GFT in June

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This month, as Glasgow welcomes the start of Summer, the GFT programme is packed with brilliant new releases to tempt you inside the cinema, including: the directorial debut of Olivia Wilde, with razor-sharp comedy Booksmart starring Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever; the latest from Son of Saul director Lázsló Nemes, Sunset, a mysterious drama beautifully shot on film; fresh from rave reviews at Glasgow Film Festival 2019, writer-director-actor Jim Cummings’ dark comedy Thunder Road; inspiring documentary Freedom Fields, following three women and their dream of being allowed to play football in Libya; new drama Rory’s Way starring legendary Scottish actor Brian Cox, based on the bestselling novel by José Luis Sampedro; written by and starring Mindy Kaling, fresh new comedy Late Night stars Emma Thompson as a failing late-night talk-show host; a charming re-make of his own earlier film, Sebastián Lelio’s Gloria Bell, stars Julianne Moore and John Turturro; Dutch writer-director Sacha Polak’s English language debut, the critically acclaimed Dirty God; a hit at Glasgow Film Festival, where director John Butler and stars Matt Bomber and Alejandro Patiño walked the red carpet, Papi Chulo is back at GFT; Balloon, based on the moving true story of two families’ daring attempt to flee East Germany; plus, from the award-winning team behind Senna and Amy, Diego Maradona explores the charismatic and controversial Argentinian who is frequently considered to be the greatest football player of all time. In addition: We The Animals is a heart-rending adaptation of Justin Torres’ celebrated novel of the same name, propelled by layered performances from its astounding cast – including three talented, young first-time actors; a favourite from Glasgow Film Festival 2019, Charlie Paul’s intimate documentary Prophecy, following acclaimed artist Peter Howson; new documentary Force of Nature Natalia follows one of the worlds’ greatest ballet dancers, Natalia Osipova, through a year of rehearsals and performances, revealing a rare insight into the world of professional ballet; thrilling crime drama based on an absurd true story about the beginnings of the term ‘Stockholm Syndrome’, The Captor, starring Ethan Hawke and Noomi Rapace; Mélanie Thierry stars as young writer Marguerite Duras in Memoirs of War, adapted from the authors’ eponymous novel; and, crafted from a newly discovered trove of 70mm footage, the inspiring Apollo 11 charts NASA’s most celebrated mission.

See What’s On at GFT here.


This June, acclaimed director Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio, The Duke of Burgundy) will attend GFT for a Q&A following a preview screening of his latest feature, In Fabric, a film that follows the journey of a cursed blood-red dress as it passes from person to person with devastating consequences. Also this month: director Seán Murray will attend a Q&A following a screening of Unquiet Graves, a new documentary investigating the role the British government played in the murder of over 120 civilians in the Counties Armagh and Tyrone from July 1872 to 1978; Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning classic Saving Private Ryan will screen to mark 75 years to the day since World War II’s D-Day Normandy landings, and 21 years since the film was released; Richard Gray’s hard-hitting historical epic Robert the Bruce, starring Angus Macfadyen in the titular role, screens with cast & crew Q&A; bring your da’ to our Father’s Day screening of The Italian Job, starring Michel Caine and an iconic fleet of minis; we commemorate Doris Day, with a screening of one of her finest film performances as show-stopping real-life ‘20s songstress Ruth Etting in Love Me or Leave Me; Sophie Huber’s documentary Blue Note: Beyond the Notes explores the most important record labels in the history of jazz and American music, Blue Note Records; an archive programme that charts a century of arrivals to the UK, Britain on Film: Welcome to Britain screens as part of ICO Britain on Film on Tour programme and Refugee Festival Scotland; 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; to celebrate what would have been Jon Pertwee’s 100th birthday, the Glasgow Doctor Who Society and Glasgow Film present the 1970 classic Doctor Who serial Spearhead from Space, in spectacular high definition for the first time in Scotland, having been scanned from the original 16mm film.

See all Q&A screenings here.

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A celebration of sonic cinema, Sound & Vision at GFT presents: an unrivalled insight into the world of controversial Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher in new documentary Liam Gallagher: As It Was, charting the stars’ rise to fame and years of living on the edge, followed by an exclusive performance broadcast live; Fritz Lang’s 1927 masterpiece Metropolis presented with a live DJ soundtrack from Le Vangelis in Resound Metropolis; an intimate documentary going beyond the iconic public figure of opera star Luciano Pavarotti to reveal the man himself, director Ron Howard’s Pavarotti will be broadcast live to GFT, followed by a satellite Q&A with special guests; plus, Neoclassical post-rockers We Stood Like Kings will perform a new soundtrack to Godfrey Reggio’s cult film Koyaanisqatsi in a special live show at GFT. 

See all Sound & Vision listings here.


The UK’s Music Documentary Film Festival arrives at GFT this June, presenting: Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records, a film about the love affair between Jamaican and British youth culture told through the prism of one of the most iconic labels in the history of black music, Trojan Records, and cast of legendary artists including Lee “Scratch” Perry, Toots Hibbert, Ken Boothe and more; plus director Piers Dennis’ documentary Slow Club – Our Most Brilliant Friends, giving unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the band’s final tour, will screen followed by a director Q&A.

See Doc’n Roll listings here.


Writer/director Nora Ephron’s genius was to take characters and plots that could come straight out of ‘40s Hollywood and infuse them with a contemporary frankness concerning sex and relationships. Ephron’s writing captured the realities of relationships between men and women in a way that was funny and fresh, and she effectively laid a template for all romantic comedies of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.

See all CineMasters: Nora Ephron listings here.


Complementing May’s Italian Film Festival, we present a season of films featuring the Oscar-winning Italian actress Anna Magnani - known as ‘La Lupa’ (‘The She-Wolf’). Born in 1908, she worked with some of the most illustrious names in European cinema - including Roberto Rossellini, Jean Renoir and Vittorio De Sica. These films are incredibly rare to see in a cinema – don’t miss the opportunity to experience Magnani in all of her fiery glory.

See all Anna Magnani: Made in Rome listings here.

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