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Opening Gala: Girl (N/C 18+)

1 March

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


We are thrilled to open the 2023 Glasgow Film Festival with the UK premiere of Adura Onashile’s Girl.

The eagerly-awaited debut feature from the BAFTA-nominated writer/director of Expensive Shit (2020) is set in Glasgow.

Grace (Déborah Lukumuena) and her 11-year-old daughter Ama (Le'Shantey Bonsu) are outsiders trying to build a new life in a city where everything feels strange and hostile. Traumatised by what she has endured, Grace just wants to keep her daughter safe from harm, while Ama is taught to be suspicious of everyone. When Ama makes friends with classmate Fiona (Liana Turner), it only adds to Grace’s anxiety that their special bond is under threat.

A poignant, beautifully acted tale of what it takes to escape the legacy of violence and learn to trust in the future. Screening fresh from its world premiere at Sundance, this heralds the arrival of a powerful new voice in British cinema.

  • Doors open at 18.30
  • This event is rated 18+ due to alcohol being served.
  • Tickets: Full price £15 / Concession £13
  • Tickets for the Opening Gala will also gain you entry to the Opening Gala Party (21.30) at Citation Glasgow, following the screening.

Thanks to New Europe Film Sales/Barry Crerar Productions

  • Director Adura Onashile
  • Cast Déborah Lukumuena, Le'Shantey Bonsu, Danny Sapani, Liana Turner
  • Country Scotland
  • Year of Production 2022
  • Running Time 1h30m
  • Certificate N/C 18+

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