Pollokshaws Burgh Hall (2025 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G43 1NE) is home to the mighty Wurlitzer Cinema Organ, Scotland’s only cinema organ. The Scottish Cinema Organ Trust (SCOT) dedicate 2 days a week to restoring and maintaining this musical instrument now well into its 8th decade!
Vampyr is a 1932 French-German horror film, one of the first psychological horror films. It ranks in many circles as one of the greatest horror films of all time (appearing in the top 10 of the Guardian’s list of ‘best horror films of all time’ in 2010). The story centres around Allan Grey, a student of the occult who enters the village of Courtempierre, which is under the curse of a vampire.
Grey arrives in a remote castle and starts seeing weird, inexplicable sights (a man whose shadow has a life of its own, a mysterious scythe-bearing figure tolling a bell, a terrifying dream of his own burial). Things come to a head when one of the daughters of the lord of the castle succumbs to anaemia – or is it something more sinister?
The film will start at 8pm, doors at 7:30pm. Tickets are £6 (£5 for concessions) and are available online from Tickets Scotland soon (booking fee applies) or on the door from Pollokshaws Burgh Hall.
The nights are fair drawin’ in here in Glasgow so if you’re feeling stuck for some Autumnal midweek activities in the Southside, look no further as we’re back for first in our October edition of the film club with Swedish romantic horror Let the Right One In.
The Vampire genre appears to be enjoying somewhat of cultural rebirth of late – so much so that it can be difficult to pull a diamond from the rough – but we think we’ve done just that with Tomas Alfredson’s 2009 adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s best selling novel.
Twelve year old Oskar is an outsider – viciously bullied at school in the day and left to fend for himself in the evening while his single mother works nights – the muted wintery backdrop of a small suburb of Stockholm only intensifies Oksar heartbreaking loneliness & isolation.
It’s during one of these bleak lonely nights that Oskar meets Eli. He has no friends, she has no friends and in their despair, the two misfits forge a beautifully tender bond.
But is Eli all that she seems…..or more?
Marrying the often only ‘too real’ realism of Swedish cinema with a new twist on the grotesquely fantastical nature of the vampire genre, Let the Right One In is a magnetically atmospheric tale of loneliness & desperation, but most of all, a complexly delicate love story – the context may be grim but the sentiment is one that will ring true to us all….
What would you look past or sacrifice for the sake of love & companionship?
A quick update on the ticketing arrangements for Film Club.The very kind folks at Glad Cafe sell our tickets for us in advance of the screenings. However, to help keep things simple we’ve decided that tickets for each month’s screenings will only be available to buy in person from the Glad Cafe the month before each screening. So, dates for ticket sales are as follows:
Tickets are also available on the door from Southside Film Festival volunteers the night of each screening from an hour beforehand (so 7pm or 3pm for Pirates!) and online now from Tickets Scotland(booking fee applies).
We hope that all makes sense! We’ll be sure to remind you all via twitter and facebook when the tickets for each screening are available.
Our flyers for Autumn Film Club at The Glad Cafe have arrived and our team of dedicated volunteers will be distributing them across the Southside this weekend. Just in time for our first screening – Heathers on Tuesday 3rd September.
If you see any of our flyers whilst you’re out & about or think there is somewhere good we should be putting them then get in touch via twitter or facebook or by email and use the hashtag #southsidefilm.
After a wee summer break (and what a glorious summer its been here in Glasgow), we’re back to ease you into the darker nights with a whole host of awesome for this season’s FILM CLUB – and to kick it all off – what would be better than a slice of 80’s cult cinema with high school satireHeathers.
Massive shoulder pads, poisonous cliques, teen-suicide & murder…..this is the high school movie that took a croquet mallet to the rules & redefined the genre once and for all – not a Molly Ringwald in sight!
“WHATS YOUR DAMAGE, HEATHER?”
The politics of high school have never been so cruel as when doled out by one the Heathers, a vicious clique of girls (all called Heather) intent on dishing out their own brand of intimidation to the less fortunate. These are the original Mean Girls – and boy, are they mean! That is until fellow clique member Veronica (Winona Ryder) falls for rebel newcomer J.D (Christian Slater) & together they forge a plan to end the Heathers reign of terror once & for all.
Dark, satirical & delectably self aware – Heathersis a masterclass in teen-cyncism. More than 20 years after its release – the themes are just as subversive & the diaglogue just as razor-sharp.
If that’s not enough, its also got Christian Slater being all kinds of amazing doing his best Jack Nicholson impression in a show stealing performance as J.D – the seductive Clyde to Veronica’s delightfully dead-pan Bonnie.
Smart, funny & grotesquely nasty – Heathers is the definition of black comedy. If for some unknown reason this cult classic of sorts as passed you by or even if you’ve seen it a million times before but just want to indulge in some 80’s nostalgia – get yourself down to The Glad Cafe on 3rd Sept 2013, cause y’know “The extreme always seems to make an impression” – and we’re sure Heathers will.
Tickets will be on sale soon – keep an eye out for details. Once they are available you can buy them online from Ticket Scotland and in person at the Glad Cafe and on the door.
The Southside Film Festival in partnership with The Glad Cafe has run a successful film club since October 2012. Our monthly films are screened in the great space at The Glad Cafe on a Tuesday evening at 8pm, with one kids matinee screening per season at 4pm.
Our first Spring Film Club screening is now SOLD OUT! On Tuesday 19 February we are screening In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey as part of the Glasgow Film Festival and the first of our Spring Film Club in partnership with The Glad Cafe. In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey (N/C 15) Synopsis: The unique, guitar finger-picking sound of John Fahey influenced a range of musicians – from Pete Townshend (who calls him the folk equivalent of William Burroughs or Charles Bukowski) to Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Chris Funk of The Decemberists. This documentary recounts the dynamic life of the eccentric guitarist, who transcended blues traditions, melding them with both world and classical forms. Featuring talking heads along with archive footage of performances and interviews, this film creates a vivid portrait of a true guitar pioneer. **Following the screening will be a short solo set from folk guitarist Alasdair Roberts and the director of the film James Cullingham will take part in a Q&A.**
In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey Cert N/C 15+, 2012 (58 mins) The Glad Cafe Tuesday 19 February, 8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
All Film Club screenings are held at The Glad Cafe, 1006a Pollokshaws Road, Shawlands (opposite the five-a-side football pitches) and are usually Tuesday evenings, apart from Saturday matinees for kids. We have 3 other Spring Film Club screenings planned:
A Saturday matinee kids screening for the Easter holidays: Arrietty (U)
Arrietty is from Japan’s Studo Ghibli who brought us the beautiful animation of Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle and Ponyo amongst others.
Arrietty is an adaptation of the English novel The Borrowers by Mary Norten about a family of tiny people who live secretly in the walls and floors of a typical household, borrowing items from humans to survive. Synopsis: Arrietty tells the story of the Clock family who are four-inch-tall people living anonymously in another family’s residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.
The Reader is one of 20 books chosen to celebrate World Book Night on 23 April, 2013
http://www.worldbooknight.org/books/2013 so we thought we would screen the film adaptation of the book, directed by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliott, The Hours) and starring Kate Winslet, David Kross and Ralph Fiennes.The fIlmis a senstive and moving adaptation of Bernard Schlink’s bestselling German novel of 1995 but if you haven’t read the book you can still enjoy the film. Synopsis: Set in post World War Two Germany, nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial.
BAFTA and OSCAR nominated, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Caméra d’Or for Best First Feature Film at Cannes in 2012, Beasts of the Southern Wild is certainly a celebrated debut. A visually stunning, truly original piece of filmmaking, featuring amazing performances from non actors and the youngest ever Oscar nominee, 9 year old Quvenzhané Wallis.
Synopsis: Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink, in the Bathtub, a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink’s tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe; for a time when he’s no longer there to protect her. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack, temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Wink’s health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother.
In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey (N/C 15) Synopsis: The unique, guitar finger-picking sound of John Fahey influenced a range of musicians – from Pete Townshend (who calls him the folk equivalent of William Burroughs or Charles Bukowski) to Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Chris Funk of The Decemberists. This documentary recounts the dynamic life of the eccentric guitarist, who transcended blues traditions, melding them with both world and classical forms. Featuring talking heads along with archive footage of performances and interviews, this film creates a vivid portrait of a true guitar pioneer. **Following the screening will be a short solo set from folk guitarist Alasdair Roberts and the director of the film James Cullingham will take part in a Q&A.**
In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey Cert N/C 15+, 2012 (58 mins) The Glad Cafe Tuesday 19 February, 8pm
The film will start at 8pm, doors at 7:30pm. Tickets are £8.50 (£6.50 for concessions) and are available from the Glasgow Film Festival. UPDATE: GFF HAVE SOLD OUT OF ONLINE TICKETS SO TICKETS NOW ONLY AVAILABLE IN ADVANCE IN PERSON FROM THE GLAD CAFE (or on the door on the night if we don’t sell out) All Film Club screenings are held at The Glad Cafe, 1006a Pollokshaws Road, Shawlands (opposite the five-a-side football pitches) and are usually Tuesday evenings, apart from Saturday matinees for kids.
We have also added an additional screening for March -a rescheduled screening of the Irish documentary double bill for St Patrick’s Day weekend – at 7pm on Friday 15 March in The Glad Cafe http://southsidefilm.co.uk/?p=182
There’ll be face painting for kids after the screening of Arthur Christmas on Saturday 15 December. The film starts at 3pm and is 97minutes long so facepainting will be from around 4:30 in The Glad Cafe.
Before November’s screening of our feature Headhunters we screened the short film ‘The Things We Do’. A short about the things a father will do for his son and what he has to sacrifice to do the right thing.
It was written and directed by Jason Weidner and there was a mini Q&A after the screening.
The Southside Film Festival will be continuing to support local filmmakers by screening select short films in advance of the main features at our Film Club nights at The Glad Cafe.
October: Coffin Up (4’40”, 2012) Conceived, written, filmed and edited over 48 hours for the Edinburgh 48 Hour Film Project by ‘Dead Square’ (Nick Forrest, Colin Moncrieff, Clark Dunn, Rhian Wright, Vic Galloway, Nick Wright, Tori Spatoula).
November: The Things We Do (5′, 2012) Written and Directed by Jason Weidner, Dir. of Photography: Ray Tallan; Cast: John McQuiston, Gerry Hay. A short about the things a father will do for his son and what he has to sacrifice to do the right thing.
December: Bridge to Nowhere (4′, 2012) Written and Directed by Kim Stewart, the screening will feature a Q&A from Kim on the night. A satirical look at the history of two of Glasgow’s unfinished bridges. One, started in the 1960s, is now suspended in mid-air over a motorway. Explaining the history of the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ and its impact on local residents, the film concludes with a tongue-in-cheek proposal for the bridge’s regeneration.
The Southside Film Festival in partnership with the Glad Cafe is delighted to announce our plans for a film club this autumn. We will be screening a monthly film in the great new space at the Glad Cafe this October, November and December.
For full film info visit our website’s film club page.
Tickets are available in advance online at Tickets Scotland (via the above links) or in person from The Glad Cafe. Tickets available on the door half an hour before advertised screening time. Tickets are all £6 full price or £5 concession with a £1 discount for those dressed as a horror film character at the Frankenstein screening or £5 for all kids at Arthur Christmas screening.
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