Southside Film Festival is returning for the fifth time in the Southside of Glasgow between 8th and 11th October 2015. The festival will again be a packed programme with a diverse range of films – documentary, animation, feature films and short films as well as artists’ film and video work – along with a huge line-up of talks and events around the films. So be prepared for an exciting weekend of film and fun in the Southside!
This is the fifth edition of the festival, which in previous years has screened across the Southside’s most famous venues including Pollok House, Govanhill Baths and Pollokshaws Burgh Hall as well as unique pop-up events in spaces including Queens Park Boat Shed and New Victoria Gardens. Spread further across the Southside than ever before, we are hosting unique events in Kinning Park, Govan, the Gorbals, Shawlands and Pollokshields. This year’s festival theme is cinema heritage and film archive so come along to our opening reception at the Glad Café on Thursday 8th October to help us kick off the festival, pick up a programme and enjoy the Lost Cinemas of Glasgow exhibition.
Accompanying the opening will be a talk given by Glasgow City Heritage Trust Intern, Erin Walter, who has researched and designed the exhibition. We will follow this with a screening of local films submitted to us by Southsiders, depicting the area and cinema going before the last cinema closed in the Southside of Glasgow in 2001. Come along for a rare chance to see the Southside on screen as you have never seen it before.
The festival really gets under way on Friday 9th October when we celebrate Stan Laurel’s Southside connection with a screening of Putting Pants On Philip, described as the first true Laurel and Hardy film, at Pollokshaws Burgh Hall. Laurel moved to Glasgow as a boy, went to school in Queens Park and lived in Mount Florida while his father worked at the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall in the city centre, where Laurel had his stage debut at 16 years old. This is followed by Sunset Boulevard, Billy Wilder’s Academy Award winning classic, with Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond, an ageing silent film queen, and William Holden as the struggling writer who is held in thrall by her madness. Followed by a discussion on the issues raised in the film by Scottish Mental Health Film Festival.
Later that evening we return to the grand surroundings of Pollok House for Madeleine, the 1950 David Lean classic, and a delicious rustic French meal in the servants quarters of this Edwardian stately home. Partly shot in Glasgow, Madeleine is based on a true story about of Madeleine Smith, a young Glasgow woman from a wealthy family who was tried in 1857 for the murder of her French lover.
Another famous A-listed Glasgow building and former church, St Francis Community Centre, hosts a screening of The Gorbals Story. Adapted from the phenomenally successful 1946 Robert McLeish play and possibly the first time the film has screened in the Gorbals since its release in 1950. The Gorbals Story is a naturalistic portrait of a working-class Glasgow community.
Queens Park Camera Club is the perfect venue for a screening of Finding Vivian Maier, the critically acclaimed Oscar nominated documentary about a mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and, discovered decades later, is now among the 20th century’s greatest photographers.
The festival jumps over to Plantation Productions at Kinning Park Complex, for a screening of Much Ado About Govan, a fun and engaging film adaptation made by a brilliantly creative bunch of teenagers from Govan and Glasgow’s Southside – Plantation Productions’ Create Crew. A short screening of Making Of, and DJ/live music for all ages follows this screening.
Rounding off a very busy Friday at the Glad Café is an exciting screening of Big Gold Dream, a documentary that re-imagines the musical history of the post-punk period as it unfolded in Edinburgh and Glasgow, with an introduction and Q&A with director Grant McPhee and followed with a post film gig (band TBC).
It’s an early start on Saturday 10th October with a screening of Martin Scorsese’s beautiful ode to Melies and early cinema, Hugo, in the surroundings of Queens Park Church. At noon the Glad Foundation hosts a talk by Julia Bohlmann, University of Glasgow Early Cinema Researcher, called Making Films Work: The Scottish Co-op and Early Cinema, which will sketch out the different roles cinema played for the Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society and its members between 1902 and 1928, and treat the audience to some of the first films the Society commissioned in the 1920s. Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow have invited the Womens Unit to create a new experimental moving image work for the festival. Founded by artist Mandy McIntosh in 2015 in Castlemilk, The Women’s Unit was born out of a yearlong artist residency by Mandy with Glasgow Women’s Library considering the legacy of the Zero Tolerance campaign for male violence and abuse in 1994. For Southside Film Festival, women at the unit will work with Mandy in puppetry performance and sound manipulation to make a new piece of cinema, Moving Images. This new film will be screened alongside previous films by McIntosh, which address abuses, at the Glad Foundation and women from the Unit will be present to discuss their work.
Continuing the Festival’s reputation of screening in unusual places, a Transit van parked outside Govanhill Baths will host artists’ film out the back of a van. Transit is a nomadic programme of artists’ film screenings and for its second episode, in partnership with Southside Film Festival, the roving screen finds itself outside an iconic Southside venue, screening visual poems that trace changing rhythms across the self, the city and further afield.
In a Southside Film first, in partnership with Rags to Riches, Sew La Tea Dough, and Govanhill Baths, join us for Making Movies, an afternoon focused on fashion, craft, making and style, past and present, local and global. Take part in the Sew La Tea Dough workshop: repairing and revamping clothing, visit the craft market, engage in a spot of craftivism and enjoy the films Unravel, which follows the western world’s least wanted clothes, on a journey across North India and Advanced Style, which examines the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic personal style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging. There will also the opportunity to see craft and textile themed films from the Scottish Screen Archive throughout the afternoon. It’s not time to leave the Baths yet as there is an apt screening of United We Will Swim… Again, which tells the extraordinary story of how this community fought to save their local swimming pool, bringing it back to life after Glasgow City Council closed it. This screening has an introduction and Q&A with filmmaker Fran Higson. The day at the Baths is rounded off with a special screening of That Sinking Feeling, acclaimed director Bill Forsyth’s (Gregory’s Girl, Local Hero) hilarious directorial debut, which provides an authentic depiction of 1970s Glasgow youth culture. The film has an introduction and Q&A with producer Paddy Higson and some of the original cast.
Sunday 11th October, the final day of the festival, kicks off with the opportunity to create our own Southside film archive at the DIY Archive Workshop at the Glad Foundation! This year’s festival theme is cinema heritage and film archive but today’s films are also potential future film archive. In 100 years time what old footage would people love to unearth? Make a microfilm on your smartphone, tablet or digital camera of what you think would stand the test of time and then screen it at our venue, the Glad Foundation. This is followed by a workshop hosted by award winning film writer and broadcaster Siobhan Synott on film reviewing. Opinionated? Eloquent? Neither? If your views on anything you watch can’t be suppressed come along and find out what goes into one hundred words of vitriol or reverence and maybe even have a go yourself! Films such as Brigadoon, Whisky Galore!, Trainspotting, Braveheart and others have helped shape how the world views Scotland. But does it really matter how Scotland is portrayed on screen? The Glad Café hosts an afternoon discussion, Scotland on Screen, about Scotland on screen and if it influences how we view ourselves. Joining Southside Film Festival director Karen O’Hare to discuss these questions and more are Dr. Jonathan Murray, author of The New Scottish Cinema, Eleanor Yule, film director and co author of The Glass Half Full: Moving Beyond Scottish MiserablIsm and writer/director Scott Graham, director of feature films Shell and Iona which was the closing film of Edinburgh Film Festival in 2015. Next on the menu is a screening of short films at Toryglen Community Base, Resistance Recipes: Palestinian food and film. Hosted by Urban Roots, the event will explore the politics of food in Palestine, struggles with access and how people are coming together using food to make a difference to their lives and communities. There will be a demonstration and tasting of Palestinian food using some locally grown ingredients before the screenings of short films Jameela’s Kitchen and Resistance Recipe. It’s back to the Glad Café for the traditional and ever popular Southside Filmmaker Screening & Award. Expect to see comedy, drama and documentary in our selection of short films made by filmmakers living in the Southside or making films about the Southside and vote for your favourite film – the winner will receive the Southside Filmmaker Award. This year Southside Film Festival asked Southsiders what they would like to see at the festival so come along to the Glad Café on Sunday evening to find out what they voted to watch. The Local Pick will be revealed just before the festival on our website and social media platforms so it will not be a total surprise on the night!
The Rum Shack hosts a screening of The Harder They Come, starring reggae legend Jimmy Cliff as an aspiring young singer who leaves his rural village for the capital city of Kingston, Jamaica hoping to make a name for himself. Enjoy a two course Jamaican meal from before the film and after the film stick around for some reggae tunes into the night.
Pollokshaws Burgh Hall hosts the traditional festival closer, which this year is Dziga Vertov’s classic, A Man with a Movie Camera. It was Vertov’s first full-length film, and using all the cinematic techniques at his disposal at the time – dissolves, split screen, slow motion and freeze frames – he produced a work that is exhilarating and intellectually brilliant. Voted the Best Documentary ever made by Sight and Sound in 2012. This is a fully re-mastered digital film print accompanied by a live score from the mighty Wurlitzer Cinema Organ.
There are also two exhibitions running alongside the festival: Lost Cinemas of Glasgow: Architecture and Society at The Glad Cafe between 29 September and 26th October. This exhibition of Southside cinema buildings is a unique insight into how cinemas once played an influential role in everyday Glaswegian’s lives. The fates of Glasgow’s 160 former cinema buildings range from demolition to dereliction to transformation; today functioning at times in new social roles, yet holding memories of a forgotten past. This exhibition is a special Southside selection of historical cinemas, which serves as a poignant reminder of the absence of a cinema building in Glasgow’s Southside.
Imagined Scenes exhibits at various cafes & shops in the Southside between 3rd and 17th October. It is an exhibition of imaginary film scenes set in various Southside locations that will be displayed in the windows of local independent businesses. The exhibition is a collaborative project between the Contemporary Photography Group of Queen’s Park Camera Club and the students at Shawlands Academy, and was set-up especially for this year’s Southside Film Festival. We hope that the images will inspire viewers to come up with a different interpretation of each exhibited scenes while enjoying a drink in the cafe or buying something from the shop.
This year’s festival is supported by Regional Screen Scotland, Glasgow City Council’s Arts Development Scheme and new archive film from Britain on Film (bfi.org.uk/britain-onfilm) including The Gorbals Story and Madeleine.
Please see the full list of our many venues, funders and event partners on our website.
Karen O’Hare, Director of Southside Film Festival says, “Southside Film Festival started in 2011 as a response to the lack of a local cinema or film screenings in the Southside of Glasgow. Four years later the festival reflects on the continued lack of a local cinema with the theme of cinema heritage and film archive. The 2015 edition again turns Southside spaces into ‘pop up’ cinemas providing a wide range of site specific or unique film screenings, talks, exhibitions and workshops – all at affordable prices or free. Enjoy our fifth film festival!”
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Otherwise tickets available on the door on the night, if not sold out in advance. Tickets for movie and movie and meal events at Pollok House and Rum Shack must be purchased in advance. The concession rate applies to children under 16 years old, full time students, over 60s, Job Seekers Allowance or Income Support or similar benefits recipients and people registered as disabled.
All FREE screenings/events are not ticketed but first come, first served so entry cannot be guaranteed if venues are full up, get there early to guarantee entry!
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FULL EVENT LISTINGS:
Thursday 8 October
Opening Reception, Talk & Screening / 7pm / The Glad Cafe / FREE
Friday 9 October
Putting Pants on Philip / 2.30pm / Pollokshaws Burgh Hall / NC-PG advised, 20mins, 1927 / FREE
Sunset Boulevard / 3pm / Pollokshaws Burgh Hall / PG, 110mins, 1950 / £6 / £5
Madeleine – with rustic French food / 6.30pm / U, 101mins, 1950 / Pollok House / £30
The Gorbals Story / 8pm / St Francis Community Centre / PG, 74mins, 1950 / £8 / £6
Finding Vivian Maier / 8pm / Queens Park Camera Club / 15, 84mins, 2014 / £6 / £5
Big Gold Dream & gig / 8pm / The Glad Cafe / NC, 94mins, 2014 / £8 / £6
Much Ado About Govan / 8pm / Kinning Park Complex / NC, suitable for all, 30mins, 2015
Saturday 10 October
Hugo / 10.30am / Queens Park Church / U, 120mins, 2011 / £5 / babies FREE
The Scottish Co-op and Early Cinema / 12pm / The Glad Foundation / suitable for all /
Mandy McIntosh and the Womens Unit Talk / 2pm-4pm / Over 18s / The Glad Foundation /
Transit Arts / 2pm-5pm / outside Govanhill Baths / NC-18 advised / FREE
Making in the Movies / 10:30am-6pm / Govanhill Baths / Suitable for all / FREE
United We Will Swim… Again! / 7pm / Govanhill Baths / NC-PG advised / FREE
That Sinking Feeling / 8.30pm / Govanhill Baths / 12, 93mins, 1979 / £6 / £5
Sunday 11 October
Resistance Recipes: Palestinian food and film / 12:30pm / Toryglen Community Base /
Suitable for all / FREE
DIY Archive Workshop / 1pm-5pm / The Glad Foundation / No experience necessary,
suitable for all / FREE
How to write a film review with Siobhan Synnot / 2pm / The Glad Foundation / No
experience necessary, suitable for all / FREE
Scotland on Screen / 2pm / The Glad Cafe / Suitable for all / FREE
Southside Filmmaker Screening & Award / 4.30pm / The Glad Cafe / 18, 70mins, 2014/5 /
The Harder They Come – with Jamaican food / 6.30pm / Rum Shack / 15, 103mins, 1972 /
Local Pick / 8pm / The Glad Cafe / £6 / £5
Man with a Movie Camera with live Wurlitzer / 8pm / Pollokshaws Burgh Hall / U, 67mins,
1928 / £8 / £6
All venues are wheelchair accessible but do get in touch with the festival in advance if you
have particular access requirements.
The Glad Cafe
1006A Pollokshaws Rd, G41 2HG
0141 636 6119
The Glad Foundation
3 Abbot Street, G41 3XE
99 Calder Street, G42 7RA
0141 433 2999
Kinning Park Complex
40 Cornwall St, G41 1AQ
0141 419 0329
Queen’s Park Camera Club
54 Millbrae Road, G42 9UG
Queens Park Church
170 Queen’s Dr, G42 8QZ
0141 423 3654
Pollok Park, G43 1AT
0141 440 7904
Pollokshaws Burgh Hall
2025 Pollokshaws Rd, G43 1NE
0141 632 5811
657-659 Pollokshaws Rd, G41 2AB
0141 237 4432
St Francis Community Centre
405 Cumberland Street, G5 0SE
0141 429 0275
Toryglen Community Base
179 Prospecthill Circus, G42 0LA
0141 613 2777
Credits & thanks
Southside Film Festival is programmed organised and produced by a dedicated team of volunteers. For full list of volunteers please go to http://southsidefilm.co.uk.
This year’s festival is supported by Regional Screen Scotland, BFI Urban Fund and Glasgow City Council’s Arts Development Scheme.
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