Glasgow Film Festival: Ten weird and wonderful movie venues
Screenings will take place in a wide range of venues including churches, art galleries and clubs.
Glasgow Film Festival launches on Wednesday in its eleventh year of bringing award winning films to the city.
The 11-day festival will start with with a showing of Hail, Caesar! at the Glasgow Film Theatre and will see a range of movies showcased from thrillers to documentaries and from classics to contemporaries over the course of the festival.
Screenings will take place in a range of interesting and edgy venues across the city including churches, art galleries and country and western clubs in hopes of creating the best atmospheres to view the films.
We took a look at ten of the weirdest and most wonderful venues on the programme.
Film: Altered States presented by Matchbox cineclub
Where: The Old Hairdresser’s
When: Thursday, February 18
Independent arts centre, The Old Hairdresser’s, is edgy and bare just like the film they are showing.
Ken Russell’s cult classic, Altered States, sees a terrifying science experiment take place in the basement of Harvard University in total darkness. For the first time ever, the thriller will be presented in an immers-o sound system which is anticipated to add even more terror in the tense surroundings of the art venue.
Film: Where You’re Meant to Be
Where: Barrowland Ballroom
When : Friday, February 19
The legendary Glasgow music venue will be turned into a cinema for the first time as it hosts the world premiere of the documentary.
Where You’re Meant To Be sees former Arab Strap frontman, Aidan Moffat, set out on a tour around Scotland to explore its musical history and rewrite the country’s oldest songs. The tour ends in Glasgow at the Barrowland Ballroom which makes it an even more appropriate site to showcase the journey.
Where: The Lighthouse
When: February 20 - 21
The Lighthouse, Scotland’s centre for design and architecture, hosts events and exhibitions in the city and will screen the Surveillance to Selfie series. This unique event brings together three film screenings, moving image installations and discussion.
Films include Francis Ford Coppola’s paranoid thriller The Conversation, Billy Wilder’s classic Sunset Boulevard, Woody Allen’s Sweet and Lowdown and a unique film reel narrated by Tilda Swinton (Dreams Rewired).
Film: Voice of the Eagle: The enigma of Robbie Basho
Where: The Glad Cafe
When : Saturday, February 20
The Glad cafe is home to a well equipped events room which is known for its intimate music concerts and guest speaker events with guests such as Nicola Sturgeon and Elaine C Smith.
For one night only the cafe will host the screening of Liam Barker’s documentary which delves deep into the life of composer, Robbie Basho. The show will be complimented with a live performance by Bard of Caledon and Other Lands.
Film: Raiders of the Lost Ark/ The Silence of the Lambs
Where: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
When: Saturday, Febrary 20
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark, the film will be shown in the west end museum surrounded by the relics and paintings on display. The guest of honour will be none other than Vic Armstrong, Indiana Jones’ stunt double so film goers are in for a treat.
The gallery will also be hosting a 25th anniversary showing of Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs. The late-night showing in an empty gallery is sure to add to the eeriness that the terrifying horror film creates.
Film: Thelma and Louise
Where: Grand Ole Opry
When: Sunday, February 21
Tapping into the gun-slinging ambiance of the wild west, the Grand Ole Opry will screen the infamous 1991 drama Thelma and Louise, celebrating 25 years since its release.
Hosts to events such as line dancing, gun shooting and music concerts, the southside club is set to transport film fans into the landscape of the Ridley Scott classic.
Film: The Man Who Fell To Earth
Where: Planetarium at Glasgow Science centre
When: Tuesday, February 23
The audience will be immersed into the film by a full-dome screen, a 360 degree display across the hemisphere of the planetarium.
The Man Who Fell To Earth promises to live up to the spectacular viewing room with a journey through the cosmos. Starring David Bowie as an alien on a mission to save his planet, the screening will celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary next month.
Film: Wildness/ Urusula Mayer: Medea and other films/ This is now: Film and video after punk (1978-85)
When: Tuesday, February 23
International art-space Tramway, which is known its contemporary art, will be host to three films throughout the course of the festival.
A selection of contemporary films will be showcased at the art venue including, Wildness, a documentary about the famous Los Angeles bar, the Silver Platter, which has been home to Latin and LGBTQI communities for years, a programme of films from artist filmmaker Urusula Mayer and a collection of key underground films from London which have been made available for the first time in a generation.
Film: Man Vs Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler
Where: Drygate Brewery
When: Wednesday February 24th
Drygate is swapping cuisine for gaming as they gear up for the UK premiere of the hilarious and heart-the gaming documentary, Man Vs Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler.
The film tells the story of gamer, Tim McVey, who was the first person in history to score over one billion points in a video game with one quarter. His accomplishment even led to the city of Ottumwa to name a day in his honour.
Film: Lucky Star and Ela Orleans
Where: MacKintosh Queen’s Cross Church
When: Friday, February 26
The Mackintosh Queen’s Cross Church is one of the city’s hidden gems and is the only church in the world designed by the Scottish architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The church opened for worship in 1899 which came only thirty years before the film, Lucky Star was released.
The church will host the screening for the 1929 romantic drama which sees the effect World War one had on a young farm girl and a returning soldier.