Scottish Film Events: March 2023

This month's film column is all about Berwick-upon-Tweed, imaginary Brad Pitt and BFFs

Article by Jamie Dunn | 02 Mar 2023
  • Wolf and Dog

We have a lot of amazing film festivals in Scotland. Just this month there’s the Glasgow Film Festival, the Glasgow Short Film Festival and the Hippodrome Silent Film Festival – you can read about all three in the March issue of The Skinny. When Scotland eventually rises up and recaptures Berwick-upon-Tweed from the English, we’ll have another: the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (3-5 Mar). Until then, though, you’ll have to travel 2.5 miles into England to experience this brilliant event dedicated to experimental film and artists' moving images.

Berwick highlights this year include the new film from cinema remix artists Soda Jerk (Hello Dankness), and Luke Fowler’s Being in a Place: A Portrait of Margaret Tait. We also love the sound of Wolf and Dog, the debut feature-length film from Cláudia Varejão, which sees this Portuguese director once again working in the dreamy realm between reality and fiction.

Glasgow Film Theatre is going to be a busy venue in March. Not only is it playing host to the aforementioned GFF and GSFF, it’s also squeezing in a retrospective celebrating one of the finest filmmakers working at the minute: David Fincher. The season runs 21 March to 23 April, with one of the March highlights being a screening of Fincher’s blistering satire Fight Club, after which some Fight Club heads will break the first rule of Fight Club and, well, talk about Fight Club. Celluloid fans will also be chuffed to hear three films are screening from 35mm: Se7en (15 & 19 Mar), Zodiac (29 Mar & 2 Apr) and the sorely underrated Panic Room (5 Apr).

At The Skinny, we’re also super excited for the launch of Anahit Behrooz’s new book BFFs, which examines female friendship as a site of radical intimacy, as told through cultural touchstones. Anahit is our Events and Books editor and regular on the film pages too, and she’s put together two excellent programmes of films exploring female friendship. At GFT she’s screening Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust (30 Mar) and Agnes Varda’s One Sings, the Other Doesn’t (6 Apr); Anahit will introduce both films, and take part in a discussion following the latter. While across in Edinburgh at the Cameo, Anahit will be introducing films like Dasies (17 Mar), Skate Kitchen (29 Mar) and The Virgin Suicides (5 Apr). Full programme here.