The Glasgow Film Festival returns for its thirteenth year with another exciting programme announced. With the audience at the heart of GFF ethos, the Festival is a result of like-minded people meeting to share ideas, always with the audience experience and response at the centre of the creative process, and has consistently proved to be a proponent of challenging and entertaining queer cinema.
Following on from last year’s highlights like Wildness, Summertime and Eisenstein in Guanajuato, this year’s programme showcases the very best in 2017’s queer cinema. The more we go see diverse and challenging queer cinema, the more successful these films become, and in turn more stories from within our community can be shared with the world. So do your part and support queer cinema!
The Glasgow Film Festival takes place between 15 – 26 February.
REMEMBERING THE MAN
***UK PREMIERE*** (FRI 24 – SAT 25 FEB, CCA)
A documentary exploring the 16-year romance between Tim Conigrave and John Caleo set against a backdrop of anti-gay sentiment in 1980s Australia. At a prestigious Catholic boys school in Melbourne in the seventies, Tim Conigrave and John Caleo fell madly in love.
Their passionate, tempestuous, operatic romance lasted for sixteen years, facing disapproval, temptation, separation, and the looming shadow of the Grim Reaper. Their star crossed relationship was immortalized in Timothy Conigrave’s memoir Holding the Man, and has been adapted for stage and screen. This is the true story of how Romeo met Romeo and what happened ever after.
***UK PREMIERE*** (THU 16 – FRI 17 FEB, GFT)
Nova Scotia. 1976. It’s the weekend of the American Bicentennial and 15-year-old Kit is running away from home. Enlisting the help of his platonic girlfriend Alice, Kit hitchhikes through the stunning maritime landscape towards a new home with his glamorous, artistic mother Laura.
However, as Kit and Alice near their final destination they find their relationship tested as Kit approaches a realisation that will change his life forever
***UK PREMIERE, OPENING GALA*** (THU 16 FEB, 13.00, GFT)
A terrific coming-of-age, coming-out charmer, 16 year-old Ned is a bright artistic lad who faces his own hell on earth when he is sent to an all-boys Irish boarding school where the manly pursuit of rugby is virtually a religion. He steels himself for the loneliness, ridicule and constant insinuations about his sexuality.
Everything changes with the arrival of his new roommate Conor, a star player in the rugby team, and inspirational English teacher Dan Sherry. A breezy, often hilarious tale that gains emotional depth as it delivers an irresistible message: everyone, straight or gay, has the power to make the world a better place by simply being true to themselves.
(THU 16 FEB, 21.00, GFT)
Hailed as a “demented comic opera of rage” by Variety, John Waters’ grotesque, thrillingly vicious shoestring second feature has rarely been seen since its release in 1970. Now, it has been restored to all its depraved, boundary-testing glory and is screening here in an uncut version for the very first time in the UK.
Dare you enter Divine’s Cavalcade of Perversion? Will you be able to look at seafood in quite the same way again? Are the satirical stabs at America’s appetite for violence and disdain for the outsider just as shocking and relevant 50 years on? Not for the easily offended.
MY PERSONAL PICK: CHECK IT
***SCOTTISH PREMIERE*** (FRI 24 FEB, 18.15, CCA)
“I never show someone my weak side, because if you show someone your weak side they use it against you.” Check It follows the only recorded black, gay and trans gang in the US as they rally against oppression.
It is an intimate portrait of 5 childhood friends as they claw themselves out of gang life through an unlikely avenue – fashion. Fed up with bullying, rape and abuse, the Check It gang thrive through adversity in Washington, DC in this empowering documentary.