Free events at GFF
Visiting our Festival needn’t cost a packet. Our standard ticket prices are kind on your pocket and we also offer a range of fabulous free events: from art film screenings to family-friendly flicks.
Close Up on Casting
CCA Theatre, Friday 21 February (16.30)
Ever watched a film or TV programme and wondered just how an actor goes from an unknown face to a lead star? In this exciting event, casting director Kahleen Crawford joins GFF to talk over some tales from the frontline, shedding a light on the creative process of casting for big-budget film and TV. Kahleen has worked as casting director for recent hits such as Sunshine on Leith, Filth and GFF closing gala Under the Skin, along with successful TV programmes like River City. Do not miss this chance to gain real insight into one of the most important aspects of the filmmaking process, led by one of the leading professionals in her field. Admission will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
1939: Hooray for Hollywood
GFT, Saturday 22 February (10.15)
Andy Dougan, lecturer in the Screen Department at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, shares our belief that 1939 was the greatest year in the history of Hollywood. Everyone went to the movies on a weekly basis and the studio system fed that eager audience with some of the best westerns, finest thrillers and most delightful romances ever made. As the news of world events grew increasingly ominous, Hollywood created some of the most beguiling escapist entertainments. This illustrated talk explores the reasons for Hollywood’s annus mirabilis. Before John Wayne rides the range inStagecoach (Saturday 22 February, 11.00), hear some expert analysis on the greatest of years and have your appetite whetted for the remaining titles in 2014’s retrospective. Free but ticketed, tickets available from GFT box office on the day. Two tickets per person.
Writing and Filming the North
CCA Theatre, Saturday 22 February (18.30)
Scotland has a contested history and equally complex geography, consisting of a scattered and diverse archipelago surrounding its mainland. Across this varied landscape the debates around Scotland’s identity are wide-ranging and intertwine questions of culture and politics. As Scotland gears up for the year of the referendum on independence these questions have a growing edge, in light of how self-determination will draw from what we know and don’t know about the country as a whole. These are debates that will continue long after the votes are cast and counted. One strand of constant discussion is language and dialect and, as part of Nort Atlantik Drift: A Day of Shetland, our panel discusses the value of using the Sheltandic dialect in literature and on film. Admission will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Laptop Guy, Graphic Novel Launch
CCA Theatre, Sunday 23 February (18.30)
What happens when a creator starts being stalked by his own fictional character?
That’s the premise of Laptop Guy, a ‘sitcomic’ book from Jack Lothian and Sha Nazir. It follows the hapless lead character as he attempts to launch a comic, only to see it fail and the title character to haunt his waking days... Lothian and Nazir talk about the book, published by Black Hearted Press. Jack Lothian is a film and television writer whose credits include Doc Martin, Late Night Shopping and Shameless. Sha Nazir is an artist, whose works include Telling Scotland’s Story and producing Glasgow Comic Con (making The List’s Hot 100 for 2013). Admission will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Story Writing for Games
CCA Theatre, Monday 24 February (18.30)
What is it like to write for videogames? How do we make best use of the videogame medium to tell our stories? And how do we do it well? Rab Florence speaks to some of the best in the field about their experiences with their own brilliant games, and where we can expect videogame storytelling to go in the future. Ragnar Tørnquist (The Longest Journey, Dreamfall), Rhianna Pratchett (Tomb Raider, Mirror’s Edge) and Sam Barlow (Silent Hill: Shattered Memories) join us for a discussion that every gamer will want to hear. Admission will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Margaret Tait Award: A Whole New World
GFT, Monday 24 February (21.30)
2013’s winner Rachel Maclean largely works with green screen composite video, creating hypercoloured fantasy worlds around existing audio, and was also shortlisted for the Jarman Award. A Whole New World portrays the fantastical ruins of a fallen empire. Combining grand narrative with cheap product placement, the work explores themes related to British Imperial history and national identity. Narrated by a statuesque Britannia Goddess, the action frequently shifts genre, moving from an all-singing, all-dancing musical score to sedate period drama and battlefield conflict. Maclean plays all the characters in the work, miming to a multilingual soundtrack and bedecked in an elaborate combination of prosthetic make-up, historical costume and Union Jack-encrusted tourist tat. Free but ticketed, tickets available from GFT box office on the day. Two tickets per person.
Film/TV Locations: Scotland on Your Screen
CCA Theatre, Tuesday 25 February (18.30)
In recent years Scotland has become a hot-spot of film location work. From transforming Glasgow city centre into Philadelphia for World War Z and San Francisco for Cloud Atlas, to Roger Deakins’ beautiful capturing of the Scottish Highlands in James Bond’s latest outing, Skyfall and Jonathan Glazer’s eerie Under the Skin. Join Glasgow Film Office and National Trust for Scotland as they explore and discuss how and why Scotland has become such a Hollywood favourite in recent years. Admission will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Tae Think Again: Rethinking Identity in Contemporary Scotland
CCA Theatre, Wednesday 26 February (18.30)
A response to the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence, this symposium curated by artist Rachel Maclean intends to delve deeper than a simple yes/no debate and look at the broader social, cultural and historical background to contemporary Scottish national identity. The event will include a screening of the artist’s recent work The Lion and the Unicorn, which playfully reimagines Jeremy Paxman and Alex Salmond as the film’s titular heraldic characters. Admission will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Everyone's a Critic
CCA Theatre, Thursday 27 February (18.30)
Ever since the dawn of Web 2.0, when the internet superhighway started flowing both ways, the world of film criticism has changed.
From voting on a film’s IMDb rating, to pithy 100 word Amazon reviews and the treasure-trove of film writing hidden away on individual blogs, it seems everyone wants to weigh-in with their thoughts on the latest blockbuster, arthouse and indie releases. Join Sunday Herald Arts Editor Alan Morrison and a panel of invited critics as they debate and discuss the merits and detriments attached to this 21st century mass-democratisation of film journalism. With Eddie Harrison, Sean Welsh and Nicola Balkind. Admission will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Low Budget Filmmaking
CCA Theatre, Friday 28 February (18.30)
Making a film is no easy task, one made even harder when budgets are tight. How do you afford the camera, the actors, the catering? From becoming a human lab rat, to shooting in your workplace when the boss goes home, Hollywood is full of filmmakers who got their big break through low-budget filmmaking. In this special event, a panel of emergent filmmakers will be discussing how necessity can often be the mother of invention, and how with enough skill and determination, a lack of finance can be substituted for an increased imagination. Admission will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Requiem for Detroit?
The Arches, Friday 28 February (20.00)
Detroit, once the embodiment of the American Dream, has now become home to a slow-motion tidal wave of urban desolation. In this celebrated documentary, director Julien Temple paints an evocative portrait of the city. With an even-handed approach the film shows how hope is creeping back into the city, with streets being turned into art, and a thriving music scene emerging. Tickets will be available from The Arches box office from 10am on the day of the screening. Two tickets per person.