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Closing Gala: How to Build a Girl (N/C 18+)

8 March

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly
  • Venue GFT
Location of GFT


This screening will be followed by a Q&A with writer Caitlin Moran and director Coky Giedroyc.

We are thrilled to bring Glasgow Film Festival 2020 to a close with the UK premiere of How to Build a Girl

The big screen version of Caitlin Moran’s cherished, semi-autobiographical bestseller is a hilarious, inspirational coming-of-age comedy that is set to be the homegrown crowd-pleaser of the year. Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart, Lady Bird) shines as Johanna Morrigan, a 16-year-old extrovert from the outskirts of Wolverhampton with raging hormones, an unstoppable imagination and gigantic dreams. Her bedroom is adorned with posters of her heroes such as Jo March, Cleopatra, Sylvia Plath and others, who come to life and provide the closest thing to friendship that she has. 

Yearning to make a name for herself, she answers an ad seeking 'hip young gunslinger' journalists for a cool London music magazine, she is accepted, reinvents herself as Queen of Mean rock critic Dolly Wilde and heads to the big city. But as her critical savagery brings her greater and greater success, the lines between Johanna Morrigan and Dolly Wilde begin to haze. She has certainly figured out how to build a girl but is this the girl that she wanted to be? 

Penned by Moran with her trademark humour, Coky Giedroyc (Stella Does Tricks, Harlots) directs a wise and witty delight with a terrific cast that includes Paddy Considine, Alfie Allen, Chris O’Dowd, Emma Thompson, Sarah Solemani, Frank Dilane, Laurie Kynaston and Arinze Kene plus cameos from Sharon Horgan, Lily Allen, Jameela Jamil, Lucy Punch, Alexei Sayle, Michael Sheen, Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc and Gemma Arterton. 

Thanks to Lionsgate.

Due to alcohol being served on the premises, ticket holders must be 18 years or older. If you are lucky enough to look under 25 you will be asked to prove that you are aged 18 or over. 

  • Director Coky Giedroyc
  • Cast Beanie Feldstein, Alfie Allen, Paddy Considine, Sarah Solemani, Laurie Kynaston
  • Country UK
  • Year of Production 2019
  • Running Time 1h42m
  • Certificate N/C 18+ due to alcohol being served at the screening

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