Closing Film Announced: Since Yesterday: The Untold Story Of Scotland’s Girl Bands

We are delighted to partner with the acclaimed podcast Girls On Film to bring you the Closing Night film for this year’s Festival, which will be the World Premiere of Carla J. Easton and Blair Young’s new music documentary Since Yesterday: The Untold Story Of Scotland’s Girl Bands.

Strawberry Switchblade | Image Credit: PeterMcArthur

The revealing, funny and enraging documentary tracks the history of Scottish girl bands from the 1960s to the present. This scrapbook panorama view of Scottish pop music explores bands, cliques and movements that emerged in the country across the decades, exposing the challenges faced in a male dominated world.

Co-directed by musician Carla J. Easton (shortlisted for Scottish Album of the Year and member of all girl band TeenCanteen) and prominent Scottish director Blair Young; the film is produced by producer/filmmaker Miranda Stern (Scottish Documentary Institute’s New Voices 2020) and the award-winning production company Forest of Black.

a group of fabulously punk young girls posing for a picture in a room plastered with punk imagery and with a pink floor
Image Credit: Euan Robertson.

EIFF Director, Paul Ridd has said “Since the moment we saw this spiky, fun and eye-opening film we knew it had to be a major part of our festival. Here is a fantastically fresh and engaging documentary about Scottish artists, Scottish art and the challenges faced by Scottish women in a male-dominated industry and sexist world. Collaborating with Anna and the good people at Girls on Film on Closing Night is an honour, knowing all the great work they do to promote work by women and about women, and we were so moved by their response to the film. We’ll truly be closing the Festival in style.”

Co-founder and host of Girls On Film, Anna Smith has said: “At Girls On Film, we believe that documenting women’s contributions to history can change the future. We’re thrilled to be partnering with the wonderful EIFF on Since Yesterday: The Untold Story Of Scotland’s Girl Bands. It’s an entertaining, enlightening film that celebrates sisterhood and collaboration while pushing for progress – right up our street! I can’t wait to share this with the audience on Closing Night.”

Girls On Film will co-present the World Premiere of the film which will screen at EIFF on 21 August at the Cameo Cinema. The full EIFF programme will launch on Wednesday 10 July at 5pm, with tickets going on sale on Thursday 11 July at 12 noon.

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Directors: Blair Young, Carla J Easton. Documentary. United Kingdom. 2024. 1hr 29min. English. Cert: 12A. Content Warning: Language, sexism and misogyny. 



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Founded in 1947 when it was known as the International Festival of Documentary Films, Edinburgh International Film Festival is the world’s oldest continually running film festival. Following the 2023 edition, a new organisation was established under chairman Andrew Macdonald to lead a revitalised EIFF from 2024 onwards. Paul Ridd was appointed incoming Festival Director in December 2023.

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Girls On Film

Co-founded in 2018 by film critic and broadcaster Anna Smith and Exec Producer Hedda Lornie Archbold, the ground-breaking podcast Girls On Film quickly established itself as the world’s leading podcast on women in film. Their mission is to push for equity and diversity in the film industry. This fun, feminist podcast provides a platform for women and gender-expansive filmmakers, film critics and activists, who give their take on film culture from a gender perspective. Girls On Film has built a community through its live events, and at the Girls On Film Awards.

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