Fear, faith and fraternity; these are just some of the themes being explored this June, as GFT casts a quizzical eye over the human condition. From documentaries to cult horror, social realism to surrealism, no rock will be left unturned by the mêlée of films offered to us this summer.
Cult Favourites features GFT’s most famous screenings this year. Steven Spielberg’s Jaws will be showing in a new digital print, but with the same primordial terror it possessed in 1975, while BRAIN FOOD: George A. Romero looks at the Godfather of all Zombies’ early films The Crazies and the seminal Night Of The Living Dead.
Showing as a part of the Classic Cinema selection are Luis Buñuel’s surrealist films L’Age d’Or and Un Chien Andalou. Both films were made in collaboration with Salvador Dali, the former being so incendiary at the time of its release that it was banned from public exhibition, and only got an official showing in America in 1979. Also showing is the 1943 Powell and Pressburger magnum opus The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, which is an exploration not just of that ever nebulous concept, “Britishness”, but also of the human experience of temporality.
Yet more than anything else this June, the work of one man encapsulates the many moods of GFT’s line-up. Last month saw the death of esteemed Scottish filmmaker and photographer, David Peat, who for over four decades had made it his purpose to document humanity. The two selections from Peat’s oeuvre are Gutted and Big Banana Feet. The BAFTA-winning Gutted is a empathy driven look at the belaboured trawler men of Fraserburgh, whose livelihoods are slowly slipping away as a result of EU quotas and regulations. Big Banana Feet, on the other hand, is a tour log documenting two shows in Dublin and Belfast played by Billy Connolly (himself no stranger to sectarianism) during the height of the Troubles.
If none of these capture your interest there’s plenty more on offer, including Dave McKean’s modernisation of the Passion, Gospel Of Us, Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man, and Maggie Peren’s Colour of the Ocean (part of Refugee Week Scotland). GFT raises many more questions than answers in June, and in this case it’s a good thing.
GFT forthcoming screenings:
L’Age d’Or/Un Chien Andalou
The Angels’ Share
Angel and Tony
The Bad and the Beautiful
Dalai Lama Renaissance
The Genius of Hitchcock: The Lodger
The Gospel of Us
Let the Right One in
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
The Man with the Jazz Guitar
A Royal Affair
Sing Your Song
Solidarity Song: The Hanns Eisler Story
Where Do We Go Now?
Your Sister’s Sister
The Bolshoi Ballet: Raymonda
Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake 3D
NT Live: Frankenstein NT Live: The Last of the Haussmans
NT Live: Timon of Athens
BRAIN FOOD: GEORGE A ROMERO
Night of the Living Dead
Big Banana Feet
MAN AND BEAST SEASON
Au hasard Balthazar
Bringing Up Baby
I Do Not Know What it is I Am Like
Wendy and Lucy
Blame it on Voltaire Colour of the Ocean Touki Bouki
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