Glasgow Film Festival celebrates The Matrix's 20th anniversary with underground screening
- Scott Henderson
- 20 November 2018
GFF announces first films in 2019 programme and accompanying special events, including Alien with laser-tag and 1969 US film retrospective
Glasgow Film Festival has become renowned for its incredible events, and its newly announced 2019 special screenings are no exception.
The 15th edition is hosting the first official 20th Anniversary screening of The Matrix in the subterranean caverns of the Argyle Street Arches. 'Mind-bending immersive installations' will set the misè-en-scene, but the audience is encouraged to don black sunnies and dark leather to get involved with the full experience.
In keeping with the throwback sci-fi theme, a warehouse in North Glasgow will drown out screams at a pop-up Alien event, with laser-tag, comic books and themed cocktails. If you're really unlucky, you might have an encounter with a Xenomorph.
Festival co-director Allison Gardner said: 'The team have pulled together a brilliant series of events and both The Matrix and Alien will be the pop-up events of the year. As ever it's our audiences who add the fun and frivolities to our immersive events and they have never let us down and always exceed our expectations and ensure the events are fun.'
The retrospectives continue with 1969: End of Innocence, devoted to 10 American films of the year. 1969 capped a decade of trauma for the country, and famously saw the release of counter-culture classics such as Easy Rider, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Best Picture Oscar winner Midnight Cowboy. Programmed screenings include Alice's Restaurant, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Medium Cool, Sweet Charity, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, The Wild Bunch, and True Grit.