GFF17: First Programme Announcements

gff17-featuredWith just over two months to go until the thirteenth edition of the ever wonderful Glasgow Film Festival, an initial programme announcement has been made. The treats on offer include a special screening of Niall McCann’s acclaimed documentary Lost In France, a celebration of new Canadian cinema in True North, and Dangerous Dames, our retrospective on the big screen’s sultriest femme fatales.

On 21 February Glasgow’s ABC will host a special screening of Niall McCann’s acclaimed documentary Lost In France, exploring the rise of Scotland’s independent music scene in the 90s, led by cult Glasgow label Chemikal Underground, The Delgados, Bis, Mogwai, Arab Strap and other seminal musicians and bands (including Alex Kapranos who would go on to form Franz Ferdinand). Following the screening, GFF audience members will have the chance to see Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai), Emma Pollock, Paul Savage (The Delgados) and RM Hubbert re-unite for an exclusive live performance. The film and performance will be screened live to cinemas across the UK on the 21 February, ahead of the film’s general release by Curzon Artificial Eye on 24 February 2017.

jane-greer-out-of-the-pastThe Dangerous Dames retrospective screenings are free to the public and will celebrate the big screen’s sultriest femme fatales. Jane Greer disrupts the life of small-town gas station owner Robert Mitchum in Out Of The Past, Gene Tierney’s obsessive socialite embarks on a whirlwind marriage in Leave Her To Heaven and Linda Fiorentino runs rings around everyone in the classic neo-noir The Last Seduction. Allan Hunter, Festival Co-Director, said “Dangerous Dames is a collection of some of the finest film noir thrillers ever made. Dark, twisted tales of murder and revenge built around complex starring roles for some of Hollywood’s most powerful women. The retrospective ranges from Mary Astor’s scheming Brigid in the classic The Maltese Falcon to Faye Dunaway’s enigmatic Evelyn at the heart of Roman Polanski’s Chinatown. A great chance to see classic, landmark films on the big screen and all for free. We’re making audiences an offer they can’t refuse.”

True North: New Canadian Cinema marks 150 years of Canada’s confederation with a selection of strikingly original new and rediscovered voices in independent Canadian cinema. Sidney J. Furie’s long-thought-lost record of hipster Toronto in the 1950s A Cool Sound From Hell is an ageless gem, alongside hotly-tipped Quebec filmmaker Chloé Robichaud’s Boundaries, a dazzling satire on the exploitation of Canada’s natural resources. Elsewhere in the programme, Philippe Lesage’s The Demons offers an atmospheric take on childhood fears spilling into the real world and animated coming-of-age story Window Horses follows a young mixed-race woman attending a life-changing poetry festival in Iran. Allison Gardner, Festival Co-Director, said “2017 is a big year for Canada as it commemorates the 150th anniversary of its confederation. We wanted the Glasgow Film Festival to be part of those celebrations and that’s why our country focus for this year is Canada. We want to reflect the bigger picture of all the exciting diversity in Canadian filmmaking from thrilling new talents to stunning animation. We have also delved into the archives for a vision of yesteryear hipsters from 1950s Toronto. I think audiences will love this window into a filmmaking nation that is often unsung in British cinemas.”

Tickets for the Lost in France performance go on sale on the 30th Of November. The opening and closing galas will be announced in early January with the full programme announced on the 18th of January. For more info go to

The Glasgow Film Festival will run between the 15th and the 26th of February 2017.


John McArthur
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