Party Of The Week: The credits roll, and the stars roll up for Shane Meadows' Edinburgh credit crunch party

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Most parties at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) are prim and held in hotels – but not director Shane Meadows' party. After the screening of his new mockumentary, Le Donk & Scor-Zay-Zee, the party on Tuesday night at St Peter's Church Hall was just plain silly. Invitations were sent out from Le Donk, a rock roadie, played in the film by Paddy Considine, inviting everyone to his credit crunch party. Considine, in character, arrived at the party in a rickshaw, while the Nottingham rapper Scor-Zay-Zee (aka Dean Palinczuk), who plays himself, pulled up in a pink limousine. Guests paid 75 pence to get into the party and the BAFTA-winning director Meadows took on the role of DJ. The tombola had a variety of prizes, including a hamburger in a can and a blow-up banana.

A few days earlier, at the party for Rudo y Cursi (a comedy about two half-brothers from Mexico) held at Apex International, the real-life brothers Carlos Cuaron, the film's director, and Alfonso Cuaron, who produced the film, nattered away to the movie's stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. Other guests to turn up included the International Jury member and Boogie Woogie actor Alan Cumming, the English playwright Polly Stenham and the director of Fish Tank, Andrea Arnold. The pace was very different at the Homecoming Scotland party a few nights before, which was hosted by Sir Sean Connery at Edinburgh's Assembly Rooms. A female bagpiper player piped in guests including the Atonement director Joe Wright – and this was followed by Scottish country dancing late into the night.