A NEW cinema will open in Montrose this weekend with a special screening of the acclaimed documentary Eye of the Storm.

The cinema is part of the new £ 3.5million Montrose Playhouse arts complex, which grew out of the former Angus Town Pool.

The Montrose Playhouse is a three-screen cinema, a community and artistic place.

Eye of the Storm is directed by Anthony Baxter – a resort boss starring Janet Hood and Hollywood producer Mark Millar.

The film will be screened on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., a little over a year after the death of painter and documentary subject, James Morrison.

This will be the first time that the full film will be shown on the big screen in Europe, and the opening night is already sold out.

Baxter will be in attendance and participate in a post-screening Q&A, which will also include the late artist’s son Professor John Morrison, a distinguished art historian.

Although Eye of the Storm had its world premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival earlier this year, due to Covid-19, the film has only been seen virtually in Europe to date.

Eye of the Storm went on to perform at prestigious festivals around the world, including the Shanghai International Film Festival, San Francisco, Washington DC and Montreal.

It is a touching account of Morrison’s life and work, dealing with his loss of sight with sensitivity.

Baxter said: “With a year since the loss of James, it seems very fitting that Eye of the Storm is launching on the big screen in his hometown of Montrose. And what better place to enjoy its extraordinary landscapes than in the city’s incredible new state-of-the-art cinema.

Montrose Playhouse director Matt Buchanan said: “Tickets for this screening sold out in a few days, but we are already planning to screen the film again later this month, so that as many people who want it see have the opportunity to do so. ”

When a shorter, TV-designed version of Eye of the Storm aired by BBC2 on Easter Sunday, Edinburgh’s Scottish Gallery website crashed under pressure from thousands of inquiries about Morrison, whom the gallery has represented for several decades.

The film tells the story of Morrison’s life – from his training at the Glasgow School of Art, to his extraordinary journeys in the Arctic and the breathtaking landscapes painted around Angus and the west coast of the Scotland. His works are exhibited in art galleries across the country.

Eye of the Storm, which was supported by BBC Scotland and Screen Scotland, was produced by Montrose Pictures, the city-based award-winning film and television production company, which produces content for the BBC, Amazon, Netflix, Apple and international broadcasters. .