Glasgow Film Festival 2016: All About That Place

After hearing so many encouraging whispers of anticipation, we could not be more excited to see what Glasgow Film Festival (18th-29th February) has got to offer this year – especially as they are so dedicated to linking the festival to specific places in the city. The best festivals acknowledge their cultural grounding and responsibility not just to visitors (like us) but residents, too. Here’s what GFF have to say about site-specific screenings.

“GFF has built a reputation for its site-specific screenings and pop-up cinema events over the years (famously screening Jaws in the hull of Glasgow’s Tall Ship and The Passion of Joan of Arc in Glasgow Cathedral). In 2016 they’re working with a number of the city’s most famous venues for the first time, including The Barrowland Ballroom, Tramway, and Glasgow Planetarium, to screen new works and classic films celebrating significant anniversaries.”

Kelvingrove Art Gallery And Museum


The festival returns once again to favourite venue Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, with two spectacular anniversary screenings in one night. First off, a museum crammed full of ancient artefacts seems like the perfect place to join action-archaeologist Indiana Jones…or at least his stuntman: Vic Armstrong, Guinness Book of Records-certified most prolific stunt performer in the world, who has doubled for Harrison Ford in almost all of his stunts, introduces a thirty-fifth anniversary screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark. A live action/ adventure presentation will precede the screening, so do look out for the boulders…

Later that night, GFF will turn the Kelvingrove lights down very low indeed for a super-creepy late-night screening of twenty-five year old horror classic The Silence of the Lambs, complete with live organ music, and glasses of nice Chianti…

The Barrowland Ballroom


Kelvingrove isn’t the only iconic Glasgow venue GFF is making use of, with two new spaces turning into festival venues for the first time in 2016. Playing a gig at Barrowland Ballroom is a rite of passage for every band in the UK (and beyond): names from David Bowie to Cypress Hill to Radiohead to Bjork have graced the stage since it reopened as a rock venue in 1960. In February it turns into a cinema for the first time ever, to host the world premiere screening of Where You’re Meant To Be, created by award-winning filmmaker Paul Fegan, following cult musician Aidan Moffat (Arab Strap) on a trip round Scotland and its folk song history. A concert bringing together a number of the traditional and contemporary musicians from the film will surround the screening.

Glasgow Science Centre Planetarium


David Bowie’s iconic turn in The Man Who Fell To Earth is forty years old in 2016; where better to view it than inside the Space Zone on the spectacular screen of the Glasgow Science Centre Planetarium, following a guided tour through the solar system and special visual treats on their incredible 360° full dome screen.


GFF also returns to Tramway, fresh from hosting the Turner Prize, for the first time since 2012. The Southside arts space will house exhibition, performance and screening This is Now: Film and Video After Punk (1978-85), a series of digitally remastered archive films by artists including John Maybury, Grayson Perry, Cordelia Swann and Jill Westwood, many of which have been out of circulation for over thirty years. The exhibition will be accompanied by a night celebrating the spirit of punk and New Wave music, with musicians and DJs including Optimo’s JD Twitch. The programme is presented in partnership with LUX and the BFI National Archive. The UK tour of This Is Now has been developed with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery.


 Where You’re Meant To Be World Premiere + concert

The Barrowland Ballroom

Fri 19 Feb (Doors 19.30, presentation starts 20.00) All tickets £15

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Sat 20 Feb (Doors 18.30, Introduction 19:15, Film 19:30)


Silence of the Lambs

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Sat 20 Feb (Doors 22.30, Film 23.00)


The Man Who Fell To Earth

The Planetarium at Glasgow Science Centre

Tue 23 Feb (Doors 18.30, screenings begin 19:00)


This Is Now: Film and Video After Punk (1978-85) Exhibition, screening and performance


Exhibition 25-27 Feb, live presentation Sat 26 Feb.


Find all the info here.


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