Glasgow Film Festival
It's huge, and a film event not to be missed.
This month, film action in Glasgow is so plentiful and bursting with screen jewels that this wee news column might struggle to contain and fully express the treasures which cinema viewers can look forward to. It's Glasgow Film Festival time, where a celebration of cinema is on the bill across Glasgow screens from the 15th until the 25th of February.
The eleven day programme is packed with screenings of over 90 films, each one forming part of a collection, leaving you with the choice to either fully explore a favoured strand or indeed go a bit afro and catch anything and everything that might tug on your tresses. There are a number of strands to choose from, highlights including include Great Scots - showcasing quality Scottish offerings like the BAFTA nominated True North. Galas offers several UK premieres including rom-com Cashback, Robert De Niro's The Good Shepherd and Chinese period adventure, Curse of the Golden Flower.
Danish Focus celebrates the Glasgae/Dane connection that has seen award winning collaborations like last year's Red Road. You can also get a healthy taste of World Cinema, offerings from European Cinema, and a distinctly western hue with The Duke collection celebrating the mastery and influence of John Wayne with ten of his finest films. Behind the Scenes allows student movie buffs an insight into the worlds and minds of some acclaimed filmmakers and the issues that interest both them and film audiences. And, lest we forget, the mini-fest within the fest that is Frightfest returns for a second year to offer the cream of screaming screen fodder for one day only on the 17th.
All in all, it's huge and a film event not to be missed. Allison Gardner, the festival director is bursting with excitement and says, "Glasgow has a population of 500,000 people. If they saw just one film each, this would be the biggest film festival in the world." Leaving just one thing left to be said - and ACTION!