HOLLYWOOD’S golden era is to be celebrated at the Glasgow Film Festival next year - to mark the 75th anniversary of flagship venue the Glasgow Film Theatre.
A celebration of 1939 - the celebrated year that gave birth to classics like The Wizard of Oz, Gone With The Wind, Wuthering Heights, Stagecoach, Of Mice And Men, and Goodbye Mr Chips - will see them revived on the big screen in the city next February.
It was the same year, still recalled by film historians as one of the greatest in movie-going history, that the Cosmo cinema, now the Glasgow Film Theatre, opened its doors, just off Sauchiehall Street.
Now the double anniversary is to inspire one of the main themes for next year’s festival, which will be celebrating its own 10th birthday with another major expansion.
The festival, which will run next year from 20 February until 2 March, has grown from 68 films in its first year to more than 350 events last year and a 40,000 strong audience.
Peter Capaldi, Shirley Henderson, Dexter Fletcher, Armando Iannucci, Martin Compston, Bill Paterson, Denis Lawson, Joss Whedon, Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton have been among the guests over the years.
Other innovations revealed for next year include the creation of a different “pop-up cinema” experience on most nights of the festival and a major focus on Chilean film-makers.
A dedicated weekend of horror films at the GFT’s biggest screen, a showcase of new visual art films, and the return of the festival’s comic book strand have also been confirmed.
Allan Hunter, co-director of the event, said: “The festival has grown and developed in ways that we couldn’t have imagined in 2005.
“It has been nurtured and sustained by the enthusiasm and passionate dedication of audiences from near and far who have come to regard Glasgow as their Festival and an event they can trust to bring them the best cinematic experiences, the most accessible guests and the most affordable prices.
“We take the bond of trust with our audiences very seriously and look forward to presenting them with a programme that matches their expectations of what a film festival should be and how a special anniversary should be celebrated.”
Janet Archer, chief executive of national arts agency Creative Scotland, said: “The festival’s 10th anniversary programme is set to offer a strong, extensive and exciting variety of screenings and events.
“The festival, one of the top three in the UK, attracts film-makers and film-lovers from across Scotland, the UK and internationally, and its success and reputation has grown year on year.”
Early bird passes for the festival are on sale now from glasgowfilm.org