A documentary about a 14-year-old Scottish surfer’s attempt to conquer one of the world’s biggest waves and Alan Cumming’s portrayal of notorious impostor ‘Brandon Lee’ will also be shown.
A new romantic drama set and filmed in the Outer Hebrides, a surreal comedy inspired by Scottish gang culture and a documentary about a man who lived alone in a handmade log cabin in the Highlands for 40 years complete a busy festival schedule.
The 18th edition of the festival in March will bring audiences home to the Glasgow Film Theater and nearby Cineworld after the 2021 event had to be held entirely online due to Covid restrictions.
The festival, which will showcase selected highlights from the program on its online platform, will return with the UK premiere of Mark Rylance’s Oscar-winning Chicago gangster thriller The Outfit, and conclude with the tense family drama Murina, which won Cannes l year.
The festival marked a big hit with the curtain-raising feature film premiere of the long-awaited sixth season of Outlander, the hit time-travel fantasy series which has been filming in Scotland since 2013.
Festival highlights include the premiere of Skint, a new BBC series exploring personal stories of poverty and homelessness, on which Scottish actors, directors and writers Peter Mullan, Cora Bissett, Jenni Fagan and the creator of Derry Girls, Lisa McGee, all worked.
The festival secured the European premiere of My Old School, Jono McLeod’s dramatic documentary about Brian MacKinnon, the former Bearsden Academy pupil who cheated on staff and pupils for two years after re-enrolling at age 30 years old.
Coming-of-age comedy Angry Young Men, which was made in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, will follow the efforts of fictional gang The Bramble Boys to defend their turf against rivals The Campbell Group.
Ride the Wave will follow Tiree-based surfer Ben Larg and his family for three years, culminating in an attempt to conquer the 30ft high waves crashing at Mullaghore Head in County Sligo in Ireland. Belgian filmmaker Bouli Lanners directed and starred in the Isle of Lewis set Nobody Needs To Know, which centers on a farmhand suffering from memory loss who meets a woman who tells him they were previously lovers .
The documentaries include a profile of Ken Smith, the man nicknamed “The Hermit of Treig” for his off-grid existence on the shores of Loch Treig, and Scottish war correspondent David Pratt’s exploration of the recent history of Iraq. There are other documentaries on Norwegian pop sensations of the 1980s. A-ha, the militants of the Extinction Rebellion movement, a brickmaker’s attempt to start an action film industry in Uganda and the legacy of the punk, directed by Joe Corre, the son of Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood who burned millions of books worth of memorabilia. Line-up horrors include A Banquet, Scottish filmmaker Ruth Paxton’s feature debut, which centers on a widowed mother and teenage daughter who have a supernatural awakening, the Irish vampire hunt Let The Wrong One In, and Monstrous , which stars Christina Ricci as a traumatized mother fleeing with her seven-year-old son from her abusive ex-husband. The festival, which runs from March 2-13, will feature 10 artists from world premieres, 4 European premieres, 65 UK premieres and 13 Scottish premieres.
Allan Hunter, co-director of the festival, said: “Welcoming audiences old and new to the festival is a source of great joy and not a bit of relief.”
“I think we’ve all missed that sense of community and discovery that you feel at a festival.
“The team watched more movies than ever to put together a program rich in diversity and wonder.
“There are so many great films to recommend from around the world and I’m particularly excited about the abundance of Scottish stories
and productions that showcase the country’s many brilliant talents.
Co-Director Allison Gardiner added, “I can’t begin to describe our joy at being able to have our
loyal, engaged and fun audiences back at the festival.
“We’ve all been through different and difficult times over the past two years and nothing helps us heal and connect like a movie.”
Sambrooke Scott, Head of Audience Development at Screen Scotland, one of the festival’s main funders, said: “We are delighted that
2022 marks the return of the Glasgow Film Festival to the city’s big screens, giving audiences the chance to experience a rich program of new and classic films from Scotland, the UK and beyond.
“It’s a festival that celebrates creativity and community, a festival that feels both local and global.”