7 Fantastic Glasgow Film Festival Events for Book Lovers

Glasgow Film Festival 2015 Preview
Category: Reading

The rise and rise of the Glasgow Film Festival is a major boon to Scotland’s cultural scene.

Its unique blend of Glasgow hip with spot on programming has elevated the festival to new heights year on year. And now, in 2015, GFF boasts a programme of 10 European premieres; 11 world premieres; screenings in venues from breweries to churches; and, of course, an internet cat video festival.

To celebrate the fest, we’ve picked out the best events for booklovers and teamed up with Glasgow Film to offer one lucky winner a pair of tickets to the world premiere of a new William McIlvanney documentary on 23 February (details below).


1. White Bird in a Blizzard by Laura Kasischke

Thursday 19 and Friday 20 February | Times vary | Get tickets

Stylish director Gregg Araki tackles Laura Kasischke's novel of loss and growing pains in 1980s America. Young-adult-book-adaptation’s Shailene Woodley (Divergent; The Fault in Our Stars; The Spectacular Now) stars as a teen whose coming of age is marked by love, death and mysterious parents. And, if that wasn't tantalising enough, the film's soundtrack is a 'who's who' of good 1980s music including Cocteau Twins, The Cure and Depeche Mode.


2. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

Friday 20 February | 10:30am | Get tickets

Get out of bed early on Friday 20 February to see one of Hollywood’s most underrated adaptations on the big screen. Filmed in glorious Technicolour, this sparkling film version was nominated for nine Oscars in its day and it earned its female lead, Ingrid Bergman, her first ever Oscar nomination, for Best Actress.


3. The Light Shines Only There by Yasushi Sato

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 February | Times Vary | Get tickets

Japan’s contender for this year’s Oscars gets its European premiere at the Glasgow Film Theatre. Fans of Bukowski will get what they need from this moody, heartbreaking tale of lost souls trying to escape their past for one last shot at love. 


4. Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

Sunday 22 February | 20:00 | Get tickets

Restored by La Cinémathèque Française this silent gem from 1928, based on Poe's jet-black story, will get the live score treatment at Pollokshaws Burgh Hall. Let contemporary composer Irene Buckley’s ethereal live score, performed on an original Wurlitzer Cinema Organ, guide your senses through one of the first true Gothic horrors committed to film.


5. Fires on the Plain by Shôhei Ôoka

Sunday 22 February | 13:00 | Get tickets 

Shôhei Ôoka’s haunting, visceral, highly-acclaimed novel on the hell of human warfare gets the film treatment for the second time. This time round Shin’ya Tsukamoto (Tetsuo) is in the director’s chair to tell the tale of Tamura, a writer drafted into the Japanese army to face the hell of the Allied liberation of the Philippines. Fans of The Thin Red Line and Apocalypse Now should be first in the queue.


6. William McIlvanney: Living with Words

Monday 23 February | 18:00 | Get tickets

With Canongate returning many of the great author’s novels to print, the William McIlvanaisance grows in momentum at GFF this year. Living With Words is an intimate portrait of the Godfather of Tartan Noir in his own words, and those of his close family and friends including Ian Rankin. The World Premiere at this year's festival is a must-be-at event for lovers of the Scottish word. 

Win a pair of tickets to the World Premiere of William McIlvanney: Living with Words.


7. The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether (short story) by Edgar Allan Poe

Film Title: Eliza Graves

Thursday 26 February | 21:00 | Get tickets

Ben Kingsley (Ghandi), Michael Caine, Brendon Gleeson and Kate Beckinsale act in this glossy gothic horror inspired by the dark genius of Poe. When a young doctor is wowed by the modern methods of Dr Lamb (Kingsley) a beautiful inmate and a series of strange events lead him to question his mentor, and push him to the limits of his conscience.



Competition: Win tickets to Living with Words

We've teamed up with Glasgow Film to offer one lucky winner two tickets to the World Premiere of William McIlvanney: Living with Words.

To enter, just fill in the fields below by 16:00 on Thursday 19 February. We'll contact the winner shortly after. 

If you experience any problems entering the competition, please email your entry to hello@scottishbooktrust.com

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