That Was The Year That Was: It’s The Best Of 2017 Podcasts – Part 1 (Film)…

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This year we are recording three separate Best Of 2017 podcasts, one each for film, music, and books. For the first two, Ali and Ian are once again joined by irregular podcast guest and resident film expert Chris Ward, and Scottish music man & manager, Wesley Shearer.

In this, Part I, we concentrate on the films of 2017, and give you some recommendations. As usual, Ali kicks things off talking about his favourite Scottish films of the year, including T2: Trainspotting, Daphne, Benny, The End Of The Game, and Lost In France before Chris and Wesley widen the discussion to talk about the best films they have seen in the last 12 months. As well as their recommendations, they talk about the continuing success of the Glasgow Film Festival, the growing influence of streaming services, the possible threat to cinemas, and more. Continue reading

You Have Been Watching…The End Of The Game

 

Our first film review of this year’s Glasgow Film Festival is of David Graham Scott’s The End Of The Game. And what a place to start. When documentary is at its best it trumps fiction every time as it gives us stranger and more telling tales. It is certainly the case that if someone was to write a character such as ‘Sir’ Guy Wallace, the focus of The End Of The Game, then an editor would dismiss him as being unbelievable. But when faced with the real thing, he is impossible to ignore.

He is a man whose story needs a film-maker as fair and even-handed as Graham Scott for audiences to see behind the facade and try to understand just what makes the man who he is. It would have been all too easy for the director to hold his subject up to ridicule. There is a lot of humour in the film, but it is as much pointed to the man behind the camera as to the one it is trained on, and much of it comes from their two very different  worlds colliding. But, as with the likes of fellow documentarian Jon Ronson, Scott tries to understand the personality and the driving passion of his subject. It is the result of an inquisitive mind, and one which is keen to see the best in people, even when initial evidence may prove otherwise. Other filmmakers could learn a lot in terms of approach and perspective Continue reading

Talking Movies At GFF17 – #1: An Interview With The End Of The Game Director David Graham Scott…

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David Graham Scott’s The End Of The Game is described as “A bizarre journey to Africa with a vegan filmmaker and an old colonial big game hunter.” In truth, that description just scratches the surface of what may prove to be the most controversial film at this year’s Glasgow Film Festival, most probably for people who only engage with it on the most simple and perfunctory level. Those who are willing to look beyond the perceived stereotypes which that description suggests will discover a layered and complex picture of a man out of time facing his own mortality, and the disappearance of all that he once held as certain.

It is also as much about the director himself and his growing relationship with his leading man and his beliefs, and how they appear to directly oppose his own. Scott avoids bringing his own preconceptions to the making of the film, and that’s the way an audience should approach it as well. Continue reading

Lights, Camera, Action!: A Preview Of Glasgow Film Festival 2017…

Glasgow-Film-Festival-2017-cardFebruary in Glasgow. Chances are it’ll be cold, wet and windy. It’s almost as if the Glasgow Film Festival was created specifically to offer discerning film-fans shelter from the storm. Running from 15th – 26th February, it’s a festival which has easily established itself as one of the very best.

Scots Whay Hae! will be bringing  you exclusive interviews as well as the usual reviews, but before we do here is our preview. 2017’s programme has so much to recommend it we couldn’t possibly do anything other than make some considered suggestions here, but you can and should download the full brochure, settle back, and persuse at your leisure.

However, before you do here’s a taste of what’s on offer:

As ever,  there are various categories to guide you as to what may be your cup of tea. This year they include Cinemasters, Crossing The Line, Modern Families, Dangerous Dames,  Local HeroesSound & Vision, Pioneer, Stranger Than FictionWindow On The Worldand the always popular FrightFest.

Add to those some very special events at appropriate venues, a wide-selection of Gala events, a cinematic celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederationa series of talks about the industry, the Glasgow Short Film Festival, the Glasgow Youth Film Festival, and many Special Guest appearances. You may fear you’ll have to break the bank to enjoy yourself, but there are free showings and events on offer, as well as a great selection which come under the Festival for a Fiver category.

You can keep updated throughout the festival on Facebook and on Twitter @glasgowfilmfest #GFF17 and you can sign up the the GFT Newsletter which is not only essential for the festival, but all year round.

To whet appetites even further, here are the trailers for 11 films to look forward to. They include David Tennant as R.D. Laing, a Bill Forsyth classic, Neneh Cherry, a celebration of a Japanese master, a John Byrne writing masterclass, at least one soundtrack to die for, and Faye Dunaway reminding us that few femmes are as fatale. Continue reading