Glasgow Film News: October

The Glasgow International Bike Festival runs from the 4th to the 12th of this month

Feature by Alec McLeod | 13 Oct 2006

Just as Edinburgh is preparing for its Mountain Film Festival (see Edinburgh Film News), it seems Glasgow has attempted the classic "rock, paper, scissors" move by presenting the 1st Glasgow International Bike Festival. Running (or is that pedalling?) from the 4th to the 12th of this month, highlights include another chance to see 'Overcoming', the gripping account of the 2004 Tour de France from the perspective of Ivan Basso's CSC team, plus the screening of the jaw-dropping 'Manifesto', starring Ryan Leech, which will be followed by a Q&A with the gravity defying trials-rider himself. Check out for details.

Sometimes it feels that as soon as one festival ends, another begins. Well in the case of this month it's true. No sooner will the Bike festival have finished inaugurating itself, than we will see the return of a welcome regular. Document, the International Human Rights Documentary Festival, is now in its fourth instalment and from the 12th until the 16th it will be showing another collection of uncompromising films intended to bring a better understanding of human rights issues. At time of going to press the list of films was unavailable, but keep an eye on in the coming days to find out.

Finally, just when you thought the huge publicity wheels of 'The Da Vinci Code' had finally been cracked, the Burrell Collection will be exhibiting the work of Michelle Ong, whose jewellery made for Carnet includes the pieces used in the film adaptation of the massive merchandising machine. Of course, pieces such as the Fleur de Lys Cross Key and the Opus Dei are but one small aspect of Ong's work, which is seen to be some of the most important jewellery of our time, but this first opportunity to see them will probably be a fine way of justifying having spent your money on that duff movie. The exhibition starts on the 28th October, finishing on the 10th December, and admission is free.