With less than 24 hours until the festival kicks off, I’m pretty excited about taking part in my first Southside Film Festival! I just came from The Glad Cafe where people are absolutely buzzing the night before it all gets underway. So while quizzers are trying to determine Who played the voice of Jessica Rabbit, I thought I’d essentially steal an idea from the good folk at Top Ten Glasgow Guide and run down some of the things I’m looking forward to over the weekend!
– I love the movie Gosford Park. It’s fantastic. But somehow watching it in a swanky shiny Cineworld or shoving the DVD in my sturdy £9.99 Argos Basic DVD Player (Hey, i could either eat for the month or get a blu-ray player, don’t judge) just doesn’t fit. Now watching it in the picturesque victorian Pollok Park, and being served a two course meal fit for a king afterwards? That sounds right up my street!
– Up until last year, all I knew about Bollywood was the fact Shilpa Shetty from Big Brother used to do some films, until my friend sat me down and made me watch 3 Idiots with Aamir Khan and loved it! So the thought of, this weekend, getting to check out Kuch Kuch Hota Hoi, with some footage shot in the Southside is gonna be a real treat!
– Festivals tend to bring out a great sense of community from people, so I’m looking forward to chatting to new fellow film lovers whether if be over a beer after a film or at a screening before the film starts.
– I’m always a sucker for a good music documentary so I’m excited to see the doc on LCD Sound System from their last gig.
Anyway, What are you looking forward to? What are you going to see? Let us know in the comments! We’ll be blogging throughout the festival letting you know what’s happening. Enjoy!
The lovely people at Top Ten Glasgow Guide have put together the list below of the top 10 things to do and see at the Southside Film Festival. You can follow them on twitter @toptenglasgow or facebook for more great Glasgow recommendations.
1. Learn more about acclaimed photo journalist McCullin in Queen’s Park Camera Club.
2. Catch Sightseers, a black comedy about murder and caravanning in the 46th Glasgow Scout Group Hall.
3. Watch short films in the swimming pool at Govanhill Baths; or watch a music doc about the last gig by LCD Soundsystem – Shut Up and Play the Hits – at music venue The Glad Cafe on Saturday night and follow that by dancing at iBop at Pollok Ex Servicemens’ Club.
4. Have a drink in the library overlooking Pollok Park and move into the dining room to watch Gosford Park, and follow that up with dinner in the Servant’s Quarters in Pollok House on Sunday afternoon.
5. Watch one of the best silent films ever made, Battleship Potemkin, with live accompaniment from the Wurtlizer Cinema Organ at Pollokshaws Burgh Hall on Sun.
6. Get some Bollywood in your life with a Kuch Kuch Hota Hoi, a film partly shot in the Southside.
7. See the Southside filmmakers of the future on Saturday at the Southside Filmmaker Award screening.
8. Forget Iron Man 3, take the kids to see the kids’ classic favourite Iron Giant on Sat afternoon at The Glad Cafe (and your kids can learn how to make Superhero Animation at an animation workshop that morning).
9. If you want to learn more about the history of cinemas and cinema going on the Southside of Glasgow then don’t miss out Cinema Walk at 2pm on Sunday afternoon – sign up in advance and receive the meeting point.
10. Lots more free screenings and events at the Burrell Collection, Scotland St Museum, Hidden Gardens and Kinning Park Complex, so check full information and tickets on the SFF website.