As we speak the 2015 Glasgow Film Festival comes to a close with the closing gala of Ruben Ostlund’s Oscar Nominated Force Majeure. Just before the film was screened the festival announced the winner of it’s first Festival Audience and Tom Browne‘s Radiator was the victorious film.
Radiator was up against other first/second film directors, films that have already made their mark on the film festivals around the world such as London, Sundance. Director Tom Browne shared his delight with us saying…
‘Receiving the Audience Award has made us all terrifically happy.Radiator has an unfashionable theme and was made on a tiny budget. Unsurprisingly it is taking a while for the film to find a place within the film industry so to receive this award is very significant for Radiator’s future. Richard, Gemma and I had a great time in Glasgow – we were treated so kindly and were touched by the engagement of the audiences evident in the Q and A sessions.’
Glasgow Film Festival co-director Allan Hunter said…‘We’ve always known that our audience has the best taste and now they have proved that all over again. The GFF audience has enthusiastically embraced the responsibility of picking their favourite film from a list of ten contenders and deciding the winner of the festival’s first Audience Award. They couldn’t have picked a more worthwhile winner than Radiator. Tom Browne’s deeply autobiographical film resonates across the generations as it deals with the dynamics of family relationships and the challenges we will all face in our final years. It is funny, touching and told with a fearless truth and beautifully judged performances from Gemma Jones, Daniel Cerquiera and the magnificent Richard Johnson. I only hope distributors will take encouragement from the public passion for Radiator and the Audience Award and bring the film to the wider audience it clearly deserves.’
As for the festival itself despite been 23 events less due to the unavailability of the the festival’s second main venue Cineworld over 40,000 tickets have been sold( +7% growth, 45% sold out). Its the second year in a row the festival has achieved this target however what makes the 2015 festival more successful is the fact this year’s figures do not include Short Film Festival which happens later this month.
‘This year might just have been the best Glasgow Film Festival ever. It’s certainly been the most fun I’ve ever had. From ballroom dancing to roller-skating, from coming together in rapt appreciation at classic festival films like Wild Tales or Mommy, giving a standing ovation to legendary Scottish writer William McIlvanney, or queuing for tickets for the Internet Cat Video Festival, our audiences have been generous, committed, passionate and open-minded. And they’ve all got fabulous taste in fancy dress costumes, which we have asked them to wear in some form almost every night. We’re also absolutely delighted that we’ve broken 40,000 admissions for a second year running, despite working with a smaller programme. Thanks so much to our wonderful audience: you make all the hard work worth it.’ said Festival co-director Allison Gardiner.
Here at The People’s Movies we are proud supporters of Glasgow Film Festival it is the local festival to our HQ and year in year out they prove even in face of power cuts they deliver quality. They are UK’s biggest growing film festival and the international recognition they are now getting is duely deserved, roll on 2016 Film Festival which will take place between 17th-28th February 2016.