The Lost Boys secret screening at Glasgow Film Festival

Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) has a history of putting on special one-of-a-kind screenings in unusual settings. I am always super excited by the announcement of their Special Events strand and this year I was lucky enough to get tickets for The Lost Boys secret screening, which was programmed to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary (try and not cry – yes 30 years!).

Back in the day, I had the poster, watched the VHS at least 50 times and listened to the soundtrack on repeat. In fact, my husband and I’s shared love of this film is definitely one of the reasons we got together and The Lost Boys was one of our table names at our wedding. So kudos Joel Schumacher!

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We arrived at the Glasgow Film Theatre on a cold February evening to board one of six buses, filled with like-minded 30-somethings; all giddy with anticipation. With a motorcycle escort (very cool), we set off towards our soon to be disclosed secret location, chatting away at every turn off about where we could possibly be heading.

And it was… motorcycle rev… M&Ds Theme Park at Strathclyde Country Park. It was the perfect choice of location, considering that a lot of The Lost Boys is set at an amusement park and beachside boardwalk. We had over an hour to take in the attractions, rides, arcades, comic book stand and vampire face painting stall. I particularly enjoyed a romantic chips dinner on the ferris wheel.

World famous comic book artist, Frank Quitely, whose work is about to be the subject of a retropsective at Kelvingrove Art Gallery, introduced the film. He explained that he was chosen for this role due to his and the film’s close connections with comics and horror, but he admitted, to a chorus of boos, that he hadn’t actually seen the film!!!  He was humorously self-deprecating about this and signed off by saying, ‘well I am not even going to say enjoy the film as you obviously will, I just hope I do’.  He doesn’t seem to be on twitter so I couldn’t tweet him to ask if he enjoyed it, but let’s just assume that a man of such esteem surely will have.

the-lost-boys-movie-poster-1987-1010469510We then all sat back to enjoy the cult classic which Empire film magazine describes as a “supremely watchable example of something the 80s did right”.  For those of you unfamiliar with The Lost Boys – the set up is that a family of three, mum and two teenage boys, move to the fictional Santa Carla (murder capital of the world) for a new start, only to find that the place has a goddamn vampire problem. Starring Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Dianne Wiest and the two Coreys (Haim and Feldman), the fast paced and tight 1 hour 37 minute feature is a witty and bloody coming-of-age that contains timeless one liners, eccentric characters & clothing choices and a soundtrack that just keeps giving.

Look at your reflection in the mirror. You’re a creature of the night Michael, just like out of a comic book! You’re a vampire Michael! My own brother, a goddamn, shit-sucking vampire. You wait ’till mom finds out, buddy!” Sam (Corey Haim)

Top five picks of Glasgow Film Festival 2017

The Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) launched their programme last night. And seriously, what a programme! There are over 310 performances to choose from at this year’s event – now one of the largest film festival’s in the UK. It is a festival that attracts massive audience numbers, which is probably a direct response to the fact that the organisers clearly love their audience and programme innovatively, yet without pretension.

The eclectic programme is divided into 17 strands – there’s everything from Dangerous Dames dedicated to Hollywood’s most badass film noir females and Pioneer showcasing first and second features from directors who display distinct talent and vision; to returning and ever popular strands, such as the Stranger Than Fiction (documentaries) and FrightFest (horror).

But for Audience Adventures, there is one major strand worth checking out – Special Events. These one-of-a-kind screenings offer an immersive experience for film-goers, with many taking place in pop-up cinemas within well-loved city venues.

Here’s my top five pick of this year’s GFF:

The Princess Bride at Maryburgh Halls (Feb 25)
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Enter an enchanted forest for a treasure hunt, fencing performances and a chance to rediscover this swashbuckling, hilarious adventure that is magical for children and adults alike.

The Thing at Snow Factor (Feb 23)
thing-the-1John Carpenter and Kurt Russell = always a winning combo! Dress warm and trust no one for this ski slope screening of an 80s horror classic, which sees a crew of researchers in the Antarctica picked off one-by-one in chilling circumstances and settings. Ice bar anyone?

Move at the Joytown Grand Electric Theatre (Feb 18)
movereA pop-up audio-visual experience which aims to transport its audience through time and space to celebrate Europe. Rarely seen archive film will be brought to life by musicians and dancers, with a party to follow in one of Glasgow’s most exciting new venues.

Raving Iran presented by Sub Hub at Barras Art and Design (Feb 19)
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Raving Iran follows two young men who continually risk their freedom in order to share banned Western music in their home of Tehran, culminating in one epic blow-out. The screening will be accompanied by Iranian street food, with more activities to be announced soon.

Secretary at SWG3
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This 15th anniversary screening of Secretary – a sweet romance between a dominant lawyer and submissive secretary – will be followed by a party featuring Torture Garden performers and a specially curated playlist. Dress up encouraged!

Other Special Event films on the line-up are: The Big Easy, Dirty Dancing, Surprise Film and The Wee Govan Pipers. There are also two sold out screenings in this strand, which went on sale at an earlier date, Lost Boys (sold out) and Lost in France (sold out) – both of which would have been in my top five if there had been tickets available. For more information visit glasgowfilm.org.