GFF19 Opening Gala: Mid90s

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GFF19 kicked off in style last night as we rolled out the red carpet for our Opening Gala screening of Jonah Hill’s directorial debut Mid90s. A breezy slice of life told with heart, love and understanding, Mid90s tells the story of 13-year-old Stevie (Sunny Suljic) and his attempts to win friends and fit in with the regulars at the Motor Avenue skate shop. We were thrilled to open the 2019 festival with this coming-of-age story; the perfect fit as we begin the fifteenth annual edition of Glasgow Film Festival, now firmly in our own teenage years!

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Glasgow's A-list came out in force for the screening, with stars treading the red carpet including Edith Bowman, Sean Biggerstaff, Rachel Jackson and Mark Millar. 

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Gala guests were treated to complimentary prosecco before heading to the screens, where GFF goodie bags awaited with copies of The List and The Skinny’s CineSkinny, skincare products from Aesop and a selection of snacks from Nats Rawline, Whitworths, The Delicously Ella, Natural Balance Foods, DulciBella Marshmallows and Urban Fruit.

When everyone was settled, Allison Gardner and Allan Hunter, festival co-directors, introduced the festival, thanking GFF partners Screen Scotland, EventScotland, BFI and Glasgow Life for their support. Allan also revealed that the festival would host the Scottish premiere of Wild Rose, followed by a Q&A and performance from Jessie Buckley, in a last minute addition to a jam-packed programme.

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Concluding their speeches, Allan shared the following message from Mid90s director Jonah Hill:

“Hello everyone at the GFT! It’s an honour for Mid90s to have its UK premiere opening this year’s Glasgow Film Festival and I am so sorry that I can’t be there with you tonight. 

Thank you to Allison and Allan and the rest of festival team for your support of the film. And to Altitude for releasing it in the UK in April. 

Mid90s is about finding a tribe. A group of friends. It’s an animal kingdom movie, essentially, a young cub going in and learning to survive and build himself within a pack. Skateboarding in the ‘90s, although I never got very good, was about me finding my tribe. And I hope there’s a part in all of you that connects with the film. I wish you all the best with the festival. And thanks again for having us!"

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After the excitement of the screening, audience members were invited to join us for the Opening Gala Party at 29 Glasgow. Drinks were provided by our sponsors Blue Moon, Rekorderlig Botanicals and Staropramen, ensuring a delicious start to the festival for those with a thirst for cinema!  In keeping with the theme of the evening, we were treated to a selection of tunes from the 1990s courtesy of Pretty Ugly Club; the perfect way to kickstart what promises to be a spectacular festival. 

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At Glasgow Film Festival, we pride ourselves on being a festival that loves the movies and loves our audience. GFF19 is your festival - so talk to us and let us know what you're up to! Did you love Mid90s? Tag us in your photos, posts, stories and tweets - we want to hear from you! #GFF19

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