Glasgow Film Festival announces 2016 special events at Kelvingrove and the Barrowlands
- Scott Henderson
- 16 December 2015
Indiana Jones stuntman Vic Armstrong to present Raiders of the Lost Ark screening at Kelvingrove
In recent years, Glasgow Film Festival’s reputation for kick-ass special events has been second-to-none, and 2016 looks to be no exception. The next festival (17–28 Feb) will host site-specific screenings at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Barrowlands and Glasgow Science Centre Planetarium, it has been announced.
The highlight will be Raiders of the Lost Ark at the Kelvingrove, complete with a live action adventure presentation before the film and an introduction from none other than the legendary stuntman Vic Armstrong. Later that night, GFF will turn the lights down for a super-creepy screening of horror classic The Silence of the Lambs, with live organ music and glasses of a nice Chianti. If 2015's Dazed and Confused roller disco at Drygate or Jaws in the hull of Glasgow’s Tall Ship are anything to go by, Indy and Hannibal at the Kelvingrove will be the must-have ticket of the festival.
Realising that being chased by boulders or scared senseless by slithering serial killers might not be everyone’s cup of tea, GFF have programmed other equally imaginative options, including a debut event at the Barrowland Ballroom. Turned into a cinema for the first time, the famous music venue hosts the world premiere of Where You’re Meant to Be, a collaboration between filmmaker Paul Fegan and musician Aidan Moffat. The event will also features live traditional and contemporary folk music.
Another famed musician – just to understate it a bit – headlines over at Glasgow Science Centre Planetarium. David Bowie’s iconic The Man Who Fell to Earth turns 40 next year. You can celebrate at GFF with a screening inside the Space Zone, followed by a guided tour of the solar system. The man himself won’t be in attendance, so the spectacular infinity will have to satisfy in his place.
And finally, arts space Tramway will host an exhibition, performance and screening of digitally remastered archive artist films under the title This is Now: Film and Video After Punk (1978–85), after which there’ll be a party with music and DJs, including Optimo’s JD Twitch.
All in, it’s another great start to the GFF programme. Look out for more announcements leading up to the festival in February, with the full lineup to be revealed Wed 20 Jan.
Tickets for GFF site-specific events on sale from Thu 17 Dec at 12pm. Glasgow Film Festival takes place Wed 17–Sun 28 Feb.