As the Fringe rolls out of town and Edinburgh suddenly feels like a comparative cultural desert, the place to be this September to quench your film thirst is Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT). As well as having a packed programme full of some of the better picks of this year’s EIFF such as Troll Hunter, Post Mortem and Tomboy, there’s the usual inclusion of some bigger-named films such as the latest version of Jane Eyre and a trip down memory lane in Wayne’s World. But the real draw comes in the shape of the the one-off events and festivals taking place throughout the month.
Now in its fourth year, the Take One Action Film Festival explores the most compelling global issues of our time through a combination of film screenings, Q&As and panel discussions with leading campaigners and filmmakers. This year’s highlights include Even the Rain by Glaswegian screenwriter Paul Laverty as filmmaker Gael García Bernal gets caught up in Bolivia’s mass protests against the privatisation of the national water company. The devastating effects of climate change on the people of the small Pacific island of Takuu are sensitively explored in There Once Was an Island, while You’ve Been Trumped returns after its popular screening at the GFT in July, as a group of proud Aberdeenshire homeowners take on Donald Trump in his controversial bid to create a golf course on an area of outstanding natural beauty.
FilmCamp Meets Social Media Week sees Glasgow, Milan, LA and Moscow link up in a global platform to connect people, content and conversation around emerging trends in social and mobile media with a film-centric slant. Taking place between 19-23 September, this free event includes guest speakers including ReelScotland and Netribution, as well as Blipfoto founder and CEO Joe Tree, while Google focus on the opportunities created for filmmakers through YouTube. More detailed information will be available nearer the time from the Glasgow Film website.
The Q&As continue in abundance with introductions and discussions by big names associated with each of this month’s Quartet of Intriguing Documentaries. Jennifer Venditti’s Billy the Kid will be introduced by Martin Clark as part of Monorail Film Club, while the remaining three films will have Q&As with each of the directors. Self Made is the intriguing debut documentary from Turner Prize winning artist Gillian Wearing, while Come Closer is an intimate portrait of Glasgow and its people from Berlin Golden Bear winner, director Peter Mackie Burns. Live hip-hop in the American West is the subject of Roll Out, Cowboy, directed by Elizabeth Lawrence.
With such a diverse range of films being shown and plenty of high-profile names making an appearance, Edinburgh’s sister city is sure to fill in the festival-shaped hole and is well worth the train ride to check it out.
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