Festival out to fright

Caligari poster
Caligari poster

A PAIR of spooky screenings will be featured in the southside as part of the Southside Film Festival.

Following on from the success of the inaugural festival in May, two classic films will be given unique showings for Halloween.

Night of the living dead GH

Night of the living dead GH

It all starts this Sunday, with The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, considered by many as the best silent horror film of its era, with live Wurltizer Cinema Organ accompaniment at the Pollokshaws Burgh Hall.

The film was shocking and original when released, partly due to its twist ending, but also because of its warped and confused world and its twisted and crooked sets.

A fortnight later on Sunday, October 30, southsiders will get a chance to see George A Romero’s classic low-budget indie film, the original zombie flick, cult classic Night of the Living Dead at the Shed in Shawlands.

This will be preceded by a Zombie Walk through Shawlands, with prizes for the best costumes.

At the festival in May, more than 1,000 people attended one of the 22 screenings in 11 different venues.

Founder Karen O’Hare, a film producer and trainer from Mount Florida, hopes to carry on the success this month.

The 36-year-old told The Extra: “There is a great appetite for film in the community and for a varied programme of films viewed by a diverse audience.

“The southside film festival will be back next year in May 2012 but in the meantime we want to keep film very much at the heart of the local culture and Halloween is the perfect opportunity

“I believe the festival can continue to grow and grow and help put the southside on the map.

“We’ve lost so many community cinemas in the last generation and it’s a shame, I hope this can help fill the void”.

For full programme details and ticket information (£6 on the door; £5 in advance), visit http://southsidefilmfest.blogspot.com, follow the festival on Twitter @southsidefest11 or find them on Facebook.