June Film Highlights

Article by Becky Bartlett | 31 May 2011

On 14 June the CCA in Glasgow, in association with the Glasgow Science Festival, is showing George A. Romero's classic zombie flick, Night of the Living Dead...with a twist. Now considered a blueprint for the modern zombie tale, Romero's 1968 film will be introduced by world renowned Theoretical Zombiologist, Doctor Austin, and is followed by a half-hour science lecture on the walking dead. You can even test your walking dead knowledge via an online exam certified by the Zombie Institute for Theoretical Studies. If you miss this, and the dead rise, don't blame us if you don't survive.

The Filmhouse in Edinburgh is celebrating the life and works of legendary composer Bernard Herrmann from the end of June through July. Most famous for his collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock, which include his haunting score for Vertigo, the Filmhouse is marking the centenary of his birth on 29 June with a special screening of Psycho, one of Hitch's greatest films and a fitting example of the musician's talents.

Let's hope that Glasgow stays dry between 23-26 June, because Kelvingrove Park is the location for Grosvenor Cinema in the Park each evening. Four films will be shown over the weekend, starting with The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The camp cult musical is followed by one of the better Indiana Jones' films, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and another camp cult musical, Mamma Mia!The final film of the event is an audience choice, so go online to log your vote.

Two film appreciation courses are beginning at the GFT in June. Aimed at adults interested in expanding their film knowledge and critical approach, on 14 June Space is the Place: Landscape in Artists' Films begins, while starting on 22 June, Dr. David Archibald will lead Contemporary Cinema 1. Comprising of seminars and special screenings, those interested in either month-long courses should contact the GFT to book a place.

Finally, the Cameo in Edinburgh is showing Lucy Walker's latest political documentary, Countdown to Zero, on 21 June. Featuring interviews with several key politicians, her film traces the history of the atomic bomb and comments on the current situation, in which nine nations possess nuclear arms. The film is followed by a panel discussion on nuclear disarmament featuring Queen Noor of Jordan, ex-CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson, Former Foreign Secretary Margaret Becket and Oscar-winning producer Lawrence Bender.