Sound & Vision

At Glasgow Film Festival 2019, the Sound & Vision strand celebrates the symbiotic relationship between music and film, and this year we’re cranking the volume up to eleven. Sink your ears into an electric array of documentaries, fictional features and event cinema that delve into the creative psyche of musicians. Among this year's rich and diverse programme, GFF19 is proud to host the UK Premiere of Daydream Nation by renowned music video director Lance Bangs, and the Scottish premieres of Vox Lux - starring Natalie Portman in the tragic tale of school-shooting survivor turned popstar - and Summer, based on the true story of Viktor Tsoi and the Leningrad underground rock culture of the 1980s. Get ready to crowd surf your way through one of the most electrifying and exciting strands of Glasgow Film Festival 2019.

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Daydream Nation

GFT / Sat 23 Feb (15.00)

We are thrilled to welcome legendary music video director Lance Bangs to GFF19 for two special events. The first is the eagerly anticipated UK Premiere screening of Daydream Nation, his live concert film of iconic post-punk rockers Sonic Youth, celebrating the 30th anniversary of their classic 1988 album of the same name – an overwhelmingly acclaimed album at the time of its release (10/10 NME, 5 Stars in The Rolling Stone Album Guide, 10/10 Spin Alternative Record Guide, 10.0 in Pitchfork). Bangs blends Super8 and 16mm footage of the band from his personal archive with a stellar, rare live performance of the album in full, captured in Glasgow, August 2007 at the city’s iconic and sadly soon-to-be-demolished venue, the O2 ABC.

The screening of Daydream Nation will be followed by a Q&A with director Lance Bangs, Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) and Stephen McRobbie (The Pastels). 

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Lance Bangs: In Person

GFT / Sun 24 Feb (16.00)

Lance Bangs has played an integral role within realm of film and music. His extensive directorial portfolio includes incredible music videos for bands such as REM, Green Day, Belle & Sebastian, Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Bjork to name just a few. He has also produced many feature concert films, directing The Black Keys, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Gossip, and now Sonic Youth in this year’s GFF title Daydream Nation. We are delighted to welcome Lance to GFF19, where he’ll discuss his extensive career in film and the inseparable bond between music and cinema.

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Her Smell

GFT / Sun 24 Feb (20.00)

The history of Rock’n’Roll is awash with musicians that have succumbed to the pressures and darker side of the music industry. Director Alex Ross Perry takes us through such a journey in his unsparing focus on grunge icon Becky Something, the front woman for ‘90s rock band Something. Wife, mother and supremely talented performer, she is at the very top of her game and the only way is down, through a hell of drugs, booze, fights, botched recording sessions and public meltdowns. A car crash of a life is rendered in blood, sweat, tears and heartrending pathos. Elisabeth Moss gives a blistering, tour-de-force performance in this searing portrait of a self-destructive rock star. The UK Premiere of Her Smell screens at GFF19 on 24 February. 

You won’t soon forget Moss’ self-annihilating radiance.

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The Science of Ghosts

CCA / Mon 25 (20.30) & Tue 26 Feb (15.00)

Join us for International Premiere of Niall McCann’s portrait of an artist and their musings on life. The director’s latest film spans the divide between truth and fiction, creating an experimental documentary that delves deep within the artist psyche. Beginning with an interview that is abruptly interrupted, Adrian Crowley beings to ponder his interpretation of life on screen. What follows is a non-linear discussion of Crowley’s life, his struggles to define his creativity, and reflections on his own persona. 

Crowley is an accomplished Irish singer and songwriter, having released eight studio albums and won the Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year for 'Season of the Sparks'. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Ryan Adams cited Crowley when asked, “Who’s the best songwriter that no one’s heard of?”

After the screening of The Science of Ghosts there will be a performance by musician Adrian Crowley and a Q&A session with director and producer Niall McCann. 

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Vox Lux

Cineworld / Sat 2 (20.30) & Sun 3 Mar (15.30)

An electric and powerful sophomore feature from Brady Corbet (Childhood of a Leader) merges tragedy and satire through the incredible life story of a pop superstar. The film charts the life of Celeste (a career-defining performance from Natalie Portman), who survives a school shooting at the age of 13 to find early success as a teen popstar, becoming an emblem of national healing. Building plans for a comeback aged 31, tragedy threatens her life once again. Featuring an original score from Scott Walker and brand new songs from SiaVox Lux is a provocative and essential take on 21st century trauma.

...somehow manages to be simultaneously moving, cynical and facetious... a must-see.

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VISITΔTIONS presented by Lost Map

VISITΔTIONS presented by Lost Map

The Savings Bank / Sun 24 Feb (Doors 19.00)

Transport yourself to the small isles for a sensational night of visual experimentation and sonic escapism. Lost Map - an independent record label based on the Hebridean island of Eigg - are co-hosting an evening inspired by their VISITΔTIONS project, where artists are left to their own devices in a remote bothy for a week. This event will showcase filmed footage captured by Slow Tree (Neil Hamilton Wilkinson and Abi Fry of British Sea Power) and an exclusive live set of the music made during their time on the island. The night will also feature performances from residency alumni Monoganon and Free Love (formerly Happy Meals). 

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Cellist - The Legacy of Gregor Piatigorsky

Cellist – The Legacy of Gregor Piatigorsky

GFT / Fri 22 (17.45) & Sat 23 Feb (12.35)

Join us for the UK Premiere of director Murray Grigor’s documentary focussing on the life of musical prodigy Gregor Piatigorsky - one of the greatest musicians the world has ever heard. Grigor’s captivating film shines a light on the incredible career of the virtuoso performer, generous teacher and larger than life personality whose story unfolds in the most thrilling of adventures. Born in the Ukraine, Piatigorsky started playing the cello when he was seven and by 15 he was principal cellist with the Bolshoi Opera Orchestra. His flight to Poland in 1921 and subsequent arrival in New York were the start of a life recalled in wonderful archive footage, interviews and spine tingling recordings.

There will be a Q&A following the premiere screening on Fri 22 Feb with director Murray Grigor

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Jim Galloway – A Journey In Jazz

CCA / Thu 21 Feb (18.00) 

Director James Cullingham will attend the UK Premiere of his documentary chronicling the amazing life of Scots-born, Canadian saxophonist and jazz impresario Jim Galloway - known for his exceptional talent and a love for jazz and swing music that was matched only by his love of a good pun. Jim lived an accomplished career in the  music industry; collaborating with jazz stalwarts such as Buddy Tate and Jay McShann, performing live with his Wee Big Band, receiving a nomination for Best Jazz Album at the Juno Awards in 1980 for his album Walking On Air, and co-founding the Toronto Jazz Festival which he served as artistic director from 1987-2009.

We’re offering two ticket types for our screening of Jim Galloway – A Journey in Jazz. For an extra £10 you also buy a ticket to see Ken Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra at The Blue Arrow Thu 21 Feb (Doors 19:30), in association with the Glasgow Jazz Festival - click here for more info and tickets.

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Summer (Leto)

GFT / Fri 1 (17.45) & Sat 2 Mar (15.30) 

Rock’n’roll has always been an act of rebellion but never more so than in the Russia of the 1980s. Kirill Serebennikov’s vivid, playful evocation of the period revolves around the musical rivalry between Leningrad rocker Mike (Roma Zver) and newcomer Viktor (Teo Yoo), who clash over politics, influences and the love of Mike’s wife Natasha (Irina Starshenbaum). Based on a true story, the film celebrates the sheer thrill of being in a band and making music in a time and place when it really matters. 

Winner of the Cannes Soundtrack Award in 2018, featuring exuberant cover versions of ‘All The Young Dudes’ and ‘The Passenger’. Summer premieres in Scotland at GFF19 on 1 March.

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Satan & Adam

CCA / Thu 21 (20.45) & Fri 22 Feb (13.30)

Back in the 1970s, Sterling Magee was on the cusp of guitar greatness, sharing stages with James Brown, Ray Charles and Etta James, amongst many other Blues luminaries. However, his first hand experience of the music industry’s exploitation of black artists forced him to turn his back on that world, actively choosing to live in obscurity instead. That is until Ivy League artist Adam Gussow, wandering Harlem with a broken heart, discovered a mysterious man called ‘Satan’ jamming like no other and asked if he could join. Shot over 30 years, Satan & Adam tells an incredible story of friendship and the transformative power of music, screening the UK Premiere at GFF19 on 21 February. 

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Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story

Everyman / Sat 2 Mar (18.00) | CCA / Sun 3 Mar (14.00)

Frank Sidebottom is a name familiar to anyone with even a passing interest in the Manchester music scene. A mischievous cult comedy star who took over the airwaves, he was a product of the reclusive artist and comedian Chris Sievey. Chris toiled away for a decade trying to break into the music scene, until in 1984 he subverted it with his manic and hilarious cross between comedy-pop and performance art. Yet, as Frank’s fame rose, Chris’ creativity faltered, and the line between the two became harder to distinguish. A funny and moving tale of an extreme split personality, screening its Scottish Premiere on 2 March at GFF19.


The Sound & Vision strand at GFF19 hosts a score of feature films paying tribute to musicians and the music industry, but these themes also run though other festival strands too. Lords of Chaos starring Rory Culkin portrays the horrific true events that occurred in the Norwegian Black Metal scene. There is also a free screening of the film adaptation of Tony Award winning musical Sweet Charity as part of this year’s Retrospective strand – 1969: The End of Innocence.

Those looking to dive deeper can also attend our free behind the scenes events; Outlaw King: Settling the Score & Anatomy of a Soundtrack with Matt Dunkley for in-depth discussions on the creative processes of scoring major motion pictures. 

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