Written by Lucy Reynolds


Standard Issue at the Cameo cinema

We’re doing a few events at the Edinburgh Fringe this year. One in particular has got Lucy Reynolds excited.

Louise and Thelma sitting on their car

“You know, Thelma, I think I’ve seen enough mime artists for one day.”

The maelstrom of the Edinburgh festival is fun for a while, but often you need a break from the endless sea of manic flyering, wall-to-wall street performers and madness of mile-long queues to see witty folk do what they do best.

You need a sit down. In a comfortable chair. A chance to recharge those batteries and get you ready for seeing another 100 gold spray-painted living sculptures and levitating Yodas on Princes Street. You can do all this while being entertained by some of the UK’s most entertaining performers, writers and artists, watching some great films, and all for the standard price of a cinema ticket.

No, really. It’s not some beautiful dream – it’s the hugely successful Cameo Curated By, an event dreamt up by Corin Christopher, assistant manager at the iconic Cameo cinema in Tollcross, one of the oldest surviving cinemas in Scotland.

Christopher claims her ingenious idea came from her longing to be part of the festival again in a small and less frantic way. “I wanted to keep the sanctuary-like feeling we can offer mid-Fringe while also bringing a bit of the festival into the Cameo,” she explains.

After a brilliant run at last year’s festival, hosting handpicked films from names including Phill Jupitus and Ian Rankin, Cameo Curated By is back again, hosting a variety of films and presenters throughout the festival. The audience get a personal introduction from the curator, then a chance to sit back and enjoy the film. Last year even had live Skype curation from director Terry Gilliam and a rare VHS showing of Gummo, chosen by the Scottish indie band Withered Hand.

Cameo cinema interiorThis year’s line-up is as impressive. Biggest shout out goes to, erm, Standard Issue (obvs): our glorious founder Sarah Millican, deputy editor Hannah Dunleavy, and ace comedian/one half of the Strong Female Leads podcast Kate McCabe are curating a screening of Thelma and Louise on Tuesday 16 August at 6pm.

We’re sharing space with quite the line-up: Josie Long, Rob Newman, Ian Rankin, John Byrne and Stewart Lee are also introducing their own favourite films across the festival.

Escape the bustle of the festival and share in some personally picked cinematic delights (particularly 16 August, yeah? YeahOKthanks).



  • googleplus
  • linkedin
  • rss
  • pinterest

Written by Lucy Reynolds

Lucy is a teacher whose dream as a child was to be WWE Wrestling Champion. That dream is still alive.