GFT in May: UK Green Film Festival, Screening Irish History, CineMasters: Fassbinder and Special Guest Q&As


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The Levelling + Q&A with Hope Dickson Leach, Saturday 13 May

This May, GFT celebrate the arrival of spring with the UK Green Film Festival, re-releases of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s seminal works in CineMasters: Fassbinder, a whole host of new UK and international releases and a number of special guest speakers.

New releases include: winner of Best International Feature at the 2016 Edinburgh International Film Festival, Suntan; Daniéle Thompson’s sumptuous drama Cézanne et Moi charting the friendship and fall-out of Paul Cézanne and Émile Zola; fascinating documentary Akong: A Remarkable Life, following the founding of the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the West; Gillies Mackinnon’s new take on the much-loved Ealing comedy, Whisky Galore, starring a stellar British cast including Eddie Izzard, Gregor Fisher and Sean Biggerstaff (plus Q&A with actors Sean Biggerstaff and Iain Robertson); moving documentary following the industrialization of India, Machines; Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudekis in Nacho Vigalondo’s truly original horror-comedy Colossal; winner of Best Film at the 2017 Asian Film Awards, I Am Not Madame Bovary; Studio Ghibli’s first international co-production, the enchanting and completely dialogue-free The Red Turtle; daring debut Spaceship, featuring a cast of rising UK talent; Benham Behzadi’s Inversion, examining the strength of family loyalty, and a special one-off screening of The Hippopotamus followed by a satellite Q&A with Stephen Fry.

Whisky Galore Q&A

Whisky Galore Q&A

Akong: A Remarkable Life Q&A

Akong: A Remarkable Life Q&A

The Hippoptamus Q&A

The Hippoptamus Q&A

A selection of GFF17 titles return to GFT in May including: Opening Gala, the touching coming-of-age Irish film Handsome Devil; Heal the Living from director Katell Quillévéré (Love Like Poison, Suzanne); stunning period drama Lady Macbeth; Mindhorn, from the creators of smash-hit British cult comedy series The Mighty Boosh; critically acclaimed vampire horror film The Transfiguration; winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at Cannes, Harmonium; GFF17 Audience Award contender The Levelling (plus Q&A with director Hope Dickson Leach); François Ozon’s touching black-and-white period drama Frantz; an elegantly crafted adaptation of Sebastian Barry novel The Secret Scripture, starring Rooney Mara and Jack Reynor; entertaining documentary Celtic Soul following Jay Baruchel and Eoin O’Callaghan road-trip from Montreal to Glasgow, and new from Aki Kaurismäki, The Other Side of Hope.  

The Levelling Q&A

The Levelling Q&A

Celtic Soul Q&A

Celtic Soul Q&A

Mindhorn & Colossal Double Bill Discounts

Mindhorn & Colossal Double Bill Discounts

Classics returning to the big screen in May are: Woody Allen’s love letter from a hometown hero, Manhattan (screening from a new digital print) and commemorating the 50th anniversary of Claude Rains’ death, we screen his Oscar-nominated performance as Captain Louis Renault in the iconic Casablanca.

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GFT Season

CineMasters: Fassbinder (Saturday 13 – Wednesday 31 May)

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s career lasted only sixteen years, but in that time he made an astounding forty-four features, TV movies and shorts. A key figure in the New German Cinema movement, he is best remembered for his intense, brutal and uncompromising observances of human nature. Commemorating the 25th anniversary of his death, GFT have selected a series of some of his most influential, moving and important works: Fear Eats the Soul introduced by Nikolai Peterson, director of the Goethe Institut Glasgow; Love Is Colder Than Death; Chinese Roulette and The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, one of Fassbinder’s many collaborations with Oscar-nominated cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, who passed away in April of this year.

Multi-Buy ticket discounts available.
View the CineMasters: Fassbinder listings here.

CineMasters: Fassbinder

Fear Eats the Soul

Fear Eats the Soul

Chinese Roulette

Chinese Roulette

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

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Rocky Road to Dublin + Q&A, Monday 8 May

Screening Irish History: Outsiders’ Histories (Monday 8 May – Monday 29 May)

This series explores dramatic and sometimes troubling aspects of Irish history. From single mothers to forgotten emigrants, each film takes the perspective of outsiders and critical voices to reveal Irish society in imaginative and provocative ways. The series includes Philomena, followed by a discussion and Q&A with historian Lindsay-Earner Byrne, author of Mother and Child; The Rocky Road to Dublin, followed by a discussion and Q&A with historian and author Carole Holohan; historian and author Enda Delaney attends for a post-screening Q&A following I Could Read the Sky and director Johnny Gogan will attend the Scottish premiere of the documentary Hubert Butler: Witness to the Future. Screening Irish History is co-organized with the University of Strathclyde’s History department and led by Dr. Niall Whelehan.

Multi-Buy Discounts available.
View the Screening Irish History listings here.

Visiting Season

UK Green Film Festival (Saturday 6 May – Wednesday 10 May)

The UK Green Film Festival, a nationwide network of film lovers and green thinkers, happens in cinemas across the UK from 4-11 May, presenting the very best of environmentally themed films from around the world. We are delighted to present four films at GFT as part of the festival, each with a special guest: Nicolas Philibert’s intimate and revealing portrait of 40-year-old captive ape Nénette, followed by a Skype Q&A with Michelle Desilets, Executive Director of Orangutan Land Trust; Douglas Trumbull’s Silent Running, introduced by Professor Roger Downie, a biologist at Glasgow University; active member of Friends of the Earth and Frack-off Glasgow, Barry Dalgleish, will introduce How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change and The Age of Consequences.

Multi-Buy discounts available.
View the UK Green Film Festival listings here.

UK Green Film Festival

Nénette

Nénette

The Age of Consequences

The Age of Consequences

How to Let Go...

How to Let Go...

Regular Seasons

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Blackbird + Q&A, Thursday 25 May

Sound & Vision

Jamie Chambers’s debut feature Blackbird brings Scottish folk music to the big screen, featuring performances from Norman Maclean and Sheila Stewart. Actors Andrew Rothney and Patrick Wallace will take part in a Q&A following this screening. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic Beatles album, Alan G Parker’s documentary It Was 50 Years Ago Today! The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper & Beyond screens at GFT in early June.
More information on this season can be viewed here.

Crossing the Line

Created by artist curator Gayle Meikle for LUX Scotland, It feels right to me is a collection of artist moving image, with live performance from Newcastle-based artist Nicola Singh, that explores multiple interpretations of Eros.

More information about this screening can be viewed here.

Cult Classic

Completing our celebration of legendary filmmaker David Lynch, GFT Cult Classic in May is the prequel film to the hit TV series Twin Peaks, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me screening on 35mm on Friday 5 May.
More information on this screening can be viewed here.

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Access Film Club

Recently becoming the first cinema in the UK to be awarded the Autism Friendly Award, GFT, together with The National Autistic Society Scotland and Scottish Autism present monthly screenings and discussions in a friendly and welcoming environment. Charming Irish coming-of-age film Handsome Devil follows an unlikely friendship and the pressure they face. The screening will be followed by a discussion with learning-disabled filmmaker Matthew Kennedy. Screening Tuesday 9 May (18.00), all tickets £5.50.
More information on this event can be viewed here.

Visible Cinema

This month’s Visible Cinema enhanced for D/deaf and hard of hearing audiences is the fourth takeover by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s BA Performance students. Sons and Mothers is an intimate documentary following six men as they lay their hearts on the line and discover unconditional love is a choice. This screening will be followed by a live Skype Q&A with director Christopher Houghton, hosted by Deaf artist EJ Raymond. Screening Monday 22 May (20.15), all tickets £5.50.
More information on this event can be viewed here.

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Thursday 18 May

Event Cinema           

Jude Law stars in NT Live: Obsession, broadcast live on Thursday 11 May, and James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed production NT Live: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, starring Imelda Staunton, is broadcast live to GFT from London on Thursday 18 May. The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Rome Season continues with RSC: Antony & Cleopatra on Wednesday 24 May.
See all Event Cinema listings here.

Other Highlights

Comedy Double-Bill Discount: Save £2 when you book a standard price ticket for Mindhorn and Colossal at the same time. T&Cs apply.

One of the few films to win the ‘big five’ Oscars, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest screens at GFT on Monday 1 May to celebrate the 80th birthday of screen icon Jack Nicholson.

On Wednesday 3 May for one night only, The Final Girls present a nationwide screening of XX, the first and only all-female horror anthology. Each short has a distinctly feminine theme, tackling and subtly subverting expectations placed on women.

A member of the film team from Akong: A Remarkable Life will attend the screening and take part in a post screening discussion with a representative of Akong Rinpoche’s organisation, on Wednesday 3 May.

Screenings of Handsome Devil will be preceded by DepicT! award-winning film Run Boy (Philippines 2016, 1m44s) by director Meg Bagadion.

Actors Sean Biggerstaff and Iain Robertson will take part in a Q&A following the screening of Whisky Galore on Friday 5 May.

A Q&A with writer/director Hope Dickson Leach will follow the screening of The Levelling on Saturday 13 May.

Screening as part of CineMasters: Fassbinder, Fear Eats the Soul will be introduced by Nikolai Peterson, director of the Goethe Institut Glasgow, on Saturday 13 May,  

Actors Andrew Rothney and Patrick Wallace will take part in a Q&A hosted by Siobhan Synnot following the screening of Blackbird on Thursday 25 May.

John Jencks’ adaptation of Stephen Fry’s best-selling novel, The Hippopotamus, screens for one night only, Sunday 28 May, followed by a satellite Q&A with Stephen Fry broadcast live from the Hay Festival.

Director Michael McNamara and subject Eoin O’Callaghan will join us for a satellite Q&A following the screening on Monday 29 May.

Each UK Green Film Festival screening will be either introduced or followed by a Q&A with a specialist speaker on environmental issues.

Each Screening Irish History screening will be either introduced or followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers, historian or specialist authors.

For a full list of screenings with Q&A view here.

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