Special events and big musical guests announced for Glasgow Film Festival 2018

the unfilmables

Glasgow Film Festival 21 February – 4 March, 2018

Oscar-nominated composer Mica Levi comes to town with electronic pioneers Wrangler for a celebration of the greatest films never made in The Unfilmables

2017 Scottish Album of the Year Award winners Sacred Paws perform live soundtrack to Margaret Salmon’s explosive speedway documentary Mm

Special Event Screenings at SWG3

The festival’s legendary special event screenings are back, turning top Glasgow club SWG3 into a massive 80s v 90s school disco with screenings of high school classics Gregory’s Girl and Clueless

Glasgow Film Festival 2018 delivered an early Christmas present as it announced two major live music events and the return of its wildly popular special event screenings.

Previous years have seen audiences escorted by vampire motorcycle cavalcade to a theme park showing of Lost Boys and donning orange jumpsuits to experience cult action movie Con Air in an aircraft hanger outside the city.

For 2018, GFF will turn top club venue SWG3 into the ultimate 80s v 90s school disco. Audiences can iron their best prom dress or dust off that old football kit and choose to watch one of the greatest high school movies of all time – either the much-loved Scottish gem Gregory’s Girl or Alicia Silverstone in the endlessly quotable Clueless. Post-film, both sides will come together for a massive school disco-themed party with top DJs spinning favourite dance floor fillers and heartbreakers from across the decades. More special events will be announced along with the full festival programme on 24th January.

The Oscar-nominated composer Mica Levi (Under The Skin and Jackie original soundtracks), video artist Francesca Levi and electronic pioneers Wrangler (featuring ex-Cabaret Voltaire Stephen Mallinder) perform live in the Scottish premiere of The Unfilmables – a celebration of music, imagination and the greatest movies never made. Sisters Mica and Francesca collaborate on The Colour of Chips, a re-imagining of Sergei Parajanov’s most famous work, The Colour of Pomegranates, which transports the story from Armenia to the north of England, resulting in a lost British-classic-that-never-was.

Wrangler also take cinema to the next level with The Tourist – based upon Claire Noto’s script from the 1970s, long-regarded as one of the greatest sci-fi films never to make it to the big screen, despite the best efforts of Franc Roddam and Francis Ford Coppola. Wrangler have resurrected the script and, along with filmmaker Tash Tung and live visual manipulator Daniel Conway, bring it back to life in provocative and inventive fashion.

Mm + Sacred Paws

mm plus sacred paws

2017 Scottish Album of the Year winners Sacred Paws make their soundtracking debut on Glasgow-based artist and filmmaker Margaret Salmon’s Mm. Shot on location on 35mm film with the all-male speedway motorcycle team the Berwick Bandits, Mm is an exploration of language, masculinity and racing incorporating the explosive sounds of speedway alongside live music and voice from the post-punk band. To coincide with event, co-produced by Tramway and LUX Scotland, an exhibition of Margaret Salmon’s acclaimed work will run in Tramway’s main gallery from 16 February to 18 March 2018.

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Sean Greenhorn, Programme Manager said:
“Glasgow Film Festival is thrilled to be working with some of the leading artists across visual arts and music for these live events as part of our Sound & Vision and Crossing the Line strands. We are delighted to welcome Mica Levi to the festival, whose Oscar-nominated score to Under the Skin beguiled audiences as our 2014 closing gala, and to celebrate Margaret Salmon’s moving image work with a live event and exhibition, after screening her works at previous editions of the festival.”

Allison Gardner, Festival Co-Director said:
“The Glasgow Film Festival special events have become huge audience favourites over the years. For the 2018 festival we can’t wait to let our hair down and relive our youth at the GFF School Disco with two of cinema’s most enduring high school romances. We’re promising many more opportunities to see your favourite films in unique one-of-a-kind settings as the full programme is released. Watch this space!”

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