Glasgow Film Festival- A world of cinema, on your doorstep
February 12, 2015
Ahead of Glasgow Film Festival kicking off next week, Miriam Rune, from the GFF marketing office, gives us the low down on the eclectic range of films screening at the festival this year. With innovative expert talks and creative special pop-up events, the festival continues to grow its international reputation, helping to put Glasgow on the map…
Glasgow Film Festival turns some of the city’s most familiar venues into cinemas, presenting classic films in ways they’ve never been screened before. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum transformed into a sparkling dance hall for an evening; The Cineworld IMAX as a post-apocalyptic wasteland worthy of the Mad Max saga; Mackintosh Queen’s Cross Church playing host to an elegant history of love and courtship, before the light dims for a terrifying exploration into the Australian Outback. These unique cinema experiences attract enthusiastic audiences and draw on local creative talent to create events that are both memorable and surprising.
Praised by guests for its warm welcome and inclusivity, GFF’s varied programme provides something for everyone, covering everything from video games and geek culture in Nerdvana to child-friendly films like Modern Families and experimental cinema like Crossing the Line.
Hollywood releases are given the red carpet treatment in our Gala programme series, including Julianne Moore’s BAFTA-winning, Oscar-nominated performance in Still Alice, Jon Stewart’s Rosewater and Morgan Matthews’ X+Y, featuring upcoming star Asa Butterfield.
New and upcoming directors are also put in the limelight in the Pioneer strand and this year we’ve introduced the new Audience Award, the shortlist for which is made up of first and second time directors. Included in the nominees are Cannes Jury Prize winner The Wonders and the genre-bending A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. We know our audiences have great taste in films and love to get involved in the festival experience, so we’re giving them the opportunity to tell us which films they think deserve recognition.
This year’s Cinema City strand celebrates Glasgow’s enduring love affair with the movies. The centrepiece, the Jeely Jars and Seeing Stars exhibition of Glasgow cinema-going collects memorabilia, archive footage and oral histories of film-lovers of all ages across the city. Cinema, City, Celilidh! will prove a treat for the eyes and ears with live music from Stravaig and a showcase of archival footage from Glasgow’s cinema history.
With Glasgow’s rich history of filmmaking and love for cinema going, perhaps it’s no surprise that Glaswegian audiences respond so well to pop-up cinema. These special events extend the cinema-going experience beyond the screen, and have become part of the fabric of Glasgow Film Festival. This year’s programme features a special screening every night of the festival, including Murder on the Orient Express accompanied by a live action murder-mystery while former cinema O2 ABC will relive its cinematic history with an audio-visual treat headlined by British Sea Power. The backbone of these events is our collaboration with local businesses and creative organisations: the Drygate Brewery is to screen foodie film favourites with complementary menus alongside arcade games, treasure hunts and a retro roller disco, creating a sociable and memorable night out.
The festival attracts top industry guests and talent from across the globe, many of whom will share their experiences and expertise in a series of free talks as part of our Behind the Scenes collection. Sound Designer, Glenn Freemantle (recent Oscar winner for Best Sound Editing for Gravity) produced the sound on festival title Sea Without Shore – an indication of just how much talent is hidden in the credits of every film in the programme.
By giving our audiences a voice and providing opportunities to get involved with the festival on many levels, we hope to inspire filmmakers and festival producers of the future. At GFF, we understand how much we rely on the input of our audience and, luckily for us, Glasgow has the best audiences of all.
The Glasgow Film Festival 2015 starts on 18th February and runs until 1st March. For regular updates, follow @glasgowfilmfest and #GFF15 on Twitter or visit the website for the full programme and to purchase tickets.