Including a screening of Lance Bangs' live concert film Daydream Nation and Lost Map's evening inspired by their VISITΔTIONS project
2019 marks the 15th year of the Glasgow Film Festival, with screenings happening daily from Wed 20 Feb to Sun 3 Mar. This year's edition provides 16 strands of film ranging from cult classics to Belgian cinema, to horror-fantasy and everything in between. The Sound and Vision strand brings together music and film with a selection of feature-length documentaries, live event cinema and talks. We round up some of the best events and films to check out as part of the strand.
Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story
Anyone familiar with the Manchester music scene will know Chris Sievey's comedy star Frank Sidebottom. Chris spent a decade trying to break into the music scene, until 1984 when he completely subverted the scene with his creation of Frank, bringing about a cross between comedy, pop and performance art. But as Frank rose to fame, the line between creator and creation became harder to distinguish. Both funny and moving, this film explores creative struggle, and an extreme split-personality. Everyman, Sat 2 Mar, 6pm; CCA, Sun 3 Mar, 4pm.
Cellist: The Legacy of Gregor Piatigorsky
Cellist recounts the extraordinary life of Gregor Piatigorsky: supporting his family from the age of 8, becoming the principal cellist of the Bolshoi at 15, meeting Lenin, surviving pogroms, and eventually escaping the Soviet Union in 1939; all of which was driven by his desire to bring music to the world. The tale of this heroic figure is told by the virtuosic cellists and musicians he taught, through archive footage, interviews and recordings to explore his life, loves and of course, his music. Glasgow Film Theatre, Fri 22 Feb, 5.45pm; Sat 23 Feb, 12.35pm.
Lance Bangs' live concert film captures Sonic Youth's performance of their seminal 1998 record Daydream Nation in Glasgow, which was one of less than 20 performances of the record in full. Combining HD footage, super 8 and 16mm stock from Bangs' own private archive, the film is a rare document of an iconic band in their prime. The screening in Glasgow will hold particular poignancy as the band's 2007 show took place at the ABC, which was tragically lost in the GSA fire of 2018. The venue held a special charm for Thurston Moore who described it as 'the type of venue for which the songs were written'. The screening with be followed by a Q&A with director Lance Bangs, Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley and The Pastel's Stephen McRobbie. You can also hear Lance speak in person about his extensive career directing music videos and feature concert films, exploring the inseparable bond between music and cinema (Glasgow Film Theatre, Sun 24 Feb, 4pm). Glasgow Film Theatre, Sat 23 Feb, 3pm.
Jim Galloway – A Journey in Jazz
Directed by James Cullingham, A Journey in Jazz documents the life and legacy of Jim Galloway: the Scotsman who emigrated to Canada as a young man where he launched his international career as a jazz saxophonist and impresario. Galloway has been hailed as Canada's jazz ambassador, largely due to his co-founding of the Toronto Jazz Festival. Following the screening, see Ken Mathieson's Classic Jazz Orchestra play at the Blue Arrow. Expect a varied back-catalogue of jazz from those who inspired Jim, to interpretations in celebration of the man himself. CCA, Thu 21 Feb, 6pm, followed by the performance at the Blue Arrow, 7.30pm.
Her Smell sees Elisabeth Moss give an outstanding performance as grunge icon Becky Something, frontwoman for the 90s rock band Something. As a wife, mother, and exceptionally talented performer at the top of her game, her downfall ensues via a series of public meltdowns, failed recording sessions, and her battle with addiction. Director Alex Ross Perry retells her difficult story through a lens of blood, sweat and tears. Glasgow Film Theatre, Sun 24 Feb, 8pm.
The Science of Ghosts
Niall McCann's latest film spans the divide between truth and fiction; an experimental documentary that delves deep within the psyche of the artist Adrian Crowley. McCann presents an insight into the artist's mind through a non-linear discussion of Crowley's life: his struggles with creativity and a lot of self-reflection. The outcome is a highly immersive and deeply personal film. CCA, Mon 25 Feb, 8.30pm; Tue 26 Feb, 3pm.
Satan and Adam
Black musician Sterling 'Mr. Satan' Magee turned his back on a high-flying career the music industry due to their exploitation of black artists. Through a chance encounter he befriends a white, Ivy League artist called Adam Gussow on the streets of Harlem in the 1980s, when race relations in New York were at an all time low. Despite their wildly different backgrounds, the two musicians form a bond which turns them into a sensation. Satan and Adam proves the unifying power of music against all odds. CCA, Thu 21 Feb, 8.45pm; Fri 22 Feb, 1.30pm.
In 1980s Russia, rock'n'roll was seen as an act of rebellion greater than anywhere else. Kirill Serebennikov's evocation of the period revolves around the musical rivalry between Leningrad rocker Mike and newcomer Viktor, who argue over everything from politics, to influences, to Mike's wife Natasha. Based on a true story, the film captures the thrill of being in a band and making music at a time and place when rebellion really mattered. Winner of the Cannes Soundtrack Award in 2018, the film boasts excellent cover versions of rock classics. Glasgow Film Theatre, Fri 1 Mar, 5.45pm; Sat 2 Mar, 3.30pm.
VISITΔTIONS presented by Lost Map
Lost Map are an independent record label based on the Hebridean island of Eigg. VISITΔTIONS is an event inspired by their project of the same name, which involves artists being left to their own devices for a week in a remote bothy to record. The event will showcase footage from the project (filmed by Slow Tree, aka Neil Hamilton-Wilkinson and Abi Fry of British Sea Power) as well as an exclusive live set of the music made during their time on the island. Expect performances from Monoganon and Free Love (formerly Happy Meals). The Savings Bank, Sun 24 Feb, 7pm.
A powerful feature film from Brady Corbert (Childhood of a Leader), merging tragedy and satire through the incredible life story of pop star Celeste (Natalie Portman). As a survivor of a school shooting aged 13 who finds success as a teen popstar, she becomes an emblem of national healing. But when she makes plans for her comeback some twenty years later, her life is threatened by tragedy once more, making Vox Lux a provocative take on 21st century trauma. The film features an original score by Scott Walker and brand new music from Sia. Cineworld, Sat 2 Mar, 8.30pm; Sun 3 Mar, 3.30pm.
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