Scalarama 2018 Brochure

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ScAlArAmA The Scala was a legendary cinema, music venue and monkeyhouse. Every September, we celebrate its legacy of eclectic programming with a season of DIY film programming across the UK. 2018 is the 40th anniversary of the Scala’s first screenings and the 25th anniversary of its closure. The building that would house the Scala originally opened as the King’s Cross Cinema in 1920, seating 1,000 people for 3-hour film programmes, incorporating a 20-piece orchestra. It changed owners and branding a few times, becoming the Gaumont and then the Odeon until, in 1971, it briefly became an exclusively adult cinema. By 1974, it was also a live, all-night rock venue. Hawkwind and Throbbing Gristle played there, while Iggy & The Stooges’ only UK show was at the Scala (in fact, the iconic photograh on the cover of Raw Power was taken that night). The venue’s late licence was revoked after a petition by local residents and it closed, only to reopen as a Primatarium, with monkeys and waterfalls and the stalls reconstructed to resemble a forest. That bold endeavour only lasted a year and, in July 1981, the Gaumount King’s Cross reopened as a repertory cinema - the Scala. It was intended as an alternative National Film Theatre and took its name from the Scala Film Club, which ran 1978-1981 and took its name from Scala House just up the road. The Scala therefore had been a classical oldschool movie house, a modern mainstream cinema, a porn theatre, a rock venue and a monkey house. Somehow, all of those past lives still haunted the space. They opened with King Kong, and soon became known for screening cult classics, Hong Kong action and Chinese ghost horror, famous for their double and triple bills, seasons and all-nighters. They programmed films by Herschell Gordon Lewis, Russ Meyer and William Castle. When they screened The Tingler, they even electrified the seats. But it wasn’t just genre films they showed.

Part of the magic of the Scala was their mixing of high- and low-brow programming, cross-pollination inspired by film clubs and co-ops. You’d have nazisploitation triple bills alongside Czech arthouse classics, Andrei Tarkovsky followed by Jörg Buttgereit. For a time, it was the best cinema in the world. John Waters, a regular feature of the programme and sometime customer, explained, “It was like joining a club, a very secret club, like a biker gang or something. I remember the audience was more berserk than any midnight show I had ever seen in America. Maybe they were on ecstasy, I don’t know, but it was a really raucous audience. It was so great - but it was almost scary.” The Scala finally closed in 1993, out of business partly down to an expensive lost legal battle with Warner Bros over illicit screenings of Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange (which they’d advertise with titles like Mechanical Fruit), but also because of the dual threat from home video and satellite TV. The venue reopened after a restoration in 1999, but it wasn’t the same and nor was it intended to be. Nevertheless, the legend grew and, in 2011, a DIY season, Scala Forever, paid tribute with screenings across London and events under motorways, on boats and in cemeteries. It was followed in 2012 by the UK-wide Scala Beyond and in 2013 the first Scalarama season. Director Peter Strickland described it as “a chance to collectively experience a wide range of seldom-seen films on the big screen and to find like-minded souls.” These were celebrations of the eclectic programming at the Scala, the DIY spirit and the alternative venues. And, of course, the berserk audience.

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GlAsGoW Britannia Panopticon Music Hall 113-117 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HD Limited wheelchair access, no acccessible toilet +44 (0)141 553 0840

Nice N Sleazy 421 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3LG Limited access due to stairs; no accessible toilet +44 (0)141 333 0900

Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD Wheelchair access; accessible toilet; hearing loop +44 (0)141 352 4900

The Old Hairdressers Renfield Lane, Glasgow G2 5AR No wheelchair access +44 (0)141 248 9558

The Flying Duck 142 Renfield St, Glasgow G2 3AU No wheelchair access +44 (0)141 564 1450

Radical Home Cinema Various locations, citywide For details, email

Glasgow Film Theatre 12 Rose St, Glasgow G3 6RB Wheelchair access, accessible toilet, hearing loop +44 (0)141 332 6535

The Seamore Neighbourhood Cinema 304 Maryhill Road, Maryhill, Glasgow, G20 7YE Wheelchair access; accessible toilet +44 (0)775 447 9964

ISO Design 65 Virginia Street, Glasgow, G1 1TS No wheelchair access +44 (0)141 572 9150

Sloans 62 Argyle Arcade, 108 Argyle Street, Glasgow G2 8BG Limited access due to stairs; no accessible toilet +44 (0)141 221 8886



A rare screening of John Cameron Mitchell’s genre-bending rock musical Hedwig & The Angry Inch for Scalarama Glasgow’s opening event. Adapted from the critically beloved off-Broadway hit, Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the astonishing story of the “internationally ignored” rock singer, Hedwig, and her search for stardom and love in the wake of a botched sex change operation.

They influence our decisions without us knowing it. They numb our senses without us feeling it. They control our lives without us realizing it. They Live. A rugged loner (Roddy Piper) stumbles upon a terrifying discovery: ghoulish creatures are masquerading as humans while they lull the public into submission through subliminal advertising messages. Only specially made sunglasses make the deadly truth visible.

Before the screening we will have live performances from some of Glasgow’s most unique and outrageous drag performers. A wild night of karaoke and dancing will follow - come dressed to transgress! Sat 01/09 | 8pm The Seamore Neighbourhood Cinema | £5 English language; no subtitles

Mon 03/09 | £5 The Flying Duck | 7pm English language; no subtitles

BLUEPRINT + MEDIEVAL FILM CLUB: WITCHFINDER GENERAL Set in 1645, during the English Civil War, Witchfinder General follows an opportunist and self appointed witch hunter, Matthew Hopkins, who exploits the conflict induced breakdown in society to impose a reign of terror across East Anglia. Witchfinder General was director Michael Reeves’ final film before his accidental death at 25. Originally released in May 1968, the film was heavily criticised and censored for what was considered, at the time, overtly sadistic violence. Ignored by critics, the film was none the less a box office success and has acquired cult status during the past 50 years.

EAT FILM: CAST AWAY Obsessively punctual FedEx executive Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) is en route to an assignment in Malaysia when his plane crashes over the Pacific Ocean during a storm. The sole survivor of the flight, Chuck washes ashore on a deserted island. When his efforts to sail away and contact help fail, Chuck learns how to survive on the island, where he remains for years, accompanied by only his handmade volleyball friend, Wilson. Will Chuck ever return to civilisation and reunite with his loved ones?

Tues 04/09 | £5 The Seamore Neighbourhood Cinema | 7.30pm English language; no subtitles

Tues 04/09 | £7.5 Sloans | 6.30pm English language; no subtitles



Forgotten Silver is an epic documentary chronicling the extraordinary, unbelievable life of pioneer Kiwi filmmaker Colin McKenzie. Or is it? The first clue that none of this story is true is that the film begins with Peter Jackson literally leading the viewer down a garden path. Much that is absurd and unlikely follows, leading to a curiously emotional climax. The broadcast of Forgotten Silver memorably stirred up NZ audiences, and it screened at international film festivals such as Cannes and Venice, where it won a special critics’ prize.

In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city’s mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a saviour to mediate their differences. With live sound effects and musical accompaniment from Gladstone’s Bag.

Wed 05/09 | 7pm ISO Design | £3 English language; no subtitles

Wed 05/09 | 6.30pm Britannia Panopticon Music Hall | £5 Silent; English subtitles

SHE’S EN SCENE: GIRLHOOD Girlhood (Céline Sciamma, 2014), a coming of age drama, tells the story of Marieme, a 16-yearold African-French teenager living in a poor Paris suburb who joins a gang of girls. The film discusses and challenges conceptions of race, gender and class. This screening will have a post-film discussion and is open to female-identifying and non-binary people only. She’s En Scene is a women’s community cinema screening films either written or directed by women to encourage discussion and tackle social isolation within communities. Our mission is to create spaces where women can watch and debate films and empower one another.

RADICAL HOME CINEMA: SOUTHSIDE CINERAMA’S RUSSIAN ADVENTURE A showing of the 1966 travelogue Cinerama’s Russian Adventure. Bing Crosby narrates an epic tour the breadth of Russia in spectacular three panel Cinerama. For this event we’ve built an improved screen, all the better to view this timely look at a very different depiction of Russia from the height of the Cold War. The film will be on a loop throughout the day, until 3pm, followed by a full screening at four.

Fri 07/09 | 6.30pm ISO Design | £3-5 French language; English subtitles

Sat 08/09 | 4pm Richard’s Living Room, Shawlands | Free/ticketed English language; no subtitles



Before The ‘Burbs, before Gremlins, before The Howling, before he started his career cutting trailers for Roger Corman, director Joe Dante made The Movie Orgy. An evolving compilation of serials, film clips, ads and film trailers, originally Dante and his collaborator Jon Davison “mixed” The Movie Orgy live, switching between two projectors to make a reactive, free-flowing, communal live experience. The current version is 4.5 hours long and screens from Dante’s own digital edit. A mind-bending predecessor to the modern mash-up, The Movie Orgy is also the Rosetta Stone for Joe Dante’s oeuvre and a mustexperience for movie fans and cinephiles alike.

Birthday parties in the ‘90s meant inviting pals round to watch a film in a box and eating sweeties that hate your teeth. Join Video Namaste for some true ‘90s birthday party excess: drinks, junk food and a special VHS screening of 1991’s Stone Cold. The vanity project of an NFL legend at the height of his fame. Brian Bosworth IS John Stone, an undercover cop (with the tightest buns you ever did see) who infiltrates a gang of bikers and does a power of shootin’, rootin’ and bootin’ along the way.

Sun 09/09 | 12pm The Old Hairdressers | Free/ticketed English language; no subtitles

Tues 11/09 | 7.30pm The Old Hairdressers | £5 English language; no subtitles

EAT FILM: HAPPY GILMORE All Happy Gilmore (Adam Sandler) has ever wanted is to be a professional hockey player. But he soon discovers he may actually have a talent for playing an entirely different sport: golf. When his grandmother (Frances Bay) learns she is about to lose her home, Happy joins a golf tournament to try and win enough money to buy it for her. With his powerful driving skills and foulmouthed attitude, Happy becomes an unlikely golf hero - much to the chagrin of the well-mannered golf professionals. Due to licensing restrictions, EatFilm patrons must be 18 years or over.

CINEMAATTIC: MADRID ERA UNA FIESTA: EL FUTURO + ALIENS A special night showing acclaimed films by Luis Lopez Carrasco, EL FUTURO + ALIENS, followed by a special Movida Madrileña party (the Madrid Movement). In the immediate aftermath of the fall of Franco, a new freedom and excitement overtook the Spanish nation, and nowhere could this be seen more clearly than in Madrid. A creative explosion known as La Movida Madrileña displayed a new attitude in music, film, and literature. Considered the “Enfant Terrible” of Spanish cinema, Luis Lopez Carrasco deconstructs the Spanish Transition with these two avant garde gems, praised at the Locarno, Toronto and Rotterdam festivals.

Tues 11/09 | 6.30pm Sloans | £7.50 English language; no subtitles

Thurs 13/09 | 7pm The Seamore Neighbourhood Cinema | £8 Spanish, Uranian, Plutonian; English subtitles



A Movida Madrileña immersive party, or fiesta, if you prefer. A DJ set dedicated to the early ‘80s Spanish Synth Wave and Post Punk scene of La Movida Madrileña Movement. We explore the electronic music side of the independent music produced in the days in the Iberian Peninsula: Synthetic pop music with industrial sounds including futurist Art Rock, dance-floor productions and low-fi experiments on cassettes. Classics or true hidden treasures, this selection of nineteen songs is symbolic of the musical dawn that Spain experienced during the decade marked by the return of democracy and by the creative freedom initiated by Punk music. Thurs 13/09 | 9pm The Seamore Neighbourhood Cinema | Free Spanish language; English subtitles

Glasgow Youth Film Festival (GYFF) celebrates its 10th Anniversary with a selection of international films, workshops and unique special events. GYFF will open with Scottish-based zombie musical Anna and the Apocalypse. More information, including full list of films screening, can be found at

Fri 14/09 - Sun 16/09 Glasgow Film Theatre | £5.50



Book a cushion and bring yer weans to a fairytale shed deep in the undergrowth of a Shawlands wildlife garden... This is a limited capacity screening (depending on the size of your kid!) drop them off and have a cup of tea, or wander around the garden while the wee ones are transfixed by an animated classic on the ‘silver screen’!

It is the first year of Germany’s occupation of France. Allied officer Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) assembles a team of Jewish soldiers to commit violent acts of retribution against the Nazis, including the taking of their scalps. He and his men join forces with Bridget von Hammersmark, a German actress and undercover agent, to bring down the leaders of the Third Reich. Their fates converge with theatre owner Shosanna Dreyfus, who seeks to avenge the Nazis’ execution of her family.

Wee Larches is a childminding project in part set up to challenge gender stereotypes and support vegan families in the Southside of Glasgow... the Green Shed is a tiny venue and part of an ongoing permaculture project entitled Rowan Refuge. Sat 15/09 | 10, 12, 2 + 4pm Rowan Refuge | Free/ticketed English language; no subtitles

Sun 16/09 | 6.30pm The Flying Duck | £5 English, German & French; English subtitles



Documentary about experiences of transnational communities living in Govanhill, Glasgow. Preview screening and Q&A with director Nicola Black.

A year after a severe emotional trauma, Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) goes to North Carolina to spend some time exploring caves with her friends; after descending underground, the women find strange cave paintings and evidence of an earlier expedition, then learn they are not alone: underground predators inhabit the crevasses, and they have a taste for human flesh.

Sun 16/09 | 4pm Marzana’s Living Room | Free/ticketed English language; no subtitles

Mon 17/09 | 6.30pm The Flying Duck | £5 English language; no subtitles

PITY PARTY FILM CLUB’S GUIDE TO GENDER-FUCKERY ON FILM Ahead of our screening of John Cameron Mitchell’s irreverent, gender-bending rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, we at Pity Party Film Club thought we’d talk a little about some of our other favourite films that upend traditional notions of gender. To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (Beeban Kidron, 1995) Ostensibly an America version of the Australian cult hit The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, To Wong Foo finds two veteran drag queens and an upstart newcomer driving cross-country to participate in the “Miss Drag Queen of America” pageant. After their Cadillac breaks down in the sleepy Midwestern town of Snydersville, the trio of coastal queens are forced to make nice with the not-quite-enlightened (read: racist, sexist and homophobic) locals. The soundtrack is packed with legendary disco hits and several queer icons make notable cameos including Ru Paul, Quentin Crisp and Lady Bunny. Featuring outrageously funny performances from Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes and John Leguizamo, To Wong Foo is arguably even more fabulous than the camp Aussie classic that spawned it. It’s Pat (Adam Bernstein, 1994) It’s Pat, a vehicle for Julia Sweeney’s equally loved and loathed Saturday Night Live character, was savaged by critics upon its release and holds a rare 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The titular Pat is an obnoxious, androgynous outsider whose lack of surfacelevel gender markers inspires fanatical levels of intrigue in almost everyone they encounter. One of the reasons It’s Pat is so reviled is that it’s considered by many to be incredibly outdated and borderline transphobic. While it’s certainly arguable that this film could never be made in the same way today, it does have its share of defenders. There are some viewers who resent Pat’s androgyny being used as a punchline and there are those who believe the butt of the film’s overarching joke is not Pat, nor their nebulous gender, but rather the general public’s obsession with getting to the bottom of what’s in Pat’s pants. Pity Party Film Club falls firmly in the latter camp - Watch and decide for yourself! Fun fact: Quentin Tarantino was an uncredited punch-up writer on the film. Funeral Parade of Roses (Toshio Matsumoto, 1969) Loosely adapted from Sophocles’ tragedy Oedipus Rex, Funeral Parade of Roses is a radically avant-garde drama that follows

rival gangs of drag queens and transwomen navigating Tokyo’s queer underground in the 1960s. While it leans in a more arthouse direction than either of the other films we’ve mentioned, Funeral Parade of Roses remains accessible and contains many moments of outright comedy. Matsumoto, making his debut as a director, deftly balances the seedier side of queer life with scenes of tenderness and joy. There are moments of shocking violence, equally comical and powerful, including a dizzying gang fight scene from which Stanley Kubrick allegedly drew inspiration when making A Clockwork Orange. Only recently made available on DVD and Blu-Ray, with each year that passes new audiences discover this queer masterpiece and its legacy and reputation continue to grow. Calvin Halliday Pity Party Film Club present HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH, Sat 01/09 at the Seamore Neighbourhood Cinema



The year is 1899 and Christian, a young English writer, has come to Paris to follow the Bohemian revolution taking hold of the city’s drug and prostitute infested underworld. And nowhere is the thrill of the underworld more alive than at the Moulin Rouge, a night club where rich and poor men alike come to be entertained by the dancers, but things take a wicked turn for Christian as he starts a deadly love affair with the star courtesan of the club, Satine. Due to licensing restrictions, EatFilm patrons must be 18 years or over.

Shot by renowned cinematographer Christopher Doyle, the cult classic Dumplings is an underrated masterpiece of Hong Kong horror cinema. The film follows ageing actress Mrs Li and her quest for eternal beauty. After a meeting with with an enigmatic chef who calls herself “Aunt Mei”, Mrs Li thinks she has found the answer in the form of her mysterious dumplings. Join us for a night of sickening horror...and perhaps a special treat!

Tues 18/09 | 6.30pm Sloans | £7.50 English language; no subtitles

Tues 18/09 | 7pm Nice N Sleazy | £5 Cantonese, Mandarin; English subtitles



A moving film about the life of an Albatross colony on the world’s most remote island and how ocean plastic is challenging their fundamental existence as a species. After the film, Glasgow Over Plastic hope to have a discussion around how we, as individuals, can begin to tackle the plastic crisis.

What’s the best film you’ve never heard of? Show + Tell invites guests to play a trailer and tell us something strange about a film they love, or love to hate. Physical Impossibility’s Show + Tell is a confessional, a soapbox, a chance for our guests to spread the word or clear their consciences. Come along to hear their recommendations, secret obsessions and guilty pleasures. And if you have an axe to grind, a bell to ring or just a strange itch to scratch, email sean@ to take part.

Tues 18/09 | 7pm The Seamore Neighbourhood Cinema| £5 English language; no subtitles

Wed 19/09 | 7pm CCA | Free/ticketed English language; no subtitles

CLOSE UP CINECLUB: HYBRID CINEMA: BLACK SUN Tackling the limits of traditional documentaryfilmmaking, this award-winning expressionist piece by Gary Tarn tells the story of French painter Hugues de Montalembert, in which a violent encounter in 1978 left him blinded. Black Sun presents itself through part-survivor’s testimony and part-philosophical meditation on the nature of perception. Exploring the link between vision and the subsequent interaction of the world around us, Tarn has captured the essence of what it means to be “seeing”, in ways more than just what meets the eye. Undoubtedly a pillar in visionary cinema.

ISO DESIGN: MUSTANG + DOGTOOTH ISO presents two isolationist parables exploring parental control gone mad. Deniz Ergüven’s César award winning Mustang is an intimate, naturalistic portrayal of familial dysfunction, patriarchal oppression and forbidden sexuality. Yorgos Lathimos’ Dogtooth (one of David Lynch’s favourite films) takes these themes to their surreal, demented, and blackly comic extreme. Both films offer a sharp indictment of modern society by exploring the dark side of a parent’s attempts to preserve a child’s innocence. Tickets are discounted if attending both screenings.

Thurs 20/09 | 7pm The Flying Duck | £3 English language; no subtitles

Friday 21/09 | 6.30pm + 8.30pm ISO Design | £5 each / £8 for both Turkish/Greek; English subtitles



A screening for dog lovers and their mutts. Local dog-walkers and our four-legged friends are welcome to Fourwalls. Fourwalls Housing Co-op is a women-centered living space formed in Glasgow during the ‘90s by female members of the city’s LGBTQ community.

Yes, that’s correct, fellow freeks! It’s the second annual channel hopping, toenail popping, scanline worshipping Video Namaste Bacchanal!! Last year’s was a dive into the weird cinema world of the 90’s, this year we’re turning ourselves into a pseudo quiz show multimedia cinema-paraphenalia hellparty!! 1st Prize is a signed Hawk from the set of Hudson Hawk, 2nd Prize is Alec Baldwin’s hair gel, 3rd Prize is a set of steak knives.

Friday 21/09 | 8pm Fourwalls | Free/ticketed English language; no subtitles

Monday 24/09 | 7pm The Old Hairdressers | Free/ticketed English language; no subtitles



Shallow, rich and socially successful Cher (Alicia Silverstone) is at the top of her Beverly Hills high school’s pecking scale. Seeing herself as a matchmaker, Cher first coaxes two teachers into dating each other. Emboldened by her success, she decides to give hopelessly klutzy new student Tai (Brittany Murphy) a makeover. When Tai becomes more popular than she is, Cher realises that her disapproving ex-stepbrother (Paul Rudd) was right about how misguided she was - and falls for him. Due to licensing restrictions, EatFilm patrons must be 18 years or over.

There has never been a greater love story than that of 20-something suicide obsessed Harold and 80-year-old free spirit Maude. Set to the wondrous sounds of Cat Stevens, and directed so beautifully by Hal Ashby, Harold and Maude is story of lives lived to the fullest, lives hardly lived at all, and love. Come celebrate the joys and heartache a 60year age gap romance brings!

Tues 25/09 | 6.30pm Sloans | £7.50 English language; no subtitles

Tues 25/09 | 8pm The Old Hairdressers | £3 English language; no subtitles



Celebrate 35 years of Glasgow’s toughest ‘tec with a screening of Taggart’s pilot episode. In September 1983, Glenn Chandler’s ‘Killer’ introduced viewers to grizzled Maryhill detective DCI Jim Taggart (Mark McManus) and his sidekick, DS Peter Livingstone (Alastair Duncan), as they investigate the murder of a number of young women. Suspects include a young Gerard Kelly in an early role. Taggart returned for a full series in 1985, with the character appearing in another 30 stories before McManus’ death in 1994. Witness the birth of a Glasgow legend in the company of cast and crew, followed by a Q&A.

Wed 26/09 | 7.15pm The Seamore Neighbourhood Cinema | £5 English language; no subtitles

The untold story of the B Movies that flourished under the brutal regime of race-segregation and political persecution. From the maker of 42nd Street Memories and American Grindhouse, Images of Apartheid uncovers the likes of Joe Bullet (1973), Fishy Stones (1979) and Umbango (1986), blaxploitation productions devised as entertainment for African natives forced into dilapidated townships. Producer/editor/ cinematographer Naomi Holwill joins us for a post screening Q&A. The screening is preceded at 6pm by Kinning Park Complex’s weekly pay-what-youwant community meal. Thurs 27/09 | 7.30pm Kinning Park Complex | Free/ticketed English language; no subtitles



A special secret screening to watch a film exploring the father-daughter relationship. About the film: A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO’s life coach. From frustration to personal development, the daughter’s journey is full of fun and tender moments. Located in Bucharest, Romania.

A free festival celebrating Scotland’s truly independent cinema. Independent cinema is Scotland’s screen success story and there is an ever-growing number of gallus filmmakers who let nothing stand in the way of their ambitions. For one weekend, a selection of these DIY feature films, representing the breadth of ingenuity which has come to define Scotland’s emerging micro budget film industry, will be presented for free. Solution orientated, with a punk rock attitude, making the most of modern digital technologies, these filmmakers will write their own pages in the future history of Scottish cinema.

Sat 29/09 | 6pm Secret location | Free/ticketed German language; English subtitles

Sat 29/09 + Sun 30/09 | 11am CCA | Free English language; no subtitles



World of Film Festival present a free film screening of current international short films followed by music from emerging DJs. WoFF want to give those artists a chance to play their sets after their screening so people can hang out and chat or have a wee boogie. The events can be attended separately or together. If you’re running late to the screening, don’t worry: WoFF will be happy to see you. It’s short films! You will still be able to watch something fab. Please do come in - nobody will shush you!

Amsterdam Vallon (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a young Irish immigrant released from prison. He returns to the Five Points seeking revenge against his father’s killer, William Cutting (Daniel Day-Lewis), a powerful anti-immigrant gang leader. He knows that revenge can only be attained by infiltrating Cutting’s inner circle. Amsterdam’s journey becomes a fight for personal survival and to find a place for the Irish people in 1860’s New York.

More information, including the full list of films screening, can be found at Sun 30/09 | 8pm Nice N Sleazy | Free/ticketed Various languages; Some English subtitles

Sun 30/09 | 8pm The Old Hairdressers | £7 English language; no subtitles

BeRwIcK BERWICK FILM & MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL Thursday 20th - Sunday 23rd September 2018 The Maltings Eastern Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1AJ Wheelchair access; accessible toilet; hearing loop +44 (0)1289 330999 Berwick is 45 minutes by train from Edinburgh and Newcastle. Full Pass: £35 Professional Accreditation: £25 Full pass with accommodation: £95 Full programme announced 24/08

SCREENING THE FOREST Sensory, colourful and widescreen, the forest is already naturally cinema. Taking nature as its point of departure, the programme weaves together forests from India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines, understanding it to be a network of living beings where agency distributes beyond human forms of life. This programme will include films by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Nguyen Trinh Thi and Naomi Kawase among others. Programme curated by Graiwoot Chulphongsathorn

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Los Otros is the Manila-based home of filmmakers Shireen Seno and John Torres. A studio, film laboratory, library and platform for live events, Los Otros is one of the most invigorating forces in Philippines cinema today. Shireen Seno and John Torres will be in Berwick to share a retrospective of their films, including the UK co-premiere of Seno’s second feature Nervous Translations. They will also host a seminar.

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival will present a new commission and first collaboration between Turner Prize-nominated artist Luke Fowler and acclaimed musician and sound recordist Chris Watson. Filmed over several seasons, it is a study in film and sound of two fortified towns; Berwick in the North-East of England and Pamplona in the Navarre region of the North of Spain.

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The commission is supported by LUMA Foundation and OUTSET Scotland.

WeSt lOtHiAn Hippodrome Cinema 10 Hope Street, Bo’ness EH51 0AA Wheelchair access, accessible toilet, hearing loop +44 (0)1324 506850

The Hippodrome Silent Film Festival or HippFest, is Scotland’s first and only festival celebrating silent film and live music. Its programme includes rare or unique silent screenings at the Hippodrome and other venues in Bo’ness, accompanied by live improvised music; new commissions, talks, workshops, and pop-up screenings. Taste of Silents is a short season introducing the rich and immersive world of silent film with live music – for anyone who loves movies and music.



With his third feature film, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, Alfred Hitchcock took a major step toward greatness and made what he would come to consider his true directorial debut. This haunting silent thriller tells the tale of a mysterious young man (matinee idol Ivor Novello) who takes up residence at a London boarding house just as a killer known as the Avenger descends upon the city, preying on blonde women. The film is accompanied by world renowned musician Stephen Horne. This event is part of Hippodrome Silent Film Festival’s Taste of Silents season.

One of the most revered comedies of the silent era, this film finds hapless Southern railroad engineer Johnny Gray (Buster Keaton) facing off against Union soldiers during the American Civil War. When Johnny’s fiancée, Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack), is accidentally taken away while on a train stolen by Northern forces, Gray pursues the soldiers, using various modes of transportation in comic action scenes that highlight Keaton’s boundless wit and dexterity. Accompanied by musician, broadcaster, writer and composer Neil Brand. This event is part of Hippodrome Silent Film Festival’s Taste of Silents season.

Sat 15/09 | 7.30pm Hippodrome Cinema | £13.50/11 Silent; English subtitles

Sat 29/09 | 7.30pm Hippodrome Cinema | £13.50/11 Silent; English subtitles

EdInBuRgH The ARtSTATION 42 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5LA No wheelchair access +44 (0)7737 021077

Leith Dockers Club 17-17a Academy St, Edinburgh EH6 7EE Wheelchair access; accessible toilet +44 (0)131 467 7879

Cameo Cinema 38 Home St, Edinburgh EH3 9LZ Limited wheelchair access; accessible toilet +44 (0) 871 902 5723

Norton Park Conference Centre 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh EH7 5QY Wheelchair access; accessible toilet; hearing loop +44 (0)131 475 2400

Gallery 23 23 Atholl Crescent, Edinburgh EH3 8HQ No wheelchair access +44 (0)131 229 1528

Summerhall Summerhall Place, Edinburgh EH9 1PL Limited wheelchair access; accessible toilet +44 (0)131 560 1580

Leith Depot 140 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5DT Wheelchair access +44 (0)131 555 4738

Tupiniquim Green Police Box, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9AU Wheelchair access +44 (0)7908 886184



The 8th Edinburgh Short Film Festival launches on Friday Oct 26th 2018 and as a preview they’re holding their official launch party to kick off Scalarama Edinburgh 2018. On the first day of autumn, in the wee pop-up Garden Cinema at the top of Middle Meadow Walk, the screening will be a mix of ESFF’s favourite shorts, from Swiss stopmotion, to award winning 2D animation (including the Oscar-nominated Fox & The Whale), as well as a healthy portion of Scottish drama and German romance. Expect music, nibbles, refreshments, relaxation and truly excellent cinema with ESFF.

Sat 01/09 | 7pm Tupiniquim | Free English, German language; Some English subtitles

A special film requires a special venue. Cinemaattic takes Justino to The Dockers. Justino, un asesino de la tercera edad (1994), a Spanish black comedy - or “esperpento” - that tells the story of a retired bullfighter (“puntillero” not “torero”, to be more precise) who begins a new career as a serial murderer. Cinemaattic use a venue that makes sense for a film like Justino, somewhere still authentic in a city that blindly embraces mass mainstream cultural offers, student dorms and luxury flats development projects. It was time to finally take Cinemaattic to The Dockers, the heart of Leith community. Sun 09/09 | 7pm Leith Dockers Club | £7 Spanish language; English subtitles

INTERVIEW: LA CUADRILLA Directors Santiago Aguilar and Luis Guridi (AKA La Cuadrilla) engaged with Spain’s vast tradition of black comedy, brimming with backwards glances and allusions to its rich heritage. Cinemaattic spoke to them ahead of a rare screening of their cult classic Justino: A Senior Citizen Killer. How does Justino connect with other Spanish black humour classics, like Berlanga’s Executioner or Fernan Gomez’s The Strange Voyage? Justino connects “umbilically” with The Executioner and The Strange Voyage through our admiration for these two duos of screenwriter-director who formed Rafael Azcona and Luis G Berlanga and Pedro Beltrán and Fernando Fernán-Gómez. I wish we were stuck with some of them... We always consider that the grotesque tragedy and the “Esperpento” were the two most thorough ways to understand (and laugh at) The Spanish. So in the case of Justino, a film that portrays the backroom of the bullfighting world, we found that that black comedy filiation would be the more coherent with our goal. Given the latest developments with pensions and our retirees in Spain. Do you think this movie is more valid now than ever? More valid, we do not know. Justino is an individualist in an individualistic society, as was the hangover of 1992. The current social mobilization around retirement pensions probably would have served to channel Justino’s aggressive spirit against conformity in a less drastic manner than choosing serial crime. If this mobilization, as is foreseeable, ends with no notable achievements, we will be again in a similar scenario that would inevitably drive to more people going for “I grab what I can” in the way Justino does. Can we talk about Justino, A Senior Citizen Killer as a road movie? We never thought of it as such. In fact, it ends where a road movie would start. Basically, it is a comedy with quite ‘mala leche’ [bad blood] on a character that is redeemed with the audience thanks to his friendship with the character of Sansoncito. What prevails of that society that we see in the film? I mean the increase in loneliness, especially in the elderly, and

the increase in the feeling of failure within a society increasingly obsessed with unattainable goals. This is increasing indeed due to the progressive ageing of the population and the precariousness in which we all move. Justino is thrown into a world that is not his own: it is the world of his children, the famous Spanish property bubble, new rich eager of triumph on the 90s. The reasons behind Justino’s actions were easy to be understood by us. However today, in a society with hardly a middle class, with a large mass of disadvantaged population regardless of their age, the line that separates “good and bad” is much more blurry, and would force us to be more thorough on our analysis. Is Justino a reflection on the damage that the evolution of our society brings about their individuals? We don’t pay that much attention into this. If the audience want to do it besides laughing, it won’t be us who tell them not to. Cinemaattic present JUSTINO, A SENIOR CITIZEN KILLER, Sun 09/09 at Leith Dockers Club, Edinburgh



Strangest Things Film Club presents one of the forgotten masterpieces of the Japanese New Wave. An engineer’s wife returns home with a lost teenager. A man posing as her dad tries to get her back, causing the engineer to recall his youth as a revolutionary, obscured by dreamlike disruptions of time and space, fantasy and reality. Expect gorgeous cinematography and much puzzlement.

Everyone’s favourite David-Lynch-and-gin-infused podcast, Welcome to Gin Peaks, is proud to present Lynch’s neo-noir masterpiece. Blue Velvet takes us into the strange town of Lumberton, as a pair of amateur detectives try to unravel the mystery behind a severed ear. Their investigation takes them into the depths of the small logging town and reveals the dark layers of small town idealism. This screening also includes a free gin and tonic, and will give the viewers the opportunity to hangout after and enjoy free cherry pie to music from David Lynch works.

Mon 10/09 | 7pm Leith Depot | £6/4 Japanese language; English subtitles

Thurs 13/09 | 7.30pm Leith Depot | £8 English language; no subtitles



Turkey’s lack of copyright law lead to some inventive, creative inspiring films that are the subject of the documentary Remake, Remix, Rip-Off. Forced frugality leads to some ingenious solutions that will surely inspire modern filmmakers. Following the documentary will be a FREE midnight showing of Turkish Star Wars, which has to be seen to be believed.

Arunas Zebriunas’ Paskutine atostogu diena is a Soviet drama based on a story by Yuri Nagibin. The Girl and The Echo depicts a young girl Vika enjoying the last days of summer vacations in a sea resort somewhere in the south.

Fri 14/09 | 10pm Cameo Cinema | £12.20/conc. + Free Turkish language; English subtitles

17/09 | 7.30pm Simon Brand’s home | Free/ticketed Lithuanian language; English subtitles

Radical Home Cinema is an experimental programming and exhibition event where film lovers invite you to watch films in their homes or private spaces.

CINETOPIA: PIONEERS & PRESERVERS An evening of films that celebrates the earliest pioneers of cinema and the people who tirelessly work to preserve and share these films with others. The programme will begin with short films from the early period of cinema followed by a discussion on how films were both filmed and exhibited differently at the time. This short film programme will be followed by the feature-length documentary, Saving Brinton, a film that follows the efforts of a passionate Iowa-based collector, Michael Zahs, who fell upon a century-old collection of extremely rare films originally owned by turn-of-the-century traveling projectionists, Frank and Indiana Brinton.

CURIOUS CAT CINEMA CLUB: A HARD DAY’S NIGHT To echo the restoration of Yellow Submarine earlier this June, there’s more of The Beatles coming in September! A Hard Day’s Night to start with on Friday 21st: to see where it all began, to get ourselves into the pure black and white mischief and celebrate life. This screening will also mark the beginning of Curious Cat | Cinema Club - a small, new independent film club in Haymarket, an odd cinephile’s bunker, a cosy retreat for those who share a passion for earthly, atmospheric and visually bewitching cinema that never fails to surprise.

20/09 | 7pm Gallery 23 | £5/4 English language; No subtitles

21/09 | 7pm The ARtSTATION| £5 English language; No subtitles



Curious Cat is making its opening party with Across the Universe – featuring 33 Beatles compositions, it is one of the most polarising musicals ever made. The urban legend says Paul McCartney loved it. Curious Cat undoubtedly does and invites you all for a sing-along, heaps of colour, explosive strawberries, rock’n’roll frenzy and an unforgettable psychedelic dream. Bring all the love you can carry – because love is all you need.

The question at the heart of Ôtez-moi d’un doute by writer-director Carine Tardieu is, “You can’t choose who your parents are – or can you?” Out of the conundrum, the director turns in a sharp and funny comedy with two interconnected stories. A widowed father discovers that his own dad may not be his biological one and his budding love interest may actually be his sister. Featuring an excellent cast lead by François Damiens and Cécile de France, this Cannes Directors’ Fortnight entry from earlier in the year juggles issues with a light and intelligent touch.

22/09 | 7pm The ARtSTATION | £5 English language; No subtitles

30/09 | 5pm Summerhall | £7/5 French language; English subtitles

REEL GIRL FILM CLUB: SMITHEREENS Reel Girl Film Club celebrates women behind and in front of the camera, through an exciting series of screenings - inclusive, friendly and open to all. Susan Seidelman’s electrifying debut Smithereens is about the misadventures of Wren, a self-obsessed young girl from New Jersey who comes to New York City seeking fame within the East Village punk scene. With a lively, raw soundtrack from The Feelies and supporting performance from Voidoids frontman Richard Hell, this classic of American independent cinema is not to be missed! This screening will also feature music from a live punk band, complimentary popcorn and snacks.

30/09 | 7.30pm Norton Park Conference Centre | ÂŁ7/5 English language; No subtitles

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ATLAS Arts Skye Gathering Hall basement, Bank Street, Portree, Isle of Skye IV51 9BZ No wheelchair access +44 (0)1470 582410 Dunvegan Castle Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, IV55 8WF IV55 8WF Limited wheelchair access, accessible toilet +44 (0)1470521206

The Muir Hub Great N Rd, Muir of Ord IV6 7UA Wheelchair access +44 (0)1463 870588 The Old Brewery Burnside Place, Cromarty IV11 8XQ Wheelchair access +44 (0)1381600354

Eden Court Theatre Bishops Rd, Inverness IV3 5SA Wheelchair access, accessible toilet, hearing loop +44 (0)1463 234234

EDEN COURT: IF…. In 1968, Lindsay Anderson’s If…. threw a firecracker at the British establishment. Malcolm McDowell is iconic as a young rebel subverting the rule of his authoritarian masters at a bullying public school in this Palme D’or-winning modern classic. 50 years on from it’s original release, Anderson’s anarchic vision of British society continues to resonate.

Mon 03/09 | 8pm Eden Court Theatre | £6 English language; no subtitles

ATLAS ARTS: BOMBSHELL, THE HEDY LAMARR STORY + SHORTS To mark the centenary of some women receiving the right to vote in the UK, ATLAS is holding a series of events, with a focus addressing gender imbalance and recognising women of Skye. As part of this, ATLAS will host a night of cinema at Dunvegan Castle, with the theme of pioneering creative women. Films screened include Alice Guy-Blaché’s 1896 landmark La Fée aux Choux (The Cabbage Fairy), Celine Duval’s L’Edifice Ephemere, Akosua Adoma Owusu’s Mahogany Too and Alexandra Dean’s 2018 documentary Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story.

Wed 05/09 | 7pm Dunvegan Castle | Free English language; no subtitles



This absorbing documentary from Thomas Riedelsheimer immerses the viewer in Andy Goldsworthy’s sideways view of the world as he creates art in natural settings using materials such as driftwood, ice, mud, leaves, and stones. Ahead of the release of Riedelsheimer’s new film Leaning into the Wind (in which he revisits the artist at work) this 2002 documentary captures both art and artist with breathtaking imagery.

Laurie Anderson – artist, composer, musician and filmmaker – reflects on the deaths of her husband, mother, beloved dog and subjects such as family memories, surveillance, and Buddhist teachings. Written, directed and scored by Anderson, it’s an extraordinary journey.

Mon 10/09 | 6.15pm Eden Court Theatre | Free English language; no subtitles

Mon 17/09 | 8.30pm Eden Court Theatre | £6 English language; No subtitles



To celebrate Margaret Tait’s centenary, ATLAS will present a selection of her films in a special one-off screening. The works show the breadth of her practice from experiments with painting directly onto film stock in works such as Calypso (1955) to Portrait of Ga (1952) where Tait creates a personal biography of her mother and life in Orkney where she grew up. As part of the event, April (2018) by Sarah Forrest will also be screened. Forrest was the recipient of the Margaret Tait Award in 2017/18 and was the winner of the inaugural Margaret Tait Residency in 2012.

Wed 19/09 | 7pm ATLAS Arts | Free English language; No subtitles

The Florida Project tells the story of a precocious six year-old and her ragtag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure while the adults around them struggle with hard times. Painted in bright blocks of sunlit colour like a child’s storybook, it is a glorious film in which warmth and compassion win out over miserabilism or irony. Willem Dafoe is brilliant but the show is stolen by wonderfully natural performances from the children.

Thurs 20/09 | 8pm The Old Brewery | £6 English language; No subtitles

#ScreenedByWomen With the recent announcement of this year’s Venice Film Festival came the not necessarily surprising but still shocking news that only one out of the 21 films in competition is directed by a woman. Alberto Barbera, head of the festival, responded to anger over the massively-off gender balance by saying, “Venice can’t do anything about that. It’s not up to us to change the situation.” Barbera is wrong. Representation of women in film is an issue concerned not just with what we see on screen, or who has been or is able to partake in the production process, but with who is deciding which films are seen. It is something that can, and should, be changed. It is then up to programmers - as much as it is those who commision, fund and facilitate the making of films - to address the balance of gender that we see on screen. Throughout Scalarama’s Scottish calendar, the imprint of women programmers is evident, with 25% of the 56 screenings across the country featuring films directed by women, but we still have men writing about women in film for our national marketing. Scalarama should be a network to facilitate the bettering of gender representation by supporting new and existing women programmers to present work that they think people should see. However, whilst partnerships with #DirectedbyWomen may be mentioned on the website and exist as a tag to sieve through the national events listings, there is still a long way to go. The importance of women programming and screening films goes beyond simply upping the number of women-directed films. Just as women being able to see themselves on film is an important battle - one which is still being fiercely fought - so too is women being able to see themselves in the industry as a whole. Rewriting the cis-white-male canon of film extends past the borders of a cinema screen, and in Scotland alone there are a number of organisations and groups, Reel Girl Film Club, She’s En Scene and Femspectives included, leading the charge for change. And although these organisations and groups have particular interest in screening films by women, and expanding audiences of women, there are many other women programmers. Women who programme and screen films are not only giving their audiences new films but a new way of seeing film - myself included, with Harold and Maude, as well as the excellent Southern Exposure, Hippodrome

Silent Film Festival, and Curious Cat Cinema Club. New to Scalarama this year, ISO Design is not only hosting a women-oriented double-bill but are also giving their venue over to She’s En Scene and Southern Exposure. Without women programmers, the diversity and authenticity of stories on screen, as they relate to women, would suffer even worse than they do now. Films directed by women tell films with a woman’s voice, and similarly films programmed by women, women-directed or not, frame stories through a woman’s lense. She’s En Scene hosting of community screenings, followed by discussions exclusively for those who identify as a woman or as non-binary, is the perfect example of women taking action to actively rebalance the representation of women on and through film. If a one-woman organisation in Govan can do it, then so should major film festivals. The landscape of film programming won’t change over night. Venice is but one of the major European festivals failing to champion women’s stories and, in doing so, failing women both in and out of the industry. But, with so many passionate women behind the camera, it’s only right that equally passionate women are taking up the challenge to make sure their creations are seen, putting themselves on the front lines of the battle for better representation for women across the industry. Megan Mitchell

MWM presents HAROLD AND MAUDE, Tues 25/09 at The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow



Gillo Pontecorvo’s stunning 1966 recreation of the closing years of French colonial rule in Algeria takes the perspective of both the guerilla revolutionaries and the French authorities. One of the finest war films ever made, this explosive masterpiece remains essential big screen viewing.

Bring a bottle of your favourite wine and enjoy this feel good rom-com from director Ridley Scott. Russell Crowe stars as an investment broker whose life is changed when he inherits his uncle’s vineyard in Provence.

Mon 24/09 | 6.15pm Eden Court Theatre | £6 Arabic/French language; English subtitles

Fri 28/09 | 7.30pm The Muir Hub | £6.50 English language; no subtitles

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THE LESSON Tues 04/09 | 8.30pm Screen Machine, Liniclate | £5/3 Bulgarian language; English subtitles

MONSIEUR HULOT’S HOLIDAY Tues 16/09 | 5.30pm Screen Machine, Port Ellen | £5/3 French language; English subtitles

CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 Sun 23/09 | 5.30pm Screen Machine, Brodick | £5/3 French language; English subtitles

THINGS TO COME Sun 30/09 | 5.30pm Screen Machine, Lochgilphead | £5/3 French language; English subtitles

We in the Screen Machine team know that some of our audience want to see a broader range of films, so alongside our usual programme, between August - October this year we’re bringing six different films to six different locations. Each film has been chosen specially by six members of the Screen Machine team. This is an outstanding selection of international titles spanning decades, a variety of genres and innovative filmmaking styles. We’ve delved deep into our fondest memories of cinema-going to choose films that inspire, challenge and entertain. These are films we love - we hope you’ll love them too. All films with English subtitles. Screen Machine has wheelchair access. Please see for more info. For hearing aid users, we have a personal inductive neckloop facility, If you would find this facility useful, please ask the operator or usher when you arrive. Tell us what you think of Films We Love! We’ll listen to all the feedback on this project and use it to inform our future programmes: Facebook /screenmachine | Twitter @screen_machine Instagram @screenmachine | email

ScAlArAmA all ticket links via Sean Welsh Glasgow Co-ordinator / design Sarah Nisbet Edinburgh Co-ordinator Neil Hepburn Highlands & Islands Co-ordinator Contact

Want to transform where you live into a mecca of cinema-loving action? Scalarama is the best place to start. Scalarama can happen everywhere, in its mission to “Fill the World with Cinemas.” Since 2011, Scalarama has taken place in over 200 different cities, towns and villages in several countries. Over the years, local clusters of exhibitors have grouped together in cities to plan their September events in advance – sharing information on venues and equipment, knowledge, friendship and encouragement, as well as making sure events try not to overlap or take place at the same time. Marketing, promotion, design, social media and programming happens locally, with a central support team organising nationwide partnerships and publicity. It’s not just cities – many town and villages have seen Scalarama events take place in local cinemas, community centres, parks. You just need to find local like-minded cinema enthusiasts and Scalarama [insert place name here] is go. If you want to organise a local Scalarama, drop the central support team an email so they can let you know what is involved.

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