Glasgow Film Festival 2017: Special Events

Watch as the familiar is transformed into the extraordinary with Glasgow Film Festival's Special Events!

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Step into an immersive world of adventure and excitement with our Special Events. This year, you can feel the cold with MacReady at a unique screening of The Thing on a genuine snow slope. For brave pirates of all ages, we have treasure hunts and swashbuckling action with The Princess Bride at Maryhill Burgh Halls. Dust off your dancing shoes and fall in love again with the timeless love story of Baby and Johnny in Dirty Dancing at Òran Mór. Romance continues late into the night with The Big Easy at Barras Art and Design and Secretary at SWG3. Our offer does not end there – music lovers will get a taste of rave culture and Iranian cuisine during Raving Iran at BAaD and be charmed by a talented band brought together by their love of bagpipes in The Wee Govan Pipers at The Pearce Institute.

The Big Easy at Barras Art and Design

Barras Art and Design / Sat 18 Feb (Dinner 18.00, Event 19.30)
“Just relax, darlin’. This is the Big Easy. Folks have a certain way o’ doin’ things down here” Join us to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of The Big Easy. Remy McSwain’s life is changed by the arrival of DA Ann Osborne, set out to investigate corruption in the police force. Introduced by novelist Christopher Brookmyre, the screening is followed by the band Hoodou Bayou. A small number of tickets also include an exclusive pre-screening Cajun-themed meal at A’Challtainn, Barras Art and Design.

Special Event / Director Jim McBride Cast Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, Ned Beatty
USA 1987, 1h36m, 18 Thanks to Park Circus

Dirty Dancing at Òran Mór

Òran Mór / Thu 16 Feb (18.30)
“(...) come on, ladies. God wouldn’t have given you maracas if He didn’t want you to shake ‘em.” Ever dreamed of stepping in the shoes of Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze? Book your tickets for Dirty Dancing and you’ll have the chance to do just that. Watch a dancefloor-shaking performance, practice your moves and hum along to the much-loved soundtrack. Have the time of your life with a night of film and dancing – just like Kellerman’s!

Special Event / Director Emile Ardolino Cast Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze, Jerry Orbach
USA 1987, 1h38m, 18 Thanks to Filmbank

The Lost Boys at a Secret Location – in association with Empire

Secret Location / Fri 17 Feb (Buses leave GFT at 18.10) - SOLD OUT
“We’ve been aware there’s some very serious vampire activity in this town for some time”. For one night only, the undead come out of hiding for a special 30th Anniversary screening of The Lost Boys at a top-secret location. Come and explore the thrilling world of shadows under the guidance of a real Transylvanian vampire and its gang of blood-sucking pals. Dress comfortably and don’t forget your garlic!

Special Events / Director Joel Schumacher Cast Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Corey Haim
USA 1987, 1h37m, 18 Thanks to Park Circus / Empire Magazine

MOVE at Joytown Grand Electric Theatre

Joytown Grand Electric Theatre / Sat 18 Feb (17.30)
It’s time to MOVE! Chosen by Scotland’s freshest film programming talent studying Film Exhibition and Curation at the University of Edinburgh, MOVE is taking over Glasgow’s most exciting new venue and transforming it into a cinema of attractions. Featuring two film programmes exploring travel and dance through rarely seen archive footage and feature film mash-ups to the accompaniment of live music and dancers. This special pop-up audio-visual experience will be followed by a party... and there might even be a free drink! More at

Special Events / Directors Various, 3h30m, N/C 18+ Thanks to Scottish Screen Archive.
The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

The Princess Bride at Maryhill Burgh Halls

Maryhill Burgh Halls / Sat 25 Feb (Doors 14.00) Festival for a fiver
Maryhill Burgh Halls / Sat 25 Feb (Doors 19.00) Strictly over 18s only Tickets £14/£12

Get ready for a swashbuckling adventure! Join our Treasure Hunt for a chance to find hidden treats, then enter the enchanted forest to see a stunning fencing performance. Rediscover the magical and timeless story of The Princess Bride, where brave Wesley is fighting to save the love of his life, Buttercup, from the hands of the evil Prince Humperdinck. Small (and big) pirates all welcome!

Special Events / Director Rob Reiner Cast Cary Elwes, Chris Sarandon, Robin Wright
USA 1987, 1h35m, PG Thanks to Filmbank

Secretary at SWG3

SWG3 / Fri 24 Feb (Doors 19.30)
“Who’s to say that love needs to be soft and gentle?”
Join Glasgow Film Festival and Torture Garden to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Secretary. Featuring a star-making turn from Maggie Gyllenhaal, perfectly-paired with a never-better James Spader, the film made waves in 2002 for its sweetly romantic portrayal of the relationship between a dominant lawyer and his submissive secretary. Take a step into a different reality during the postscreening after party, featuring Torture Garden performers and dancers and a specially-curated playlist. Dress up not necessary, but highly encouraged.

Special Events / Director Steven Shainberg Cast James Spader, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jeremy Davies
USA 2002, 1h44m, 18 Thanks to Martin Myers, Torture Garden, Club Noir

The Thing at Snow Factor

Snow Factor / Thu 23 Feb (Doors 19.00)
“Somebody in this camp ain’t what he appears to be”. On the 35th Anniversary of John Carpenter’s classic horror, we are teaming up with Snow Factor to bring you a special screening that will raise the hair on the back of your neck! Be sure to wrap up warm- think Antarctica, grab your climbing boots and join us for a snow adventure as you watch The Thing on a dark slope. How long will you last?

Special Events / Director John Carpenter Cast Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David
USA 1982, 1h46m, 18 Thanks to Universal / Film Mobile

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