The Glasgow Film Festival has something new up its sleeve this year, and it is certainly going to be impressive. Focusing on an interesting genre, the 15th annual festival will open and close with two coming of age stories that were set in the 1990s.
Scheduled to open on February 20, the festival will begin with a UK premiere of Mid90s. The film is a directorial debut of actor Jonah Hill.
The festival will end on March 3, with a film based on similar genre. It is an adaptation from a play Beats, written by Kieran Hurley, which was originally performed in Edinburgh.
The story is set in 1994 Livingston, when the law attempted to place restrictions on Scotland’s rave culture.
In recent years, the Glasgow Film Festival has expanded its attendances from 6,000 at its first outing in 2005 to over 40,000.
The previous events have marked the presence of popular faces, including Karen Gillan, Richard Gere, David Tennant, Alan Rickman, Peter Capaldi and Gemma Arterton.
This year, the festival is expected to attract even greater audience, with a grand premier of Mid90s. The organisers have defined it as a coming-of-age comedy-drama, of the 1990s’ Los Angeles.
The story is written and directed by Jonah Hill. It follows the protagonist, a young teenage boy, who falls in with a group of older teen skateboarders. The film features Sunny Suljic, Lucas Hedges and Katherine Waterston.
Besides, the closing film of the Glasgow Film Festival adaptation of Beats is based on the popular stage show by Kieran Hurley. It debuted at the Edinburgh Festival, in 2012.
The movie version is set in 1994, when the Criminal Justice Bill attempted to curb Scotland’s rave culture and the free party movement. The executive producer of the film is the award-winning director Steven Soderbergh.
This story of friendship and rebellion marks the debut of graduates of The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland: Cristian Ortega and Lorn Macdonald. It also included an original soundtrack from Scottish DJ, JD Twitch.
More details on the full Glasgow Film Festival programme will be announced on January 23.