February Film Highlights
Anyone who has wished they could see legendary band Chemical Brothers in concert, or those who would like to relive the experience of their mind-bending light and sound show, head to the Cameo in Edinburgh on 3 Feb for The Chemical Brothers: Don't Think. Filmed during the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan when the band played to 50,000 fans, the event was captured on twenty-one cameras, providing audiences with a dynamic and exclusive view of this long-running group.
Before the Glasgow Film Festival gets under way, the GFT in Glasgow is hosting three programmes of short films as part of the British Animation Awards 2012. These screenings, taking place on 2, 6 and 8 Feb, feature a mix of animation, music videos and commercials and are up for the public vote. The eventual ceremony takes place in March in London, but this is a chance to have a say on the winners. The Filmhouse in Edinburgh is showing the last of the three programmes on 6 Feb.
Several cinemas have special screenings on 14 February to celebrate Valentine's Day. Included in the GFT's line up are Brief Encounter, David Lean's beautifully filmed 1945 classic, starring Celia Johnson as a dissatisfied housewife who, after a chance meeting with a stranger, considers having an affair, and When Harry Met Sally, in which Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan question whether it's possible for men and women to ever have a truly platonic relationship. In Edinburgh, the Cameo is screening French comedy Romantics Anonymous with a special bonus: a free chocolate tasting in association with Hotel Chocolat – perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth.
The DCA in Dundee is starting and ending the month with films about the threat of nuclear war. On 3 Feb, Stanley Kubrick's deranged political satire Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is being shown, featuring Peter Sellers in three roles. Robert Aldrich's bizarre noir Kiss Me Deadly is on 21 Feb, featuring a private eye, a murder and a strange, glowing suitcase containing 'the great whatsit.'
Finally, anyone interested in Chinese cinema and independent Chinese filmmaking should head to the CCA in Glasgow the month, where Ricefield's annual festival, Takeaway China, is showing a selection of specially chosen films until 4 Feb. Each film offers a valuable insight into one of the world's fastest rising superpowers, and the effects of modernisation in the face of traditional values. Check out the CCA website for further details.