Thursday, 6 March 2014

Cinemap: mapping the Southside through film 23-25 May 2014

After three successful years of running a film festival in May Southside Film Festival has decided to do something different in May 2014!

Southside Film Festival presents Cinemap, a screening event over the weekend of 23-25 May, 2014 in various Southside locations.

Cinemap is inspired by last year's ALBERT DRIVE project that asked the people of Pollokshields to meet their neighbours through a series of artistic commissions exploring the central question 'who is my neighbour'? 

Cinemap will screen a number of ALBERT DRIVE films including work by Basharat Khan and Abigail Howkins which explore the theme of neighbour but also highlight the importance of local, of community and of bringing people together. 
  • Cinemap is looking for more films that explore the wider Southside community and the themes of COMMUNITY and LOCAL. We are looking for films that have imaginative approaches to these themes. 
  • We are also looking for new work made in Southside Glasgow and/or made by Southside filmmakers that has not screened at previous Southside Film Festivals. 
  • We are also inviting filmmakers to submit site specific work that responds to and relate to the Cinemap screening spaces- Shawlands ArcadeThe Glad CafeGovanhill BathsNew Victoria Gardens and East Pollokshields Quad and The Tramway. What would you screen in a shopping centre, a cafe, a swimming pool, an allotment, a green space in a tenement back court and a multi arts venue? 
How to Submit: download a submission form and return to along with film
Submission Deadline: (9am, Monday 14 April, 2014)

Cinemap is a partnership project lead by Southside Film Festival with the ALBERT DRIVE project, Art Village, The Glad Cafe, Govanhill Baths, New Victoria Gardens, East Pollokshields Quad, The Tramway and filmmakers Abigail Howkins and Basharat Khan.

Cinemap: mapping the Southside through film: 23-25 May 2014

N.B. We are also looking for new volunteers to help with the Cinemap project. If you are interested please email with your CV and availability and tell us how you would like to get involved.  Deadline to apply for volunteering is also 9am, Monday 14 April, 2014.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

We're Back: FILM CLUB Spring 2014 is GO!

With January (finally) drawing to a close, we hope you've all just about recovered from the festive period and are getting ready to get properly tore in 2014.

There's no denying that awards season is now in full swing - with Oscar worthy performances flying around all over the shop (whats your bets for 2014?) . However, in the midst of all the movie mayhem, we at the Southside Film Festival have been busy bees planning this season's Film Club selection for screening at The Glad Cafe. After much deliberation & debate, we hope you'll agree that we've came up with a cracker of programme for Spring 2014. 

So, without further ado - we are very pleased announce this season's line up in full:

With a pretty eclectic mix of movies on the go - we're sure we've got something for everyone so keep your eyes peeled for further updates, special features & general fun stuff in the near future. 

Tickets will be on sale soon, and as ever, will be available online at Tickets Scotland, in person at The Glad Cafe or on the door on the night of the screening. 

Monday, 2 December 2013

Cityscapes & Heartbreaks

With December finally upon us, we hope you're all starting to feel festive here in the Southside. We're sure there's plenty a Christmassy movie nights up your sleeve in the coming weeks but we'd like to kick-start all of that for you with our December Film Club screening of In Bruges - Tues 3rd Dec at The Glad Cafe (8pm - doors 7:30pm - Tickets £6/5 conc,)

Hit men Ray & Ken have very different takes on the beautifully preserved Flemish city, but as the two swan around sampling the biers & battling the locals one thing becomes clear - where Brendan Gleeson is super likeable & Colin Farrell pretty as can be, its the city of Bruges itself that's the real star of the show!

That got me thinking, what other films are there where the location becomes a character in itself? Films that couldn't (or at least shouldn't) ever be set anywhere else in the world? Films that when you watch, you end up with a serious case of the wanderlust & find yourself booking mini break before the end credits roll.......

Here's my top picks

Lost In Translation

I love Scarlett. I LOVE Bill. I love My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus & Mary Chain & I love the whole Coppola clan. But the thing I love most about Lost In Translation? Tokyo! The dazzling cityscapes framed through Charlotte's lonely hotel room window, that sense of awe & wonder you get from Bob's taxi journey, the Karaoke scenes. For all the chemistry & quick witted banter - Tokyo is the main character here and never has a film made me want to travel to city more than this one. 

Dont Look Now

OK, so Donald Sutherland & Julie Christie grieving the tragic death of their little daughter on the canals of Venice doesn't particularly intrigue me towards the city. Gone are the romantic notions of gondolas in the moonlight, replaced with chilling paranoia, alienation, grief & guilt......and a wee bit of the occult. The imagery created by the water of the weaving canals is so intense, its impossible to imagine the emotional trauma of this film translating to any other setting. Oh, that water.....I've got the chills!

Mulholland Drive

A Lynchian nightmare of epic proportions, and another on the list that doesn't particularly endear me towards the city in question but all out encapsulates the seedy essence of  L.A. The grotesque underbelly of the City of Angels on full display in a fragmented, hallucinatory & nightmarish illusion of a film - "a mournful love poem to all those who have been chewed up & spit out by the Hollywood machine" - Keith Ulhich/Time Out


"He adored New York City. He idolised it all out of proportion
No, make that he romantiscied it all out of proportion.
To him, no matter what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black & white and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin" - Woody Allen, Manhattan

Woody Allen, the quintessential New Yorker - you could really pick any of his earlier films here to showcase the Big Apple in all its glory, but its Manhattan that truly is his all out love letter to his home town. Enough said!

What would be your picks here? Amelie's quirky Paris? Scorcese's hard hitting Boston in The Departed, Love Actually's Christmas-time in London? Let us know in the comments below.

Speaking of wonderful cities, all of us at The Southside Film Festival would like to express our heartfelt sympathies to the families & friends of those who tragically lost their lives in Glasgow this weekend at The Clutha Vaults Pub. There have been so many wonderful displays of kindness & compassion by the Glasgow people over the last few days, which just goes to show what an amazing city we really have.  

To express our condolences, we would like to advise that we will be donating all box office profits from our screening of In Bruges to an appropriate fund for the families of the bereaved and the pub rebuilding fund once announced. We'll also have donation tins there if people want to donate and will let you know where it all goes. xxx 

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

A Scottish Wrestling Fan’s Journey to the Candelabra

On November 5th, the SouthSide Film Festival are showing this year’s hit movie, Behind The Candelabra focusing on the fascinating true story of outrageous pianist/entertainer Liberace and his lover Scott Thorson. 

You may have read the title and wondered what exactly my journey was to this movie. Well, I’m a huge fan of American wrestling. You know Hulk Hogan and The Rock type of stuff. Anyway, when I was younger I got a videotape of the first ever ‘WrestleMania’ event from 1985. The main event was packed with stars like Hulk Hogan, Muhammad Ali as a referee but the one man, that I never forgot was the guest time keeper for the evening, Liberace. He danced around the wrestling ring in an outrageous outfit with The Rockettes. That image remained with me for over 20 years.

A couple of years ago, I remember reading an article in the Metro newspaper about a new movie on the life of Liberace. I immediately pictured the dancing pianist from back in 1990 on VHS. Fast forward to 2013, add in an outstanding performance from Michael Douglas as ‘Lee’ and a mesmerizing performance by Matt Damon as his lover, Scott and you have Behind The Candelabra. This movie is can’t miss. From the camp, catchy showtunes to the moments of real emotion and harsh truths of celebrity, you won’t be disappointed.

The film will be shown at The Glad Cafe at 8pm as part of our Autumn Film Club. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are £6 (£5 for concessions) and are available directly at the Glad Cafe or online from Tickets Scotland (booking fee applies)

Monday, 28 October 2013

marxism today (prologue)

In other Southside film related news, the Southside Film Festival is pleased to share a screening that The Common Guild is organising next month at Langside Hall on the 15th November.

In the lead up to Phil Collins' major new project for Queen's Park and Glasgow 2014, The Common Guild and Film and Video Umbrella present a special screening of 'marxism today (prologue)' (2010) followed by a talk with the artist.
Phil Collins - marxism today (prologue)
 Friday 15 November, 7pm
Langside Hall, 5 Langside Avenue Glasgow G41 2QR
Tickets: £2.50 
The film is a poignant reminder of the extent to which the fault-lines and power struggles of history impact on individual lives. It was premiered at the Berlin Biennale in 2010, and later broadcast on national television in Germany, where its portrayal of teachers of Marxism-Leninism in the former GDR had particular resonance.

Presented in collaboration with Film and Video Umbrella, as part of '25 Frames', a programme of screenings and events marking the organisation's 25th anniversary, in which stand-out pieces from the organisation's past are re-staged and re-evaluated for the present.

This special event finds a richly appropriate setting in Langside Hall, on the edge of Queen's Park, an emblem of the city's distinctive social, cultural and architectural heritage. Phil Collins will be in conversation with Film and Video Umbrella Director, Steven Bode, after the screening. 'marxism today (prologue)' was co-commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, Cornerhouse, Abandon Normal Devices, Berliner K├╝nstlerprogramm/DAAD, and Berlin Biennale, and produced by Shady Lane Productions. Places are limited.

Please book via Eventbrite: