A new year is nearly upon us, which means it will be film festival time and for us the Glasgow Film Festival! Today the festival has announced first events for the 2022 Festival line up (GFF) and there taking us back to 1962! More importantly the 18th annual festival will take place will be in a new hybrid format, which means screenings will be presented both in cinemas and online.
The festival will return to the big screen in 2022 with in-cinema events at GFF’s home venue, Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) and Cineworld Renfrew Street. The festival will also take its premiere screenings nationwide for the first time in 2022, with cinemas across the UK to make a selected programme available to film fans across the country. Building on the huge success of GFF’s digital edition, which took place during lockdown in 2021, the festival will once again be accessible online to audiences across the UK with a specially curated programme available to watch on GFF’s digital platform, Glasgow Film At Home.
We even have the festival’s short Teaser Trailer, check it out…
Today, GFF unveiled details of the return of two of the festival’s most popular strands. All the details are below plus the special trailer promoting the retrospective strand.
The Glasgow Film Festival Retrospective offers free morning screenings of modern masterpieces and cult classics that will have hundreds of delighted festival-goers queuing round the block. The 2022 Retrospective, Winds of Change: Cinema in ’62, takes us back to 1962 and a year in which the world felt on the brink of seismic changes. It was the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis, tensions in the Cold War, Kennedy in the White House and the dawn of political change in the UK. Cinema reflected this by taking baby steps towards maturity. English-language films began to tentatively confront race, sexuality, violence, private freedoms and public responsibilities. From Robert Mulligan’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s beloved novel To Kill a Mockingbird to Sean Connery’s first appearance as 007 in Dr. No, the line-up showcases some of the standout films of an eventful year. Step back into the paranoia of the Cold War in The Manchurian Candidate, rediscover the cold-blooded sadist who set the bar for mainstream screen villains in Cape Fear, and decide whether David Lean’s monumental Lawrence of Arabia really is the greatest epic ever made.
Other films in the retrospective as Agnès Varda’s Cleo from 5 to 7, Blake Edward’s Days of Wine and Roses, John Ford’s The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Lonely Are the Brave (Dir: David Miller) and The Miracle Worker (Dir: Arthur Penn). GFF co-director Allan Hunter will give each film a special introduction.
The seventh edition of GFF’s Industry Focus programme will take place from 6th – 10th March at the Doubletree by Hilton Glasgow Central Hotel. Featuring guest speakers, unique networking opportunities, topical panel discussions and diverse professional development, the Industry Focus programme is suitable for those at all stages of their career, from students eager to make their first steps into the industry, to seasoned professionals keen to stay fresh on the latest developments and best practice. Early Bird Passes will be available to purchase from 15 December from https://glasgowfilm.org/glasgow-film-festival.
Allison Gardner, GFF Co-Director and Glasgow Film CEO, said: ‘GFF has always been the film festival for audiences, and we are delighted that 2022 will be our most accessible festival yet. After bringing the festival to our audience’s living rooms during lockdown earlier this year, we can’t wait to be able to enjoy the GFF experience together in person this year. Our partnerships with cinemas across the UK and the continuation of our successful online programme on Glasgow Film At Home will allow film fans across the length and breadth of the country to share the festival experience we love so much. We have some incredible premieres lined up for 2022, and we can’t wait to unveil the programme in January.’
‘I can’t wait to welcome audiences back to our cherished Festival Retrospective. We’ve chosen 1962 as our focus because it is a year bursting with great films and landmark performances’ said Allan Hunter GFF Co-Director. ‘It is also a year of transition in global politics and in a cinema industry beginning to take a bolder approach to social issues, taboos and screen violence. Winds Of Change: Cinema In ‘62 reflects that and will allow audiences to see a fantastic selection of free films including Oscar-winning performances from Anne Bancroft and Gregory Peck, the first appearance of Sean Connery’s James Bond, a key work from Agnes Varda and Lawrence Of Arabia which is probably the greatest screen epic ever made.’
Tickets for the Retrospective screenings are free and available on the day of the screenings from the GFT Box Office.
We like the many thousands of film fans were severely disappointed when the festival went online earlier this year. However we understood they had no choice, despite the limitations it was a fairly successful festival. The 2022 Glasgow Film Festival full programme will be announced on Wednesday 26th January.