Office Aficionados: Special Screenings of Working Girl and Die Hard at GFF18


The first Friday and Saturday of GFF18 saw the offices of the Former College of Building & Printing transformed for two very special events. First up was Working Girl: Another Day at the Office. GFF delivered an immersive screening experience, allowing attendees to submerge themselves in retro revelry in the lead up to the film. 

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With “Me? Na!” and “Sigourney Wrath” cocktails from the Liquid Academy, complimentary '80s make-overs courtesy of Vanity Thrills Hair & Makeup, old school arcade games, an abundance of '80s office supplies to pose with, and iconic '80s hits from Toto’s Africa to 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton, the event was truly the throwback office party of our wildest dreams.

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Guests were then ushered upstairs to the building’s very own projection room where the film was lovingly introduced by festival co-director Allison Gardner, donning a voluminous wig for the occasion.

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Next up were two nights of Die Hard, with the 13th floor being transformed into the Nakatomi offices. The space was transformed into a Christmas party gone awry, with bauble-laden pine trees, bloody footprints and handprints smearing the windows and floors, and Heinrich’s stash of C-4 explosives lovingly recreated out of foam blocks. 

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Vanity Thrills continued to provide movie-makeovers with all Bruces in attendance having the chance to get spruced up before the screening. Attendees played classic Shoot ‘Em Ups like Time Crisis II, sipping on “For Holly” and “Shoot Ze Glass” cocktails from the Liquid Academy, as Christmas remixes of '80s songs blared over GFF18’s very own Yippee-Ki-Yay LA radio station. 

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When it was finally time to move up to the cinema space, Jamie Graham from Total Film joined us to introduce the film. A true Die Hard fan and scholar, he was escorted on stage wearing a dirty, blood-stained tank top, with his wrist cuffed to a NYPD cop. Giving insight into the making of the cult action classic, and its lasting influence on the genre, Jamie finished with this:

“The reason why this film stands up so well, and why I love it so much now, is because we’ve now moved to a time in cinema with superheroes where action cinema is very much about global threats. It’s about an intergalactic threat. It’s always people with amazing powers who can do just ridiculous things. And even though a lot of those movies are very good, and they adorn the cover of Total Film Magazine because they sell and they’re very popular, it seems to be a lost art in the action movie like this, which is authentic. Yes, it’s got fun. Yes, it’s a little bit camp in places. But it’s gritty. It’s authentic. It’s one location. It’s relatable. It’s believable. And, you know, Hollywood doesn’t really make them anymore. And when they do they certainly don’t make them as well as this.”

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Photography: Ingrid Mur 


At Glasgow Film Festival, we pride ourselves on being a festival that loves the movies and loves our audience. GFF18 is your festival - so talk to us and let us know what you're up to! Did you love our office parties? Which do you prefer, Working Girl or Die Hard? Did you take a GIF with our Social Halo? Tag us in your photos, posts and tweets - we want to hear from you! #GFF18


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