Glasgow Film Theatre expands its GFF Sound & Vision strand

Glasgow Film Theatre expands its GFF Sound & Vision strand

Events include a Record Store Day screening of Empire Records and mini-fest Live at Glasgow

The Glasgow Film Theatre is expanding its Sound & Vision programme of live events throughout April and May. There are screenings of rarely-seen movies with live music, a preview of the new Elliott Smith documentary Heaven Adores You, and an entire one-day mini-festival of live music, Live at Glasgow, presented by Stag and Dagger.

The GFT is teaming up with Monorail Music to present a special Record Store Day event: a screening of the 1995 cult movie Empire Records, starring Anthony LaPaglia and a before-they-were-incredibly-famous Liv Tyler and Renee Zellweger. Largely unloved on its release, Empire Records was described by one critic as a 'poor man's Clerks' – a strange comment, since given their respective budgets (Empire Records: $10m, Clerks: $27.6k), the poor man's Clerks is, obviously, Clerks. But while Clerks was always admired, Empire Records wasn't, and that crucial quality of being rescued from the scrap heap has been part of its enduring charm for a generation of viewers younger than the one the movie was originally aimed at. A ridiculously comprehensive soundtrack of 90s favourites doesn't hurt, of course.

One major feature of Sound & Vision is the strand of movie screenings with live music. John Grierson's 1929 documentary Drifters, a groundbreaking examination of the North Sea herring industry, gets a live soundtrack from Mercury-nominated Field Music. Paul Kelly's How We Used To Live has St Etienne playing its original score live. There's also a one-off screening of Lucy Dawkins' My Secret World: The Story of Sarah Records, a documentary about the Bristol-based indie label that's now regarded as one of the greatest and most seminal of its era, with a live Q&A with Sarah founder Clare Wadd.

Stag and Dagger's Live at Glasgow features a slew of performances from Django Django, Honeyblood, the Thurston Moore Band and others all over Glasgow in just one day, as well as that Elliott Smith documentary. The following day is May bank holiday, which is just as well, since you'll need it to recover.

Sound and Vision is on at the GFT from Fri 17 Apr–Sun 31 May. Live at Glasgow is in various venues across Glasgow on Sun 3 May

"Empire Records (1995)" Theatrical Trailer


  • 4 stars
  • 1994
  • US
  • 1h 32min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Kevin Smith
  • Cast: Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti.

Just when you were sick of the very sight of the word 'slacker', along came Clerks and gave the whole commercialisation of the Gen X lifestyle a good hard kick up the backside. Kevin Smith's hilariously foul dialogue peps up the exchanges on life, sex and everyday living between bored convenience store check-out assistant…

Empire Records

  • 1995
  • 1h 26min
  • 12
  • Directed by: Allan Moyle
  • Cast: Anthony LaPaglia, Liv Tyler, Renee Zellweger

Coming-of-age comedy-drama about an independent record store in Delaware, its owner Joe (LaPaglia), its ragtag bunch of misfit employees (Tyler, Zellweger, Tunney, Cochrane, Whitworth) and the crisis it faces when its owner plans to sell it to a major chain. Disliked on its release; now fondly regarded as a minor cult…


  • 1929
  • UK
  • 49min
  • Directed by: John Grierson

John Grierson's groundbreaking 1929 documentary about the lives of fishermen trawling for herring in the North Sea.

Heaven Adores You

  • 2014
  • US
  • 1h 44min
  • Directed by: Nickolas Dylan Rossi
  • Cast: Rossie Harris, Jon Brion, Elliott Smith
  • UK release: 7 May 2015

The three major cities Elliott Smith lived in – Portland, New York City and Los Angeles – are woven though a soundtrack of his music as a thoughtful meditation on his life story is told.

Glasgow Film Theatre

12 Rose Street, Glasgow, G3 6RB

Originally built as the Cosmo in 1939, this was the first art-house cinema constructed outside London. From 1974, the B-Listed building became better known as the GFT and now features three screens and hosts the Glasgow Film Festival.

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