Screens is Glasgow University’s very own society for the appreciation of film, as well as the occasional bit of great television. Each Thursday afternoon sees the society present, on one rather big screen, a cinematic treat for your viewing pleasure. Dedicated to showing an eclectic selection, each semester has screenings of films from a wide variety of eras, styles, genres and countries of origin.
Screens’ line-up this academic year has so far included such diverse choices as Psycho, Submarine, Sunset Boulevard, The Double Life of Veronique and Peter Jackson’s Braindead. Each Thursday screening takes place in the Andrew Stewart cinema in the Gilmorehill Centre (aka the building for Theatre Studies and Film & TV across the street from the GUU) between 3 and 5pm and is absolutely free, as is society membership.
An enjoyable on-campus filmic distraction is not all the society provides on a regular basis. Every other Monday night tends to involve a Screens cinema trip to catch one of the latest big screen offerings. Members usually visit Cineworld on Renfrew Street where student tickets are currently £5.70 and sometimes head to The Flying Duck for film-based chat afterwards.
Every so often, Screens takes a more avant-garde route and sort out a Friday night group trip to the Glasgow Film Theatre for one of their ‘Late Night Classic’ events, where student tickets cost just £5. Past and upcoming screenings have included Halloween, Withnail & I, The Warriors, Akira, Alien, and The Big Lebowski. As a further incentive, your ticket will also grant you free entry to Nice n Sleazy for some guaranteed after-film mingling.
Outside of its weekly events, which also include regular Wednesday night pub quizzes, Screens hosts a few parties throughout the year, as well as having organised group outings during the Glasgow Film Festival in February. We’ve also, in the past, had chances to participate in TV show recordings and Q&A sessions at BBC Scotland.
The society is always looking for fresh blood and is populated by a friendly, welcoming and enthusiastic bunch; membership is open to any and all students of the university, not just those studying Film & TV. To sign up, e-mail your name and matriculation number to [email protected], and we’ll add you to our mailing list. Additionally, you can join our Facebook group: just search for ‘Screens (Glasgow Uni)’. Or come along to one of our weekly events; as membership and our private screenings are absolutely free.