Bumper year for Glasgow Film Festival

Jonathan Melville 25 February, 2013 0
Bumper year for Glasgow Film Festival

The ninth Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) closed last night with news of record admissions as it celebrated the UK premiere of director Joss Whedon’s much anticipated Much Ado About Nothing.

Ahead of the screening of Whedon’s take on Shakespeare’s comedy, co-directors Allison Gardner and Allan Hunter announced 39,106 total admissions to this year’s 11 day event, a 12% rise on 2012 figures.

Gardner said: ‘This Festival is all about delivering magical events for our audience and from Jane Birkin on the eve of the Festival to Joss Whedon at the Closing Gala, it has been filled with unforgettable moments. I would just like to say a huge thanks to all of our partners and to our wonderful audiences who help make the Festival so special.”

New films included Populaire, Cloud Atlas and Byzantium while guests included actors Gemma Arterton, James D’Arcy, Saoirse Ronan, James Cosmo, Eli Roth and David Hayman.

As well as welcoming big names to the city, the Festival utilised 27 venues across the city to host screenings and special events. Both Glasgow Cathedral and Glasgow Subway were turned into cinemas for the first time ever, for silent masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc with live soprano/organ soundtrack, and a screening of cult underground classic The Warriors, respectively.

Allan Hunter said: ‘We are so thrilled and humbled that audiences responded in such record-breaking numbers to our most ambitious programme ever. Glasgow Film Festival is the result of a huge team effort in which every single person plays a vital role. We cherish them all and look forward to working with partners old and new as we prepare to celebrate our tenth anniversary in 2014.”

Watch Joss Whedon introduce his latest film, Much Ado About Nothing: