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As the long forgotten DEATH WATCH returns to the big screen at GFF, we examine its connection with Glasgow WORDS: ALAN BETT SOMETIMES IT is not the pioneers who are most lauded. They take the first tentative step forward before being trampled. This seems to be the case with Death Watch, Bertrand Tavernier’s Glasgow-set nightmare. In 1980 he predated Videodrome and The Truman Show with this futuristic tale of a dark, manipulative media feeding its voyeuristic public. The film was quietly and criminally forgotten until now. Harvey Keitel stars as a reporter working for a sinister TV company who implant a camera in his eye. His task is to film the final days of a dying woman (Romy Schneider) for an audience far removed from mortality because of medical advances. Her rare journey towards death seems to invoke thanatos, Freud’s death instinct. Their emotionally-starved lives yearn for the hurtful reality of her passing. From behind a two-way mirror Roddy (Keitel) and Vincent (Harry Dean Stanton)
delight in the fact that she has clear, honest features, her expressions easy to read. There was no narrative need for Death Watch to be filmed in Glasgow; it seems to be a decision made purely on visual merit. The city in the late 1970s fits the story, where desolation of the soul was made tangible through a mixture of cold Gothic eloquence and urban decay. Just as New York in the 80s made a cheap postapocalyptic set for The Bronx Warriors features, and whose reality shocked further in the 1979 documentary 80 Blocks from Tiffany’s, the industrially broken Glasgow of the 70s needed little make-up to become a futuristic state of perdition. Tavernier provides an interesting commentary on human emotion sculpted by science and technology. The public are fed processed pain through the cathode tube of television. The
terminal Katherine even programmes computers to simulate passion. Anthony Burgess cast his eye upon this conundrum even earlier. “Who ever heard of a clockwork orange?” asked Alex in the dystopian 1962 novel. Death Watch predicted a future where we are all such mechanical fruit. GFF provides a great opportunity to watch a film that has laid dormant under our noses for so long. It is both poetic and punishing, challenging the viewer with more subtlety than a Haneke or Noé. The film’s Glasgowbased distributor Park Circus explained their wish to support a rich legacy of Scottish film. They see Death Watch as “one of those mad, rare and brilliant cult sci-fi films that people who have seen it are not sure whether they actually saw or just dreamt up...To premiere anywhere else but the Glasgow Film Festival would be a terrible faux pas.”
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DON OF THE DREAD
With the content of UMBERTO’s special performance still shrouded in mystery, we talk to CRY PARROT’s FIELDING HOPE about their collaboration for GMFF INTERVIEW: CHRIS BUCKLE
EVIDENCE 11.00 @ GFT Anyone who thinks the ‘found footage’ genre is dead, think again. This UK premiere first thing in the morning sets the tone for the rest of FrightFest’s Saturday line-up: terrifying. RITES OF SPRING 15.30 @ GFT Also showing as part of FrightFest is this horror, weaving two seemingly unrelated stories together. First time director Padraig Reynolds will be in attendance.
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FILMG 14.45 @ CCA A sneak peek at some of the shortlisted films of the Gaelic short film competition in advance of the awards ceremony in March. Several filmmakers, as yet unnanounced, will be attending. GENE KELLY CEILIDH & BRIGADOON 19.00 @ ST ANDREWS IN THE SQUARE Grab a whisky, watch a movie, eat some food and dance the night away at this ceilidh, featuring a live band. Novices need not fear, a caller will also be on hand.
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LAST SUMMER, Fielding Hope of Glasgow-based DIY promoters Cry Parrot found himself discussing horror film music with instrumentalist Umberto, over from Kansas City for a sold-out show at the 13th Note. Umberto, real name Matt Hill, is something of an aficionado: both his albums to date, From the Grave and Prophecy of the Dark Widow, slice up and cannibalise the synth-heavy soundtrack stylings of niche icons like Lucio Fulci and Dario Argento, to electrifyingly creepy effect. “For some of Umberto’s performances in the States he would use cut-up footage of vintage horror flicks,” says Hope, “but when he told me he hadn’t actually composed any specific film soundtrack before, I asked him what his feelings were on doing something as part of the Glasgow Music and Film Festival… Personally I think he’s got lots of potential doing this sort of thing.” From there, plans were made to bring the ‘don of the dread’ back to Glasgow for a very special performance: a newly-composed score for
a secret film of his choice, to take place in a no-doubt fog-filled SWG3 (the 13th Note show was apparently “a little damaging on everybody’s lungs, what with the amount of smoke machine abuse that was going on”). The show is one of several horrorrelated events at this year’s GMFF, and with the festival’s 2011 edition similarly nightmarish thanks to Italian giallo soundtrack titans Goblin, we ask Hope whether he thinks the genre naturally lends itself to music/film crossover events. “There’s no doubt the horror genre can raise some interesting discussions in terms of its connection with music,” agrees Hope. “As part of my dissertation in university I researched the psychological effect of sound, and how certain volumes, frequencies and timbres can have a profound impact on viewers. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why horror works so well in a live environment; its dynamics can keep an audience stimulated, excited and of course, scared!” While Umberto is uniquely qualified for scoring old-school horror, we
ask Hope who else he’d love to hear take on the task. “I think my favourite horror film ever has to be Halloween,” he says, “but personally I wouldn’t want to hear a single change to the soundtrack! In a dream-world, if Demdike Stare and Lightning Bolt were somehow able to collaborate, I’d love to hear what they’d come up with for Evil Dead 2.” Even in concept form, the combination is nerve-shredding. Tonight marks Cry Parrot’s second collaboration with the GMFF, and it’s a partnership Hope is keen to continue, citing the organisers’ open-minded approach, which permits “free reign to be as creative as possible” with programming. “It’s a brilliant platform for interesting smaller acts to attract a completely different audience and to try something refreshing and new,” he says of the festival’s potential for boundary-crossing. “And,” he hints promisingly, “I’ve still got lots of fairly ambitious ideas for the festival that I’d like to carry through with in the future.” Anyone got Lightning Bolt’s number? SCREENING 25 FEB AT SWG3
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REVIEWS ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA DIRECTOR: NURI BILGE CEYLAN STARRING: MUHAMMET UZUNER, YILMAZ ERDOGAN, TANER BIRSEL, AHMET MÜMTAZ TAYLAN, FIRAT TANIS
★★★ Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is a film of two halves, and regrettably, one half is so much richer than the other, which leaves Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s latest picture feeling rather unbalanced. The first half of this unusual procedural is rapturous filmmaking, as a group of police officers, a doctor and a murder suspect search for a body that is buried somewhere in the Anatolian mountains. The arduous night-time search is rendered hypnotic by Ceylan’s immaculate framing and Gökhan Tiryaki’s breathtaking use of light, and also by the witty,
perceptive script, which is brought to life by a cluster of neatly underplayed performances. The film reaches its apotheosis in a magical sequence, in which the men are served tea by a beautiful woman who appears like an angel, but the film never really recovers from this astonishing high. As the sun rises on Ceylan’s film, it seems to lose its way, and the climactic hour is a deflating slog that fails to build upon what went before. [Philip Concannon] SCREENING 25 FEB AT GFT
THE RAID DIRECTOR: GARETH EVANS STARRING: IKO UWAIS, DONI ALAMSYAH, YAYAN RUHAIN
★★★★ Unlikely pairings can be perfect. Indonesian film The Raid centres around a police bust in a large tower block filled with criminals, guns, and machetes; unlikely fare from a Welsh director. Though its opening action sequences are dangerously close to Zack Snyder’s brand of super-slo-mo gun porn, as the regression of weaponry continues from bullets to blades, each impersonal gunshot becomes as intimate as a knife wound. Once this seemingly endless array of arsenal is finally depleted, then the fun really begins. Ostensibly SWAT training in Jakarta must include a course in silat, the Indonesian martial art, or perhaps these bobbies just got lucky when they hired some of its deadliest practitioners. For the sake of balance the criminals have a few strong combatants of their own: one in particular, known as ‘Mad Dog’ (Yayan Ruhian), is like a pint-sized Goro from Mortal Kombat, but deadlier and with less arms. A surreal, gritty, ultraviolent treat sure to have FrightFest fans salivating and high kicking in the aisles. [David McGinty] SCREENING 25 FEB AT GFT AS PART OF FRIGHTFEST
VIVIENNE WESTWOOD: DO IT YOURSELF! DIRECTOR: LETMIYA SZTALRYD STARRING: VIVIENNE WESTWOOD
★ “I love crap” is a phrase splashed across Vivienne Westwood’s baby grows and kids t-shirts, aiming to raise awareness of the dangers of consumer culture. In that case, she’d love this film. The primary downfall of Do It Yourself! is the filmmaker’s obvious awe of her subject matter. Following the ‘British Queen of Fashion’ for a
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year – or, more accurately, during the preparation of two shows and one diabolical live performance – one is not given insight into Westwood’s life or work, but rather subjected to it. Early scenes of the designer at work provide a nice tableau, but behind the carefully set scene her assistant director, Andreas, organises the chaos
she leaves behind. The selection of behind-the-scenes footage is choppy and little is shown of the fashion shows themselves, making for a disappointing lack of action disguised by a loud array of clashing musical refrains. [Nicola Balkind] SCREENED 24 FEB AT CCA
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WHAT’S NEW ONLINE QUIZ TIME ELECTRIC MAN Ian Sandwell of Screen Daily reports on the screening of “charmingly witty” low-budget film Electric Man and the Q&A featuring director David Barras and several cast-members. http://bit.ly/ElectricMan PSYCHOCINEMATIC STV meets with members of OV and the Psychogeographical Commission to discuss their special live performance as part of GMFF, inspired by magick and the occult. http://bit.ly/Psychocinematic UP THERE Milo, of the Clear Minded Creative, interviews Zam Salim, director of offbeat comedy Up There, to discuss Kafka, YouTube and whether a film about the
afterlife has to be morbid. http://bit.ly/ClearMindedCreative NIGHT IS DAY GFF blogger Sean Welsh talks to Fraser Coull, director of ultra-lowbudget local film Night is Day, on the controversy surrounding his film’s inclusion in the programme. http://bit.ly/zVR7s3 CINESKINNY theskinny.co.uk/cineskinny
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Published on Feb 25, 2012
Alan Bett examines Death Watch's Glasgow connection. Chris Buckle talks to Cry Parrot's Fielding Hope. Reviews of The Raid, Vivienne Westwoo...