Friday, 29 August 2014

Autumn Film Club screenings

Southside Film Festival Film Club is returning with an exciting autumn season of music films in The Glad Cafe and two very special screenings for Halloween in Pollok House and Pollokshaws Burgh Hall.  

Glad Cafe screenings
On Tuesday 9 September we start the season with The Punk Singer, the 2013 documentary about Kathleen Hanna, who rose to international attention as the voice of the riot grrrl movement and was lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre. She became one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons of the era and this film tells us her story through 20 years of archival footage and intimate interviews. This screening will be followed by live music from local punk bank SHARPTOOTH.
On Tuesday 14 October there is a chance to see Pulp: a Film about Life, Death and Supermarkets, a documentary about the enduring career of Sheffield’s finest musical export, Pulp, who found fame on the world stage in the 1990's with anthems including 'Common People' and 'Disco 2000'. Directed by Florian Habicht, the band shares their thoughts on just about everything and gives a stunning performance exclusive to the film.
On Tuesday 4 November The Glad Cafe hosts a screening of We Are the Best! Directed by Swedish auteur Lukas Moodysson, We Are the Best! revolves around three girls in 1980’s Stockholm who decide to form a punk band – despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead.
Finishing The Glad Cafe music season on Tuesday 9 December is a film that needs no introduction: This is Spinal Tap. Rob Reiner’s cult mockumentary about the British heavy metal band is interspersed with powerful performances of Tap's mesmerising music and profound lyrics, as the film candidly follows a rock group heading towards crisis. We will endeavour to turn the sound right up to 11!

Halloween screenings
On Friday 31 October there will be a screening of Don’t Look Now, Nicolas Roeg’s innovative, perception altering modern classic - preceded by a two course Italian-themed dinner with a glass of prosecco. This unique cinema and culinary experience will be held in the decadent surroundings of Pollok House, one of Scotland’s grandest Edwardian country homes. Sample a taste of Italy in the award winning Edwardian Kitchen restaurant and enjoy a pre-film drink in the scholarly surroundings of the Pavilion Library overlooking the gardens of the house, before being led through to the Maxwell family Dining Room for the screening of Don’t Look Now.  Advance booking is essential for this event and is strictly adults only. Full menu online soon. Email any dietary requirements to 

Following that on Sunday 2 November, Pollokshaws Burgh Hall hosts a screening of The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, the 1927 silent thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock. With its trick shots, menace and the quivering stare of Ivor Novello, this silent classic ishelped shape the modern-day thriller genre. Accompanied by live music on the mighty Wurlitzer Cinema Organ. 

Buy tickets online for all screenings at Brown Paper Tickets 

Friday, 18 July 2014

Do you want to join Southside Film Festival?

Southside Film Festival was founded in 2011 as a response to the lack of local cinema on the Southside. In 2014, there are plans for a local cinema in Shawlands and a multiplex at Silverburn so the film festival thinks this is a good time to refocus the aims and objectives of the festival. 

We are establishing an Advisory Board to help steer the next stage of Southside Film Festival’s development and want to hear from anyone that is interested in joining us at this exciting time. 
We are particularly are interested in hearing from filmmakers, writers, musicians, artists and other creative practitioners based in the Southside of Glasgow who have a passion for cinema going and film in all its forms. 

We are also keen to hear from those with experience in community arts development /fundraising, audience development, journalism and business. 

However, do also please get in touch if you just love the Southside and want to support a positive cultural initiative in your community or love film and filmmaking.   
We expect that we will have Quarterly Advisory Board Meetings and that board members will be asked to contribute ideas and expertise as appropriate. 

The Board positions are voluntary but, as per the festival’s Volunteer Policy, expenses will be covered.  

NB We are also looking for New Volunteers-Treasurer & Secretary-find out more here

Southside Film Festival is a volunteer run film festival, film club and film event producer which operates as Community Interest Company (SC418100).  

Find out more about Southside Film Festival here:

Please apply by sending your CV and web link (if applicable) to along with a statement explaining  what you bring to the Advisory Board and why you want to support Southside Film Festival. 

Deadline is midnight 31st August, 2014. 

If you have any questions please email Karen O’Hare on 

Saturday, 31 May 2014

June 2014 Screenings in The Glad Cafe

We have a busy June ahead-check out our upcoming screenings in The Glad Cafe

Wed 4 June
Bullhead/ Rundskop (124mins, Cert 15, 2012
8pm (doors 7.30pm)
£6/£5 conc -on the door only, no advance sales  

A steroid-fueled cattle farmer finds that his decision to do business with the Belgian cattle-hormone mafia could have potentially deadly consequences in this brooding Belgian crime drama that was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Academy Awards.

Flemish actor Matthias Schoenaerts spent two years transforming his slender body into a bulky and brooding figure which Variety called " a career defining, powerfully physical lead performance. " 
Also starring Matthias Schoenaerts from Rust and Bone
Michael R. Roskam’s debut feature Bullhead is a harrowing tale of revenge, redemption and fate. Watch the trailer

Indiewire: "stunning in its originality"

The Guardian describes Bullhead as 'rustic noir' & 'Belgian gangster gothic'

The film will be preceded by a short film called 'Lekker' directed by Sam Batnik about the Dutch language.

Thurs 5 June -re scheduled Cinemap screening
Southsider shorts (N/C contains some adult content, approx 60mins)
8pm (doors 7.30pm)

Join us for the re-scheduled Cinemap screening of a diverse range of short films made by Southside filmmakers.

Expect superheroes, local heroes, music fans, pets, strained family relationships and experimental shorts. Q&A with Southside filmmakers following the screening (TBC). 

Full film info here:

Tues 17 June 
Refugee Week Scotland: 
Migration Stories-short films from Scotland, Brazil & Spain
8pm (doors 7.30pm)
£6/£5 conc/free to asylum seekers and refugees -on the door only, no advance sales

Southside Film Festival & Document International Human Rights Film Festival present three shorts that explore what life is like for immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland, Brazil and Spain.

  •  Bird Man of Red Roa(Chris Leslie, 2013, Scotland, 6 mins)
Chris Leslie will be in attendance for a post film Q &A
  •  Diarios de Frontera (Irene Gutierrez Tores, 2013, Spain, 25mins)
  • Open Arms Closed Doors (Fernada Polacow & Johana Borges, 2013, Brazil, 25mins)

Friday, 2 May 2014

Cinemap 23-25 May 2014

Cinemap: mapping the Southside through film: 23-25 May 2014
After three successful years of running a film festival in May Southside Film Festival is doing something different in May 2014. 

Cinemap is inspired by the ALBERT DRIVE project in Pollokshields in 2013 which asked the question 'Who is my Neighbour?' Throughout the year ALBERT DRIVE explored different ways to bring people together in the Pollokshields community and some of the resulting films from this project are screening as part of Cinemap. 

Cinemap also includes films that explore the idea of neighbourhood, local and community and work by Southside filmmakers that is not necessarily about those themes, the only connection is that the filmmakers are based locally. We hope you enjoy the resulting diversity of new film work.

Cinemap is not only about bringing people together to watch films though -you can discover  new Southside spaces, learn more about the films through the filmmaker Q&As and post film discussions and have fun at all of the associated events. You never know you may even meet your neighbour!  
All screenings/events are free.

Cinemap programme:

Cinemap is a partnership project lead by Southside Film Festival with the ALBERT DRIVE project, Art Village, The Glad Cafe, Govanhill Baths, New Victoria Gardens, East Pollokshields Quad, Tramway and filmmakers Abigail Howkins and Basharat Khan. .

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Cinemap: mapping the Southside through film 23-25 May 2014

After three successful years of running a film festival in May Southside Film Festival has decided to do something different in May 2014!

Southside Film Festival presents Cinemap, a screening event over the weekend of 23-25 May, 2014 in various Southside locations.

Cinemap is inspired by last year's ALBERT DRIVE project that asked the people of Pollokshields to meet their neighbours through a series of artistic commissions exploring the central question 'who is my neighbour'? 

Cinemap will screen a number of ALBERT DRIVE films including work by Basharat Khan and Abigail Howkins which explore the theme of neighbour but also highlight the importance of local, of community and of bringing people together. 
  • Cinemap is looking for more films that explore the wider Southside community and the themes of COMMUNITY and LOCAL. We are looking for films that have imaginative approaches to these themes. 
  • We are also looking for new work made in Southside Glasgow and/or made by Southside filmmakers that has not screened at previous Southside Film Festivals. 
  • We are also inviting filmmakers to submit site specific work that responds to and relate to the Cinemap screening spaces- Shawlands ArcadeThe Glad CafeGovanhill BathsNew Victoria Gardens and East Pollokshields Quad and The Tramway. What would you screen in a shopping centre, a cafe, a swimming pool, an allotment, a green space in a tenement back court and a multi arts venue? 
How to Submit: download a submission form and return to along with film
Submission Deadline: (9am, Monday 14 April, 2014)

Cinemap is a partnership project lead by Southside Film Festival with the ALBERT DRIVE project, Art Village, The Glad Cafe, Govanhill Baths, New Victoria Gardens, East Pollokshields Quad, The Tramway and filmmakers Abigail Howkins and Basharat Khan.

Cinemap: mapping the Southside through film: 23-25 May 2014

N.B. We are also looking for new volunteers to help with the Cinemap project. If you are interested please email with your CV and availability and tell us how you would like to get involved.  Deadline to apply for volunteering is also 9am, Monday 14 April, 2014.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

We're Back: FILM CLUB Spring 2014 is GO!

With January (finally) drawing to a close, we hope you've all just about recovered from the festive period and are getting ready to get properly tore in 2014.

There's no denying that awards season is now in full swing - with Oscar worthy performances flying around all over the shop (whats your bets for 2014?) . However, in the midst of all the movie mayhem, we at the Southside Film Festival have been busy bees planning this season's Film Club selection for screening at The Glad Cafe. After much deliberation & debate, we hope you'll agree that we've came up with a cracker of programme for Spring 2014. 

So, without further ado - we are very pleased announce this season's line up in full:

With a pretty eclectic mix of movies on the go - we're sure we've got something for everyone so keep your eyes peeled for further updates, special features & general fun stuff in the near future. 

Tickets will be on sale soon, and as ever, will be available online at Tickets Scotland, in person at The Glad Cafe or on the door on the night of the screening.