Film lovers rejoice – the annual Glasgow Film Festival kicks off tomorrow celebrating Scotland’s love affair with the big screen, and offering the gay community a treat.
This year’s programme, packed with UK, European and World premieres, and the festival’s trademark pop-up cinema events, has exciting options for everyone and will please even the most demanding films connoisseur.
Even though the GFF doesn’t have a specific LGBTI dedicated strand, the programmers included quite a few titles exploring LGBTI related issues.
Films like Sophie Hyde’s award winning drama 52 Tuesdays, Desiree Akhavan’s debut feature, the comedy Appropriate Behaviour and Thomas G Miller’s documentary Limited Partnership are proudly representing LGBTI cinema at the festival.
Living it up to its audience-focused reputation, the festival is introducing the “Audience Awards“, which asks the ticket-buying public to vote on a selection of ten films by first and second-time directors, split 50/50 between male and female directors, with the winner set to be announced at the Closing Gala.
The always innovative and very popular popup events are also worth checking. Amongst many highlights are the screening of Dazed and Confused at the Drygate Brewery, which will be transformed into a 1970’s roller disco and where the audience is invited to dress as their favourite character from the movie.
Meanwhile at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum a screening of Baz Luhrmann’s camp Aussie classic Strictly Ballroom will see spectacular routines from a sequin-clad of Scotland’s ballroom dance champions taking centre stage at Glasgow’s grandest building.
KaleidoScot explored the festival’s programme and came up with a list of six LGBT related films. Here they are:
1. 52 Tuesdays – 16 year old Billie’s reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans to gender transition and their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons.
2. Appropriate Behaviour – Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. Being without a cliché to hold onto can be a lonely experience.
3. The New Girlfriend – A young woman makes a surprising discovery about the husband of her late best friend.
4. Limited Partnership – Limited Partnership packs a huge emotional punch as it charts a forty-year love affair that was inextricably linked with the struggle for gay rights in America.
5. The Falling – a feverish exploration of raging hormones and teenage angst set in a girls’ school in 1969.
6. Sea Without a Shore – A rhythmically captivating exploration of love and loss at the fin-de-siècle. An amorous relationship between two women abruptly cut short. Dissolving under the impact of the loss of her soul mate, the surviving lover is drawn into the depths of mid-winter forests, into spheres of the subconscious, initiated by unknown forces.