The Southside Film Festival comes back to Glasgow for the eighth year running this June, with a full programme of excellent and eclectic films from the 1st to the 3rd of the month. With 2018 designated as the Year of Young People by the Scottish Government, Southside has decided to follow suit, choosing a plethora of engaging films for, about and programmed by the young whipper-snappers amongst us.
Things get kicked off with a screening of 80s throwback Wild Style, the seminal hip-hop classic featuring breakdancing, graffiti and an astounding cameo from legend of the genre Grandmaster Flash. The screening takes place at Kinning Park Complex at 8pm and will be accompanied by a live DJ and street art session. Also on Friday, The Glad Café hosts a double header of Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise (experimental documentary concerning the legacy of Hiroshima, soundtracked by Mogwai) and Benchmark 6 (fictional documentary imagining a catastrophic incident with Britain’s Trident missiles).
Day two of the fest starts with a bang, as Langside Church Hall welcomes kids and adults alike to come along to a 9.30am PJ-friendly screening of Sing, with attendees invited roll straight out bed and into this sing-along fun session. Other family-friendly treats on the Saturday include Wes Anderson’s delightful stop-motion adaptation of Fantastic Mr Fox and the wonderful whimsy of Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Meanwhile, Oscar winner Get Out and the cult classic John Carpenter horror The Fog are among the highlights for an adult audience later on in the evening.
The final day sees a brace of kid-friendly capers in the star-studded blockbuster Paddington 2 and the beautifully understated Oscar nominee My Life as a Courgette. Other big hitters on Sunday include François Truffaut’s 1959 classic The 400 Blows and Aussie nail-biter/hackle-raiser/head-scratcher Picnic at Hanging Rock. Finally, there’s plenty of support for fresh meat too, with a debut airing of the homegrown no-budget comedy Starcache and the annual institution that is the Southside Filmmakers Award, which showcases the best short movies made in the area.