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The biggest condominium complex in East Africa, on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, promises thousands of people a better way of life. It’s being constructed, however, on the farmland of 10-year-old Asalif and his mother, leaving them just a tool shed with no electricity or running water.

Anbessa is a lyrical documentary that takes us on a journey of childhood adventuring and magical realism as we accompany a creative, sensitive and bold young boy using his imagination and sharp wits to battle forces beyond his control, and escape the stark reality of displacement. Meanwhile, the city is growing around them and new property developers are knocking at their door.

Wed 25 Sep

Billy Connolly: The Sex Life of Bandages

Billy Connolly: The Sex Life of Bandages
  • 2019
  • Cast: Billy Connolly

Iconic comedian Billy Connolly's last stand-up tour comes to the big screen.

Thu 10 Oct


  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h 8min
  • Directed by: Spike Lee
  • Cast: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Topher Grace, Alec Baldwin

In 1978, Ron Stallworth (Washington), the first black man to join the Colorado Springs police, goes undercover in the Ku Klux Klan, with the help of fellow officer Flip (Driver). A stranger-than-fiction true story fusing buddy cop traditions with powerful recollections of cruelty, and anger at Trump’s America. Fascinating, funny and riveting.

Sun 1 Sep
Tue 3 Sep

Bolshoi Ballet: Giselle

Bolshoi Ballet: Giselle

The young peasant girl Giselle dies when she learns that the man she loves, Albrecht, has betrayed her. Against her will, she joins the wilis, vengeful spirits who now turn against Albrecht and condemn him to dance until he dies of exhaustion.

Sun 26 Jan

Bolshoi Ballet: Le Corsaire

Bolshoi Ballet: Le Corsaire
  • 2016
  • 3h 25min
  • Directed by: Alexei Ratmansky

Inspired by Lord Byron’s epic poem and reworked by Alexei Ratmansky from Petipa’s 19th century classic.

Sun 17 Nov

Bolshoi Ballet Live: The Nutcracker

Bolshoi Ballet Live: The Nutcracker
  • 2017

Sugarplum Fairies and Rat Kings live from Russia.

Sun 15 Dec

The Bolshoi Ballet: Raymonda

The Bolshoi Ballet: Raymonda
  • Directed by: Yuri Grigorovich

Yuri Grigorovich choreographs the tale of medieval knights as created by Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky.

Sun 27 Oct

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion I – Initiation

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion I: Initiation
  • 2018
  • Japan
  • 2h 15min
  • Cast: Johnny Yong Bosch, Yuri Lowenthal, Jun Fukuyama

The story follows Lelouch vi Britannia, exiled prince of Britannia, who is living under the identity Lelouch Lamperouge.

Sat 14 Sep


Coraline 2D
  • 2009
  • US
  • 1h 40min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Henry Selick
  • Cast: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, John Hodgman, Ian McShane

After her family moves to Pink Mansions, Coraline (voiced by Fanning) quickly becomes bored with the large dusty house, and in particular with her hardworking parents (Hatcher and Hodgman). The fantasy kicks into top gear when she discovers a secret door that leads her into an alternate version of her home. A lush, visually imaginative and freshly entertaining stop-motion adaptation of Neil Gaiman's children's novel.

Sat 14 Sep

Drag Kids

  • 2019
  • Canada
  • Directed by: Megan Wennberg

A documentary focusing on four kids who experience what it is like to be a drag queen.

  • IMDb
Sat 14 Sep

For Sama

  • 2019
  • UK
  • 1h 35min
  • Directed by: Waad Al-Khateab, Edward Watts

The tale of a Syrian young woman's struggles with love, war and motherhood over the span of five years.

Wed 4 Sep


The Game Changers

  • 2019
  • USA
  • 1h 28min
  • Directed by: Louie Psihoyos

The truth about protein is uncovered by elite athletes, scientists and soldiers.

Mon 16 Sep

Ghost Fleet

Bangkok-based Patima Tungpuchayakul has committed her life to rescuing and returning home men from Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and other Southeast Asian nations who have been sold to Thai fishing companies by human traffickers.

Once at sea, these captive men go months, even years, without setting foot on land, earning little to no pay, trapped in a modern form of slavery on the boats and forced to endure horrific and often deadly conditions.

Patima and her small team of activists risk their lives to find these men, fight for their emancipation and seek justice for them. In the face of illness, death threats, corruption, and complacency, Patima’s fearless determination reveals stories of criminal conspiracy at the heart of the global seafood industry, as she calls on her nation and the world to wake up and take action.

US 2018 Dirs Shannon Service and Jeff Waldron 89 min

Mon 23 Sep


  • 1989
  • US
  • 15
  • Directed by: Michael Lehmann
  • Written by: Daniel Waters
  • Cast: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker, Penelope Milford, Glenn Shadix

An ultrablack parody of the high school teenflick, Lehman's first feature film manages to combine box office success with artistic merit. This cult hip hit of its year has Slater and Ryder starting a suicide craze to muscle in on the cliquey Heathers running the joint. Tune in, turn on, drop dead.

Fri 13 Sep

Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia!
  • 2008
  • UK / US
  • 1h 48min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd
  • Cast: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski

A bride-to-be tries to find out the identity of her real father in the lead up to her wedding on a Greek island. Faithful film adaptation of Broadway and West End ABBA song musical mega hit with all star cast.

Thu 12 Sep

Margaret Atwood: Live In Cinemas

Margaret Atwood: Live In Cinemas

Interview with the Handmaid's Tale author, Margaret Atwood, screened live from London.

Tue 10 Sep

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

In the 1960s, when Leonard Cohen was a burgeoning novelist and poet, he met young Norwegian Marianne Ihlen on the Greek island of Hydra. They fell in love and she became his muse, inspiring songs such as ‘So Long, Marianne’ and ‘Bird on the Wire’. In time, their relationship fractured and they lived apart, but as years passed and they grew older, the bond between them remained. Nick Broomfield – who also has links with Marianne and Hydra – tells a love story that is fascinating, tender and memorable. [12A]

Fri 30 Aug
Sat 31 Aug
Sun 1 Sep
Mon 2 Sep

Midnight Traveler

  • 2019
  • US / UK / Canada / Qatar
  • 1h 30min
  • Directed by: Hassan Fazili
  • Cast: Hassan Fazili, Nargis Fazili, Zahra Fazili

The uncertain journey of Afghan director Hassan Fazili and his family as they escape their home after the Taliban puts a bounty on his head.

Sun 22 Sep

National Theatre Live: A Midsummer Night's Dream

A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences.

"The course of true love never did run smooth."

Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (Green Wing, NT Live: Young Marx), David Moorst (NT Live: Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (The Barber Shop Chronicles) lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom.

Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production of *A Midsummer Night’s Dream *will build on the success of his immersive staging of *Julius Caesar *(NT Live 2018). The Bridge Theatre will become a forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot.

Please note that this production is not a live broadcast, it is instead filmed live in front of an audience for cinema screenings.

Thu 17 Oct

National Theatre Live: Fleabag

See Pheobe Waller-Bridge's generation-defining one-woman show, which spawned the hit TV show, in its last ever theatrical run, broadcast live from London's Wyndham Theatre.

Mon 7 Oct

National Theatre Live: Hansard

Hansard; noun The official report of all parliamentary debates.

See two-time Olivier Award winners, Lindsay Duncan (Birdman, About Time) and Alex Jennings (The Lady in the Van, The Queen), in this brand-new play by Simon Wood, broadcast live from the National Theatre in London.

"…the familiar rhythms of marital scrapping quickly turns to blood-sport."

It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital scrapping quickly turns to blood-sport.

Don’t miss this witty and devastating portrait of the governing class, directed by Simon Godwin (NT Live: Antony & Cleopatra, Twelfth Night) and part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday season.

Thu 7 Nov

National Theatre Live: Present Laughter

Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter, filmed live in front of an audience.

"A giddy and surprisingly modern reflection…"

As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching.

Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.

Please note that this production is not a live broadcast, it is instead filmed live in front of an audience for cinema screenings.

Thu 28 Nov

NT Live: One Man, Two Guvnors

NT Live: One Man, Two Guvnors
  • 2011
  • UK
  • E
  • Directed by: Nicholas Hytner
  • Cast: David Benson, Oliver Chris, James Corden

English version of Goldoni's classic Italian comedy.

Thu 26 Sep


  • 2018
  • Norway
  • 1h 26min
  • Directed by: Camilla Strøm Henriksen
  • Cast: Ylva Bjørkaas Thedin, Maria Bonnevie, Sverrir Gudnason

Norwegian drama about a 14-year-old girl who had to grow up too early to take care of her ill mother and her brother.

Sat 14 Sep



  • 2019
  • UK
  • 1h 27min
  • Directed by: Charlie Paul
  • Cast: Peter Howson

Documentary about artist Peter Howson and his monumental painting, Prophecy.

  • IMDb
Thu 29 Aug


Roger Waters  Us + Them

Roger Waters  Us + Them
  • 2019
  • Directed by: Roger Waters, Sean Evans

The co-founder and creative force behind Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, collaborates with director Sean Evans for this film about music, human rights and love.

Wed 2 Oct
Sun 6 Oct

Scheme Birds

Scheme Birds
  • 2018
  • Sweden
  • 1h 30min
  • Directed by: Ellen Fiske, Ellinor Hallin

This compassionate and engrossing hybrid documentary tells the real-life story of teenage ‘scheme bird’ Gemma. Gemma never wants to leave Motherwell, where she relishes life with her jailbird boyfriend, Pat, despite the fact her grandfather disapproves of him. Strong-willed Gemma is such a character that Scheme Birds occasionally feels like a drama-doc, and its fly-on-the-wall style is always astute and empathetic as Gemma’s life twists unexpectedly. Scheme Birds is beautifully made with a real sense of heart. [15]

Scheme Birds is nominated for the 2019 Award for Best Documentary Feature Film.  

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Tue 24 Sep


Scott Pilgrim vs The World

Scott Pilgrim vs The World
  • 2010
  • US
  • 1h 52min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Edgar Wright
  • Cast: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, Alison Pill, Brandon Routh, Jason Schwartzman

The first big-budget blockbuster from serial subverter Edgar Wright ('Spaced', 'Shaun of the Dead') doesn't disappoint. Typecast geek Cera plays Scott, an unemployed musician who falls hard for Ramona Flowers (Winstead) only to find he must defeat a succession of evil ex-boyfriends in fights to the death based on videogames ranging from 'Rock Band' to 'Street Fighter'. Although the plot neccessitates some repetitiveness, that's more than made up for by great production design and some cracking visual gags.

Sun 15 Sep

Sorry We Missed You

  • 2019
  • UK
  • Directed by: Ken Loach
  • Cast: Kris Hitchen, Debbie Honeywood, Rhys Stone, Katie Proctor

Ricky (Hitchen) becomes a freelance delivery driver in order to earn more money, but the financial toll on himself and his wife Abby (Honeywood) starts to destroy their family life. No easy answers, no triumph against the odds, just a gruelling portrait of the damage the system can do.

Sat 28 Sep

Stars By The Pound

  • 2018
  • France
  • 1h 25min
  • Directed by: Marie-Sophie Chambon
  • Cast: Lauren Duchêne, Angèle Metzger, Pauline Serieys

Delightful coming-of-age comedy about a hospitalized girl whose dream to be an astronaut is in danger.

Sun 15 Sep

Suzi Q

  • 2019
  • Australia
  • 1h 38min
  • Directed by: Liam Firmager

Documentary feature on the American rock singer-songwriter.

  • IMDb
Tue 8 Oct

Q&A with Suzi Quatro

Glasgow Film Theatre

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.

Reviews & features

Glasgow Film Theatre to host monthly Dementia Friendly Screenings

2 Nov 2017

Upcoming films include White Christmas and Britain on Film: Coast to Sea

People with dementia can feel excluded. Glasgow Film Theatre decided to help and hosted a special screening of classic musical Singin' in the Rain at Dundasvale Residents Hall in 2016. The experience was enhanced by 'a movie memories handling kit…

Student Guide 2016: best cinemas in Edinburgh and Glasgow

23 Sep 2016

Where to catch the latest hit films, intriguing documentaries and forgotten classics

Lovers of indie flicks, cult classics and documentaries, rejoice: both Edinburgh and Glasgow boast a great selection of independent cinemas, many of which offer too-good-to-resist student discounts. In the capital, the Filmhouse is a haven for…

Glasgow Film Theatre expands its GFF Sound & Vision strand

15 Apr 2015

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…

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