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Film festival brings more talent to its opening gala in Edinburgh

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Image caption Kelly Macdonald will be among those attending the festival

Film festival chiefs have announced more talent to their line-up of stars ahead of an opening night gala in Edinburgh.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival event on 20 June will include Trainspotting star Kelly Macdonald, comedian Ben Elton and former Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston.

Others include Grey's Anatomy's Melissa George and Dracula's Sadie Frost.

Natalie Dormer of Game Of Thrones and members of Travis will also be there.

Scottish director and writer Bill Forsyth (Gregory's Girl) will attend the festival for a special screening of his film Local Hero on 26 June followed by a Q&A with David Greig, artistic director of The Royal Lyceum Theatre.

'Very best in cinema'

Confirmed for this year's juries are Jason Connery whose film Tommy's Honour opened the 2016 Festival and Outlander actress Sophie Skelton.

A series of in-person events will see Stephen Moyer (True Blood) marking his feature-film directorial debut for the Parting Glass.

Sir David Hare will talk about his extensive career in cinema and theatre and young actor George MacKay (Captain Fantastic), who is also in attendance for the UK premiere of The Secret Of Marrowbone, will talk about his acting career.

Mark Adams, artistic director, said: "EIFF is renowned around the world for discovering and promoting the very best in cinema and continues to be an important hub for domestic and international filmmakers.

"We're honoured to be welcoming so many guests from around the world to Edinburgh this June. Each are singular talents who will add undisputed value to this year's festival line-up."

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