Alan Sharp: From Greenock to Hollywood

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Alan Sharp: From Greenock to Hollywood

Alan Sharp is one of Scotland’s most significant writers. The adopted son of a Greenock shipyard worker, he became a best-selling novelist, a leading television playwright and a record-breaking Hollywood screenwriter. Yet today his books, television plays and screenplays are forgotten. 

This season of films, by a neglected figure who worked with Hollywood’s greatest directors and became one of Scotland’s most important transnational authors, has been specifically devised to restore Sharp’s work to the prominence it deserves. Featuring films directed by legendary auteurs such as Peter Fonda, Robert Aldrich and Arthur Penn, and including actors such as Burt Lancaster, Melanie Griffith, Gene Hackman, Jennifer Warren, Verna Bloom and James Woods, it illustrates the astonishing career of a self-taught, working-class man who made it all the way to the top just because he believed in himself.

The season is curated by Dave Manderson, whose book ‘The Anti-hero’s Journey: the Work and Life of Alan Sharp’ (Peter Lang publishers) is published this year. A post-screening discussion will follow the 35mm screening of Night Moves on Thursday, 28 September. The season is the first time any of Sharp’s American films have been seen on the big screen in Glasgow in almost fifty years.

Films in this season:

The Hired Hand + introduction: Thursday 7 September

Ulzana's Raid + introduction: Thursday 14 September

Billy Two Hats + introduction: Thursday 21 September

Night Moves - 35mm + discussion: Thursday 28 September


Showtimes The Teachers' Lounge | 1:10PM, 5:00PM Close Your Eyes | 1:30PM, 7:30PM Civil War | 2:30PM, 5:30PM, 8:10PM Silver Haze | 3:50PM, 8:30PM Visible Cinema: The Beguiled | 6:15PM