GFT in November & December


GFT bring another packed programme to audiences this November and December, highlights of which include a selection of glittering festive treats, a feast of 35mm film in Check The Gate and just announced, a Q&A with screenwriter Paul Laverty following I, Daniel Blake on 3 November.

Major new releases in November include: Nocturnal Animals, a riveting adaptation of Austin Wright’s novel Tony and Susan, directed by Tom Ford (A Single Man); Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner in arresting sci-fi Arrival from Denis Villeneuve (Sicario); an emotionally charged and critically acclaimed take on the horrific cost of war The Innocents; Adam Driver as Paterson, a bus driver in the city of Paterson, in the latest film from cult auteur Jim Jarmusch Paterson, and London Film Festival 2016 Opening Gala, A United Kingdom, starring Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo in Amma Asante’s (Belle) retelling of the extraordinary true story of one of the great forbidden romances of the 20th century.

In December, Spike Lee’s urgently topical, bold and imaginative adaptation of Greek drama Lysistrata Chi-Raq comes to GFT; Glasgow Film Festival favourite, breathtaking documentary Paths of the Soul; Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone’s (Platoon, Wall Street) dramatic political thriller Snowden, exploring the powerful true story and uncovering what drove Snowden to make the decision that shook the nation, and Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut American Pastoral, an adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about the ‘perfect’ American family.

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A United Kingdom, Friday 25 November - Thursday 8 December

Visiting Seasons at GFT

Black Star (3 – 24 November)

BFI’s Black Star is a celebration of the range, versatility and power of black actors on film and TV. Black Star provides a meaningful and high-profile platform for audiences to explore a galaxy of black actors through history, spotlighting the creativity and charisma of trailblazing performers, and celebrating the transatlantic wave of black British talent currently breaking across our screens. Screenings include: a new digital restoration of the ‘90s classic Boyz n the Hood, introduced by a special MOBO guest; Danny Glover gives a haunting performance as the enigmatic drifter Harry Mention in To Sleep With Anger; a new digital restoration of In the Hear of the Night starring Sidney Poitier as the devastatingly cool and charismatic police detective Virgil Tibbs; Classic Ealing comedy of singing miner David Goliath in The Proud Valley, screening on 35mm;  Michael Schultz’ cult classic comedy pushing the boundaries of political correctness, Car Wash screening on 35mm; Charlie Ahearn’s portrait of the early days of hip-hop and graffiti art Wild Style, featuring appearances from Fab 5 Freddy, The Cold Crush Brothers and even Grandmaster Flash; screening also as part of Africa in Motion is Sembéne! and Moolaadé.

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Africa in Motion (17 & 24 November)

Africa in Motion is Scotland’s major annual celebration of African cinema, returning for the 11th year to bring audiences a wide variety of creative stories from across the African continent. Artistically innovative and thought-provoking, the programme takes on bold narratives through a range of features, documentaries and shorts. GFT screenings: insightful documentary, Sembené!, telling the true story of the ‘father of African cinema’, Ousmane Sembené and Sembené’s rousing masterpiece Moolaadé, a film with the power to change long-held attitudes about female circumcision.

View the full Africa in Motion listings here.

Check The Gate (20 November – 11 December)

As GFT re-opens with our fully refurbished building, we welcome this celebration of the big screen celluloid experience. Curated by some of the nation’s finest independent programmers, journalists and film fans, who scoured Park Circus’ collection of 35mm film prints, this is a programme united by one common passion – the love of seeing film on the big screen. Screenings include: Francis Ford Coppola’s haunting Apocalypse Now; Peter Bogdanovich’s The Last Picture Show following the tiny West Texas town of Anarene as is residents move to the big city; one of the most dazzling pieces of science fiction cinema ever, The War of the Worlds; Nicholas Ray and Humphrey Bogart team up to define film noir with In a Lonely Place.

View the Check The Gate listings here.

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French Film Festival (5 – 20 November)

Audiences will have a chance to catch some of the most anticipated French titles of the year at GFT, as always: Vive le cinéma! Screenings include: Danièle Thompson’s (Avenue Montaigne, Le code a changé) latest film Cézanne et moi; one of the biggest box office hits in French film history, La Grande Vadrouille starring Bourvil and Louis de Funés; Emma Luchini’s second full-length feature My Men; quirky comedy In Bed With Victoria; Jean-Pierre Mocky’s satirical dark comedy Kill the Referee screening on 35mm; René Cléments’ 1946 The Battle of the Rails; screening to mark the 10###sup/sup### anniversary of Glasgow’s twinning with Marseille, Marseille; Arthur Harari’s feature debut, visually striking heist drama Dark Inclusion; François Ruffin’s biting critique on LVMH Thanks Boss!; Bernard Tavernier’s documentary A Journey Through French Cinema; The First, the Last from director and actor Bouli Lanners; the first ever international co-production from Japanese animation giants Studio Ghibli, The Red Turtle; handsomely crafted novel adaptation From the Land of the Moon starring Marion Cotillard; Jean-Pierre Léaud stars as The Sun King in Albert Serra’s The Death of Louis XIV and First Growth, classic French filmmaking bursting with sumptuous cinematography. 

View the French Film Festival listings here.

Havana Film Festival (15 & 17 November)

Havana and Glasgow were officially twinned in 2002, and whilst different in many ways, the cities share a love of cinema. For the 2nd year Havana Glasgow Film Festival brings the best of Cuban cinema to Glasgow with two special screenings and Q&As at the GFT: Viva is the inspiring story of Jesus, who, when realizing his dream of performing alongside Havana drag artists, is faced with a tough confrontation from his father and Dancing with Margot a visually stunning story of Havana’s history.

View the Havana Film Festival listings here.

London Korean Film Festival (22 November – 24 November)

The London Korean Film Festival presents three films at GFT: Factory Complex exploring issues of unionization, exploitation and marginalization within South Korea’s post-war period; Dong-Ju: The Portrait of a Poet black and white biopic of the young poet who channeled the feelings of a generation and Shifted Horizon – The Films of Seoungho Cho presented in collaboration with LUX.

View full LKFF listings here.

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Factory Complex, Wednesday 23 November (18.10)

Regular Seasons

Sound & Vision

Screening as part of a Centenary Tour, The Imperial War Museum’s 1916 propaganda documentary film The Battle of the Somme will screen alongside a specially commissioned live score performed by Glasgow Studio Orchestra; Jim Jarmusch’s Gimme Danger recounts the hard-rocking history of Iggy Pop and his legendary punk band, The Stooges; returning to GFT following the sell-out September screening, One More Time With Feeling screens this time in 3D in a unique cinema event; Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words is a celebration of the ultimate outsider musician; the latest documentary from Oscar-winning director Morgan Nevilla (20 Feet From Stardom), The Music of Strangers and acclaimed jazz duo Herschel 36 present their brand new electronica/acoustic soundscape score to Hanns Walter Kornblum’s ground-breaking silent documentary Wunder der Scöpfung.

The full Sound & Vision season can be viewed here.

Crossing the Line

November’s Crossing the Line screening is the Jarman Award 2016 Touring Programme featuring recent works from Sophia Al Maria, Cécile B. Evals, Rachel Maclean and more. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with nominated artist Rachel Maclean. In December, LUX Scotland present Woman Tiger, Woman Dove, a programme of films dedicated to the women filmmakers of the London Film-Maker’s Co-op – Lux’s historical predecessor. 

More information about these screenings can be viewed here.

Cult Classics

Regarded by many as a landmark production for Japan, critically acclaimed Akira screens in November; David Bowie stars in ‘80s classic Labyrinth; fresh from Japan, a sure-to-be classic Your Name; Nicolas Cage in one of his most outrageous performances Vampire’s Kiss; Jake Gyllenhaal stars as high-school outcast in Donnie Darko; David Lynch’s masterpiece describing a sleepy small town with a seedy underbelly Blue Velvet.  Celebrate the festive season at GFT this December with a selection of Christmas cult classics: Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd in deft social satire Trading Places; an antidote to the artificial sweetness of the traditional Christmas movie, Gremlins; Billy Bob Thornton as the world’s worst department store Santa in Bad Santa and the ultimate Christmas movie – Die Hard.

The full Cult Classics season can be viewed here.

Sound & Vision

Sound & Vision

Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line

Cult Classics

Cult Classics

Christmas at GFT

The festive season would not be complete without some sparkling Christmas crackers on the big screen at GFT: Frank Capra’s 1946 It's A Wonderful Life follows the trials and tribulations of George Bailey (James Stewart); Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven star in The Bishop’s Wife; join us for a sing-a-long version of the Oscar-winning classic Calamity Jane starring Doris Day as the gun-toting, whip-cracking whirlwind of the Wild West; Jim Henson’s hilarious version of the Christmas Classic The Muppet Christmas Carol; Will Ferrell as Buddy, a regular-sized man who was raised as an elf by Santa Claus in Elf, and screening also as a Cult Classic is Gremlins. 

View all Christmas at GFT listings here.

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Access Film Club

GFT, together with Scottish Autism; present Access Film Club screenings and post-film discussions in a friendly and welcoming environment. Life, Animated is the inspiring documentary following autistic child Owen, for whom Disney films paved the way to language, empathy and a structure for making sense of the world. This screening is followed by a Q&A with Jenny Paterson, director of The National Autistic Society for Scotland. In December, Access Film Club present the festive comedy National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

More information on these events can be viewed here.

Visible Cinema

In November, Visible Cinema team up with the performance students from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland BA Performance course to present curated short films and a lively discussion. In December, for the very first time, enjoy Frank Capra’s 1946 Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life enhanced with captions.

More information on these events can be viewed here

GFT Seasons

Kirk Douglas at 100

Celebrating the legendary actor as he turns 100, we screen Billy Wilder’s vicious portrait of flawed ethics in journalism, starring Douglas in one of his most iconic roles as amoral newspaper reporter Chuck Tatum in Ace in the Hole and screening on 35mm, The Heroes of Telemark is a daring wartime action/adventure starring Douglas as a reluctant wartime physicist.

More information on these screenings can be viewed here.

Did You Miss?

Bringing back some of the most popular hits at GFT, Did You Miss? gives you a second chance to catch: Taika Waititi’s follow up to What We Do in the Shadows, the hilarious Hunt for the Wilderpeople starring Sam Neill and Pedro Almodovar’s stunning emotional drama Julieta, based on three short stories by Pulitzer-winning writer Alice Munro.

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Brave, screening as part of Hollywood Dreams of Scotland on 26 November

Glasgow Film Festival Presents

Hollywood Dreams of Scotland

This November, GFF celebrates St. Andrew’s Day with a trio of pop-up screenings presenting Scotland in the very best light. With a nod to the Year of Architecture and Innovations, Mackintosh Queens Cross is the stunning and atmospheric location. From 12noon, design and make your own Scottish shield and learn some highland dance before a screening of Pixar’s Scottish princess Brave; Lillian Gish stars as the plucky young woman who comes between quarreling clans in Annie Laurie accompanied by a live score from fiddle player Shona Mooney and her band, and Sean Connery stars with Christopher Lambert in the classic ‘80s fantasy Highlander, preceded by a live Freddie Mercury tribute performance.

More information on these events can be viewed here.

Other Highlights

For a full list of screenings with Q&A view here.

The Black Star screening of ‘90s classic Boyz n the Hood will be introduced by a special MOBO guest on Thursday 3 November.

Ahead of the full run at GFT, see a Preview Screening of Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson on Monday 21 November (18.05).

Director Anthony Baxter attends for a Q&A following the Monday 7 November (20.45) screening of You’ve Been Trumped Too, the documentary Donald Trump won’t want you to see (Friday 4 – Thursday 8 November).

Boyz n the Hood

Boyz n the Hood

Preview: Paterson

Preview: Paterson

You've Been Trumped + Q&A

You've Been Trumped + Q&A

On Wednesday 9 November, unique comedy psychodrama The Darkest Universe  will be followed by a Q&A with director and actor Will Sharpe.

Insightful documentary Writing Ensemble: An Experiment in Theatre will be followed by a Q&A with director Susan Kemp, playwright Peter Arnott and leading academic Laura Bradley on Wednesday 9 November.

Live Wise Age Well presents Ken Loach’s Cathy Come Home television special, exclusively available to those aged 50+ and their careworkers, all tickets £1.

Screening as part of Book Week Scotland, all audience members at Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps will receive a free surprise book!

Award-winning documentary Road to Peace: Ancient Wisdom of the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet screens followed by a Q&A with director Leon Stuparich on Monday 28 November.

Glasgow Film Festival Audience Award nominee 16 Years till Summer returns to GFT on Wednesday 30 November and Thursday 1 December, the screening on Wednesday will be followed by a Q&A with director Lou Mcloughlan.

Writing Ensemble: An Experiment in Theatre + Q&A

Writing Ensemble: An Experiment in Theatre + Q&A

16 Years Till Summer + Q&A

16 Years Till Summer + Q&A

Elstree 1976 + Q&A

Elstree 1976 + Q&A

Director Jon Spira and actor Angus Machines attend a Q&A following the screening of Elstree 1976, a documentary following the lives of the people behind the masks and beneath the helmets in the original Star Wars movie on Tuesday 8 November.

Tickets for Damien Chazelle’s (Whiplash) award-winning musical masterpiece, La La Land, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, are on sale now ahead of its January run.

Quarterly indie short film night Blueprint: Scottish Independent Shorts returns in December, celebrating Scottish talent that exists in the cracks of the industry.

Royal Shakespeare Company presents Julius Caesar, directed by Angus Jackson (Oppenheimer, Don Quixote); Iqbal Khan (Much Ado About Nothing, Othello) returns to directo Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and duty Antony & Cleopatra and Blanche McIntyre (The Two Nobel Mingsmen) directs Titus Andronicus. On sale now.


All Monday to Friday shows before 5pm have capacity capped at 50% (unless otherwise stated). All other screenings have full unlimited seating capacity (unless otherwise stated).

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