Glasgow Short Film Festival celebrates 10 years with two rare docs and live performances
- Alex Johnston
- 8 December 2016
Highlights of film festival's 10th anniversary edition announced, including An Interview With Bukowski
The Glasgow Short Film Festival is ten years old in 2017 and is celebrating with two rarely-seen documentaries.
An Evening with Bukowski, at Joytown Grand Electric Theatre on Fri 17 Mar, is a celebration of the legendary booze-hound and prolific author Charles Bukowski. It's centred around Matteo Borgardt's 1981 documentary You've Never Had It: An Evening with Bukowski. Borgardt visited the writer and his soon-to-be wife Linda Lee Beighle at their home, and recorded the encounter on U-matic videocassette, the same format Pablo Larraín used for his grainy 2012 historical drama No. The resulting conversation, fuelled by wine and cigarettes, covered such topics as writers, sex, love and humanity; well, it's Bukowski, they were hardly going to discuss Wittgenstein over a game of backgammon, right? The film has been digitised and garnished with new footage and audio of Bukowski reading his own work. After the film, the boho atmosphere continues with live poetry, and music from Jacob Yates and the Pearly Gate Lock-Pickers.
The GFT on Sat 18 Mar is showing a 35mm print of John Jeremy's 1972 Jazz Is Our Religion, which uses the photographs of the great Val Wilmer to document a music then undergoing some serious changes. It has a soundtrack of diverse figures from jazz history, including Charlie Parker, Rashied Ali, Lol Coxhill and Ted Joans. There's an afterparty at Joytown Grand Electric Theatre with live music and a DJ set from Donna Leake.
The full festival programme is announced on Wed 1 Feb, but the above events can be booked now from the GFF website.
The Glasgow Short Festival runs from Wed 15–Sun 19 March 2017 at the CCA, GFT and Joytown Grand Electric Theatre in Glasgow.