GFT Blog: November and December Picks


The Glasgow Film team talk about what they are most looking forward to this festive season... leave us your #GFTPick in the comments section.

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Tangerine 

Friday 14 (20.45) & Sat 15 Dec (18.20)

I missed Tangerine the first time around and am so excited that there’s another chance to see it on the big screen. It’s amazing to think this was all filmed on smartphones – but having seen Sean Baker’s amazing The Florida Project and how much of a visionary director he is, elevating untold stories to the fore, I’m all the more intrigued to see this film.

Georgia Stride
FHS Knowledge and Network Coordinator 

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Widows

Tuesday 6 - Thursday 22 November

I'd have loved to be a fly on the wall in a room containing Steve McQueen and Gillian Flynn as they collaborated on Widows. From the trailer, with its heavy bass beat to a powerhouse female cast and a storyline which holds no prisoners [“We have a lot of work to do, crying isn’t on the list”]. I feel like i'm in for a brutal but bold experience. 

Jodie Wilkinson
Public Engagement Coordinator 

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Jingle All the Way

Friday 21 December (23.00)

Has Schwarzenegger ever uttered a phrase more iconic than “…it’s Turbo time?” I’m excited to see this film on the big screen, an experience I never had as I watched Arnie battle harassed toy store staff and a US Postal Service worker on my old VHS combo.

At that time I deeply identified with 9 year old Jamie’s need for the number one Christmas toy of the year. I remember laughing at the ridiculous lengths Arnie went to ensure there was a Turbo Man under the Christmas tree. Now I’m older, it doesn’t seem that far off a Christmas Eve on Buchanan Street… if only I had a Turbo jet pack!   

Rebecca McSheaffrey
Children & Young People Coordinator

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Shakedown + Q&A 

Sunday 9 December (15.30)

You might expect a documentary about an illegal lesbian stripclub to be voyeuristic, but the director Weinraub is part of the community, close to the dancers and tells their stories with a lo-fi intimacy and energetic defiance. 

Plus, Weinraub is Skyping us from USA especially for the Q&A! 

Adam Castle
FHS Film Audience Network (FAN) Training Co-ordinator

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Three Identical Strangers

Friday 30 Nov - Thursday 6 December

 The story that unfolds about identical triplets separated at birth and finding their way back to each other by crazy happenstance is almost reason alone to go see this. However I certainly wasn’t prepared for how the story twists into an exploration of the circumstances behind their adoption and the darker motives that were involved. An extraordinary true story that you couldn’t make up if you tried.

Chris Kumar 
Programme Assistant

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The Old Man and The Gun

Friday 7 - Thursday 13 December

Whilst I am very tempted to pick the late night Jingle All the Way or the South Park Sing-a-long - surely a sight never seen at GFT before - I’m going to pick The Old Man and the Gun. David Lowery’s A Ghost Story was a surprising and thoughtful gem, so to see him return to the director’s chair with Robert Redford’s acting swan song, promises to be a real treat. In terms of enduring cinema legends, Redford ranks amongst the best, so I expect nothing but excellence. Sissy Spacek co-stars and the pair are supported by the likes of Danny Glover and Tom Waits. Here’s hoping Christmas comes early. 

Gavin Crosby
Design and Digital Coordinator

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Die Hard

Friday 7 December (23.00)

Die Hard is undoubtedly one of the finest Christmas movies ever made. It’s got everything you associate with the festive season – family, plenty of roaring fires, a jolly fat man who loves sweets... In seriousness, legendary performances from Alan Rickman and Bruce Willis here made their careers for years. It’s eminently quotable, genuinely funny and the perfect antidote to the usual saccharine sweetness of Christmas films. Yippee-ki-yay!

Andrew Kane
Glasgow Short Film Festival Assistant


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