Last Night at the Glasgow Film Theatre I attended my first ever press conference and it was for the Glasgow Film Festival.
From 18th until 28th February the sixth annual Glasgow film festival will kick off with a host of great premieres, fantastic events, some brilliant guests .Looking atwhat the festival has in store it’s bound to beat its 2009 record breaking sucess no problem. We are been spoiled for for choice this with 120 features taking place over 18 venues across the city with The Glasgow Film Theatre been the host venue and nearby 20 screen Cineworld with 3 screen been the next important venue.
The Festival opens on Thursday February 18th with a gala screening of Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot), the latest reation from French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amélie, Alien 4, City of Lost Children). The movie stars France’s Leading comedy actor Danny Boon. Micmacs A hilarious tale of outrageous injustice and ingenious revenge,The movie also features André Dussollier , Yolande Moreau and Dominique Pinon. This is a movie I have followed via my Cinehouse blog and is an movie I eagerly await.
The Festival will end on style with the world premiere of Legacy, a psychological thriller staring Wire stars Idris Elba & Clark Peters about an veteren soldier (Elba) torn between retribution and personal salvation. A s he mentally breaks down his guilty legacy of previous actions unravels. What amazed me was the movie company is from Glasgow Black Camel Pictures andthe was writen and directed by Thomas Ikimi, who was at the launch. I had only heard little snippets about the is movie, was also impressed by the posters created for the movie and what Thomas mentioned I was eagerly impressed.
THanks to the funding by Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Scottish Screen and the Glasgow Film Theatre,This years festival has a host of great must-see films. Scottish Oscar-winner, Tilda Swinton, plays a stylish, mysterious matriarch in the UK premiere of Lo Son L’Amore (I Am Love) a critically acclaimed movie which is not due to be rleased in UK until 19th Marcht. Nicolas Cage gives an unforgettable performance in Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, a movie to get Cage back on top (along with Kick-Ass off course) after a few years of unwated criticism. Shirley Henderson and Charlotte Rampling lead a stellar cast in the World War 2 drama comedy Life During Wartime. heads an all-star castwith Robert De Niro Sam Rockwell, Kate Beckinsdale in Everybody’s Fine. Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon star in The Greatest. Til Schweiger (Inglorious Basterds) directs and stars in international premiere of Rabbit Without Ears 2 Drew Barrymore directoral debut the rollerskating romp Whip It! will make its appearance at the fest
The greta thing I love about Festivals is the ability to bring some of the best awarding wining movies from vairious other film festivals . A strong line-up of the best of world cinema towe will enjoy on our screens includes Cannes sensations I Killed My Mother, Dogtooth and Nobody Knows About Persian Cats, Venice Golden Lion winner Lebanon, Toronto People’s Choice winner The ToppTwins: Untouchable Girls, Berlin Silver Bear winner About Elly, London’s Sutherland Trophy winner Ajami, Golden Leopard winner She, A Chinese and San Sebastian’s Golden Shell winner City Of Life And Death, based on the Nanjing World War 2 massacre in China.
As usual Glasgow Film Festival has festivals within a festival and one of these festivals is the Glasgow Youth Film Festival. Scotland’s most pioneering Film Festival for young people returns has its own great selection of film premieres, interactive workshops and special events. The Festival is been supported and devised by the youth groups, 2010 festival promises to be our biggest year yet. UK premieres of Gentlemen Broncos and Summerhood, workshops with E4’s Skins’ scriptwriter, Ben Schiffer and actor, Joe Dempsie, and a special appearance by Thomas Turgoose, (This is England, Somers Town) who will join director Tom Harper to celebrate the launch of their new film, The Scouting Book for Boys, on Thomas’ 18th birthday, happy birthday thomas!
For true movie fans one part of GFF that may interest you is the Retrospective Every year the festival pays homage by honouring a major Hollywood star and this yearsretrospective devoted to the career of Cary Grant. The debonair star remains the gold standard for impeccable comic timing and tenderhearted romances and the Festival will screen a selection of his finest films including Bringing Up Baby (1938), Notorious (1946), An Affair To Remember (1957) andthe iconic North By Northwest (1959).
The Festival’s 2010 country focus is devoted to Japan with a programme celebrating some of the country’s exciting new talents and paying tribute to Akira Kurosawa whose centenary will be commemorated throughout the year. This years festival will bring a diverse range of subject matter to provide a real taste of contemporary Japanese cinema that ranges from the stylish period thriller Zero Focus and the outlandish anime adaptation Yatterman to the deeply moving drama Vacation and the haunting Kakera.
The 2010 Glasgow Film Festival is also bursting with mini-Festivals including the Glasgow Music & Film Festival, the Glasgow Short Film Festival, FashionArtFilm and the return of the hugely popular FrightFest to chill the spine and make the flesh creep.I covered the main London event last summer only missing last years glasgow event by a matter of days which really angered me but this year i am really chuffed. FrightFest highlights include the world premiere of 2001 Maniacs: Field Of Screams, the eagerly-awaited UK Premiere of (REC) 2, 1970s shocker A Lizard In A Woman’s Skin and the UK premiere of Splice introduced by director Vincenzo Natali. AlsoEuropean Premiere of FROZEN by Adam Green which is an exciting programme for all horror fans!.
Scotland’s leading independent short film programmer, The Magic Lantern, returns with their Short Film Festival .Now in its third year they are introducing the Best International Short Film Award, judged by international filmmakers, Cynthia Beatt and Ray Tintori and acclaimed novelist, Louise Welsh, we. Alongside unique retrospectives with special guests and programmes curated by the likes of Radio Magnetic and New Media Scotland, they have teamed up with LUX, Central Station, RSAMD and Skillset Screen Academy to stage workshops for both filmmakers and visual artists; club nights from Optimo, Huntleys & Palmers and Lucky Me, and screenings in a mobile cinema (a caravan). GSFF 2010 promises to excite and challenge its audience by wedding an international perspective to the best of Glasgow’s dynamic film, art and music scenes.
An exciting second year of the Music & Film Festival, co-curated by The Arches, includes live performances from Parisian indie electronics and drum duo, Zombie Zombie who will be performing a specially commissioned set featuring the music of John Carpenter, legendary American experimental rock band Pere Ubu, and New York singer-songwriter Thomas Truax performing songs from the films of David Lynch. The programme is complemented by an eclectic mix of films including The Good Son; observations on the music of Nick Cave from Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Emmett Malloy’s White Stripes Under The Great Northern Lights, joining the White Stripes on their 2007 Canadian tour and Burning, a live concert film of Mogwai directed by Vincent Moon.
The Festival is also set to welcome a record number of guests to the city including the legendary James Earl Jones who will discuss a career in film that stretches from Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove (1963) to Field Of Dreams (1989) and includes such landmark films as Conan The Barbarian (1981), Coming To America (1988), The Hunt For Red October (1990), his towering Oscar-nominated performance in The Great White Hope (1970) and his contribution to the Star Wars series as the voice of Darth Vader. Also appearing will be Mark Millar the Scottish comic book artist/writer who created the much anticpated Kick-Ass which is out in April. Directors Peter Mullan and Kevin Mc Donald (state of Play, Last King Of Scotland) will make an appearance as well
This is the first year I have taken notice of the festival, I’ve always known of the festival’s existance but never taken much notice.Been a big movie fan I should be ashamed of myself not supporting my local film festival (i live only 10 miles from Glasgow) but this year I hope to change that. The Festival may not be one of the big boys on the film festival (yet) but in its six years of existance it has matured into a promising international film festival which soon will be challanging its neighbour Edinburgh for Scotland’s leading film festival as well been respected internationally next to Cannes, Toronto, London. I’ve only covered a part of the festival here if you head off to the festival website you will get a more extensive look.
I hope to see as many movies or attend as many event s as possible and ill try keep an sort of diary here as well. Any updates, reviews or interesting stuff Ill post here. I am going to do another few posts covering the Fightfest, film music & Short Film Festivals as well along with more info on tsome of the movies been covered at GFF. I am hoping to create an email interview for Legacy Director Thomas Ikimi, so if you have any questions you would like me to ask drop me a email, before February 2nd. If you are going to attend the festival as well why not send me your reviews, thoughts, articles and ill post them here. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
TICKETS / HOW TO BOOK
single tickets: £7.00 / £6 concessions*
Special events/performances: please check the festival website
* GFT cinecard & Cineworld unlimited Card holdersget concession prices to all events. Tickets can only be purchased at GFF box office or online in advanced.
5 Films : £25 10 Films : £45 20 Films: £80
purchase online in one transaction (max 2 tickets per film/event). Saver tickets are limited book ahead to save dissappointment. Special events cannot be included in saver deals.
HOW TO BUY:
IN ADVANCE: Online www.glasgowfilmfestival.org.uk, upto 9pm the day before performance for all venues excluding GFT. For GFT events can be purchased upto 1 hour before performance.
In Person / Telephone can be purchased upto 9pm day before performance for most event from central GFF Box Office (see below for opening hours).
ON THE DAY: Online only GFT events can be purchased on the day through the festival website, upto one hour before start.
In person/Telephone on the day you must collect tickets from the venue of the performance, check festival website for contact numbers
COLLECTION: You can collect the from main GFF Box office up to 9pm day before. On the day of performance you must collect from the venue.
GFF BOX OFFICE:
Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, Glasgow Telephone Number: +44 (0) 141 332 6535
Opening Hours: Before Festival: upto 17 Feb 12 noon – 8pm During Festival: 10.30am upto 30 minutes into film started.
* ALWAYS KEEP CHECK ON FESTIVAL WEBSITE FOR EXACT INFORMATION & PRICES*
The Glasgow Film Festival runs from February 18-28th. Tickets are on sale from 11am on NOW from
*Further information,updates, information on venues, directions, travel & accommodation can be also found at the website*
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