One can always rely on Glasgow Film Festival to programme the best of Scottish cinema, old and new. This year’s selection spans artist moving image, documentary, and feature film, from wild coastlines to inner-city lives. Here's our pick of just a few of the Scottish titles in the programme (or download our full guide here).
The Local Heroes strand represents UK directors and producers with new work in the festival programme. Documentary Of Fish and Foe follows the Pullar brothers, Atlantic salmon fisherman who are faced with fierce opposition from environmental activists as they attempt to continue their family traditions and make a living. Peter Howson is the focus of Prophecy, an expressive portrait of the Scottish artist as he meditates on his life and inspiration; and his latest work, painted and unveiled through the course of the film.
Archival treasures include Mackintosh Redux, a digital restoration of Murray Grigor’s award-winning 1968 film. Edited by Bill Forsyth, this beautiful new version features a newly-recorded rendition of Frank Spedding’s original score by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. An unmissable treat. Our Maryhill is a collection of archive footage curated by the residents of Maryhill past and present alongside archive expert Shona Thomson.
Mountaineering and memory are themes that reoccur in two new Scottish documentaries: Harry Birrell: Films of Love and War and Final Ascent. The former is a fascinating vision of the early 20th century through the eyes of amateur filmmaker Harry Birrell, who made more than 400 films documenting his life, travelling from Nepal to India to his home cinema in Giffnock. Final Ascent is the poignant and gripping story of legendary Scottish mountaineer Hamish MacInnes, as he faces a new personal challenge.
There’s plenty of drama on the menu too. Shot in North Berwick, Connect is a moving drama that examines the sensitive but pertinent issue of suicide in young men, a first feature for director Marilyn Edmond. A young man (Kevin Guthrie) is struggling with depression and loss - can human connection help him to see life anew?
Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger star in Tell it To The Bees, a tender wartime romance set in the Scottish Highlands. Only You is a modern-day romance starring Laia Costa and Josh O’Connor as a young couple who meet at Hogmanay in Glasgow.
Lux Scotland presents a programme of new artists moving image from Scotland, including the much-awaited Margaret Tait award screenings; this year’s winner will be announced at a special screening of previous winner Alberta Whittle’s new work on 25 February. You can also see a curated selection of films by Margaret Tait herself, alongside New Zealand artist Joanna Margaret Paul.
Scotch - The Golden Dram tells the story of the 'water of life' - whisky - through those who make it and those who love it. And of course, the Closing Gala of the festival is Beats - the hilarious story of two young lads and an unforgettable night out in 90s Glasgow. This is Trainspotting for a new generation.
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