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6th February 2024

With a variety of films premiering, the GFF is a must for any and all fans of cinema. Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) returns for its 20th anniversary, this year running from 28 February to 10 March. Hosted at the Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT), which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year also, Glasgow Film Festival ...


Glasgow Film Festival: Sunlight and A Letter From Helga

29th March 2023

Both Sunlight and A Letter From Helga were directed by women, and their female perspective was reflected in their storytelling in a radical and compelling way. Claire Dix’s first fiction feature, Sunlight, depicts the complexity of male friendship. The story follows Leon (ex- addict) while he takes care of Iver (ex- sponsor), who is terminally ...


Glasgow Film Festival 2023: The Bad and the Beautiful

24th March 2023

A wonderful homage to the cinema industry and the legacy of films. The smell of coffee fills the air of the large cinema as it starts to fill with people. This early morning screening is part of a special strand of the Glasgow Film Festival, paying tribute to the late American actress and singer Gloria ...


Glasgow Film Festival 2023: Interview with Pierre Földes

20th March 2023

A deep dive into the animated collage which adapts Murakmai’s short stories. I sit down with Pierre Földes while his debut feature, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman (an animated film, adapting a handful of stories by Haruki Murakami) plays at the Glasgow Film Theatre a few blocks away. I ask him about reaching out to Murakami ...


Glasgow Film Festival 2023: Our Father, The Devil

20th March 2023

An almost promising debut, and almost successful departure from migrant narratives. Ellie Foumbi’s Our Father, The Devil (2021) has a straightforward premise. Marie, a refugee from Guinea, works as a chef in a retirement home located in a French town. When Father Patrick is appointed as the new Catholic priest at her workplace, she is ...


Glasgow Film Festival 2023: Rye Lane

12th March 2023

The Scottish Premiere of Rye Lane very nearly sells out. Naming a rom-com after a bustling street running through Peckham (South London) emphasises the importance of setting to Rye Lane. The plethora of spaces which Dom (David Jonsson) and Yaz (Vivian Oparah) navigate are unmistakably and proudly in Zone 2, whether that be the chicken ...


Glasgow Film Festival 2023: What Sex Am I?

11th March 2023

Lee Grant’s documentary, including footage with Christine Jorgensen – the first person to undergo gender reassignment surgery – is shamefully important over thirty years after its release. Were it not for their gender, most of the people interviewed in What Sex Am I? would make pretty boring subjects. A former PE teacher and a computer ...


Glasgow Film Festival 2023: Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

7th March 2023

A beautifully realised animated collage of Murakami short stories. Pierre Földes’ Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, which adapts several short stories by Haruki Murakami, combines a widely ambitious scope with a script deeply faithful to its source material. The film, Mr. Földes’ feature debut, forgoes adaptation of a single story, electing to weave together a handful ...


Glasgow Film Festival 2023: Riceboy sleeps

7th March 2023

A honest and heart-wrenching depiction of the Asian-Canadian Experience. One of the listed influences of the Glasgow Film Festival is the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), as it tries to emulate their “‘festival of festivals’ supporting grassroots organizations with a focus on audiences”. It is no wonder that Glasgow is host to the UK ...


Glasgow Film Festival 2023: God’s creatures

5th March 2023

A fascinating, yet ultimately dissatisfying, exploration of what it means to be the mother of a beast, toeing the line between victim and villain. Featured as one of the most recognisable titles in this year’s Glasgow Film Festival, Saela Davis and Anna R. Holmer’s film God’s Creatures had so much potential. Set in a small ...