Glasgow Film Festival announce more events for 2015

Strictly Ballroom, Paul Merton and British Sea Power provide major programme highlights

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Strictly Ballroom, Paul Merton and British Sea Power

A glitter-strewn homage to Australian director Baz Luhrmann and a festival of internet cat videos are among the latest events confirmed for the 2015 Glasgow Film Festival, it's been announced today.

The grand hall of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum will host a glitzy, camp dance extravaganza on Fri 20 Feb, centred around a screening of Lurhmann's 1992 classic Strictly Ballroom, also featuring moves from Scottish ballroom and Latin dance champions Tibor Poc and Hilary Mouat. Audience members are encouraged to get suitably sequinned up for the occasion.

And Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art is the setting for a two-day Cat Video Festival (Sat 21-Sun 22 Feb), which celebrates feline-focused shorts from 1901 to the present day.

British Sea Power provide a live score to Penny Woolcock's documentary From the Sea to the Land Beyond in the O2 ABC on Thu 19 Feb, in an event celebrating the venue's original function as a cinema and also including music by eagleowl, Monoganon and Joe McAlinden.

And two classic silent films get rare showings with contemporary live scores. Composer Irene Buckley provides atmospheric live music for Jean Epstein's 1928 Gothic horror The Fall of the House of Usher (22 Feb), using the original Wurlitzer cinema organ in Pollokshaws Burgh Hall alongside vocals and electronics. And French bassist Renaud Garcia-Fons brings his six-piece band for a live East-West soundtrack to Lotte Reiniger's magical silhouette animation The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1 Mar).

And there's silent comedy when Paul Merton hosts an evening devoted to Buster Keaton, alongside renowned silent film pianist Neil Brand (23 Feb).

The Glasgow Film Festival's full programme is announced on Weds 21 Jan
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Glasgow Film Festival

Having launched in 2005, the Glasgow Film Festival has grown and grown: during that debut year, 6000 cinephiles passed through the doors, while 42,000 attended in 2016. Of course there are top-notch premieres, retrospectives and special guests (past visitors have included Richard Gere, Joss Whedon and Alan Rickman) but…

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