March Film Events: 2010

Feature by Becky Bartlett | 03 Mar 2010

The GFT has outdone itself this month with not one, but two horror double bills – in one weekend! Fans of the video nasties can treat themselves to the Don't Go In The House Night (12 Mar 6.45pm), when House of the Devil and Last House on the Left (the original Wes Craven) will be followed by a Q&A with the latter film's star David Hess. If you survive that, the next night at the same time is a Fulci double bill, showing two of the legendary giallo master's finest – The Beyond and City of the Living Dead. Catriona MacColl and Giovanni Lombardo Radice, stars of each film respectively, will be attending, making this an absolute must-see weekend for fans.

At the CCA in Glasgow there is a free screening, for those keeping an eye on the purse strings. Showing in conjunction with The Bag of Tricks Show (also at CCA until 13 Mar), the screening of the same name on 10 Mar at 7pm will be presenting videos by artists whose work focuses on themes of appropriation, reinterpretation and modification.

Film distributor Soda Pictures has announced its latest venture to support independent British films and film-makers. The New British Cinema Quarterly (NBCQ) has chosen three films, with a fourth yet to be selected, to showcase British talent, and will be touring the country throughout the year. Well received at its first screening at GFF 2010, 1234, about the trials and tribulations of being in a band, is their first choice and is released in cinemas from 5 March so keep an eye on your cinema listings.

After the success of the Japanese cinema strand at last month's GFF, the DCA is offering a chance to see two Japanese films, one by a celebrated master of cinema and one by the man who many consider to be his worthy successor. Still Walking by contemporary director Hirokazu Koreeda (showing until 4 Mar) and Late Autumn by Yasujiro Ozu on 14-15 Mar are two excellent examples of the distinctive Japanese film-making style viewers have come to expect.

Finally back at the GFT, running from 23-31 Mar is the Taiwan Cinefest, Europe's largest independent Taiwanese film festival and a great opportunity to see films from the area. Amongst the five films is Yang Yang, on which Oscar winning director Ang Lee acted as general consultant, and How Are You Dad?, a film comprised of ten short stories examining the different relationships between father and son.