GFF announce tantalising special events for 2017

Feature by The Skinny | 13 Dec 2016

The Lost Boys at a secret location; The Princess Bride accompanied by live sword fighting; Secretary hosted in association with a leading fetish club

Glasgow Film Festival's programmers have proven themselves the masters of site specific screenings over the years. This is the festival that shown Raiders of the Lost Ark in Kelvingrove Museum, The Warriors in a Glasgow subway station and Jaws on the Tall Ship. They’re at it again this year with more inspired site specific screenings announced this morning.

There’s a special 30th anniversary showing of The Lost Boys, Joel Schumacher’s 1987 cult favourite about two teen brothers (Corey Haim and Jason Patric) trying to cope with the fact their new home, coastal Santa Cruz in California, has a vampire problem.

Tantalisingly, the screening is taking place at a secret location, where audiences will be ferried to by bus from the Glasgow Film Theatre. Screenings involving secretive bus transfers now seem to be a tradition at GFF, after last year's secret screening of Con Air saw the audience kitted out in orange jumpsuits and bundled on a bus to watch the film in an airplane hanger on the outskirts of Glasgow. Those heading to The Lost Boys should expect a pop-up cinema somewhere similarly apropos. “Vampire fangs will be provided,” notes the press release, “although audiences are advised to bring their own garlic.”

Also celebrating its 30th anniversary is Rob Reiner's delightful fairytale adventure The Princess Bride. GFF will toast this all-time family favourite with a screening event that will include swashbuckling live sword fighting and a fiendish treasure hunt for all ages to enjoy. All together now: “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

The third special event announced this morning is less family-friendly: playful BDSM romance Secretary. The screening will be followed by an afterparty hosted in association with long-running fetish club Torture Garden, featuring TG performers, dancers and a specially-curated playlist.

“We are excited about this year's special events programme,” says GFF co-director Allison Gardner, “and thrilled to be able to announce these events in advance. We can honestly say that GFF is continuing to create unique cinema events around some of our audiences' best loved films. In terms of events venues, content and reach, there truly is something for everyone in this year's programme – from kids favourites to cult classics – all across the city!”

Tickets for The Lost Boys and Secretary will go on sale at 12pm on 15 Dec at Tickets for The Princess Bride will go on sale with the main festival programme on 23 Jan