Stars of stage and screen gathered in Scotland's capital for the opening night of the 57th Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Ewan McGregor with Young Adam stars Tilda Swinton and Emily Mortimer
For the second year in a row it was the premiere of a Scottish movie which opened the two week festival.
Young Adam, starring Ewan McGregor as a drifter on the Clyde canal in the 1950s, is based on the cult novel by Glaswegian Alexander Trocchi.
Trainspotting star McGregor could not attend the screening due to filming commitments for the latest instalment of the Star Wars saga in Sydney, Australia.
But his mother Carol took his place at the event and she admitted she
was sad that her son could not be there.
Two of the film's other stars, Peter Mullan and Tilda Swinton, were in attendance along with the film's Scottish director David McKenzie.
Mullan said he had been persuaded to take the part by Ewan McGregor - but
admitted he would not be hanging around to watch the whole film.
He said: "I'm actually going to sneak out the back and go and watch the
Others who attended the premiere were Scotland's First Minister Jack
McConnell, Inspector Rebus author Iain Rankin, comedians Phil Kay and Greg
Proops and Australian pop star Holly Vallance.
Young Adam will open the festival next month
She said: "I heard a lot about the film and I'm really looking forward to
"I've never been to a film festival before and Edinburgh is a really lovely
place, so I'm really excited."
Jack McConnell had earlier said he was "proud" that the festival's first
film was Scottish and that he wanted to see the industry flourish north of the
He said: "We already have one of the best film festivals in the world, the
challenge now is to make our domestic film industry and the contribution of
Scottish talent to cinemas worldwide even more successful.
Ticket sales for the festival are already up 20% on last year and organisers
are tipping this year's event to be one of the best ever.
Withdraw the movie
However, the festival was dealt a blow earlier on Wednesday when it was confirmed
that Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood's latest movie has been withdrawn from the
Mystic River, which is directed by Eastwood and stars Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon
and Tim Robbins, was due to be shown twice during the festival.
But its distributors, Warner Brothers, said that "unforeseen scheduling
commitments" had forced them to withdraw the movie.
The 57th festival will feature more than 100 film premieres between 13 and 24 August.