Burns Night, Filmspot style!

Hello Filmspotters!

With Burns Night tomorrow, we thought we’d bring you a blog with some recommended viewing that Rabbie would approve of (maybe…) – so here’s just a few of our favourite films with a distinctly Scottish flavour…

Small Faces [1996]

Set in Glasgow in the 1960s, this coming of age drama came out around the time of Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting. Gorgeously shot, well written and finely acted, the film stands up well to the test of time – 20 years later, it’s well worth a revisit (or a discovery if you haven’t seen it already!)

Gregory’s Girl [1981]

Our love of Bill Forsyth’s Gregory’s Girl has been well documented on this blog before. Uplifting and rather wry in a way you wouldn’t expect from a film about teenagers set in a secondary school. It’s also now deliciously dated – in a very endearing way!

Whisky Galore [1949]

No Scottish film list would be complete without the Ealing Comedy, Whisky Galore! Focussing on a group of wily islanders in the outer Hebrides who have an unexpected windfall in the shape of 50,000 cases of whisky from the wreck on a sinking freighter – a battle of wits ensures between the island inhabitants and a stuffy English captain of the homeguard, who wants to confiscate the loot!

Under the Skin [2014]

An unexpected entry on the list, but Jonathan Glazer’s tale of an alien disguised as a woman, who preys on unexpected Scotsmen from a transit van, somehow captures Glasgow in its vibrant, rackety glory.

Red Road [2006]

Definitely not a film for the faint of heart, but Andrea Arnold’s gritty Red Road is a stark thriller that feels undeniably Scottish. Partially shot on the now demolished Red Road estate in Glasgow, the film was filmed in Dogme 95 style, using handheld cameras and natural light. Although bleak in concept and story, the film ends with a feeling of redemption.

For a bonus, just thought we had better mention Sunshine on Leith [2013], featuring the songs of the Proclaimers, Mrs Filmspot has yet to inflict this upbeat musical on Mr Filmspot.

…and so, with that all that remains is to pour yourself a wee dram and have a very cosy Burns Night!

We’ll be back later this week with a big update – and details of our first exciting Filmspot event for 2016!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, Filmspotters! We have a very exciting year ahead with some new venues and exciting ventures planned. We’re currently working on a brand new website, and a new ticketing system so soon you’ll be able to buy tickets for most of our events over the web. Final versions of two of our workshop films will also be launched online shortly.

We have some great events already booked, including a special charity dance screening of Jacob Krupnick’s debut feature, ‘Girl Walk // All Day’ at Alive Fitness in Brighton; and a gala performance of ‘A Cottage on Dartmoor’ with Joss Peach performing his own score of the film, live, at the stunning All Saints Chapel, Eastbourne. More details on both of these screenings – and more – to come later in the year.

We thought we’d kick off the year with a cinematic party, though! So, here are some picks of our favourite parties on film:

Labyrinth

We thought we’d start with every 80s child’s dream: Jim Henson puppets made to Brian Froud’s magical designs, Jennifer Connolly in a big ball gown with even bigger hair… and David Bowie in spandex. What more could anybody in their right mind want or need?

Dazed and Confused

Richard Linklater, one of our favourite directors, is responsible for one of the finest coming of age films. Set on the first day, and night, of summer vacation in 1976 for the kids at Lee High School in Austin, Texas, it follows their revelry to an impromptu keg party, which looks pretty much as any get-together with practically an entire school’s worth of kids would look.

Mood Indigo

L’Ecume Des Jours – Dance scence from Barazzi on Vimeo.

Another of director Michel Gondry’s cinematic daydreams, based on the book ‘L’Ecume Des Jours’ by Boris Vian, ‘Mood Indigo’ features some impressive dance moves…

Mad Monster Party

Ok, so this isn’t exactly a ‘classic’, but it is silly and fun… and has some delightfully stiff stop motion dancing!

All About Eve

I think any party featuring the razor-tongued Bette Davies warning attendees to ‘fasten your seat belts’ would qualify as one to go to….

Well, whatever you were doing for New Year, we hope you had a great one – and are sending you all our best wishes for the new year ahead: maybe we’ll see you soon at one of our screenings!