Iona, starring Ruth Negga, to close 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival

The 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has announced that it will close with the world premiere of Scott Graham’s Iona on June 28 at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh.

Shot entirely on location in Scotland, the film stars Ruth Negga (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D), Douglas Henshall (Shetland), Tom Brooke (The Boat That Rocked), and Michelle Duncan (Atonement), with debuts by two Scottish actors, Ben Gallagher and Sorcha Groundsell.


Iona is director Graham’s second film following his award winning Shell in 2012.

[quote]I discovered many films and filmmakers at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Edinburgh was my home all through my twenties and it was in venues like Filmhouse and the Cameo where I learned the value of the stories we tell and the emotions we share. I’m thrilled Iona will have its premiere here and doubly thrilled it will close the Festival. What an honour.[/quote] Scott Graham – Director

Part coming-of-age story and part returning-home drama, the film is set against the backdrop of the Hebridean island of Iona. Named after her birthplace, Iona (Negga) returns to the island with her teenage son to seek refuge from a violent crime in Glasgow.


Iona’s return exposes her tormented son Bull to a way of life she rejected when she left the island as a teenager and sends a shock wave through the family she left behind.

[quote]We are thrilled to be closing this year’s Festival with Scott Graham’s lovely, moving and enthralling Iona.  He is a striking cinematic talent and the film will wrap this year’s Festival in the perfect way.[/quote] Mark Adams – Artistic Director of EIFF

Iona is produced by Margaret Matheson and co-produced by Gunter Hanfgarn. The film is executive produced by Christopher Collins, Lizzie Francke, Ian Davies and Rebecca Long and is set for release in the UK and Ireland later this year. The film is co-financed by the BFI and Creative Scotland.