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Jauja Programme Note for GFT

April 18, 2015


Jauja (Dir. Lisandro Alonso, 2014) is screening at GFT until Thursday 23rd April. My accompanying programme note will be available at screenings – the physical copy is a little edited for space (though not by me and I’m a little scared to check it); you can download it here. Alternatively, the full, unedited version is on GFT’s blog, here. GFT archives all its programme notes online here.

By the way, if you have any thoughts on Jauja or my note, I’d love to hear them – post a comment here or on GFT’s blog (or you can even email me here).

ZINE: Physical Impossibility #3: Copywrongs

March 28, 2015

Physical Impossibility #3: Copywrongs, cover illustration by Valpuri Karinen

The next issue of the Physical Impossibility zine is all about Copywrongs, and features writing and art inspired by films which have flaunted copyright in one way or another. Films like FW Murnau’s Nosferatu, which barely survived being wiped from history by court order, Never Say Never Again, the rogue “unofficial” Bond remake which brought Sean Connery back to the role, or the legendary classic of Turkish remakesploitation, Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam AKA Turkish Star Wars, which back-projected clips from Star Wars in lieu of expensive special effects.

Turkish Star Wars

Lobby card for Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam, AKA Turkish Star Wars (Çetin Inanç, 1982)

The 24-page zine features new and exclusive writing by Nicola Balkind, Ryan Balmer, Ian Dunn, Craig McClure, Paul McGarvey, Harriet Warman and Sean Welsh alongside beautiful illustrations by Jon Adam, Emily Chappell, Peony Gent, Ken Da Koalah, Valpuri Karinen, Claudia Nova, L See and Drew Walker.

The zine will be available from various stockists and via the zine page of this site, soon.


However, your first chance to grab a copy of Copywrongs will be at Glasgow Zine Fest at The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow, on Saturday 4th April. Physical Impossibility will have a table there, with zines and prints aplenty. We’ll also be debuting the second edition of our long-sold-out first issue, The Films of Larry Cohen. #1’s been updated with a redesign and a bonus extended excerpt from our Larry Cohen interview. Hope to see you there!


Matchbox Cineclub #3: Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?

March 11, 2015

Our March screening at The Old Hairdressers will be William Klein’s Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? (Qui êtes vous, Polly Maggoo?, 1966). The screening takes place at 7pm on Thursday 19/03, upstairs in the gallery area of the bar. Klein’s rarely-seen film has been described as “a fashion exposé, a raucous attack on media, and a fractured fairy tale,” and is one of Matchbox’s very favourites. Read more about it herehere and here. Our screening is by kind arrangement with Arte.

The Facebook event page can be found here.

This is the third screening in our monthly series at The Old Hairdressers, which takes place on the third Thursday of every month. Previous screenings there have been The Beaver Trilogy (dir. Trent Harris, 2001; 1979-85) and Stunt Rock (dir. Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1980) in association with Glasgow Film Festival.

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Glasgow Film Festival 2015

March 5, 2015


A few days on and with the excellent It Follows just announced as the winner of the inaugural Glasgow Film Festival Critics’ Choice Award, this seems like a good time to take a quick look back at GFF15. At the end of the 12 days of GFF15, I’d seen 41 films:

52 Tuesdays, 88, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Contemplating Existence, Appropriate Behaviour, Black Coal, Thin Ice, Black Souls, Blood and Black Lace, Catch Me Daddy, Clown, Eden, Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, Elle l’Adore, Force Majeure, Girlhood, I Need a Dodge! Joe Strummer on the Run, It Follows, Jauja, Jodorowsky’s Dune, Life in a Fishbowl, Li’l Quinquin, Mad Max 2, Man From Reno, Mardan, My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn, Pressure, Radiator, [REC] 4: Apocalypse, Stunt Rock, Tales of the Grim Sleeper, Tender, The Atticus Institute, The Golden Era, The Hoarder, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, The Treatment, The Voices, The Woods, Theeb, There Are Monsters, Warsaw Uprising and Wyrmwood.

My votes for the inaugural Critics’ Choice were:

1. Catch Me Daddy (dir. Daniel Wolfe, 2014)

2. Li’l Quinquin (dir. Bruno Dumont, 2014)

3. Jodorowsky’s Dune (dir. Frank Pavich, 2014)

Although I didn’t pick the top winners, Jodorowsky’s Dune was number 10 with a bullet. The full list:

1. It Follows (dir. David Robert Mitchell)

2. Clouds of Sils Maria (dir. Olivier Assayas)

3. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (dir. Ana Lily Amirpour) (which I wrote about for GFF here)

4. While We’re Young (dir. Noah Baumbach)

5. Girlhood (dir. Céline Sciamma)

6. Mommy (dir. Xavier Dolan)

7. Theeb (dir. Naji Abu Nowar) (which I wrote about for GFF here)

= 9. Eden (dir. Mia Hansen-Løve)

= 9. Wild Tales (dir. Damián Szifrón).

10. Jodorowsky’s Dune (dir. Frank Pavich)

If you’re paying attention, you’ll note I didn’t actually see five of the top ten, although Girlhood and Theeb were both excellent. I also want to say I deliberately didn’t pick It Follows, even though I adored it, because it was already getting plenty press and a full release before the festival was even finished. David Robert Mitchell responded to his deserved win: “I’m really honoured by this. Even though my visit to Glasgow for the film festival was short, it was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed the city and I look forward to coming back someday. And again, thank you!” Check back soon for my full write-ups of It Follows and others.


Our second monthly Matchbox Cineclub screening was also a (sold out) part of the GFF programme. We screened Stunt Rock (supported by Stunt Love) at the Old Hairdressers. Check out the hand-out I wrote for the screening here.


Next year’s festival is set for 17-28th February, 2016.


February 12, 2015

Grant Page, star of Stunt Rock (dir. Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1980)

I’m blogging for Glasgow Film Festival again this year (over at their website, here). The main festival runs from Wednesday 18/02 to Sunday 01/03, with an Opening Gala of Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young. We’re taking a slightly different approach with the blogging this year, so most of my work will be done before the festival starts, meaning I can concentrate on Matchbox Cineclub (we have a film in the programme this year, Stunt Rockand we’re hosting an alternative opening party at The Squid & Whale for folks missing the sold-out Opening Gala), both days of FrightFest and generally seeing as many films as humanly possible. For the official GFF blog, I’ll be doing picks of the programme, previews of the films nominated for GFF’s inaugural Audience Award and interviews with the GFF team.

Here’s what’s been posted so far (I’ll keep this list updated as we go):

Sean Welsh’s Picks of the Programme

Theeb: 5 Things You Need To Know

Meet the Programmer: Corinne Orton

Appropriate Behaviour: 5 Things You Need To Know

Meet the Programmer: Emma McIntyre

Meet the Programmer: Sean Greenhorn

When Animals Dream: 5 Things You Need To Know

The Wonders: 5 Things You Need To Know

Meet the Programmer: Iain Canning

52 Tuesdays: 5 Things You Need To Know

Mardan: 5 Things You Need To Know

Tender: 5 Things You Need To Know

Life in a Fishbowl: 5 Things You Need To Know

Radiator: 5 Things You Need To Know

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night: 5 Things You Need To Know

Meet the Programmer: Allan Hunter

And here’s the trailer for Matchbox’s contribution, a special free-but-ticketed, director-endorsed* screening of Brian Trenchard-Smith’s Stunt Rock:

* Trenchard-Smith called it, ‘A great movie to see after a wee dram’, and hopes everyone at the screening has a great time.**

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**And Sorcery, the band who put the Rock into Stunt Rock, agree.

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GFF 2015 Trailer Binge

January 24, 2015

Here are all the trailers I’ve found so far for the films programmed at Glasgow Film Festival 2015. The playlist is drawn from/limited to YouTube, so there are a number of trailers and clips lacking in English-language subtitles while others are missing entirely. Nevertheless, it’s 125 videos long so there’s plenty to get stuck into.

If you’re looking for something more concise, try GFF’s clip reel:

And if you just came looking for something awesome, our trailer for Stunt Rock at GFF is here:

Tickets are on sale from Monday 26 January at 10am, although FrightFest tickets are already on sale and you can pick up a FREE ticket for Matchbox Cineclub’s Stunt Rock screening here.

Matchbox Cineclub #2: Stunt Rock (Glasgow Film Festival)

January 22, 2015

Our second monthly screening at The Old Hairdressers is also going to be part of Glasgow Film Festival 2015, folding into their Strewth! strand. We’re bringing the Ozploitation to the GFF party, specifically Brian Trenchard-Smith’s Stunt Rock (1980), by kind arrangement with the director himself. Here’s the blurb we wrote for the brochure:

“Death Wish at 120 Decibels! No, the tagline doesn’t make sense, but when you’ve named your film Stunt Rock, there’s not much else to say. A high-octane, death-proof vehicle for Mad Max stunt coordinator and industry legend Grant Page, Stunt Rock is a shamelessly crowd-pleasing mix of blood-curdling stunt work and Spinal Tap-esque rock music (courtesy of magician-musicians Sorcery). As thin on plot as Page is thick of hide, Stunt Rock is an unfiltered, hilarious blast of pure cinema.”

Our supporting feature is Stunt Love (Dir. Matthew Bate, 2011), a short documentary, by kind arrangement with Australia’s Closer Productions. Here’s the trailer:

The event is free, but ticketed. Seating is limited, so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets are available via EventBrite, here:

More up-to-date information at the Facebook event page here.

Finally, here’s the absolutely awesome poster designed for us by Stephen Kelly:

"Matchbox Cineclub #2: Stunt Rock" poster by Stephen Kelly

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