Glasgow Film Festival: Short Films
Paul Gallagher gives the lowdown on the short film programme at the GFF
A highlight of last year’s programme was the short films strand, so it’s great to discover local shorts showcasers the Magic Lantern offering another varied programme for 2009.
Things kick off with True Things, a retrospective of shorts from director Miranda July. Her debut 2005 feature, Me and You and Everyone We Know, earned a clutch of awards and deserved cult status, so this opportunity to see how her unique style took shape should be quite special. Among the themed events at GFF is Best of Little British which features Love You More, a tale of two Buzzcocks fans, written by Closer scripter Patrick Marber. Adrian McDowall’s Scottish BAFTA winner Ma Bar (pictured) is a mini-documentary about a 73-year old weightlifter, followed by Between Us an international mix focusing on relationships, including the 2008 Palme d’Or winner Megatron, about one boy’s desire for a toy Transformer.
Saturday’s programme, Unstuck, includes The Control Master from BAFTA-nominated animator Run Wrake and The Queen and The Princess, a debut work from director Gregor Johnstone.
GFF is making exciting moves out of the cinemas this year, with films being screened in shop fronts, plus after-hours events at the Sub Club, with David Lynch’s short films projected in a Twin Peaks-style Red Room.
‘There’s an economy that you’re employing with short filmmaking, says Magic Lantern’s Rosie Crerar, ‘that can give you scope to be more innovative than in feature films. This year takes Shorts to our biggest audience yet’.
The Short Film Festival weekender runs Fri 13-Sun 15 Feb.