoshelter.com
Amanda Rogers, co director of Cinescapes Festival said: ‘It was a wonderful evening in a spectacular location.
‘When we started Cinescapes this was exactly the sort of event we had in mind – celebrating Scottish films in the places that inspired them.
‘The scenes in Aquarela were perfectly matched to the amazing views over the sea from McCaig’s Tower.
‘This was also a true collaboration between Cinescapes and the Oban Phoenix Cinema and we would love to do more events here in the future.”
Caption: Drone footage of the Aquarela screening at McCaig’s Tower.
Photo: Sean Rowan