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.
With only a couple of days to go til the festival kicks off, I hope you’ve all had the chance to check out this year’s programme and are excited as we are about everything that we’ve got going on over the coming weekend.
One I am personally extremely psyched about is our screening of ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits’ – a documentary film charting the last 48 hours of generation defining band LCD Soundsystem.
Frontman James Murphy made the unusual decision to bring an end to the party right at the peak of the band’s popularity – they played their last ever gig to a sold out Madison Square Garden in NYC in April 2011, ensuring they would go out with a bang!
Party kids across the world wept as the cowbells stopped and LCD were no more, Daft Punk were no longer playing at your house, All Your Friends were away up the road…….’Shut Up and Play the Hits’ tells the story of the end of an era for music fans & for Murphy himself:
“Likeable, deadpan and refreshingly self-aware, the inner turmoil and obvious regret of the ageing hipster makes this not only a sad farewell to a great band, but to life as Murphy knows it.” – Total Film, 2012.
So, this coming Saturday – all you Southside music & film buffs (and we know there are LOADS of you) can all get a wee bit nostalgic for our fading youth with our screening of the film at The Glad Cafe (8pm – doors 7.30pm – tickets £6/5). The film seemed to have a pretty limited release when it was out last year so if – like me- you missed it – take this second chance to see it on the big screen!
If you want to make a night of it (Go on…!) – don’t forget that iBop – the Southside’s longest running indie night – will be hosting a wee after party for you all to get your dance on – keep a hold of your ticket stub for discounted entry. Hope to see you all throwing some shapes on the dancefloor – don’t forget your cowbells!
– ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits’ – Sat 18 May – The Glad Cafe – 8pm (doors 7.30pm) – £6/5 – tickets on sale now at The Glad Cafe or online at http://www.tickets-scotland.com/ Followed by: – iBop – Sat 18 May – Pollock Ex Servicemans Club – £5 on the door or £4 with your ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits’ ticket stub.
Don’t forget to follow us & tag us in photos of your night on Instagram – @SouthsideFilmFestival and let us know what you think of the film on Twitter – #southsidefilm
With less than a week to go until the festival kick off, programmes are being handed out all over the Southside, venues are setting out their chairs and volunteers are making sure everything’s ready to go. This Friday, the 17th May, it’s only fitting that the 2013 Southside Festival kicks off with a screening of ‘We Are Northern Lights’ at The Glad Cafe on Pollokshaws Road.
It’s fitting because the Southside Festival is ran by the public, for the public, much like the Northern Lights documentary. It’s a film made up of footage from over 100 members of the public of bonnie Scotland. It covers everything from the beautiful scenery of the Highlands to the hustle and bustle of T In The Park.
In 2012, people from across the country were encouraged to take personal videos of Scotland’s past, present and future and the result was thousands of submissions that have been edited down into this fantastic piece of cinema that will leave you goosebumps and smiling by the end.
I saw the trailer for the film a couple of months ago when I went to see a Hollywood blockbuster and in truth, when I left the screening, all I could think about was ‘We Are Northern Lights’ I wanted to see this film about our wonderful country.
So this Friday, I hope you’ll come along and help us kick off the festival with a film made by the people of Scotland, for the people of Scotland!
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.
Green Screen: Irish Documentary Double Bill: A Million Bricks (N/C 15) & Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey (N/C 15) Friday 15 March The Glad Cafe Doors 6.30pm First Film- A Million Bricks -Starts at 7pm Co-Director Frank Martin will introduce A Million Bricks and will take part in a Q&A following the film. Second Film-Bernadette -Starts at 9.15pm Price for both films – £6 full price £5 concession-and all box office will go directly to the filmmakers. Tickets only available on the door. A Million Bricks
In the optimism of the 1960’s people bought new homes in Springfield Park only to find themselves at the heart of a battle when the Troubles broke out. After a night of violence in 1971, six people were killed and Catholic and Protestant families left the last mixed street in West Belfast.
A Million Bricks is the story of a scattered community told by the people themselves and directed and produced by Frank Martin and Seamus Kelters, who lived there. They were ordinary people who saw their hopes realised, then dashed within the space of a decade. Where once stood a row of houses shared by Protestants and Catholics now stands Belfast’s biggest peace-line, a wall of a million bricks, separating them.
Co Director Frank Martin will travel from Belfast for this screening to introduce the film and take part in a Q&A after the film so don’t miss this!
Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey
Did you know that Bernadette Devlin was once described by an opponent as “Fidel Castro in a mini skirt”? That she punched the Home Secretary in the Houses of Parliament the day after Bloody Sunday? That she was elected MP at 21?
Bernadette Devlin McAliskey has certainly had a tumultuous political career and her political journey continues to this day. Lelia Doolan’s documentary allows her personal and political story to unfold in this atmospheric and evocative film. Using archive footage and a series of interviews with Bernadette herself over a number of years, a complex and intricate picture evolves of a formidable figure of recent Irish politics.
Thanks to Director Lelia Doolan for permission to screen this film.
Rescheduled from Southside Film Festival, May 2012, for St Patrick’s Day weekend.
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