Glasgow Film Festival co-directors
Festival Co-directors Allan Hunter and Allison Gardner. Image credit: Eoin Carey/ GFF23

Glasgow Film Festival 2023 opens with a stellar line-up

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Glasgow Film Festival begins today with a jam-packed programme screening every day until March 12.

At tonight’s opening gala, Glasgow-based writer/director Adura Onashile will take to the red carpet ahead of the UK premiere of her feature debut Girl.

Set in Glasgow, Girl tells the story of Grace (Déborah Lukumuena) and her 11-year-old daughter Ama (Le’Shantey Bonsu) as they try to settle into a new city while looking over their shoulder at the darkness of their past.

Tonight’s screening is sold out however audiences can catch it again Thursday, March 2 due to demand. Tickets are available to buy here.

Closing the festival on the 12th will be Nida Manzoor’s roaring action/comedy Polite Society. Coming from a Sundance premiere this Bollywood/bond hybrid feels like a spiritual successor to Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World.

Highlights this week include a new Irish drama, God’s Creatures starring Oscar nominees Emily Watson and Paul Mescal. Also, Ti West’s slasher epic Pearl, starring Mia Goth, finally makes its UK debut on March 5.

Programme in-depth

Glasgow audiences also have access to free morning retrospectives every day. This year’s theme is In The Driving Seat, which focuses on women taking charge of their life. Titles in this strand include Bonnie and Clyde, It Happened One Night, The Sugarland Express, Thelma & Louise, Vagabond and Roman Holiday.

You still have time to book tickets for the annual surprise film- this is where the picture is hidden from the audience until the last moment. Past surprise films have been Promising Young Woman in 2020 and The Novice in 2022.

The full programme of Glasgow’s industry strand brings together film and tv professionals from all over the world for four days of events. It is filled with panel discussions, workshops, screenings and networking opportunities, targeted at recent graduates to established professionals.

For more information on what to expect from Glasgow Film Festival, check out their programme announcement. To book tickets visit the Glasgow Film Theatre here.

Featured image credit: Eoin Carey/ GFF23

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Film and Tv Editor at Brig Newspaper. Currently studying Journalism and English at the University of Stirling


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