Published On: Tue, Feb 12th, 2013

DO THIS! Glasgow Film Festival



February is quite the month for cinephiles, what with last night’s BAFTAs and the fast approaching Academy Awards but obviously the most important event of the month is the Glasgow Film Festival.


When you think of Glasgow the first thing that springs to mind is probably not an international film festival. The GFF, hosted by the city’s best independent cinema the Glasgow Film Theatre is now in it’s 9th year. With this year set to be the biggest and best yet with guests such as Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace, Clash of the Titans), Eli Roth (Inglorious Basterds, Hostel) and Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, The Lovely Bones) set to grace the red carpet.

GFF will see a range of the best international films the year has to offer screened right here in Glasgow. What more could you ask for from your city? Some of the highlights include the forthcoming adaptation of David Mitchell’s bestseller Cloud Atlas starring Halle Berry, Tom Hanks and Jim Broadbent. As well as The Place Beyond the Pines, the latest film from Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance, which stars Ryan Gosling and was originally screened at the Toronto International Film Festival to widespread critical acclaim. Now that you know Ryan Gosling is in it there’s not much more to be said. Its UK release date is not until April but thanks to GFF it will be shown in Glasgow on the 23rd and 24th of February.

Other highlights include Joss Whedon’s (Avengers Assemble, The Cabin in the Woods) modern day adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing which will have its mainstream cinema release in June 2013.


If you thought that the events of the GFF would be confined to your typical cinema screen then you thought wrong. Events will be on across the city in places that you most likely would not expect. Have you ever seen a film underground in a subway station? Me neither. Have you ever been on a cinema treasure hunt around the city? Thought not. Or a Barn Dance celebrating the Oscar winning Calamity Jane? Chances are you have not so now is the perfect opportunity.


Perhaps one person you may be surprised to hear is making a special guest appearance at the festival is Alex Salmond who will be introducing his favourite film at the GEEK Night Special. I wonder if he’s ever seen that photo of him as Rambo?



Katy MacAskill



The Glasgow Film Festival begins on Thursday the 14th of February until the 24th. Tickets are available online at or from the GFT at 12 Rose Street, Glasgow