Glasgow Film Festival



Review: Creation Stories (GFF)

15th May 2021

Creation Records founder, Oasis-finder, and general Midas, Alan McGee is perhaps admired by no one more than McGee himself. Nick Moran, in directing Creation Stories, has successfully managed to create a film that is so deeply effective in demonstrating a visceral whiplash – adverts for road safety should be envious. In concluding the film, I ...


Glasgow Film Festival drew more than 37,000 views for 2021 virtual programme

28th March 2021

10 world premieres, three European premieres and 49 UK premieres took place with Sweetheart declared the winner of their audience award. The Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) celebrated its 17th annual event, after its introduction in 2005.  Audiences from all across the United Kingdom tuned in online to the 17th edition of the nationally loved festival, ...


Review: Cowboys (GFF)

16th March 2021

This story of a trans boy is complicated by his family, and has the setting of a western.  Vast Montana mountain ranges, shotgun standoffs with the sheriff, horse-napping, and starlight camping. Not what you’d expect from an indie drama centred on an 11-year-old trans boy; his loving, devoted father struggling with bipolar disorder; and his ...


Review: Yer Old Faither (GFF)

11th March 2021

This documentary records one Glaswegian man’s move to Australia in 1970. I texted my friends to watch Yer Old Faither when I was only halfway through, and having finished it, I would definitely recommend it to everyone. I was keen to watch it just from the name, as a Glaswegian I couldn’t help but read ...


Review: Vicious Fun (GFF)

10th March 2021

The title truly doesn’t lie. It’s said that in cinema there are no new ideas. This criticism is often unfairly levied towards genres of film which are not necessarily deemed to be high art, horror flicks in particular. Still, in the face of this adversity and disapproval, we find passionate filmmakers creating fresh and exciting ...


Review: Dreams on Fire (GFF)

8th March 2021

A modern, Japanese take on Step Up? Count us in. For both the films I’ve reviewed from GFF, I decided to go in relatively blind, so I could be surprised by whatever the filmmakers had in store. The only prior knowledge I had of Dreams on Fire was that it was a modern, Japanese take ...


Review: Jumbo (GFF)

8th March 2021

An unexpected, original take on the classic tale of an outsider. Jumbo has been selected as one of the Caledonian MacBrayne Audience Award nominees at this year’s Glasgow Film Festival, and it’s easy to see why. The story of Noémi Merlant’s Jeanne is a classic tale of an outsider, someone who’s a little “different”, teaching ...


Review: Undergods (GFF)

28th February 2021

Undergods is an entrancing, immersive dystopia. Undergods brings you into its “world” through the eyes of two post-apocalyptic scavengers, roaming a bleak and ashy wasteland in search of corpses to sell while they drink gasoline and swap strange tales through mouths of rotted teeth. Who are these people? Why do they do what they do? ...


Review: Castro’s Spies (GFF)

28th February 2021

An exhilarating tale of resistance and espionage forms the basis of this new historical documentary, as Ollie Aslin and Gary Lennon investigate the activities of those who lingered in the shadows of Cuba and America’s plagued relationship. Regardless of whether or not you are an avid student of 20th-century diplomatic history like me, I am ...


Review: My Favourite War (GFF)

26th February 2021

My Favourite War is a portrait of life under Soviet rule, and a coming-of-age story for Soviet society. In this intimate autobiographical film, Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen recalls her arduous search for a sense of truth and justice within the stark, repressive world of the Eastern Bloc. Interspersed with archival footage, family photos, interviews, and animation, ...