Director thought Glasgow bleaker than cold-war Berlin

LAST week we looked at some of the earlier films made in Glasgow, one of Britain's top film-making hubs.

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Today we focus on some of the more recent ones.

The Necropolis, Finnieston and the West End all appeared in the moody and dystopian European sci-fi film, Death Watch (1980).

Director Bertrand Tavernier picked Glasgow over Berlin because it fitted his vision of a bleak future.

Harvey Keitel plays a journalist with a camera implanted in his eye so he can secretly film a terminally- ill woman for a reality TV show. Look out for an early appearance by one Robbie Coltrane.

Doomsday (2008) is an unpleasant future of an altogether different stripe, with cannibals running loose over recognisable landmarks in a post-apocalyptic Glasgow.

Urban Ghost Story (1998) is a kind of street version of The Exorcist, in which a 12-year-old girl living in a grim Glasgow high-rise is plagued by a poltergeist.

More gritty urban realism can be found in such films as Ratcatcher (1999) and Red Road (2006), while the city's hard men feature in such films as Silent Scream (1989), The Big Man (1990), The Near Room (1995), Small Faces (1996) and The Acid House (1998). A Sense of Freedom (1981), based on the autobiography of convicted murderer turned artist Jimmy Boyle, caused considerable controversy at the time.

Glasgow has, however, provided locations for many a comedy, including The Girl in the Picture (1985), starring John Gordon Sinclair as a lovelorn photographer, to Craig Ferguson's hair-dressing film, The Big Tease (2000).

Other films shot here include the 2002 Danish-UK co-production Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself, Late Night Shopping (2001), where the locations included the Clyde Tunnel, and American Cousins (2003), which brings New Jersey mobsters to a fish-and-chip shop in Glasgow.

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