Chatting with friends recently about their plans for Glasgow’s annual Film Festival, I realised that I spend so much time immersed in and fielding emails about upcoming musical events in the city that I tend to miss out on everything else. Resolving to devote a little more time to other media I then promptly forgot about it – until an email from The Arches showed up in my inbox a week or so back.
While there’s plenty on for film lovers as part of the main festival – including today’s premiere of Cloud Atlas, partly filmed in the city – even more intriguing are this year’s mini “festival-within-a-festival” strands. Of particular interest? Glasgow Music and Film Festival. Obviously.
Co-curated by the team behind the main festival and The Arches, this long-running stand of the GFF features live performance, documentaries and a (sadly sold-out) Calamity Jane barn dance at the Grand Ole Opry. Screenings began on Friday, so if you didn’t know Jane Birkin was in town or there was going to be another chance to Cora Bissett’s multi-media masterpiece Whatever Gets You Through the Night I’m sorry. But there’s still plenty to get excited about before the curtain comes down on the festival next week, including the UK premiere of Good Vibrations, the story of Belfast punk legend Terri Hooley. Hooley himself will be there to introduce the film, and will take part in a Q&A afterwards.
[I'm actually off out to the main film festival in a bit, for today's one of my best friends rock the city’s famous King Tut’s stage for the first time. Today – which is also the 30th anniversary of the appearance of my best girl on this fine earth – is going to be a good one. As a birthday present, you should read the bezzer’s take on Dolly Parton for The Girls Are, ahead of the national tour of 9 to 5 The Musical this July.]