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Glasgow Film Festival 2010 features huge line-up

GlasgowFilmFestival.jpgGlasgow Film Festival is going from strength to strength, and this year has really upped their game yet again, after all they have Kevin Macdonald, Mark Millar, James Earl Jones, Micmacs, The Crazies, [REC] 2, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, New York, I Love You, Whip It and Splice to name but a few.

The Glasgow Film Festival 2010 programme was announced this time last week and hosts a great line-up, the highlights of which I've only just begun to tell you about above, however I have links to their full programme and further details right here.

This is just the sixth Glasgow Film Festival, but already they are gaining a lot of ground and tend to carry some great films, both mainstream and foreign. Last year they drew more than twenty eight thousand people!

The Festival will open with a gala screening of Micmacs from Jean-Pierre Jeunet, of which there are two screenings on the opening night of Thursday 18th February at the superb Glasgow Film Theatre, and closes with a psychological thriller called Legacy, a film produced by Glasgow's own Black Camel Pictures and starring the superb talent of Idris Elba.

Features of the festival this year, apart from the titles I'm going to list as my own must see list, are a series of films from the new and emerging talents in Japanese cinema as well as a tribute to the great Akira Kurosawa himself.

Each year the Glasgow Film Festival also pay tribute to a great Hollywood star, and in 2010 they have chosen the incomparable Cary Grant and will be showing some of his classic films from Notorious to An Affair to Remember and the classic Hitchcock film, North by Northwest.

There's also the Short Film Festival, the Music & Film Festival, and the Youth Film Festival to coincide and link in, and various master classes to help inspiring actors and film-makers find out more from the professionals, people who are already realising their dreams.

It's not just the films that are worth going to see, there's stars too, and there are plenty of them going to be there. Kevin Macdonald, the director of The Last King of Scotland (Filmstalker review); Mark Millar the comic book creator responsible for Wanted (Filmstalker review) and Kick-Ass; James Earl Jones, most known for Field of Dreams and the voice of Darth Vader; Jean Pierre Jeunet, the director of Micmacs; Peter Mullan, great Scottish actor; Vincenzo Natali, director of Splice; Julian Fellowes, writer and director; John Gordon Sinclair, star of Gregory's Girl, and possibly even Werner Herzog, director of Bad Lieutenant: New Orleans Port of Call.

For the full programme, visit the Glasgow Film Festival site, see their online calendar of events to plan your days, or go direct to the online programme itself. Also, because the GFF have leapt on the social media circuit, you can follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr.

Now, what am I going to see? Well my list was originally at two A4 pages! However I managed to pair that down to the following wish list, although to be fair I never manage to see my entire list for a festival so the final viewing may be a mere half of this:

Big Fan
The Crazies
American: The Bill Hicks Story
James Earl Jones
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Capitalism: A Love Story
Friends (With Benefits)
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
New York, I Love You
Mark Millar
Whip It
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
Kevin Macdonald
[REC] 2

That's a huge amount to see in just nine days, and with the possibility of me heading to the BAFTA's right in the middle, I think that might get seriously chopped down. However, that's what I plan to see. What are you going for?

If you are going to be there, maybe there's the chance for a Filmstalker meet-up at some point, and if you're not, what would you prefer I saw and reviewed?



I wouldn't mind seeing Micmacs, The Crazies, New York, I Love You, Whip It, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, [REC] 2 and Splice. I haven't heard of some of the others.

The last two years I've been meaning to check out the London film festival, but always left it too late.

How do you going about attending this kind of event?


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