Connery blasts BBC at Edinburgh film awards ceremony

Sun Jun 28, 2009 3:30pm EDT
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By Ian MacKenzie

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Actor Sean Connery lashed out at the BBC for its coverage of the awards ceremony at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) on Sunday when he handed out the prizes.

The EIFF award for the best new British feature film went to Moon, a "creepy, poignant and funny" sci-fi film directed by Duncan Jones. The film, which received a prize of 20,000 pounds, stars Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey.

Connery, a festival patron who gained worldwide fame for his portrayal of British secret agent James Bond, told a packed audience on the final day of the EIFF that the BBC had 300 technicians at the current Glastonbury pop and folk festival in southwest England.

"Not one (technician) at the Edinburgh International Film Festival," he said.

"It affects us all, it certainly affects me, and I think we should do something about it."

The BBC said in response: "BBC news outlets covered the Edinburgh International Film Festival on radio, TV and online. Obviously Glastonbury is a huge live music, arts and performance event and cannot be compared as like for like."

It said the BBC would cover the Edinburgh international arts festival and T in the Park pop concert later this summer.

In Moon, Rockwell's character has almost ended his three-year solitary posting mining fuel for earth on the moon with thoughts of returning to the planet and his family.   Continued...

<p>Actor Sean Connery arrives at a "Dressed To Kilt" fashion event in New York March 30, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>