Martin Scorsese, Jarvis Cocker, Julien Temple and Jeremy Deller among highlights of inaugural Art Screen doc fest
The new film festival will take place in Glasgow in April 2014
Jarvis Cocker, Julien Temple and Jeremy Deller will be among the live guests at Art Screen, a new Glasgow-based documentary film festival set to take place in April 2014. Martin Scorsese's name is also being hailed as a highlight of the programme, although the Hollywood director will not be appearing in person, instead contributing a specially-filmed introduction to his own film Italianamerican, which will be screening at the fest.
Pulp's Jarvis Cocker will be appearing in conversation with director Martin Wallace and journalist Paul Morley, following a screening of The Big Melt. Co-directed by Cocker and Wallace, the film forges a connection between Sheffield's history of industry and its musical heritage, with a score that features contributions from Richard Hawley.
Filmmaker Julien Temple continues his career of era-defining music docs (The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, The Filth and the Fury, Requiem for Detroit?) with Rio, a documentary that examines the carnival city's recent history of cultural, political and technical revolutions. It's a timely piece, with Rio preparing to host both the World Cup Final in 2014 and the Olympics and Paralympics in 2016. Temple will be in conversation with Kirsty Wark after the screening.
The Bruce Lacey Experience is a look at the life of eccentric artist Bruce Lacey directed by Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller and filmmaker Nick Abrahams, both of whom will join BBC Radio 4's Francine Stock for a discussion afterwards. Deller will also participate in a panel discussion titled What Is The Art of The Arts Documentary?, alongside Kirsty Wark, film-makers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard and broadcasters and art critics Andrew Graham Dixon and Tim Marlow.
The festival's setting in Glasgow will also be recognised, with two documentary screenings focusing on the city's cultural heritage. Our Glasgow, produced by frieze magazine's Jennifer Higgie, celebrates Glasgow's position as a creative hub, while Facing Up to Mackintosh explores the new Glasgow School of Art building that stands opposite the iconic Charles Rennie Mackintosh structure.
As with all good film festivals, the screenings are only part of the programme – three nights of live music, performances and guest DJ sets have been programmed too, with Optimo's Jonnie Wilkes and artist Torsten Lauschmann among the first guests to be announced.
Art Screen, various venues, Glasgow, Thu 10–Sun 13 Apr.