Joss Whedon’s small-scale follow-up to Avengers Assemble, Scotland’s First Minister revealing his geeky side and a time traveller celebrating his 50th anniversary are just some of the Glasgow Film Festival 2013 highlights announced yesterday.
Running from Thursday 14 to Sunday 24 February, this year’s eclectic line-up features 368 screenings of films from around the globe and through the years, opening with French romantic comedy, Populaire, on Valentine’s Day. Closing the Festival will be Joss Whedon’s low-budget take on Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, featuring various members of his unofficial TV repertory company.
Elsewhere there are newly commissioned works by Scottish artist filmmakers; comic book legends Mark Millar, John Wagner and Steve Niles in conversation; the chance to see Jaws (1975) and Dead Calm (1989) aboard The Tall Ship; Detroit techno icon Jeff Mills headlines a day-long Sonic Cineplex; and the Festival celebrates cinema icon, James Cagney, with a short season of his classic films.
There’s also a chance to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who in the company of scriptwriter Tom MacRae while First Minister Alex Salmond will introduce his favourite geek cinema classic.
Full details of how to book tickets can be found on the Glasgow Film Festival website.