The season begins on Tuesday 9 September with The Punk Singer, the 2013 documentary about Kathleen Hanna, who rose to national attention as the voice of the riot grrrl movement and was lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre. She became one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons of the era and this film tells us her story through 20 years of archival footage and intimate interviews. This screening will be followed by live music from local punk bank Sharptooth.
On Tuesday 14 October there is a chance to see Pulp: a Film about Life, Death and Supermarkets, a documentary about the enduring career of Sheffield’s finest musical export, Pulp, who found fame on the world stage in the 1990's with anthems including 'Common People' and 'Disco 2000'. Directed by Florian Habicht, the band shares their thoughts on just about everything and gives a stunning performance exclusive to the film.
On Tuesday 4 November the Glad Cafe hosts a screening of We Are the Best! Directed by Swedish auteur Lukas Moodysson, We Are the Best! revolves around three girls in 1980’s Stockholm who decide to form a punk band – despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead.
Finishing the season on Tuesday 9 December is a film that needs no introduction: This is Spinal Tap. Rob Reiner’s cult mockumentary about the British heavy metal band is interspersed with powerful performances of Tap's mesmerising music and profound lyrics, as the film candidly follows a rock group heading towards crisis. We will endeavour to turn the sound right up to eleven.
The season will also contain special screenings in two of the southside’s most famous venues. On Friday 31 October there will be a screening of Don’t Look Now, Nicolas Roeg’s innovative, perception altering modern classic - preceded by a two course Italian-themed dinner with a glass of prosecco. This unique cinema and culinary experience will be held in the decadent surroundings of Pollok House, one of Scotland’s grandest Edwardian country homes.
Louise Maughan of Pollok House and the National Trust for Scotland says, “If you liked the upstairs/downstairs aspect of last year’s Southside Film Festival sell-out screening, Gosford Park, then you’ll love the suitably spooky atmosphere for Don’t Look Now. On entering the upper house you can soak up the splendour of Venice through our 18th Century View of the Rialto Bridge and then travel along the cinematic canals with Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie.
Attendees will sample a taste of Italy in the award winning Edwardian Kitchen restaurant and enjoy a pre-film drink in the scholarly surroundings of the Pavilion Library overlooking the gardens of the house, before being led through to the Maxwell family Dining Room for the screening of Don’t Look Now. Advance booking is essential for this event and is strictly adults only. A paying bar will also be available in the venue.
Following that on Sunday 2 November, Pollokshaws Burgh Hall hosts a screening of The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, the 1927 silent thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock. With its trick shots, menace and the quivering stare of Ivor Novello, this silent classic is helped shape the modern-day thriller genre. This screening is once again accompanied by the sounds of the hall’s famous Wurlitzer organ, which has provided the score to many classics over the past few years including Nosferatu and the Phantom of the Opera.
Karen O'Hare, Director of Southside Film Festival said: “We are really pleased to be doing something different with this season following our success during Cinemap in May. Since the festival began we have regularly screened music documentaries and of course the Wurlitzer organ at Pollokshaws Burgh Hall has accompanied many of our screenings in the past. In Search of Blind Joe Death—The Saga of John Fahey and Shut Up and play the Hits were sellouts at the Glad Cafe and knowing what a wonderful film and music venue it is, we can’t wait to get this season underway.”
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