Sunday, 2 November 2014

GFT and Africa in Motion...

Hold on, I'll have my opinion on the Creative Scotland Funding announcements in a bit. I am sure it is what the world is waiting to hear. 

In the meantime: I am excited, as always, by the GFT. Here's the churn...

Presented as part of BFI’s national Sci-Fi Days of Fear and Wonder season, Glasgow Film’s voyage into the unknown and unexpected continues  with science fiction classics alongside modern tales of terror and awe. 

The season features a special focus on director Stanley Kubrick, with the re-release of 2001: A Space Odyssey (Friday 28 November – Thursday 4 December). GFT will also welcome Stanley Kubrick’s brother-in-law, confidant and regular executive producer, Jan Harlan, following a special screening of A.I Artificial Intelligence on Wednesday 10 December. Harlan will give the audience the insider’s story of what it was like to work with Steven Spielberg to bring Kubrick’s original, unrealised vision for the film to screen. 
Anyone got any acid? I hear that gives this film a bit of an edge. Although I am obviously not encouraging drug use. 

Also in this season, the previously announced TEKNOWOMEN strand begins in November, featuring screenings in association with Glasgow Women’s Library and charting the depiction of women in science fiction. GFT can now confirm that author, broadcaster and journalist Muriel Gray will attend the screening of Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines on Saturday 29 November and join author Zoë Strachan and comic artist Gill Hatcher in a post-screening discussion on superheroines.

It's a good documentary, although I think I have reviewed it already. And is there something called Gamergate that makes this timely? 

I can hear people having fun in the CCA downstairs, and it is the opening of...

With the help of programme partners Africa in Motion, AFRICA AT THE DOOR OF THE COSMOS introduces the brilliance of African sci-fi and Afrofuturist films to GFT audiences, offering bold and imaginative visions of the continent and its diaspora. Specially-curated African sci-fi shorts programme Visions of the Future will tour to four UK venues, while other screenings at GFT will include John Akomfrah’s influential cinematic essay The Last Angel of History and the beguiling Space is the Place, starring legendary jazz giant Sun Ra.

Teknowomen runs at GFT and GWL from Sunday 23 November – Saturday 6 December.

The full Teknowomen strand listings can be found here.

Africa at the Door of the Cosmos runs from Sunday 9 – Monday 24 November.

The full listings for Africa at the Door of the Cosmos can be found here.

Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder runs until December 2014.

The full season listings for Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder can be found here.


Since its inception in 2006, the Africa in Motion Festival has introduced nearly 20,000 audience members to the brilliance and diversity of African cinema. The 9th edition of the Festival takes place at GFT this November with a diverse array of inspiring, innovative and challenging stories from across the African continent.

This year’s festival theme is ‘looking back, reaching forward’, and focuses on retrospectives of the past and explorations of the present and the future of Africa, including contemporary and classic fiction features, new and acclaimed short films, insightful documentaries and stunning animation.

The Festival opens at GFT on Sunday 2 November with Soleils, a beautiful and philosophical film that takes us on a journey across Africa through time, made by celebrated director Dani Kouyate from Burkina Faso. Guests at this year’s festival include North African film researcher Dr Stefanie Van De Peer for They Are the Dogs, anddirector Ian Gabriel for Four Corners.

Africa in Motion takes place at GFT from Sunday 2 – Sunday 9 November 2014.

The full festival listings for Africa in Motion can be found here.

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