Glasgow Film Festival 2020 Announces Full Program

The full programme has been announced for Glasgow Film Festival 2020. From 26 February to 8 March, one of the UK’s largest film festivals will host over 380 film screenings, talks and special events - including 9 World premieres, 10 European premieres, 102 UK premieres and 39 Scottish premieres

World Premieres

Glasgow Film Festival is to host the first ever big screen outings for a range of features from both international and homegrown talent. Scotland-based director Anthony Baxter (You’ve Been Trumped) makes his long-awaited return with Flint , which follows the situation in Flint, Michigan over six years of denial, evasion, betrayal and hypocrisy after the city’s domestic water supply switched to the Flint River. Robbie Fraser (whose Final Ascent had a sell-out World premiere at Glasgow Film Festival 2019) turns his lens on another legendary Scottish figure in Pictures From Afghanistan - a journey amongst the people and places of modern Afghanistan with veteran Glasgow photojournalist David Pratt, who has spent much of the last three decades reporting on changing fortunes and global conflicts. Roy’s World: Barry Gifford’s Chicago brings to life beat poet and screenwriter Barry Gifford ’s autobiographical story collection with archive footage, animation and narration by Willem Dafoe , Lili Taylor and Matt Dillon . Mark Stanley stars as inspiring real-life mountaineer and charity campaigner David Tait facing up to long-buried childhood trauma in Julian Jarrolds moving biopic Sulphur & White , with an impressive supporting cast of Anna Friel , Dougray Scott and Emily Beecham . Debut UK directorial talent includes Lucy Brydon's Body of Water , a sensitive take on the impact of an eating disorder on an individual and their loved ones, and Notting Hill meets Great British Bake Off in Eliza Schroeder ’s irresistible rom-com Love,Sarah starring Shelley Conn , Bill Patterson , Celia Imrie and Rupert Penry-Jones .

Receiving its world premiere at GFF 20 is Sulphur & White starring Emily Beecham and Mark Stanley
International and European Premieres

Hugo Weaving shines as a world-weary Melbourne crime boss in a sharp contemporary re-telling of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure and Mrs and Miss Cops is a South Korean female buddy cop drama that’s a non-stop thrill-ride from start to finish. Over The Sea is a beguiling coming-of-age story, following boisterous and carefree youngster, 11-year-old Xiaoji, and fans of A Star Is Born will adore, This World Won’t Break a country music drama shot in the dive bars and spit-and-sawdust venues of Dallas. Because We Are Girls is the devastating but inspiring feature documentary shining a light on a conservative Indo-Canadian family in small-town British Columbia forced to come to terms with a devastating secret; Henry Glassie: Field Work

follows the veteran American folklorist in a joyous celebration of outsider art from around the world and Michael Paszt tells a story definitely stranger than fiction in feature documentary Nail in the Coffin: The Fall and Rise of Vampiro , which follows a professional wrestler juggling dual roles of running Lucha Libre AAA in Mexico whilst being a father to his teenage daughter.

UK Premieres include Rosamund Pike as Marie Curie in Radioactive

UK Premieres

Glasgow Film Festival 2020 will feature the first big screen outings in the UK for over 100 feature films. Across the final three days of the festival GFF will be screening Mark Cousin’s epic homage to the history of female talent behind the camera, Women Make Film , showing this groundbreaking 14-hour documentary narrated by Tilda Swinton and Jane Fonda in five installments.

Other must-see highlights include Kelly Macdonald in the sweeping Australian outback romance Dirt Music ; Daniel Radcliffe as a South African activist attempting a daring jailbreak in the nail-biting true story Escape From Pretoria and a darkly comic ride in to the American heartland with Ewen Bremner as Edward, a visionary attempting to open a German sausage shop in Gutterbee , a town in the grip of a narrow-minded, xenophobic bigot. George Mackay ’s star continues to ascend as he leads alongside Russell Crowe in The True History of the Kelly Gang , Rosamund Pike puts in another luminous performance as Marie Curie in Radioactive and Simon Pegg impresses as a music producer struggling with his mental health who goes missing in LA in Lost Transmissions .

Hotly anticipated indies that have been getting rave reviews across the world will premiere in Glasgow, including The Truth - the first ever English-language film by Shoplifters director Hirokazu Kore-eda boasting an all-star cast of Juliette Binoche , Catherine Deneuve and Ethan Hawke ; the definitive documentary on Lady Day herself, Billie, featuring never-before-seen interviews with those who knew one of the world’s greatest jazz singers; SXSW Audience Award winner The Garden Left Behind , a poignant portrayal of Tina, an undocumented Mexican trans woman fighting to make a life in New York; Venice Silver Lion Award winner About Endlessness , the latest deadpan slice of comedy brilliance from Swedish master Roy Andersson and 2020 Academy Award nominee for Best International Film, Ladj Ly ' s thrilling Parisian crime drama Les Misérables .

Scottish premieres include Michael Caton-Jones’ comedy Our Ladies 
Scottish Premieres

39 features will make their Scottish cinema debuts at this year’s GFF. Inbetweeners star Simon Bird makes his directorial debut with the warm and witty Days of the Bagnold Summer , starring Nick Cave’s son Earl Cave and Bird’s Friday Night Dinner co-star Tamsin Greig , and featuring a new soundtrack by Belle and Sebastian . Fellow actor Craig Roberts premieres his sophomore venture as writer and director of Eternal Beauty , starring as Sally Hawkins as a schizophrenic woman encountering surprising new sources of love and life; Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots as a pair of first-time buyers who get more than they bargained for in the twisted fable Vivarium . Michael Caton-Jones ’ riotous comedy Our Ladies is the long-awaited big screen adaptation of Alan Warner ’s hit novel The Sopranos, following a group of rowdy 1990s Catholic school girls as they journey from Fort William to Edinburgh to compete in a choir competition. Our Ladies star Marli Siu also stars in the Scottish premiere of Run , the third feature from major Scottish talent Scott Graham . Set in Fraserburgh, the electrifying drama follows a group of young men dreaming of escapism through late-night drag races. Peaky Blinders director Tim Mielants makes his big screen debut with eye-catching dark comedy Patrick ; Scottish director Peter Mackie Burns follows up his acclaimed first feature Daphne with Rialto , a brooding Dublin-set drama about a middle-aged father embarking on a relationship with a young rent boy and first-time director Claire Oakley makes an impact with Make Up , a claustrophobic and unsettling coming-of-age tale set in an out-of-season Cornish caravan park.

George Mackay will attend the UK premiere of his latest movie The True History of the Kelly Gang

Stars attending the festival

Award-winning writer and director Alice Winocour will attend the Opening Gala with the UK premiere of her new film Proxima and,11 packed days later, director Coky Giedroyc and writer Caitlin Moran will be in town to celebrate the Closing Gala and the UK premiere of How to Build a Girl . Other chances to see the stars on the red carpet include George Mackay for the UK premiere of The True History of the Kelly Gang ; Mark Stanley ; Cannes Best Actress Award winner Emily Beecham and the real-life subject of the film David Tait for the World premiere of Sulphur & White ; Inbetweeners star Simon Bird for the Scottish premiere of Days of the Bagnold Summer ; Celia Imrie e , Bill Paterson and Rupert Penry-Jones for the World premiere of Love, Sarah and the young Scottish cast of Our Ladies , Eve Austin , Abigail Lawrie , Tallulah Greive , Sally Messham and Marli Siu . Director of You’ve Been Trumped, Anthony Baxter , will be in attendance for the World premiere of his documentary about the tragic US town, and renowned war photographer David Pratt will attend the World premiere of Robbie Fraser ’s documentary about his travels to the country that has affected him the most in Pictures From Afghanistan. Legendary US photographer Susan Wood will visit Glasgow for the first-ever UK exhibition of her iconic photos of the 1960s and 1970s, capturing John Lennon and Yoko Ono relaxing in the Hamptons and the counter-culture machismo on the set of Easy Rider, and Oscar-winning SFX maestro Chris Cobould OBE will be revealing the secrets of how he created jaw-dropping special effects for some of the biggest blockbusters, fromSkyfall to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, in a fascinating free talk as part of the always-popular Behind The Scenes strand.

Allison Gardner, Glasgow Film Festival Co-director, said:

“GFF20 features some stunning work from across the globe, from Bacurau from Brazil to Dolly Kitty and Those Twinkling Stars from India via fifty other countries, ensuring we have a film from most corners of the globe. With 15 titles in our Future Cult strand we have a film that surely will take your fancy, I loved Deerskin especially and Nobadi took me on an unexpected journey. This year’s Stranger Than Fiction documentaries strand has work covering the life ofToni Morrison, Truman Capote, Barry Gifford and Henry Glassie to name a few. In Sound & Vision we have films on Billie Holiday and Ike White and my personal highlight, a 4K restoration of 1959’s Jazz on a Summer’s Day. There really is a film for everyone in the feast of film that is GFF20.”


Tickets go on sale from 12 noon on Thursday 30 January for GFF members and GFT CineCard holders, and on general sale from 12 noon on Monday 3 February via