With everything from jaw-dropping documentaries to carefree comedies, grisly horrors to delicate dramas and global greats to local heroes, there’s something to cater for all cinematic tastes at this year’s Glasgow Festival.
Since it’s inception in 2005, the festival has grown in both size and reputation, attracting some of the world’s biggest names in film for premiers and retrospectives, while their special screenings have seen classic movies shown in unusual pop-up locations around the city.
We’ve picked out of some of the best this year’s festival has to offer.
DIRTY DANCING AT ORAN MOR
Òran Mór / Thu 16 Feb (18.30)
“Come on, ladies. God wouldn’t have given you maracas if He didn’t want you to shake ‘em.”
The closest you’ll ever get to dancing at Kellerman’s with Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, this special interactive screening in the gorgeous surroundings of Oran Mor lets you watch a dancefloor-shaking performance, practice your moves and hum along to the much-loved soundtrack. The time of your life? You never know…
GFT / Wed 22 (20.30) & Thu 23 Feb (11.00)
Benny Lynch was only 33 when he died in 1946, but is still frequently described as the greatest boxer that Scotland has ever produced.
Raised in extreme poverty in the Gorbals, Lynch went on to be come the flyweight champion of the world. Using archive footage, animated sequences and interviews with modern boxers singing his praises, this amazing new documentary is a perfect tribute to Benny Lynch- the people’s champion.
LOST IN FRANCE
Lost in France + Gig – O2 ABC / Tue 21 Feb (Doors 19.15) – SOLD OUT
Lost in France – GFT / Wed 22 Feb (15.30)
An intimate film exploring friendship, creativity and music, this immense doc looks at the vibrant Scottish independent music scene of the 1990s, led by the legendary label Chemikal Underground with acts like The Delgados, Bis, Mogwai and Arab Strap.
Not only that, the Tuesday 21st screening will be followed by an actual gig (simulcast across the UK for those that can’t make it) featuring Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai) and RM Hubbert, as well as Chemikal founders The Delgados’ Emma Pollock and Paul Savage re-uniting onstage for one night only.
Snow Factor / Thu 23 Feb (Doors 19.00)
Unfairly ignored on it’s release in 1982, the first movie in John Carpenter’s Apocalypse trilogy is now rightly universally regarded as a masterpiece of paranoia and tension, while Rob Bottin’s visceral special effects still put most of today’s big-budget CGI to shame.
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Carpenter’s finest moment, GFF are running this special screening at Snow Factor. Be sure and wrap up warm as they recreate Antarctica around you while you watch The Thing on a dark slope. Immense.
CLOSING GALA – MAD TO BE NORMAL
GFT / Sun 26 Feb (Doors 18.45, Film 19.30)
The GFF comes to a close in the best possible style with this, the world premiere of Robert Mullan’s biopic of the controversial but brilliant Glaswegian psychiatrist RD Laing.
David Tennant puts in a stunning performance as the man who, during the Swinging 60s was as famous as Dylan and dubbed “the white Martin Luther King” and the “high priest of anti-psychiatry”, backed by a top-class ensemble cast featuring Elisabeth Moss, Michael Gambon, Gabriel Byrne.
Glasgow Film Festival 2017 will run from 15-26 February.