Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Southside Festival happening this weekend

The weekend sees the Southside Festival return for its fourth year, they were a great support for the film festival so find out all about it here on their website.

Download the programme here.

Also Glasgow South Ship modellers, who provided such a fantastic venue for the screening of Seawards the Great Ships, will be putting on model boat display and opening the clubhouse up to visitors who can have a look at old photographs and news paper cuttings of the club over the last 100 years or so. (thanks to Southside Happenings for this info)

Monday, 16 May 2011

Winner of the Southside Film Award

The Southside Filmmakers Screening was held yesterday afternoon and we are pleased to announce that the winner of the inaugural Best Southside Film Award is Echoes of Cinema City. Congratulations to Antonia Bain & Gordon Ballantyne who made the film.

Thanks again to Bafta Scotland, Screen Academy Scotland, GMAC, GFT, The Shed, Sergio Casci and Francis Lopez for donating the prizes.

You can find out more about the other films screened here.

{still from echoes of cinema city}
Echoes of Cinema City | Documentary | 8' | Directed by Gordon Ballantyne & Antonia Bain | Made with the help and support of Joss Walsh, Angela Davison and 55 Degrees
At its peak, Glasgow had over 23 fully working cinema organs. Now there is only one. For an entire generation the sound of the cinema was that of the cinema organ and if it wasn’t for the team of volunteers at Pollokshaws Burgh Hall that sound would be lost forever. To understand their passion and their work is to see Glasgow's cinema heritage. Ian McNaught gives us a tour of the organ’s home and how it has been incorporated into the entire building filling it with pipes, machinery and wonderful sounds.
View a trailer for the film here.

Gordon Ballantyne is an Artist and Director living in the south side of Glasgow in Govanhill. Since graduating from art school he has produced short films, documentaries and paintings. Recently he has been collaborating with the creative urban think-tank - Pidgin Perfect on a film which will formulate part of an exhibition entitled Territory and Place. This is proposed to be showcased in the Briggait Art centre in Summer 2011.

Antonia Bain is a Director and Writer based in the south side of Glasgow in Govanhill. Originally from Edinburgh she moved to Glasgow to work for the Media company 55 Degrees, where she currently works as a Content Director. She has worked on many cultural and educational projects, most notably directing several videos for the new transport museum in Glasgow. She is currently working on a new short film entitled Light Up which will be completed in early 2012.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Halfway through....

Its Saturday night and we're over halfway through the inaugural Southside Film Festival!

Friday was a brilliant start to the festival with over 100 people coming to the Shed for the composing music for film seminar, American Cousins and Forest of Black music videos. And more at the at the screening of Artists Films with lots of folk ending the night at iBop.

{a very dark Loft room screening of Forest of Black music videos}
Today has been busy with lots of events happening in different places all over the Southside.  I was helping out at the screenings at the Pearce Institute of Red Skirts on Clydeside and You Play Your Part where there was an impromptu discussion afterwards by some of the participants of the You Play Your Part film.

{post-screening discussions at Pearce Institute}
Tomorrow there are 6 events on offer starting with a selection of films from Starting Block (14:00 @ The Shed - Main Hall, £5), moving onto the screening of The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (15:00 @ The Shed - The Loft, £5) have you seen the amazing posters the Society has printed for this screening dotted about the Southside?

There is a change of venue from the hidden gardens to the boat shed for Summer Stories: Short Films (16:00 @ Boat Shed, Queens Park, donations).  Then to the Shed for the first Southside Filmmakers Screening & Award (16:00 @ The Shed - Main Hall, £5), find out more about the selection of films here which include documentaries, music videos, drama, black comedy and the first Urdu/Hindi sitcom!!

Then its over to Pollokshaws Burgh Hall for the two final events, a screening of short films Close & Fridge with intro and Q&A from Gary Lewis (18:30 @ Pollokshaws Burgh Hall, £5) and then the closing film of the festival Nosferatu with live Wurlitzer Organ accompaniment (20:00 @ Pollokshaws Burgh Hall, £5).

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Boat Shed looking good

Over at the Glasgow South Ship Modeller's Society blog you can find out about their preparations in upgrading their clubhouse to include a projector for film events - these improvements have tied in nicely with the timing of the festival allowing the screenings of archive footage of shipyards and the Southside to be held there.

{image of interior of boat shed from here}

Southside Happenings and a Creative Thursday

Karen appears in a very timely interview as part of the wonderful Southside Happenings' Creative Thursday series.
{click to enlarge}

Southside Happenings is the number one resource for any Southsiders wanting to know what's happening and it showcases the best the Southside has to have, in their own words the blog is about:
documenting our adventures, things to do, places to see, and other information on the Southside of Glasgow. I am not sure how you would categorise this site, it’s not a ‘what’s on guide’ …it’s just some interesting stories about what we’re doing, or planning to do, in the Southside of Glasgow. [Now and again we might stray across the river, don’t hold it against us].  Hopefully you’ll enjoy reading this, it may give you an idea of what to do on your next day off, night out, or maybe just something to read during your tea break.
They have been a great supporter of the festival and one of the main ways lots of us volunteers found out about the festival in the first place from their tweets and facebook posts.  So a massive thank you to them!!

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Updates and news

Pulling some of the news and updates on events and screenings that have been added to the website this week:

Events & Films
The programme for the Southside Filmmakers Screening & Award has been announced here and includes documentaries, music videos, dramas and black comedy.

Press & publicity
  • The festival got a mention in the Sunday Mail today on pg 29 under the headline "swim pool Cannes do as venue for film fest"!  Randomly you can view the article here via the California Chronicle.
  • Sergio Casci has expressed his pride in the festival "as a Southsider born and bred I’m immensely proud to be taking part in the first-ever Southside Film Festival. I fell in love with cinema at the Toledo in Muirend and always dreamed of seeing one of my own films there. Though the closure of that wonderful old theatre ten years ago scuppered my ambition, Karen O’Hare’s fabulous new venture means that I will at last be able to watch the first film I ever wrote – American Cousins – in the place where I grew up."
  • Karen was interviewed by Mark Davidson about the festival for Reel Scotland read it here

Monday, 9 May 2011

Gigs @ The Glasshouse

As part of the Southside Festival happening later on in May a series of gigs will be held at the Glasshouse in Queens Park over the last two weekends in May.

Friday 20th May: 8pm - 11.30pm (singer/songwriters/folk)

Tickets £10.00 on door or from Ticket Scotland, 0141 204 5151

Saturday 21st May: 8pm - 12.00 (post rock / post pop ) flyer

Tickets £7.00 on door or from Ticket Scotland, 0141 204 5151

Sunday 22nd May: 8pm - 11.30pm (celtic trad. for the 21st century)

Tickets £10.00 on door or from Ticket Scotland , 0141 204 5151

Friday 27th May: 8pm - 12.00 (folk /country/ rock/ comedy)

Tickets £10.00 on door or from Ticket Scotland, 0141 204 5151

Saturday 28th May: Acoustic Afternoon 12 - 4pm (folk/singer/songwriters)

Admission FREE

Saturday 28th May: 8pm - TBC

Tickets £9.00 on door or from Ticket Scotland0141 204 5151

Sunday 29th May: 12 - 4pm (rock)

Rock'n'Roll , Rockabilly in the afternoon with -
Admission FREE

Sunday 29th May: 8pm - 12.00 (rock / pop )

THE BLUEBELLS  + The French Wives
Tickets £12.00 on door or from Ticket Scotland0141 204 5151

Sunday, 8 May 2011


After the volunteering meeting on Thursday we all went away with batches of the freshly printed programmes and they have been distributed around the Southside and further afield this weekend.

You can't fail to spot them with their bright yellow covers and you'll find them across the Southside including the following places in particular:

  • Assorted cafes and shops in Mount Florida
  • Battlefield Rest
  • Beanscene, Battlefield
  • Beanscene, Shawlands
  • Bella Napoli, Shawlands
  • Bellinis Shawlands
  • Biscuit, Shawlands
  • Boswell Hotel, Langside
  • Brooklyn Cafe, Shawlands
  • Candylicious, Pollokshaws Road
  • Church on the Hill
  • Deli 1901, Skirving Street
  • Eat Deli, Clarkston
  • Film City, Govan
  • Glasgow University
  • Global Video, Shawlands
  • Govanhill Baths Community Trust office and charity shop
  • Govanhill Library
  • Granary Bar, Shawlands
  • Gusto & Relish, Pollokshaws Road
  • Ivory Hotel, Queen's Park
  • Ketchup, Shawlands
  • Langside Library
  • Larkfield Centre
  • Mulberry Street, Pollokshaws Road
  • Pollok Ex Servicemens' Club
  • Queens Park Farmers Market
  • Saffron Lounge Shawlands
  • Slow Cafe, Victoria Road
  • Southside Studios, Westmoreland Street
  • Stalks & Stems, Shawlands
  • Stube Bar, Shawlands
  • Tapas, Pollokshaws Road
  • The Chalet, Dixon Avenue
  • The Clockwork Brewery, Battlefield
  • Tinto, Battlefield
  • Youngs Bookshop, Skirving Street

Wednesday, 4 May 2011


After lots of clicking and checking and going square-eyed over html code the website* is live!

The website has the finalised programme information on it and the printed programme to download. Now that we have the website, that is where all the official information about the festival - its films, events, venues and tickets can be found.

What does this mean for the blog? We'll still be posting news and updates about the festival but will also post more about the behind the scenes work in the countdown to the festival (less than 10 days to go!) and hopefully blogging live over the weekend.

*NB - the website looks best in firefox or chrome where you can see the snazzy photo slider we have on the home page which unfortunately I can't get to work in Internet Explorer which has a lot to do with the fact that I'm an archivist not a web designer...

Festival Programme

The official printed programme is now available here to download.

Close and Fridge with Peter Mullan

Sunday 15 May, 18:30pm (£5)
Close & Fridge & intro/talk by Gary Lewis
Pollokshaws Borough Hall
Actor Gary Lewis will introduce and talk about these two films make in Govanhill in the 1990s, written and directed by Peter Mullan.

Close – Short/Thriller (1993)
New father Vincent (Peter Mullan) lives up a close in Glasgow. After one neighbour makes a disparaging remark about his daughter Vincent sets out to get his revenge on the neighbour, and the rest of the tenants…

Fridge – Short (1995)
Rudy (Gary Lewis) and Alice (Vicki Masson) are two homeless alcoholics living in a Scottish scheme. Rudy comes to the rescue of a drunk being threatened by some thugs. After one of the boys gets locked in an abandoned fridge it is up to Rudy and Alice to keep the boy alive until help comes…

Write Camera Action Workshop

Write Camera Action Workshop
Saturday 14 May, 18:00 - 21:00 (donations only)
The Shed (The Loft)
Write! Camera! Action! run motivational workshops in support of independent filmmaking and anyone with a passion for film. Through the workshop writers can see how their script plays out in the hands of Directors and Actors and receive constructive feedback.

If you are interested in attending this workshop, please email us ( to register your interest and also whether you are interested in the acting, writing and/or filmmaking aspects of the workshop.