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Director William Friedkin and actress Gina Gershon took to the red carpet at Edinburgh's Festival Theatre last night for the UK Premiere of KILLER JOE which opened the 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival. Arriving in AF Noble Subaru cars, in attendance with the filmmakers were EIFF guests including Jim Broadbent (Chair Michael Powell Jury), Elliott Gould (Chair International Jury), Edith Bowman (Juror), Kate Dickie (actor), Steven McCole (Actor), Paul McCole (Actor), Craig Hill (Comedian), Freya Mavor (actor), Brian Cox (Actor), Dylan Moran (Comedian) and Ian Rankin (Author). EIFF Artistic Director Chris Fujiwara and CEO Ken Hay also attended the premiere.
Following the screening of Friedkin's comic noir thriller, guests partied the night away at The National Museum of Scotland where a KILLER JOE inspired bar, pool tables, vintage arcade and pinball machines greeted guests. A classic reconditioned Wurlitzer 1015 jukebox pumped out the tunes whilst the fantastic Danni Nicholls and band performed an energetic set. Themed canapés were served throughout the evening by Clerkenwell Green, and included corn popover with refried Black Eyed Peas; loaded skins with grits and cheese melts; shrimp and okra fritters and southern fried chicken. Mackies ice cream topped off the food and party-goers sipped on Innis & Gunn beer, Lanson champagne and a selection of other drinks supplied by Forth Wines. DJ Cori wrapped up the evening with guests strutting their moves on the museum dance floor.
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