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