A monster masterclass

Grabbers masterclass in Bo'ness with Kevin Lehane

Grabbers masterclass in Bo’ness with Kevin Lehane

The nice folk at Scotland’s oldest cinema, the Bo’ness Hippodrome, recently asked me to be part of their first Monster Day, a celebration of nasty creatures on the big screen featuring King Kong (who’s really just misunderstood) and screenwriter Kevin Lehane (who’s not nasty at all).

I was there to interview Kevin about his career in the film industry and his low budget Irish sci-fi feature, Grabbers, which I saw at the 2012 Edinburgh International Film Industry. Kevin managed to entice a few budding screenwriters along on the day and it was fascinating to hear how he’d left Ireland for Hollywood and returned home, only to have his script snapped up by a production company.

At the Hippodrome Grabbers masterclass

At the Hippodrome Grabbers masterclass

The event was organised by a group of local youth ambassadors for the cinema and I was put to shame by their film knowledge. I also had a lovely moment when Kevin mentioned a short review of Grabbers I’d written online which wasn’t as in-depth or well argued as it could have been, though he seemed to forgive me after we discussed our mutual love of 1990’s Tremors.

Watch the Grabbers trailer and try and track down a copy on DVD, it really is an entertaining way to spend an evening:

Photos courtesy Falkirk Community Trust

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