Take your seats for the southside’s own film festival

editorial image

POPCORN at the ready, because the projectors are rolling on the southside once again.

The third annual Southside Film Festival returns next month, joining the Southside Festival and Southside Fringe in a bid to put the area on the cultural map.

For fest director Karen O’Hare, the event “highlights the strength of talent in the southside of Glasgow” and “a desire for local cinema screenings”.

This year’s festival runs May 17-19 – although film fans who can’t wait that long can take advantage of a pre-fest talk on May 12, as part of the Glad Academy.

The first event will see John McKay take to the floor – and it’s a good time for a Q&A, as the director has bagged the closing slot at the Edinburgh International Film Festival with Not Another Happy Ending.

The opening reception follows on Friday, May 17, also at the Glad Cafe, with a screening of We Are Northern Lights – a documentary filmed over three months in 2012, including a workshop at last year’s festival and the involvement of several southside filmmakers.

Karen told The Extra: “The workshop encouraged people to film their lives as part of the documentary, so it’s great to have it back for this year’s festival. It also features footage from Govanhill Baths, so we’re donating some of the box office takings to the Govanhill Baths Trust.

“It’s nice to have a southside input to kick off the festival.”

Other highlights include the annual Southside Filmmaker Award screening, on the Saturday, kids favourite The Iron Giant on the same day, and a dip into Bollywood with Kuch Kuch Hota Hai on Sunday.

There are also explorations of film in situ, with black comedy Sightseers at Cathcart’s Scout Hall and Gosford Park at Pollok House – a particular highlight for the festival director, who explained: “It’s a bit of upstairs, downstairs, because the film will be shown in the rather opulent surroundings of the dining room, then the meal will be served in the servant’s quarters.

“The idea is that film is really informed by the viewing space.”

An old favourite – the silent film screening accompanied by Pollokshaws burgh hall’s wurlitzer organ – returns on the Sunday with a showing of Battleship Potempkin.

And the closing show is another southside affair, with local filmmaker Zam Salim screening first feature film, Up There.

Karen added: “It’s not all film screenings – we have workshops, talks, a tour of the area’s old cinemas.

“For us, the festival is about more than watching films – it’s about cinema, and it’s place in the southside.”

Full details of the 2013 programme will be available soon at the Southside Film Festival website – follow @southfilmfest on Twitter for more info.