The 20th edition of Scotland’s largest film festival will run from 28 February to 10 March at Glasgow Film Theatre (itself celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2024) plus venues across the city.
Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) 2024 will open with the UK premiere of Rose Glass’s new thriller Love Lies Bleeding starring Kristen Stewart, and close with the world premiere of Janey, following Scottish stand-up legend Janey Godley as she embarks on her final live tour following her cancer diagnosis.
Across 12 packed days, the programme boasts 11 world and international premieres, 69 UK premieres and 15 Scottish premieres, from 44 countries.
and Closing Gala Premieres
GFF24 will open on 28 February with
the UK premiere of British director Rose
Glass’s hotly-anticipated follow-up to Saint
Maud, Love Lies Bleeding. The stylish romantic thriller stars Kristen Stewart as Lou, a reclusive gym
owner who falls hard for Jackie
(Katy M. O’Brian), an ambitious
bodybuilder who's heading to Las Vegas to pursue her dream. Their love soon
leads to violence as they get pulled deep into the web of Lou's criminal
The festival will close on 10 March with the world
premiere of Janey, an honest, moving and often hilarious documentary about Glasgow comedian
Janey Godley, interweaving stories
from her life with footage from her Not Dead Yet tour in the wake of her terminal
cancer diagnosis. Janey found fame for her sweary anti-Trump placards, became a
social media sensation as she revoiced First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s Covid
briefings, was called out for controversial historic tweets and was trying to
rebuild her career when she received her diagnosis. Featuring
appearances from familiar faces including Nicola Sturgeon and Jimmy Carr,
director John Archer’s feature
captures Janey Godley at her most vulnerable and most gallus. Following its
world premiere at Glasgow Film Festival, Janey will be released in UK cinemas
from 15 March.
and European Premieres
Glasgow audiences will be the very
first to see 11 world and international premieres on the big screen.
A Scottish comedy icon makes a welcome
return to the big screen with a brand new restoration of the little-seen 1976
documentary Billy Connolly: Big Banana Feet. Lovingly restored by the BFI
in collaboration with the film’s director Murray
Grigor from the only two 16mm prints known to exist, this comedy charmer follows
Billy on his legendary 1975 tour of Ireland.
Glasgow director Ciaran Lyons makes his feature debut with Tummy Monster, a
hallucinogenic Scottish black comedy about a self-centred tattoo artist (rising
Scottish star Lorn Macdonald from
GFF19 closing film Beats) who gets embroiled in a bizarre
psychological battle with an international popstar.
Other highlights include David Duchovny adapting and starring in the big screen adaptation
of his comic novel Bucky F*ing Dent, about a baseball-mad dad whose terminal
cancer diagnosis leads him to be reunited with his estranged son; Edge
of Summer, the feature debut from Grierson Award-winning British
director Lucy Cohen, about a
mother-and-daughter holiday to Cornwall that takes a dark turn after a
discovery in a tin mine changes everything; GFF favourite, Canadian
actor-writer Jonas Chernick with The
Burning Season, a love story told in reverse; and the chance to get an
exclusive first look at the entire second season of the award-winning
Helensburgh-shot queer BBC Scotland drama Float, written by acclaimed
playwright Stef Smith and starring Hannah Jarett Scott and Jessica Hardwick, before it hits TV
screens later this year.
69 feature films will get their first
ever UK cinema showing at this year’s GFF as the programme boasts a wealth of
comedies, dramas and real-life stories from 37 countries across the world.
McGregor stars alongside his real-life daughter Clara McGregor in Bleeding Love, a road movie
following a young woman embarking on a road trip to New Mexico with her
estranged father; there’s a double-dose of McGregor senior as he stars
alongside Ellen Burstyn and Rhys Ifans in the mind-bendingly
surreal comedy Mother, Couch; Cynthia
Erivo stars as a Liberian refugee who flees to a Greek island and befriends
an American tour guide (Alia Shawkat)
co-starring Honor Swinton Byrne; Peter Sarsgaard and Billy Magnussen stage a Coup!,
a raucous satire about a rebellious servant leading a revolt against his
wealthy employer during the 1918 Spanish Flu; and Bob Byington’s sardonic deadpan comedy Lousy Carter stars David Krumholtz as a failed animator
struggling to finish his animated short when he finds out he has six months to
International features include The
Teachers’ Lounge, Germany’s 2024 Oscars Best International Film
shortlisted drama about an idealistic young teacher who decides to get involved
when one of her students is suspected of theft; Hounds, a tightly-wound
Moroccan thriller following a father and son, who are struggling to get by on minor jobs for the local
mob, over a single night as a kidnapping goes awry; a grieving father and
daughter move from England to Jerusalem to make a fresh start in Palestinian
director Muayad Alayan’s moving
supernatural drama, A House in Jerusalem,about trauma and the ghosts of our
past; the multi-talented Samyuktha
Vijayan writing, directing and starring in Blue Sunshine, a finely
tuned character study of a transgender woman undergoing her transition in the
face of conservative Indian society; Green Border, Agnieszka Holland’s Venice Special Jury Prize Award-winner about
the plight of refugees who are shunted back and forth across the no man’s land
between Poland and Belarus; Disco Boy, a gripping French drama
about an undocumented immigrant who signs up to the French Foreign Legion and
becomes increasingly psychologically troubled, starring Franz Rogowski (Passages);
a chilling Icelandic murder mystery unfolding across two time periods as a man
and his daughter try to come to terms with a suicide while he investigates
historic deaths at a juvenile centre. From the chic and startling French 16mm
vampire spinetingler The Vordalak to the Stranger Things meets The Goonies charm of Riddle
of Fire, a neo-fairytale about three Wyoming kids embarking on an epic
errand, GFF brings a world of new cinema to Glasgow.
Fresh UK talent also shines with nail-biting police
thriller Jericho Ridge, the directorial debut from Will Gilbey starring Nikki
Amuka-Bird (Knock at the Cabin)
as a small-town sheriff under siege and The Old Man and The Land, Nicholas Parish’s moving and inventive
debut following an elderly man working alone to maintain his ancestral
farmland, as his heard but never seen children (played by Rory Kinnear and Emily
Beecham) prove to be both remote and controlling.
Urgent true stories getting their UK premiere at the
festival include Caroline Suh and Cara Mones’Sorry/Not Sorry,
following the sexual misconduct allegations made against Louis C.K. and the
effects his comeback has on those who came forward.
Behind the camera talent take their
moment in the spotlight withMade
in England: The Films of Powell and Pressburger, a personal and moving
look at two of British cinemas greatest filmmakers, narrated by Martin Scorsese; and Frank
Capra: Mr America, the
story of how a young immigrant rose through the ranks of early Hollywood to
become one of the Great American storytellers. GFF24 is also thrilled to host
the UK Premiere of Jack Archer’s Bill
Douglas: My Best Friend, a look at the extraordinary lifelong
friendship between one of Scotland’s greatest filmmaking talents Bill Douglas and Peter Jewell, the man who became his close friend, confidant and
creative muse when they met doing National Service in Egypt in the 1950s,
living and working together until Bill’s death from cancer aged 57.
GFF is also delighted to bring its
unique festival magic to nine partner cinemas across the UK with the UK
premiere of Alice Rohrwacher’s
fantastical, genre-defying gravedigging romantic musical La Chimera starring Josh O’Connor which will screen both
at the festival and in cinemas including Barbican and BFI Southbank in London,
Chapter in Cardiff, Tyneside in Newcastle, Watershed in Bristol, Broadway in
Nottingham, Showroom in Sheffield, DCA in Dundee and Eden Court in Inverness.
Scottish audiences will have the first chance to see
directorial debuts from female filmmakers, with the Scottish premieres of Ramata-Toulaye Sy’s Senegalese
love storyBanel & Adama and UK director Luna Carmoon’scompelling tale of compulsionHoard. Other Scottish premieres at the festival include a
road trip from a London housing estate to Scotland inBlack Dog, the debut
from multi-talented writer-producer-actor-director George Jaques; Bertrand
Bonello’s sci-fi romance The Beast starring Léa Seydoux (One
Fine Morning) and George MacKay (1917); Matteo Garrone’s Io Capitano, a vibrant and powerful
drama about the hopefulness, resilience and brutality of a migrant experience
that has been shortlisted to represent Italy as it’s International Feature at
the Oscars;Sean Devlin’s hybrid narrative-documentary Asog, following Jaya, a non-binary Filipino school teacher and typhoon
survivor on a road trip to enter a drag pageant; Radu Jude’s latest satire Do Not Expect Too Much From the End of the
World; and Only the River Flows, a
moody Asian-noir crime
thriller laced with dark humour from Shujun Wei.
first hometown showing for Glasgow-born Oscar-winner Kevin Macdonald’s new documentary, High and Low: John Galliano, charting the rise and fall of
the legendary fashion designer, plus Opus: Ryuichi Sakamoto, a swansong
live performance from the legendary Japanese composer recorded just before his
death in 2023. I Dream in Photos follows Pulitzer Prize-winning Northern
Irish photojournalist Cathal McNaughton as
he is banned from re-entering India and left stranded in his rural Irish
hometown, separated from his family, friends and camera.
Award, Sponsored by MUBI
The only award
handed out at Glasgow Film Festival is given to an outstanding feature film by
a first or second time director and is chosen by the most important people –
our audience. Sponsored by MUBI, the eight-strong shortlist for the GFF24
Audience Award features Milk Teeth, an atmospheric survivalist drama
with a fairy-tale edge that sees trouble brewing for a young woman and her
mother after they take in a foundling youngster against the wishes of their
community; Falling into Place, a
meet-cute romance set between London and a wintry Isle of Skye written,
directed by and starring Aylin Tezel alongside
Chris Fulton (Bridgerton); Hesitation Wound, a taut character
study from Selman Nacar whose
protagonist, embroiled in a murder trial defending a mentally fragile client
faces tough choices that extend well beyond the courtroom; Smari Gunn and Logi
Sigursveinsson’s uplifting sporting underdog documentary The
Home Game, the true story of how a plucky village football side became
determined to play a home game in Iceland’s FA Cup; Lorena Padilla’s Martinez, an irresistibly droll
Spanish comedy that sees a curmudgeonly elderly office worker determined to
live out his neighbour’s bucket list after she dies; The Teacher, a powerful drama from British-Palestinian filmmaker Farah Nabulsiabout Palestinian school teacherstruggling to reconcile his risky commitment to political
resistance with the chance of a new relationship with volunteer-worker Lisa (Imogen Poots, 28 Weeks Later); Woken, Alan Friel’s psychological sci-fi thriller set in the near-future
starring Maxine Peake (Dance First) and Erin Kellyman (Solo: A Star
Wars Story) as a pregnant woman who wakes up on an island with no
recollection of anyone she’s living with, forced to question everything she
knows as new arrivals trigger violence in a fight for both her life and that of
her unborn baby and The Dead Don’t Hurt, an epic new Western directed by and
starring Viggo Mortensen alongside Vicky Krieps and Danny Huston.
We are delighted to welcome back
FrightFest for its 19th year at GFF, as they take over GFT’s Cinema 1 from 7th
to 9th January. The legendary three-day horror binge showcases 11 new feature
films from eight countries, spanning three continents and embracing two world
premieres, eight UK premieres and one Scottish premiere. World premieres include Mom, a striking, provocative and consuming psychological
horror starring Schitt’s Creek Emily Hampshire; and Custom,
a paranoid horror thriller from award-winning, Brazilian-born and UK-based
filmmaker Tiago Teixeira.
FrightFest kicks off with UK Premiere You’ll
Never Find Me, a claustrophobic two-hander set in an Australian RV Park
starring Brendan Rock as a lonely
man and Jordan Cowan as a mysterious
woman who knocks at his door late one night, and wraps up with the UK premiere
of hard-hitting diner-invasion thriller Last Straw, marking Alan Scott Neal’s directorial debut.
Other highlights include All You Need is Death,with Irish writer-director Paul Duane drawing from the earlier
works of Ben Wheatley and Peter Strickland and delves into ethno-musicology in
this unique, unsettling cautionary folk horror; Kill Your Lover, an uncompromising and wild body horror
from debut co-directors Alix Austin
and Keir Siewert; The
Deep Dark, from Mahieu Turi
(Hostile), following a veteran miner
and a professor who find themselves underground and up against an ancient
mutant that craves blood; Mike Hermosa’s
riotous monster comedy The Invisible Raptor featuring an
invisible genetically-engineered prehistoric raptor on the loose; and the
safety of a community left in the hands of a palaeontologist and security
guard. Wake Up, a fresh take on the slasher genre where classic
adrenaline-fueled horror and Gen Z environmental issues collide in one twisted
night from hell, comes courtesy of RKSS
(the directorial collective behind Turbo
Kid and Summer of ’84);and Federico Zampaglione’s (Shadow,
Tulpa: Demon of Desire)The
Well, is an extreme supernatural chiller starring Lauren LaVera, fresh from her eye-catching lead in the Terrifier 2. Alongside the main
programme, FrightFest will present World premieres of two shorts from
up-and-coming Scottish filmmakers: Mouse, a pin-sharp stalker thriller
from Ewan J Fletcher,and Subject 73 a twisty
morality tale from Reiff Gaskell.
Country Focus: Czech, Please!
Each year the festival shines a light
on global cinema, exploring contemporary and re-discovered film and this year
the festival’s Country Focus shines on Czechia (also known as Czech Republic). Czech, please! includes Daisies,
a radical feminist film from Věra Chytilová once banned for its stance on
communism and patriarchy. Is There Any Place For Me, Please?
is a debut feature documentary and UK premiere fromJarmila Štukováwhich showcases an intimate
portrayal of one woman navigating life after an acid attack. Other premieres
include dystopian sci-fi Restore Point and chilling
crime thriller Mr. and Mrs. Stodola.Timely period drama We
Have Never Been Modernwill inspect gender politics, martial
constraints and self-identity. Brothers, Czechia’s official submission to the 2024 Academy Awards for the
Best International Film, examines liberation and resilience in a story focused
on an anti-Communist resistance group.
Glasgow Film will celebrate three
major anniversaries this year - 85 years since the opening of Scotland’s
first-ever purpose-built arthouse cinema, ‘Cosmo’, on Rose Street in Glasgow in
1939; 50 years since that cinema became Glasgow Film Theatre in 1974; and the
20th edition of Glasgow Film Festival which was launched in 2005.
GFF is delighted that its hugely
popular free morning retrospective will return for 2024 with Our Story So Far, a journey through
time with 10 classic titles from each anniversary in Glasgow Film’s history.
These widely popular morning screenings are free to attend and give audiences
the rare opportunity to catch a season of undisputed classics on the big
screen. From 1939, enjoy GFT favourite James Stewart in Frank Capra’s
irresistible ode to political idealism Mr Smith Goes to Washington; screen
icon Greta Garbo getting the rare
chance to flex her comedy chops in rom-com Ninotchka; Cary Grant leading a team of daredevil pilots risking their lives to deliver the mail in
mountainous South America in Only Angels Have Wings;and
Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon wandering the moors in Wuthering
Heights. From 1974 there’s the second instalment of Francis Ford
Coppola’s seminal gangster epic The Godfather Part II;Gene Wilder and a scene-stealing Marty Feldman in Mel Brooks’endlessly
quotable comedy classicYoung Frankenstein;and
the sensational Pam Grier as a
vigilante out for justice in Foxy Brown. Finally, it’s the
return to the big screen of some recent classics from 2005 with Rian ‘Knives Out’Johnson’s
directorial debutBrick, an endlessly-inventive high school neo-noir; Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon as Johnny and June
Carter Cash in Walk the Line;and Viggo Mortensen as a seemingly
mild-mannered family man forced into extreme acts in David Cronenberg’sA History of Violence, showing on
35mm. The morning retrospectives are
free and un-ticketed, so audiences are invited along to GFT at 10.30am each day
of the festival.To continue the great tradition
of former GFF co-director Allan Hunter’s
legendary introductions to the morning retrospectives, rich in history and
insight, GFF has commissioned ten young up-and-coming writers to write an
introduction to each of the films, contextualising them in new ways. These
intros will be published in a booklet given out free at the festival, with an
intro written by Allan.
GFF24 also marks the return of the
festival’s beloved special event screenings. Movie fans can click their ruby
red slippers together three times to be transported to a magical screening of Victor Fleming’s 1939 technicolour
masterpieceThe Wizard of Oz at Cottiers Theatre in Glasgow’s West End. For
a very different camp classic, there’s a grotesquely glamorous tribute
screening to schlock auteur John Waters’
1974 magnum opus Female Trouble, complete with a live drag show, at Barras Art
Other classics returning to the big screen include the UK premiers of new 4K restorations of Glasgow-born Lynne Ramsay’s incendiary debut Ratcatcher and Martin Scorsese’s screwball caper After Hours, plus Danny Boyle’s Glasgow-shot Shallow Grave, and Quentin Tarantino’s game-changing sophomore feature Pulp Fiction in 35mm.
GFF teams up with Scotland’s activist archive Invisible Women to celebrate the 50-year career of pioneering actor Dolores del Río, who became both a defining performer of the Mexican Golden Age and one of the first Latin American stars to crossover into Hollywood with Wild Flower, Flaming Star: The Films of Dolores Del Rio. GFF audiences can witness her electrifying star power on the big screen with special screenings of La Otra, the sordid tale of a woman who kills her twin sister to assume her identity; Mexican romance Maria Candelaria with del Rio as a peasant woman who poses for the same artist who doomed her mother with a nude portrait; Texas western Flaming Star co-starring Elvis Presley; pre-Code RKO musical Flying Down To Rio, which also features the first on-screen pairing of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.
What Will The Men Wear? explores the star power of three of Hollywood’s most subversive female stars of the 1930s: Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and Katharine Hepburn. Notorious for sporting ‘men’s’ clothing on and off film sets and challenging gender norms, all three women have their place in Hollywood’s queer canon. Screenings of Morocco, Queen Christina and The Philadelphia Story showcase these stars at their most daring and chic.
Love is sweet oh! is a specially-curated programme examining on-screen representations of love in the lives of Black people and people of colour and how, for these communities, this experience should be celebrated in the public space of the cinema. In Bend It Like Beckham, Love Jones and Happy Together, love is an act of resistance, a space to be seen and heard like never before.
Gestures of Memory: After the Archive is a series of screenings which interrogate and re-imagine archival practice including The Cemetery of Cinema, filmmaker Thierno Souleymane Diallo’s journey to understand the production behind Mouramani (1953), the first film made in Guinea and French-speaking Africa and locate a copy of its print, and R21 AKA Restoring Solidarity, Mohanad Yaqubi’s experimental documentary about resistance across geographies, inspired by his receipt of a mysterious package containing twenty lost 16mm films collected by Japanese activists who were part of the country’s solidarity movement with Palestine.
This year’s festival will introduce GFF After Hours, a curated programme of events for festival goers and delegates to relax, chat about films and enjoy the festival out with the theatre. The full After Hours programme will be announced next month.