Glasgow Film Festival: Jason Edwards interview

Glasgow Film Festival: Jason Edwards interview

Broadway musicals, old school metallers and futuristic silent movie soundtracks all collide as part of the GFF’s Music and Film strand explains programmer Jason Edwards

It’s hard to pick which event will be best – they’re all going to be pretty epic. We want to attract people who are not necessarily into live gigs but might like going to the cinema, and vice versa.

Shhhh! An Evening of Not So Silent Movies is a highlight. It’s a two-hour show with bands doing 15 minute slots, either composing scores for favourite films, or playing their music over arthouse movies or blockbusters. It should be very cool. Dolby Anol are creating a horror soundtrack with analogue synths; The Parsonage and Zoey Van Goey are taking part and we’ve asked local actors and burlesque performers to perform, so it ties up theatre, music and film.

The Arches electro club night Death Disco gets a bigger budget on Saturday 21 February, so expect the usual visuals – like hanging projection cubes – but they’re really upping the ante to create something mind-blowing and spectacular.

Union of Knives, an experimental rock group from Glasgow, have commissioned local artists to provide visuals and installations, during an intimate show, so that should be really full-on.

Besides the events, there are also films for all musical tastes. There are Broadway musicals in Every Little Step, a touring heavy metal band in Anvil! The Story of Anvil and punk rock history in Who Killed Nancy?

We’ve had some great feedback – people like Franz Ferdinand and Sons and Daughters wanted to take part, but couldn’t manage. Mostly, we hope the events entertain all the senses. It’s about being totally immersed and having loads of stuff thrown at you at once. That’s more memorable than just going to see a band or sitting in a cinema.

Music and Film kicks off with Nosferatu and Anvil! at GFT, 13 Feb and concludes with The Wrecking Crew, at GFT, 22 Feb.

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