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Thursday, July 16, 1998 Published at 07:02 GMT 08:02 UK


Linda McCartney's last film set for premiere

Linda's animated film is called Wide Prairie

A short film which is one of Linda McCartney's last works will be shown for the first time at the Edinburgh Film Festival in August.

The surreal animated tale is about a woman who longs to escape the drudgery of everyday life by riding horses with her lover. It was inspired by a song she wrote.

In April, Linda died in the arms of her husband, Sir Paul McCartney. She was aged 56 and had fought a long battle with breast cancer.

[ image: Linda used to sing in the group Wings]
Linda used to sing in the group Wings
Called Wide Prairie, the film was completed shortly before her death. Fittingly, it will be screened at the UK premiere of Robert Redford's The Horse Whisperer on August 19.

The two pictures will not tour together, but it is hoped Wide Prairie will be given a special guest slot with a major release

Linda's love of horses was well known and the film will inevitabley prompt speculation that the song and story have an element of autobiography.

Memorial service

Sir Paul took ponies to memorial services held for her in London and New York and the couple kept a secret ranch in the US where they rode together.

Linda, an accomplished stills photographer, came up with the idea and images for the film and worked on it over two years with director Oscar Grillo.

A "beautiful" film

Sheila Whitaker, former director of the London Film Festival, called it a "beautiful" film.

"It's a song that Linda performed in a country and western style and it's about family, freedom of the range and all that kind of thing. And it's great fun.

"The animation visualises the song and is very nice, very warm - and it makes you come out feeling good basically. It's about six minutes long and it's very well animated.

Linda previously worked with Mr Grillo on another of her short films, Seaside Woman, set to her song of the same name.

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