Glasgow Film Festival

Photo taken by Mary Boag, GFF banners on Buchanan Street

It’s finally here! After months of preparation and thousands of creative submissions, the annual Glasgow Film Festival is now in full swing, and will run until Sunday the 26th of February.

Tickets are now on sale for all events across the city, most of which will take place in popular locations like the Glasgow Film Theatre, the Glasgow School of Art and the Centre for Contemporary Arts. With events ranging from movie screenings to workshops, there is something for everyone, but tickets are selling out fast so get yours now at the festival’s official website. > HERE.

As you may know from my previous blog posts I really enjoy going to the cinema, so I’m looking forward to attending a screening or two at the Film Festival. I think the cinema experience may feel more unique and exciting than going to my local Cineworld – plus the festival only comes around once a year!

The festival is mostly about sharing art from around the globe, but there is one award up for grabs! The Glasgow Film Festival Audience Award is decided by us – the people/public who attend the festival. I think this makes the award genuine and special.

“Voting slips are handed out at the start of all Audience Award-nominated screenings – simply cast your vote as you exit the cinema. The winner will be announced at the Closing Gala and online on Sunday 26 February.” – Glasgow Film Festival Official Website.

Let me know what your experience of the GFF has been like and what events you’re interested in this year!

Lion

Photo of cinema ticket, taken by Mary Boag

I’m not from Calcutta… I’m lost.

Last week when my friends and I were planning our monthly cinema trip we were upset that our schedules didn’t work well with the local screening times of Split, a movie we were excited to see. We had already seen La La Land and not all of us had seen the first Trainspotting film.. so we all decided to give Lion a chance.

Half of us had never heard of Lion. All the other half knew was that it starred  Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman. Compared to the extensive amount of media attention that La La Land, Split and Trainspotting were receiving, I didn’t have very high expectations for Lion nor did I know what to expect.

Since watching Lion.. all I can say is that I am so upset it hasn’t gained the same amount of attention (in my eyes) as La La Land, and if you’ve read my review then you’ll know I loved La La Land! But Lion is so much more special… it’s a completely amazing, true story that everyone needs to see.

The plot is so intense and exciting and heart breaking. The acting from all characters is amazing, but 8 year old Sunny Pawar’s performance, in particular, is outstanding. I went into the cinema with an open mind, not knowing what to expect from this Oscar nominated film and was completely blown away, and I think you will be too.

Although I’d like everyone else to approach this film with an open mind too, if you really want to know what it’s about, I’ve inserted an image below with a quick explanation of the plot that I sent to my friend over text.

Screenshot of my text

 

Let’s talk about the Oscars

The count down begins. We are officially less than a month away from finding out who will take home gold from the 89th Academy Awards.

This years Oscar ceremony will take place on February 22 in The Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles, California. So in just a few weeks all of our favourite celebrities will  be getting dressed up and ready for the red carpet which is a huge fashion event in itself.

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GOT star Sophie Turner at 2016 Oscars – Photo from Sophie Turner’s Instagram page, @sophiet

Now onto the awards. There are 24 awards up for grabs, and ranging form Best Foreign Language film to best Makeup and Hairstyling it is obvious that the Oscars recognise how complex and difficult filmaking can be. Although all awards are equally important, some are hyped up more than others. Oscar winners of the Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress are a massive deal in the film industry and the winners of these categories soon become known worldwide – if they’re not already. Last year at the 2016 Oscars, Leonardo DiCaprio finally won Best Actor after previously being nominated 6 times. Could this be Ryan Gosling next month, or will Denzel Washington claim the prize?

Leonardo DiCaprio with his 2016 Oscar, photo taken from Leonardo DiCaprio’s Instagram page, @leonardodicaprio

The large number of popular household names nominated for awards this year is making it difficult for many of us to pick favourites. With names like Meryl Streep, Emma Stone and Natalie Portman in the same category it is nearly impossible to predict who the winners will be.

You can find the full list of categories and nominations at the official Oscars website.

To keep up to date with your favourite nominees I’d recommend following celebrities on social media and checking hashtags such as #Oscars2017 during the time of the event. Especially if you’re interested in finding out what an after party at the Oscars is like..

GOT star Emilia Clarke at Vanity Fair’s 2016 Oscars after party, picture taken from Emilia Clarke’s Instagram, @emilia_clarke