City is off to the movies

BUDDING young Glasgow movie buffs are taking film out of the cinema and on to the banks of the River Clyde.

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Myriam Mouflih wants to study the film industry
Myriam Mouflih wants to study the film industry

A pop-up cinema event will transform the riverside into an outdoor auditorium populated by breakdancers, parkour runners and contemporary dancers.

It is part of the fifth annual Glasgow Youth Film Festival, which acts as the curtain-raiser to the city's four-week-long celebration of cinema.

Glasgow Film Festival is expected to attract big-name actors, directors and producers as well as thousands of film-goers.

And its 'trailer' is the youth programme, which runs from February 3 until 13, and is curated entirely by 15 to 18-year-olds.

Teenage programmers have put together a series of film premieres, workshops and events for children and young adult audiences.

They have planned an outdoor dance party for up to 400 people to accompany a screening of feature-length dance film Girl Walk // All Day. The film will be projected on to the black surfaces surrounding the 'tiger' mural on the north embankment of the River Clyde on February 13.

The screening will be accompanied by live performances from dancers from breakdance group 1 Blud Crew, Glasgow Parkour and contemporary dance studios Dance House and Dance HQ.

The aim is to create a live homage to the film, which is based on three dancers interacting with the public in New York City and was named the 'Most Innovative Music Video of 2011'.

Youth contributor Myriam Mouflih, 17, who lives in Shawlands, said: "We thought no one was going to sit and watch a 90-minute music video – it's quite difficult to watch – so we thought that if we have an event then people will be able to enjoy it and there will be different things going on.

"It will show that you don't need to just watch films in cinemas. It's a medium that you can do a lot with.

"You can do different things with it, make it more interactive and get people involved. I've never been to anything like this before, so even I'm quite excited about it!"

The former pupil of Shawlands Academy is in her second year of participating in the Youth Film Festival.

Myriam, who has applied to study film at university, said: "My brother is quite a film buff, so when he moved abroad I inherited all of his films.

"When I was 13, I started watching Quentin Taran-tino and Sofia Coppola – stuff like that."

Other highlights in the Youth programme include the Scottish premieres of Disney's video game-themed release Wreck-It Ralph voiced by John C Reilly and Sarah Silverman, plus Michel Gondry's offbeat new comedy The We and the I.

There will also be an appearance from children's laureate and The Gruffalo's Glasgow-based creator Julia Donald-son, and a master-class from members of the cast and crew of Channel 4's hit student sitcom Fresh Meat, both at the GFT in Rose Street.

A SCREEN-WRITING masterclass at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland features Mike O'Leary, scriptwriter of E4's Misfits, and Ben Schiffer, who wrote for Channel 4's Skins.

A group of 15 teenagers worked together over six months to select this year's line-up of films, guests and events for the festival, which welcomed more than 9000 admissions last year.

Glasgow lives up to its reputation as cinema city this month as audiences get the chance to see 64 films before anyone else in the UK.

The ninth annual Glasgow Film Festival, which runs from Valentine's Day until February 24, features six world premieres and 57 UK premieres.

It also includes the first public showing of Cloud Atlas, which brought Halle Berry to film on the streets of Glasgow last summer.

The festival is the UK's third biggest, selling more than 35,000 tickets last year.

Quantum of Solace star Gemma Arterton, The Lovely Bones' Saoirse Ronan, horror guru Eli Roth, director Neil Jordan and Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon are just a few of the starry names who will grace the red carpets.

Some 26 venues are participating this year. The biggest programme to date – encompassing 368 screenings in addition to discussions, live performances and special events – takes audiences out of the cinema and into unusual venues such as a Subway station and the Grand Ole Opry.

Glasgow Cathedral will host its first film showing with a screening of 1928 silent classic The Passion of Joan of Arc, with live organ music and a soprano.

Two maritime horrors – Dead Calm and Jaws – will be screened on The Tall Ship.

Programme highlights include First Minister Alex Salmond introducing his 'geek cinema classic' and a retrospective on the life and work of Hollywood tough guy James Cagney.

Allan Hunter, co-director of Glasgow Film Festival, said: "Glasgow Film Festival has grown into a massive celebration of every aspect of the moving image."

Glasgow audiences will be the first to see Nicole Kidman in the thriller Stoker and her Golden Globe-nominated performance in The Paperboy; Gemma Arterton in Neil Jordan's dark vampire thriller Byzantium; and homegrown stars James McAvoy and Peter Mullan in Welcome to the Punch.

World premieres include Kevin Cameron's portrait of artist and writer Alasdair Gray, while veteran Scots actor James Cosmo will talk about his life and career.

Audiences will be encouraged to dress up for The Calamity Jane Barn Dance at country and western club the Grand Ole Opry and to don the costume of their favourite cult character and walk the carpet at the festival's Cosplay Gala event.

There will also be live music from chanteuse Jane Birkin, techno legend Jeff Mills and folk stars Lau in addition to a Festival Club in the Terrace Bar of the CCA arts centre in Sauchiehall Street.

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