Down a can of Iron Bru, try to talk like Sean Connery on the telephone, and stick Braveheart on the DVD player. If that’s not enough to make you feel a bit Scottish, then here’s something that will. Glasgow, the city that isn’t the capital of Scotland, is hosting the 11th annual Glasgow Film Festival from the 18th of February to the 1st of March, and it promises to be bigger and better than ever.
The 11th annual film festival will be packed with premieres, glitzy galas, Q and A’s, special events and industry talks, with tickets going on sale from this Monday. The festival opens on Wednesday the 18th of February with the European premiere of Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young, starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts, and closes on the 1st of March with the UK premiere of Force Majeure, directed by Ruben Östlund. Throughout the 12 day festival, there are a total of 33 UK film premieres, a selection of classic films such as Casablanca and Murder on The Orient Express, plus a few cult classics, such as The Goonies and Mad Max II.
If you much prefer to watch films that may induce a mild heart attack, then the film festival within a film festival, Glasgow Fright Fest, takes place between the 26th and 28th of February, and boasts the world premiere of 88. Directed by April Mullen and starring horror favourite Katharine Isabelle, the film is billed as a “fast paced homage to cult exploitation revenge thrillers.”
There are some amazing films being shown this year in some unique and unusual venues, but the highlight of the festival will surely be at the Gallery of Modern Art, which will be hosting the Scottish premiere of the “Internet Cat Video Festival”, where you can watch hour after hour of cats slipping over, running into doors and falling into various ponds.
In a statement from festival Co- Director Allan Hutter that he clearly gave without breathing, he said “Glasgow’s love affair with the movies is a passion that never fades and one that lies at the heart of this year’s Glasgow Film Festival, and our Cinema City strand celebrates the love affair in special screenings, talks and an exhibition, with some amazing pop-up events in stunning locations across Glasgow that help put the city centre stage, and it is a festival filled with people and places close to home but also one that embraces a diverse, wonderful world of cinema, perfectly illustrated by our opening and closing galas. It’s a huge honour for GFF to be chosen for the European Premiere of Noah Baumbach’s bittersweet delight While We’re Young, and Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure is an utterly brilliant film. Home and away, this is a festival for everyone who loves the movies.”
Quite why they want to show old episodes of Home and Away is a mystery, but the festival looks like being a fantastic event that shouldn’t be missed. For more information, you can visit their website, or better still, go to Glasgow.