Sound and vision

Sound and vision

Next month’s pair of festivals celebrate Glasgow’s dual love of music and movies.

Film and music collide in rude style this fortnight with the launch of the inaugural Sounds Film Festival. With a locations spread across the city from the West End to the city centre ABC, the programme of events includes 11 screenings and a string of live music performances.

Opening night festivities kick off with two documentaries; one Scottish, one Danish – both providing alterative takes on the Glasgow music scene. The world premiere of full-length documentary Ballads of the Book, gives a unique account of the project where a collection of Scottish music and writing talent collaborated to create an album.

Other screenings include the documentary on 1960s London, Tonight Let’s All Make Love In London, The Harder They Come, and Johnny Cash: Christmas In Scotland, a unique television special set in Scotland.

In addition, the festival showcases a selection of shorts curated by Glasgow’s independent film night Magic Lantern, including the Oscar-nominated film Snow. Events will come to a close with a surprise movie.

Sounds Film Festival director, Francis Lopez, said of the event: ‘This festival came out of a need to give Glasgow a dedicated annual film festival of music covering all genres.’ Recently awarded UNESCO City of Music status, Glasgow has a tradition of being a great cinema-going city with a rich and diverse music scene which is recognised and celebrated worldwide. ‘There is no theme to this year’s three-day festival; instead, the programme is simply a celebration of the variety of music that enriches our day-to-day lives.’

Across town, and in venues across the country, the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival also launched their programme, which includes live music, visual art, comedy, theatre performances and talks. Among the events are a pair of nights of musical collaborations at the ABC featuring Sons and Daughters, Teenage Fanclub, King Creosote, Emma Pollock and more, plus performances of the play Think No Evil of Us: My Life with Kenneth Williams and book events with Liz Lochead, Rodge Glass, Denise Mina, Nick Brooks, Alan Bissett and others.

Sounds Film Festival 2008 will run Fri 17-Sun 19 Oct. For full details about the programme and screening times, see For full Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival information, which runs from 1-19 Oct, see

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