The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) will be presenting the UK Premiere of Steven Spielberg’s legendary E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, accompanied by John Williams’ iconic score performed live by the RSNO on Saturday 25 June 2016 at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh.
EIFF hosted the UK premiere of the film back in 1982 when it was the opening night film.
Mark Adams, Artistic Director of EIFF commented: “We are delighted to continue our relationship with the RSNO for this wonderful film and music event. The fact that E.T. and Steven Spielberg have such a strong link to EIFF makes this magnificent screening in our 70th edition all the more special. Certainly not an event to be missed.”
RSNO Chief Executive Krishna Thiagarajan noted: “This will be the second time in as many years we’ve collaborated with the Edinburgh International Film Festival, following the hugely successful presentation of Back to the Future last year. The RSNO is well-known as an award-winning recording artist when it comes to music for film, plus the musicians relish the opportunity to perform John Williams’ works in a live context, as we have done on numerous occasions. E.T. surely has an appeal which spans generations so this special screening with live orchestra promises to be a memorable event for the young as well as the more seasoned cinema attenders. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if there were a few tears on stage as well as in the stalls come the film’s final scenes.”