Film Event Highlights – October 2012
Glasgay! returnes again to the GFT, with nine specially selected films screening between 15 Oct-3 Nov. The festival, an annual celebration of queer culture, boasts an impressive collection of both new and old movies, including Call Me Kuchu (23 Oct), an award-winning documentary about Uganda's first openly gay man, David Kato, trying to repeal the country's strict homosexuality laws. Also screening is the classically camp, outrageously over the top Mommie Dearest, a failed 'serious' biopic about actress Joan Crawford's nightmarish parenting skills (20 Oct). Just remember: no wire hangers!
The Cameo in Edinburgh is hosting another marathon of horror movies from All Night Horror Madness! on 13 Oct, starting at 11pm and running into the wee hours of the morning. Whether you're a fan of 80s vampires, Italian gore, or Grindhouse trash, there's something here for you, with five films – Fright Night, I Drink Your Blood, Tenebrae, Phantasm, and Hellraiser – showing alongside vintage horror trailers. If that's not enough to whet your appetite, there's also a free raffle.
Club Noir's Film Nights continue with Mel Brooks' Oscar-winning comedy The Producers screening at the Grosvenor in Glasgow on 7 Oct alongside a classic Laurel and Hardy short, County Hospital. The event also boasts a special burlesque performance, featuring Club Noir's fabulous compère, Daddy Single, and the beautiful Katie Crossbones. The following week, Breakfast at Tiffany's is playing at the Perth Playhouse (14 Oct), with another performance by the Club's finest stars. Dig out your best clothes and watch the movies in style.
Between 15-21 Oct Scotland Loves Anime is back at the Filmhouse and GFT. The festival has eleven of the finest anime films, as well as Takeshi Miike's latest, a live action video game adaptation, Phoenix Wright – Ace Attorney (GFT, 12 Oct; Filmhouse, 15 Oct) – more family-friendly than his previous ultra-gory, ultra-disturbing movies. The festival's biggest coup comes in the form of Nerawareta Gakuen, a school-based adventure, which receives its world premiere in Edinburgh on 20 Oct. See the Scotland Loves Animation's website for more details.
Led Zeppelin fans should head to the Belmont in Aberdeen on 17 Oct for Celebration Day, a one-off screening of the band's 2007 concert at London's O2 Arena, a tribute to Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. Featuring all the hits from Whole Lotta Love to Stairway to Heaven, and filmed in high definition with surround sound, this is a rare chance to get a front row seat at this classic gig. [Becky Bartlett]