London (ANI): Oscar winner Tilda Swinton is set to organise a
"flash mob" event inspired by Laurel and Hardy's routine from Way
Out West during the upcoming Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Swinton is collaborating with former festival director Mark Cousins
for the stunt to promote a new trust the duo are setting up in a
bid to get youngsters interested in films.
They want hundreds of volunteers to learn Stan and Ollie's
routine and perform in Festival Square later this month shortly
before they go public with plans for their 81/2 Foundation at the
Filmhouse cinema. The move would witness thousands of young people
across Scotland given access to free films when they turn eight and
a half years old, and encouraged to host screenings at special
Swinton and Cousins hope hundreds of youngsters will turn out
for the flash mob event, which is being held on the morning of June
26. "In tribute to Stan and Ollie, and to dancing in public and in
unabashed celebration of doing something as a group and looking
like dafties... when the music starts, we will put down our
newspapers and do the Laurel and Hardy dance," The Scotsman quoted
the pair, as saying.