Cinema Essentials


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Introducing Cinema Essentials

Here at GFT we have been working to keep in touch with you through lockdown with blogs, Twitter chats and newsletters, all under the #AtHomeWithGFT heading.

Now that we can start working towards GFT re-opening, we want to ensure that we keep that connection going and, if anything, we want to increase the conversation, as we get closer to being able to physically gather again. Thanks to some funding from BFI Film Feels, one way we are going to do this is through a series of conversations on Facebook Live under the heading Cinema Essentials.

Earlier this year, before lockdown, we had been about to launch a new ongoing season at GFT called Cinema Essentials. We would regularly pick a genre, or a certain style of films, and present a series of films that we would regard as being essential in that category – either as ideal starting points to get into that genre, or just really excellent examples of it from the history of cinema. We will launch Cinema Essentials in GFT later in 2020, but while our cinema screens are still dark this is a virtual way to get started on the idea in a conversational form – and to hear suggestions and contributions from you, our audience, at the same time.

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The idea of Cinema Essentials is to kick off a conversation about the films from cinema past and present that we would love to see on GFT’s screens. We’re beginning on Friday 17 July at 4pm with Cinema Essentials: Summer Movies. What are the best films set in summertime? There’s a vast range of them out there – from carefree evocations of summer living (and lovin’) to films that use a sweltering summer setting to explore and explode powder-keg scenarios.

So we want to hear from you! Send an email to feedback@glasgowfilm.org telling us your favourite Summer Movie, and a few sentences explaining why. Please include your name and where you’re emailing from, and we’ll incorporate as many as we can into our live discussion.

As well as your advance comments, we want you to join in with the live discussion on Facebook Live on Friday 17 July at 4pm. We’ll be kicking off the discussion with a chat about the recent release (and GFF20 highlight) Days of the Bagnold Summer.

GFT Programme Manager Paul Gallagher will be hosting, with two special guests who will share their picks. They will be watching the live comments as the discussion goes on, and will read out and respond to your picks as you post them.

So get thinking – what’s your favourite Summer Movie? What’s the most unique use of a summer setting you’ve seen in a film? Which one would you just love the chance to see back on the big screen at GFT? We’re looking forward to talking about it with you! 

Cinema Essentials: Summer Movies, Friday 17 July, 4pm – GFT Facebook Live. Watch the event here. Or on Youtube here.


This event is part of Film Feels Connected, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. Explore all films and events at filmfeels.co.uk.  

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GFT temporary closure

GFT will remain closed until at least 14 December, due to restrictions on cinemas in areas under tiers 3 and 4.

We hope to re-open soon and will keep you updated.

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