GFT in July and August: Midsommar, CineMasters: Spike Lee, Our Movie Childhood and more

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The GFT July/August brochure is available to view here.


This July, acclaimed director Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham, Viceroy’s House) will attend GFT for a Q&A following a preview screening of her latest feature Blinded By the Light, a film inspired by British journalist Sarfraz Manzoor’s memoir Greetings From Bury Park, where a teenager learns to find his own voice through the words and music of Bruce Springsteen, Manzoor will also be in attendance. Also this month: Turner Prize-winning artist Charlotte Prodger will present two screenings of her work, Stoneymollan Trail and SaF05; director Chanya Button will attend a Q&A following a preview screening of Vita and Virginia, a new drama based on the true story of the passionate relationship between literary trailblazer Virginia Woolf and enigmatic aristocrat Vita Sackville-West; original documentary Funny You Never Knew follows comedians Fred Willard and Kevin Pollak as they re-discover a trio of comedians from the 1950s that captured the American zeitgeist, and influenced many of the major comedians that followed, the screening at GFT will be followed by a Q&A with director Andrew Hunt and editor Colin Goudie; directors Andy Heathcote and Heike Bachelier will attend a Q&A following a preview screening of Of Fish and Foe, a thought-provoking documentary examining the relationship between modern environmentalism and traditional salmon fishing methods; artist and director Penny Slinger will attend a Q&A following a one-off screening of Penny Slinger: Out of the Shadows, the incredible untold story of the traumatic events that led to the creation of her masterpiece, the 1977 photo-romance, ‘An Exorcism’; unique fiction film that asks the viewer to consider the methods that documentary makers may employ in order to find a story worth telling, My Friend the Polish Girl will be followed by a Q&A with directors Ewa Banaszkiewicz and Mateusz Dymek; and insightful documentary The Bikes of Wrath will be followed by a Skype Q&A with co-director Charlie Turnbull.

See all Q&A screenings here.

Blinded By the Light + Q&A

Blinded By the Light + Q&A

Vita and Virginia + Q&A

Vita and Virginia + Q&A

Funny You Never Knew + Q&A

Funny You Never Knew + Q&A


This month, the GFT programme is packed with brilliant new releases to tempt audiences inside the cinema, including: Support the Girls, a big-hearted comedy with a tour-de-force performance from Regina Hall; the latest from the unique mind of Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio), In Fabric; celebrating Wimbledon, Julien Faraut’s documentary John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection; Hereditary director Ari Aster returns with the visceral Midsommar, starring Florence Pugh and Jack Reynor; Chanya Button’s romantic drama Vita and Virginia; Never Look Away, from Academy Award-winning director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others); powerful coming-of-age body horror Blue My Mind; new from Jim Jarmusch, with a star studded cast including Adam Driver, Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton, The Dead Don’t Die; documentary The Brink  following controversial political figure Steve Bannon; Our Time, a  beguiling drama from Carlos Reygadas; visionary director Agnès Varda’s final film, Varda by Agnès; a sensitive adaptation of Fiona Shaw’s beautiful novel, Tell It to the Bees, starring Holliday Grainger and Anna Paquin; Harry Wootliff’s Glasgow-set romance Only You; Gwen, an atmospheric gothic drama starring Maxine Peake; Michael Shannon, Benedict Cumberbatch and Nicholas Hoult star in The Current War, the story of the battle to power the nation; new documentary from Nick Broomfield (Whitney: Can I Be Me) Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love, charting the tumultuous relationship between musician Leonard Cohen and his muse; the feature debut from theatre director Lila Avilés The Chambermaid; dancer Bobbi Jene Smith stars in Mari; tense Spanish thriller The Candidate; Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat star as best friends in edgy comedy Animals; Holiday, a dark drama that unfolds over the course of a Turkish Riviera vacation; Balance, Not Symmetry, filled with iconic Glasgow locations and a standout soundtrack from Biffy Clyro; The Lunchbox director Ritesh Batra returns with romantic drama Photograph; Gurinder Chadha’s joyous coming-of-age tale Blinded By the Light; a story of Russian rock’n’roll, Leto; Christian Petzold’s heart-rending Transit, telling the plight of refugees; Quentin Tarantino’s ninth feature film, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie; the second feature from actor/director Louis Garrel, A Faithful Man; and the latest film from Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar, Pain and Glory, starring Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz.

See What’s On at GFT here.

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On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the Eagle on the surface of the moon, whilst Michael Collins remained in the Lunar Orbiter. In Houston and beyond, an army of technical, engineering and design support had made it all possible. It remains the greatest technological achievement of human civilisation and it signalled the emergence of space exploration as an essential part of modern society. We mark this 50 year anniversary with a short season of films exploring and interrogating this most extraordinary accomplishment.

See all Journeys to the Moon listings here.

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English director Nic Roeg first made his name in the film industry as a cinematographer in the 1960s, but it is the films he directed in the 1970s that ensure his place in cinema history. Roeg pioneered a non-linear form of visual storytelling that tapped into the human unconscious in a way that remains thrilling and uncanny. This season we screen a selection of his work, including a brand new 4K restoration of Don’t Look Now.

See all CineMasters: Nicolas Roeg listings here.

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Spike Lee has been a vital and disruptive force in American independent cinema since he made his provocative debut She’s Gotta Have It in 1986. In over 30 years of filmmaking he has continually refused to compromise his vision, using cinema as a vehicle to call out racism, social injustice and political inequality. Lee is an essential thorn in the side of the US establishment, and we’re delighted to screen a season of his work. We like Spike.

See all CineMasters: Spike Lee listings here.

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Do the truffle shuffle because we’re going to need a bigger boat to help E.T. phone home! GFT’s summer season Our Movie Childhood celebrates the films that defined 1970s and 1980s childhood - these were the films that inspired iconic quotes and endless parodies. Cinemagoers young and old are invited to revisit these classics, or experience them for the first time on the big screen.

See all Our Movie Childhood listings here.


This summer we are joining the BFI’s UK-wide season exploring the enduring appeal of obsession, in its many forms, on the cinema screen. These five events offer audiences a chance to go deeper into cinema, to explore and be entertained, to think and be challenged.

See all Film Feels: Obsession listings here. 

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Studio Ghibli remains the pinnacle of Japanese animation. This summer we present four of the beloved studio's best works for you to enjoy on the big screen, including My Neighbour Totoro and Spirited Away.

See all Studio Ghibli listings.


Canada Now 2019 is a touring showcase of New Canadian Cinema in the UK & Ireland, featuring a bold and diverse selection of the finest fiction and documentary features coming out of the Great White North. Featuring four titles through August at GFT, this year’s festival showcases more than ever the sheer depth and range of New Canadian Cinema.

See all Canada Now listings here.



The 4th edition of Cinema Rediscovered explores the invention, innovation and mystery of cinema, diving deep into the legacy of revered filmmakers as well as shining a spotlight on lesser-known cinematic voices.

See all Cinema Rediscovered On Tour listings here.



Steven Spielberg created an icon with the Indiana Jones trilogy, with Harrison Ford embodying the iconic role of Indy. This summer, join us for all three adventures in one incredible day!

See all Indiana Jones Trilogy listings here.

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