Festival brings film back to Glasgow’s Southside

This weekend's film festival puts special focus on Year of Young People.
This weekend's film festival puts special focus on Year of Young People.

The Southside Film Festival returns for its eighth year on Friday, June 1, to Sunday, June 3.

For this year’s programme inspirationhas been taken from the Scottish Government’s Year of Young People with lots of films for and about young people.

The festival is partnering Langside Kids for a special PJs screening – roll out of bed in your PJs for the morning screening of Sing on Saturday, June 2, in Langside Church Hall.

There’s more fun family screenings in a yurt in the New Victoria Gardens allotments in Pollokshields, with films including The Fantastic Mr Fox, My Life as a Zucchini and The Story of a Weeping Camel.

A film about adolescence – The 400 Blows (Les Quatre Cents Coup) directed by Francois Truffaut – is at Loks function room in Shawlands on Sunday afternoon.

Also in Loks will be an autism-friendly screening of Paddington 2.

And at Kinning Park Complex, there’s the hip hop classic Wild Style, complete with a live graffiti performance and a DJ set of old-school hip hop classics on Friday night.

For the grown-ups, the festival is revisiting its love of horror and thrillers. Get Out is on in the yurt, and a late night screening of John Carpenter’s The Fog is at Govanhill Baths.

As a fundraise for Alzheimers Scotland, there will be a dementia friendly screening of the musical Meet Me in St Louis at Langside Church Hall in Battlefield.

The festival also explores the current social housing crisis in the Southside with old and new films, including Dispossession – The Great Social Housing Swindle and Let Glasgow Flourish. Followed this screening at The Glad Cafe will be a discussion on social housing and gentrification.

Also in The Glad Cafe, on Saturday night, there’s a special screening of silent experimental shorts with a live soundtrack from Glasgow-based musician Richard Youngs.

As always, the festival will close with The Southside Filmmakers Awards.

And continuing its support for local filmmakers, the festival will host the world premiere of Starcache, a no budget Scottish comedy horror, written and directed by Douglas Sannachan, who willtake part ina Q&A following the screening.

Festival director Karen O’Hare said: “We are really happy to be back with a packed and eclectic film programme.”

Tickets are available now from www.wegottickets.com/southsidefilm

For full programme details and ticket information, visit southsidefilm.co.uk or www.facebook.com/southsidefilm.