Glasgow Film Festival

The perfect excuse to get square eyes in the name of culture

Feature by Cara McGuigan | 06 Jan 2008

Cards or no cards, this Valentine's Day is guaranteed to stoke up the passions of Scottish film lovers. Glasgow Film Festival 2008 kicks off on 14 February, and for 11 glorious days, the second city will play host to over 100 screenings – from UK premieres to venerated classics, defiant documentaries to world film gems. Expect the red carpets to be rolled out for GFF08's gala performances, as the festival unveils some of the most eagerly awaited cinema releases of the year. Chief among these is the surprise film – ye pays yer money, ye takes yer chances...

Camp icon and Hollywood grande dame Bette Davis is the subject of this year's retrospective marking the centenary of her birth. The Bette-thon kicks off on Valentine's Day with wartime weepie Now Voyager, with Jezebel, All About Eve, and What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? clawing hard at its heels. The Great Scots programme will celebrate Scottish talent behind and in front of the camera, while the Best of British promises the cream of UK cinema - from the first feature of a bright new talent, to the latest offerings from veteran industry talent.

Looking further afield, a wealth of European cinema, world film, and American indies will also be represented. Canadian cinema receives a special focus, as do shorts and Reel Life documentaries. And, of course, FrightFest will be splattering its reliably grisly cocktail of blood, gore and hauntings for those who prefer to view their films between their fingers - showings always sell out fast. With festival venues all round the city, and tickets costing little more than a pint of beer, it's the perfect excuse to get square eyes in the name of culture. Cupid, get it right up ye.