Glasgow Film Festival 2017 programme announced

Jonathan Melville 18 January, 2017 0

The full programme for the 13th annual Glasgow Film Festival was announced tonight, with over 310 film screenings and special events planned across the city between 15-26 February 2017.

UK premieres include Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro, Terrence Malick’s Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey and Aki Kaurismäki’s The Other Side of Hope, while Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire and Lone Scherfig’s Their Finest will receive their first Scottish screenings.

The festival opens with John Butler’s Irish coming-of-age film, Handsome Devil, while David Tennant stars as Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing in closing film, Mad To Be Normal. Tennant will also be on the red carpet.

Special events include a 35th anniversary screening of John Carpenter’s The Thing on the Snow Factor’s real snow slope, while 1987’s The Big Easy will be shown at the new Barras Art and Design centre, with an introduction by author Christopher Brookmyre and a post-screening live gig from Hoodou Bayou.

Canadian cinema will be celebrated with the True North strand as the country marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Angry Inuk is Aletha Arnaquq-Baril’s controversial documentary study on the seal hunting ban, while in Boundaries Québécois filmmaker Chloe Robichaud’s looks at the exploitation of natural resources.

The Nerdvana strand will present the uncut version of John Waters’ second film, Multiple Maniacs, and there’s a chance to see a restored 4k version of Night of The Living Dead. Look out for a late-night 30th anniversary screening of Predator on 17 February.

Allison Gardner, Glasgow Film Festival Co-director said: “I love the delight that audiences take from our special events. There are some absolutely brilliant experiences this year and I can’t wait to feel the blood chill and the audience shiver as we head to Snow Factor for The Thing. I am also thrilled at the way the Modern Families strand has grown within the Festival and this year’s highlights include the outstanding animated features My Life As A Courgette and Rock Dog with Eddie Izzard providing the voice of a Tibetan Mastiff who dreams of pop stardom.”

Tickets go on sale to Glasgow Film Festival Members at noon on Thursday 19th January and on general sale at 10am on Monday 23rd January.

Tickets are available online at, by calling the Festival Box Office on 0141 332 6535 or in person at the Glasgow Film Theatre on Rose Street.