South x Southside – Forest of Black Music Videos

South x Southside: Forest of Black Music Videos
Friday 13 May, 20.30-22:00 (£5)
The Shed (The Loft)

This screening and Q and A has been specially commissioned by the Southside Film Festival. The Forest of Black is a Glasgow based video production company run by director Blair Young and producer Beth Allan. The company produces creative video content for music related projects.
The Forest Of Black have spent the last decade quietly becoming the most productive music video company working out of Scotland. It’s not been an easy ride though, battling the London centric workings of the record industry and the inevitable creative compromises of a promotional format.

As well as producing music promos for Biffy Clyro, Franz Ferdinand and Belle and Sebastian (to name only a few), they have also provided for television documentaries, commercial and corporate advertising campaigns.

For this unique screening, rather than a straightforward retrospective, producer Beth Allan and director Blair Young have instead woven the pick of their own work, and some of the worst, into an entertaining quasi-documentary, illustrating both the company’s story, and its voyages through the murky waters of the record industry. Questions will be taken and answered honestly.

The Neighbours

The Neighbours
Sunday 15 May, 16:00 (£5)
The Shed (Main Hall)

The Neighbours, is a short film directed by David McKay is an adaptation of the short story, Neighbors, by the late American writer, Raymond Carver.

{Still from The Neighbours}

This story examines a middle-aged couple’s sudden exposure to an enviable and unattainable lifestyle, and the effect that has on their relationship. Ernest and Sheila, are a somewhat staid pair, who have settled into a monotonous life. When their new neighbours ask them to feed their cat while they are away, Ernest and Sheila are exposed to a world that brings their own subdued desires to the surface, and changes their lives forever.

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

Sunday 15 May, 15:00 (£5)
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

The Southside Film Festival in association with Shawlands Sherlock Holmes Society will hold a screening of The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (Dir. Billy Wilder,1970, cert: PG).

{image of poster from wikipedia}

When a bored Holmes eagerly takes the case of Gabrielle Valladon after an attempt on her life, the search for her missing husband leads to Loch Ness and the legendary monster.

The Sherlock Holmes Society was founded by Barry Young of Young’s Interesting Books on Skirving Street as he felt it was improper that there was not a Holmes appreciation society in the country of birth of his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Opening Film – American Cousins

American Cousins
Friday 13 May, 20:00 (£5)
Venue TBC
The opening film of the festival will be the BAFTA nominated American Cousins with an intro and Q&A from writer (and southsider) Sergio Casci.
{poster for American Cousins)
The film tells the story of a mild-mannered Scots-Italian fish and chip shop owner who is alarmed when his two distant US cousins take refuge in his shop and start persuading a local loan shark not to reclaim his debt. Casci has written an article about Scots-Italians and their differences from their American cousins.

South x Southside: Composing Music for Film Seminar

Seminar – Composing Music for Film with Malcolm Lindsay, Eleanor Yule and Mick Cooke
Friday 13 May, 18:30-20:00 (donations only)
The Shed (The Loft)
A seminar discussing the art of composing music for film featuring the following great panellists:

  • Eleanor Yule is an award winning writer and director, whose credits include an acclaimed profile on R.D.Laing, BBC Series Ghost stories for Christmas, feature film Blinded, and she has collaborated with many fine film composers including the late Geoffrey Burgon (Life of Brian, Brideshead Revisited) and Scottish born composer Malcolm Lindsey (Blinded, Michael Palin and the Mystery of Hammershoi).

Southside Film Fest – an experience for everyone

This festival is not just for film buffs – the programme aims to cater for young and old, rich and poor, across the Southside and hopefully there will be something for everyone.

For young kids there will be a selection of films from the Dundee Discovery Childrens’ Film Festival. For older people some archive footage of the local area from the 1960s and there will a number of family friendly screenings too. The programme will also include animation, music videos, artist’s films and a selection of short films programmed by the Glasgow Short Film Festival.

All this plus feature films that have been produced by Southside or Scottish talent. For those who want to learn more about filmmaking there will be also be workshops on screenwriting, acting and talks by filmmakers.

There will be a festival hub so people who come to the festival can meet and talk to the filmmakers and discuss the films, workshops and talks with other Southsiders. The aim is to make the festival a social as well as a cultural experience.

Introducing Karen O’Hare

Karen O’Hare is the driving force behind the festival and here she explains why she started the festival and what makes it unique:

“I am keen to make the festival work as I love film and I love the Southside and I feel that there are so few opportunities for Southsiders to get together socially as a community to celebrate and share all that is great about film, filmmaking and the Southside!

Southside Glasgow is not only the most ethically diverse place in Scotland, it is also a vibrant place, rich in culture and creativity. But the Southside has no cinema and the Glasgow Film Festival doesn’t come south of the Clyde so Southsiders cannot easily and locally access quality, independent and international films outside of what is screened in the city centre cinema chains.

What makes the festival unique is the also the fact that there is no cinema in the Southside so the festival screening venues will be pubs, clubs, church halls, artist studios and other community venues which means Southsiders will see films not only on their door step but in places where they would least expect it. Attending a talk, workshop or film over Southside Film Festival will be a unique experience.”

About Karen: she currently works at Screen Academy Scotland, a Skillset Film & Media Academy, where she develops, delivers and manages both a training programme for post graduate film students and short training courses for film & TV professionals in Scotland. She is also a BAFTA / Media Trust Youth Mentor and has recently helped a group of teeangers at the Scottish Spina Bifida Association make a short film.

Karen has volunteered for numerous film festivals since 1999 in lots of different roles from technical manager to projectionist, from runner to sitting on award juries.

Film making @ Southside Film Fest

The festival has run an open submission call for Southside filmmakers or films about the Southside which will be screened at a special Southside Film programme.

There will also be screening of the local film group work Film Headz and Starting Block, new film-making training and mentoring initiative for first-time filmmakers run by Diversity Films.

There will also be workshops over the weekend in screenwriting, directing and acting and we will be encouraging people to make a film in the Southside on their phone or digital camera over the weekend and we will screen the best one(s) at our Southside Film screening on the Sunday.

Festival highlights

Details for many events are still to be confirmed but we wanted to flag up some of the highlights you can look forward to over the weekend.

South x Southside, a seminar on composing music for film with contributions from Mick Cooke of Belle and Sebastian followed by screenings of music videos from celebrated Forest of Black.

For young kids there will be a selection of films from Dundee’s Discovery Film Festival.

A special screening of ‘Save Our Pool’ in Govanhill Baths to mark the 10th anniversary of the Govanhill Baths sit in and forced closure, held as a fundraiser for the Govanhill Baths Trust.
{image of baths from Shannow}
Lots more to be announced at the end of April so keep coming back!

Crying with Laughter

Crying with Laughter
Saturday 14 May, 19:30 (£5)
The Shed

The Southside Film Festival is delighted to be screening Crying with Laughter at The Shed with an introduction and post film Q& A session from star of the film, Stephen McCole!

{still from Crying with Laughter}

Crying with Laughter is a powerfully redemptive and darkly comedic revenge thriller, set against the vicious world of stand-up comedy. Find out more in the official press pack here.

Shorts – Summer Stories

Short Films Programme 2: Summer Stories (PG)
Sun 15 May, 16:00
Boat Shed

**Note the change of venue to the Boat Shed from Hidden Gardens**
Song, laughter and distant landscapes feature in this family-friendly selection of diverse films from Glasgow Short Film Festival 2011, which will be screened on Sunday 15th May, 16:00 at the Boat Shed, Queens Park.

{still from In A Pig’s Eye}

The films being screened are:

  • XXIX / Laurel MacDonald / Canada / 2010 / 7 min
  • In A Pig’s Eye / Atsushi Wada / Japan / 2010 / 10 min
  • Canopy Crossings / Gary Yong / Thailand & USA / 2010 / 19 min
  • The Pedestrian / Stuart Elliott / UK / 2010 / 7 min
  • The Accordion / Jafar Panahi / Iran / 2009 / 9 min
  • Madagascar, A Journey Diary / Bastien Dubois / France / 2009 / 12 min
  • Spider Fang! / Justin Perkinson / USA / 2010 / 2 min

XXIX is a multicultural performance of a fifteenth century choral piece, whilst Canopy Crossings combines travelogue and wistful fiction in a Thai marketplace. Prepare to be befuddled by the indescribable In A Pig’s Eye, seduced by the Oscar-nominated animation Madagascar, A Journey Diary and won over by Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s life-affirming work The Accordion. Closer to home, Stuart Elliott’s Glasgow-shot The Pedestrian is a hilarious audience-pleaser and Spider Fang! will send shivers down your spine!

    Shorts – Dreamlands

    Short Films Programme 1: Dreamlands (15)
    Saturday 14 May, 19:30
    The Chalet

    Strange worlds, eccentric characters and unexpected happenings await in this eclectic, international selection of films from Glasgow Short Film Festival 2011 being screened at The Chalet on Saturday 14 May at 19:30.

    {still from Death of a Pop Star}

    The films being screened are:

    • Picknick / Henrik Andersson / Sweden / 2010 / 15 min
    • Surpriseville / Tim Travers Hawkins / UK / 2010 / 10 min
    • Photos of God / Paul Wright / UK / 2010 / 28 min
    • X.O. Genesis / Rowan Wernham / New Zealand / 2010 / 12 min
    • Death of a Pop Star / Greg Loser / USA / 2010 / 15 min

    Discover Swedish drama Picknick, a bizarre snapshot of masculinity in crisis; experience the beautiful, sorrowful and fragmented world of Paul Wright’s Photos of God; and take an intergalactic ride in the wildly inventive animation X.O. Genesis. Also featured in this programme is the thought-provoking documentary Surpriseville, an exploration of the mental and physical boundaries of an American community, and masterful drama Death of a Pop Star, which captures the strange characters living in the home of an ailing celebrity.


      Sunday 15 May, 20:00 (£5)
      Pollokshaws Burgh Hall

      Nosferatu, the 1922 black and white silent horror classic, directed by FW Murnau, based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula will be screened on Sunday 15th May, 20:00 with live organ accompaniment by Larry McGuire on the mighty Wurlitzer Organ at Pollokshaws Burgh Hall.

      {still from Nosferatu}

      This is a unique experience and a great opportunity to see a vampire classic. Check out the work of the Scottish Cinema Organ Trust for more about this unique cinema experience.

      Volunteer with the Festival

      The Southside Film Festival is looking for volunteers to help out in advance of the festival and/or during the festival. Before and during the festival we will need help promoting and documenting the festival to raise awareness and ensure good coverage.

      On the weekend itself volunteers will be needed to liaise with the venues, look after guests, handle the box office and do general front of house duties.

      If you are interested in getting film making experience, you could volunteer on the 48hour film challenge that will be running over the festival.

      If you are interested please contact Karen on to find out more.

      Welcome to the Southside Film Festival Blog!

      This blog will provide information about the behind the scenes work involved in putting together a festival, the programme we have planned and live posts over the weekend.

      The Southside Film Festival will take place in Southside Glasgow over the weekend of 13-15 May, 2011.

      This is the first ever film festival south of the Clyde and will cater to all Southsiders with screenings in various locations, from church halls to local clubs, from schools to the local park boat shed.

      You can find out more on our website (coming soon), follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook or contact us at for more info.


      This February we are pleased to announce that the Southside Film Festival partners up with Glasgow Short Film Festival and Glasgow Film Festival so you will be spoilt for cinematic choice!

      First up is the Glasgow Short Film Festival and we will be hosting screening of the inaugural Scottish Short Film Competition with 5 screenings over the weekend at The Shed over the weekend of 10-12 February.

      You can find out more about the films and buy tickets here.  Download the flyer. The films being screened are:

      You will be able to vote for your favourite short at the screenings and the winner will be announced on Sunday evening at the CCA.

      If that isn’t enough, we have teamed up with the Glasgow Film Festival to bring you another silent film classic The Phantom of the Opera with live Wurtlizer accompaniment on Sunday 26th February at Pollokshaws Burgh Hall. Doors 7pm, film and music, 7.30pm.

      You can find out more and buy tickets here.  Download our flyer.

      The Phantom of the Opera
      Wurtlizer Cinema Organ (PG) 1925, 80 mins
      Pollokshaws Burgh Hall
      Sunday 26th February 7:30pm, doors 7pm