Category Archives: Southside

FILM CLUB PRESENTS: Let the Right One In

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?
Tues 8th Oct – 8pm (doors 7:30)
Tickets – £6/5 conc. – available online at Ticket Scotland or in person at The Glad Cafe.

Film Club flyers

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.

The eagle eyed amongst might have spotted that there’s now a 6th screening included on the flyer. This is Robot & Frank which we are screening on Tuesday 15 October in partnership with the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. This is an exciting additional screening to our other Autumn Film Club ones in partnership with The Glad Cafe and there are more details here.

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.

Film Club Presents: ‘HEATHERS’ – “Are We Going To Prom, Or To Hell?”

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 satire Heathers.
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 – Heathers is 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.
Tues 3rd Sept – 8pm (doors 7:30)
Tickets – £6/5 conc. – available online at Ticket Scotland or at The Glad Cafe.

Press coverage so far

The Southside Film Festival kicks off this Thursday with the film quiz and then a series of film screenings and events over Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

We’ve already had some great press coverage and publicity, we’ll be updating our website with these details here. Check out the articles below that mention the Southside Film Festival. Including the very kind and supportive motion in the Scottish Parliament by Patrick Harvie

If you’d like to help us spread the word then please send on the flyers and programme links below to interested people.

And check out our promotional films on YouTube for the following venues:

Stay South! @southfilmfest

      Hello one and all!

      Hello one and all, my name’s Kenny and I’m the newest volunteer to the Southside Film Festival for 2013. I deliberated on whether to start off with a bad movie quote or pun, but I’ve opted for the more sensible option (even though I’ve told you what I was planning anyway, DARN!)…..

      My route into working as a volunteer at the festival has been a unique one. I studied Sociology at university, which by the end felt like I was watching Beverly Hills Cop 3 on repeat, which isn’t a good thing. I then did a postgraduate course in Broadcast Journalism and started a career in television which was a lot of fun. I worked on various TV shows from ‘The Hour’ on STV to quiz shows like BBC’s Eggheads, researching and helping out before coming to the realisation that film was my passion and that’s where I wanted to focus myself. After pleading with the lovely organisers of the Southside Festival to let me be involved, they have opened their arms and accepted me as one of their own. There’s a real community feel to the group of people that are working so hard and passionately to make the festival enjoyable for you guys and gals coming along as well as the staff that will be working throughout the weekend of the festival.

      I’ve lived in the southside a few times throughout the years and I feel like this festival is one of a few times during the year where the southside can embrace and celebrate its community spirit. For one weekend, you don’t need to get the First Bus to Cineworld or hop on the Subway to The Grosvenor, instead you can experience great film in your own back garden. Not literally of course, but you get what I mean.

      We’ll be updating the blog regularly between now and the festival so you can get all the inside scoops on what’s happening with the festival and maybe a sneak peek into what the volunteers are getting up to in the lead up to the big weekend.

      Also, we’re starting to get the programme out into the community so keep an eye out for a copy and see what’s on – or you can just check it out from the comfort of your own sofa, online here.
      If you’re a social media lover then make sure and follow us on Twitter (and get involved in all the chat using the #southsidefilm hashtag) & ‘Like’ us on Facebook to keep up-to-date with all things Southside.

      I ♥ SFF’13


      Hello folks, Laura here! I’m one of the new volunteers with the Southside Film Festival & I’m here to tell you all how super-excited I am to get involved with all the goings on in 2013. 

      Having studied Film many moons ago, worked in events & volunteered with various other film festivals, I’ve now made a complete U-turn and been working in a completely unrelated field . My love for film however, has never waned – I’ve been keen to get back involved with the industry in some respect and the Southside Film Festival has offered a wonderful opportunity to work alongside some of the most amazingly talented & passionate film fans this side of the Clyde. I have been absolutely bowled over by the enthusiasm of the team of volunteers I’ve met so far who are offering up their time & skills to get involved and help bring film back to the Sou’side . 

      That very distinct Southside community feel seems to have filtered through into the organisation process so far with everybody mucking in & working hard to help make the 2013 festival  a huge success. 

      We’ll be looking to update the blog as often as possible over the next few weeks with all the goings on from behind the scenes in the lead up to the festival, so keep checking back to see what kind of fun we’re all getting up to. 

      In the meantime, keep yer peepers peeled for a copy of this years programme which we started distributing in & around the southside yesterday – you can also check it out online here.

      Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (and get involved in all the chat using the #southsidefilm hashtag) & ‘Like’ us on Facebook to keep upto date with all things Southside.


      Film Club

      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. 

      Download the flyer here.

      Here’s what we are screening:
      Frankenstein(dir. James Whale, 1931, CertPG, 71mins) Tue 30 Oct, 8pm 
      http://t-s.co/sou04
      Headhunters(dir. Morten Tyldum, 2011, Cert15, 93mins) Tue 27 Nov, 8pm 
      http://t-s.co/sou05
      Arthur Christmas (dir. Sarah Smith, 2011, CertU, 97mins) Sat 15 Dec, 3pm 
      http://t-s.co/sou06
      Harvey(dir. Henry Koster, 1950, CertPG, 104mins) Tue 18 Dec 8pm 
      http://t-s.co/sou07

      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.

      Don’t forget to fill in our survey – it will help us create a better festival for you!