Tagged: Glasgow Music & Film Festival 2011

Ivory Tower

If you aren’t familiar with Chilly Gonzales then there is no way for me to really sum him up in a few sentences. Pianist, rapper, producer, ‘holder of the worlds longest solo piano recital’, he has now turned his hand to acting with the release of his film ‘ Ivory Tower’, an existential sports comedy about a brotherly rivalry both on the chessboard and off.

Described by producer Adam Traynor as “a Tour de Force, a Rocky inspired sports parody”, Gonzo has called on some friends and previous collaborators to

star in the film. His brother is played by Tiga and the love interest Marsha, is played by Peaches. Also, look out for Feist, her of Broken Social Scene and Apple advert fame.

The accompanying album Ivory Tower is a bona fide belter too. Here’s a wee taster with the video for I Am Europe.

Ivory Tower plays at the Glasgow Film Festival this weekend on Feb 26th and 27th, more info and tickets can be found here.

GFF 2011

Amidst all that was happening last week I managed to swiftly swoop by the Glasgow Film Festival launch.  I’ve been trying to find time to write about the multitude of programmed talkies that will be showing since Wednesday’s event but between gigs and Elba’s premiere DJ appearance at the most excellent and packed Barmellodie gig it has been rather tricky.  On the other hand, I am glad to have had time to digest the full brochure which is full and varied featuring plentiful picks for both cinephiles and music lovers alike. The two are intrinsically linked after all.


Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) 2011 returns for its seventh year with film and events spread throughout fifteen venues across the city from 17-27 February.  The festival is broken down into a number of strands which this year include amongst them the Glasgow Music and Film Festival, Glasgow Short Film Festival, Frightfest, Fashion in Film, Superheroes in Glasgow, European Cinema, Great Scots and Stranger Than Fiction, to name a mere handful.  The titles of these clearly suggest the cinematic subject and I urge you to take a look at these in full on the GFF site.

The Glasgow Music and Film Festival live events we have already nudged you encouragingly towards, and the announcement of the full GFF programme brings some great additions.  The strand will feature screenings of Swedish radical musical Sound of Noise; Danny O’Connor’s documentary of the rise and fall of “the UK’s most inspired and dissolute label” – Upside Down: The Creation Records Story; Céline Danhier’s Blank City – a suitable visual accompaniment for the No Wave enthusiast, it being a documentary charting No Wave Cinema and The Cinema of Transgression in New York City circa 1977 to 1987 (though it should be noted that this is not heavy on music content).

The world premiere of You Instead will take place on Friday 25 February, a romantic comedy from David Makenzie which was filmed in a revolutionary style over a mere five days – in real time – at T in the Park 2010. You Instead is included in the Great Scots category but I thought it would be worth a mention.  I might be a raging audiophile and cinema snob but at heart I love a good rom-com and recently was referred to by Phil as ‘elba’s dodgy pop music aficionado.’ So be it!

Another premiere that the festival has under its likely straining belt, as part of the delicious and disquieting FrightFest, is Hobo With a Shotgun.  The film features Rutger Hauer as the title lead, a vigilante homeless man dealing out vengance. Filmmaker Jason Eisener won SXSW’s Grindhouse competition with his original fake trailer and now presents a full length production.

The final part I wish to touch on, as the nerd in me just cannot let this post pass without mentioning it, is the Mark Millar curated ‘Superheroes in Glasgow’ section.  As well as a number of appropriate cult superhero films writer Mark Miller will present, alongside other special guests, a series of ‘access the industry’ events.  From workshops to a discussion with Dave Gibbons, this is looking like a fascinating delve into the world of graphic novels.

The full brochure can be viewed online, picked up at the GFT (and the usual haunts in Glasgow) or can even be sent directly to your door! There are further GFF announcements to be made in the build up to the Opening Gala so be sure to subscribe to the newsletter if you do request a brochure.

Glasgow Film Festival 2011 – Music & Film

Happy New Year to you all.  We have not really departed over the festive period so, rather than catch you up on the few days where we managed to shut up(!), let’s instead charge on with this brand spanking new year and all that it has to offer.

What better way to do this than to give you details of the Glasgow Music & Film Festival 2011, which is returning for this its third year in February.  Co-curated by film buffs and music geeks from Glasgow Film Festival and the Arches, a series of one off events combining audio and visuals  are presented for your immersion.  The line up is looking intense with Goblin, Zombie Zombie, 65daysofstatic, Davie Scott, Duglas T Stewart, Lucky Dragons and many more being selected to interpret, rework and pay homage to films such as The Wicker Man, Battleship Potemkin and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Alongside the live programme of music a series of documentaries will feature as part of the festival. Details of these will be announced along with the full Glasgow Film Festival line-up on 19 January 2011.

Giddy yet?  The Zombie Zombie Battleship Potemkin event as well as the 65daysofstatic soundscape for Douglas Trumbull’s science fiction classic Silent Running look unmissable. Goblin, masters of horror scoring (think Argento and Dawn of the Dead), will mess with your equilibrium to no end. These alone would be enough to please even the most discerning film and music connoisseur and yet the programme continues to tease with pieces of Morricone and more.

65DAYSOFSTATIC, The Arches, Sat 19 & Sun 20 February, 7.30pm, £10

Gary Lucas, Monday 21 February, O2 ABC, Mon 21 February, 8pm, £15

NYOS Futures: Vanishing Boundaries, The Arches, Mon 21, 8pm, £9/£6

Lucky Dragons: No Boundaries, No Hierarchies, The Arches: Tues 22, 7.30pm, £7

Zombie Zombie: Battleship Potemkin, The Arches, 23 Feb, 7.30pm, £10

The Memory Band: The Wicker Man, The Arches, Thurs 24 Feb. 7.30pm, £6

Goblin, The Arches, Friday 25, 7pm, £24

David Scott, Duglas T Stewart & Friends: Mondo Morricone, The Arches, Sat 26, 7.30pm, £15

All shows listed are on sale now and can be purchased via the GFT Box Office (0141 332 6535), The Arches Box Office (0141 565 1000) or for the Gary Lucas show from the O2 Academy Box Office (0844 477 2000).