Glasgow Film News: June
See the entire Indiana Jones trilogy back to back!
Glasgow's doing its best to get in on the festival malarkey, and film fans will be happy that there's plenty of cinematic treats on offer this June for when the weather gets a little less than summery. To celebrate Refugee Week, Glasgow Media Access Centre is hosting a Mini Film Festival of short documentary, animation and drama films made by or about the refugee and asylum seeking communities. The event is due to take place on Wednesday 20th June, check GMAC's website for venue details (www.g-mac.co.uk).
The Glasgow West End festival runs from Friday 8th to Sunday 24th June and includes some choice film-related gems to keep you cinephiles busy. Highlights include two screenings of the original 1922 Phantom of the Opera at 11pm on Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th. A gothic masterpiece of the silent era set in the catacombs underneath L'Opera de Paris, the festival brings the film back to life in the atmospheric location of St Mary's Cathedral on Great Western Road, with live music played by Karen MacIver (piano) and Frikki Walker (on the Cathedral organ).
Over at the Gilmorehill G12 cinema, at 2pm on the 24th, Drouth Magazine presents a Mini Film Season of Nick Broomfield films. Love him or hate him, Broomfield's brand of 'look at me!' documentary making and comic agitprop always makes for compelling viewing. Kurt and Courtney foregrounds the complicated relationship between the filmmaker and his subjects, while in The Leader, his Driver, and the Driver's Wife, Broomfield's performance is clearly a game of manipulation as he brazenly tries to provoke neo-Nazi Eugene Terreblanche into exposing the idiocy of South Africa's Far Right. But my personal pick has to be the fantastic chance to see the entire Indiana Jones trilogy back to back at the Gilmorehill on Saturday 16th June from 1pm. All together now: "They're digging in the wrong place!"