Glasgow Film Festival 2019: Karen Gillan, Stephen Merchant and Jonah Hill among highlights
- Katharine Gemmell
- 23 January 2019
GFF announces its full programme with 337 screenings and events, including Gillan's All Creatures Here Below and Merchant's Fighting With My Family
The organisers of the Glasgow Film Festival have been teasing us with major announcements over the past few months, from the gala opening with Jonah Hill's Mid90s, to a special 20th-anniversary Matrix event. With all that built-up anticipation, cinephiles will be relieved to find out that the full 2019 programme has now been announced.
The programme for the 15th annual Glasgow Film Festival will feature a whopping 337 individual screenings, talks and events. GFF is one of the UK's leading film festivals and will take over the city for 12 days from Wednesday 20 February until Sunday 3 March. This year, the festival plays host to a record seven world premieres, 103 UK premieres and 49 Scottish premieres from 54 individual countries.
Some world premieres set to be screened are Marilyn Edmond's timely Connect, focussing on the epidemic of male suicide amongst young men in Scotland; Scottish indie filmmaker Lawrie Brewster's Automata, intriguingly described as 'Downton Abbey meets The Evil Dead', and Stephen Bennett's Do No Harm, that looks at the Scottish psychiatrist who contributed to modern-day torture.
Other highlights on the bill are Scottish star Karen Gillan in the international premiere of US drama All Creatures Here Below, about a poverty-stricken couple on the run; and the remake of the Flannan Isle mystery, The Vanishing, starring two other notable Scots, Gerard Butler and Peter Mullan. Stephen Merchant fans will be happy to hear that his directorial debut Fighting With My Family will also be at the festival.