The first events of Glasgow Film Festival 2019 have been announced. The 15th annual Glasgow Film Festival will showcase some of the finest big screen offerings from Belgium and Hollywood and stage very special celebration screenings of two classic blockbusters.
The return of the ever-popular special event screenings will celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Matrix and 40 years since Alien sprang onto the big screen.
15th annual festival will run from 20 February to 3 March 2019.
Paul Bush OBE, Visit Scotland’s Director of Events, said: “The Glasgow Film Festival is a key part of Scotland’s annual portfolio of cultural events, enticing film fans to come and experience all that Glasgow and Scotland has to offer. Today’s announcement is a tantalising glimpse of what promises to be yet another exciting programme for one the UK’s leading film festivals.”
Glasgow film fans are invited to adventure underneath Glasgow Central Station and attend the first official 20th Anniversary screening of The Matrix (22 and 23 Feb) in the subterranean caverns of Argyle Street Arches. With thanks to Warner Bros for their support, the event will feature mind-twisting immersive installations and an after-party. Audiences are encouraged to don black sunglasses and dark leather as they explore the deconstructed world of the ground-breaking film.
In a vast warehouse in North Glasgow no-one will hear you scream as audiences brave an encounter with the Xenomorph itself at a large-scale pop-up event showing of Alien (28 February). Featuring laser-tag adventures, comic books and themed cocktails, this is a must for all wannabe Ripleys. With thanks to Park Circus for their support, the 4K 40th anniversary restoration print of Alien will be released on 1 March 2019 across the UK.
Tickets for Alien and The Matrix go on sale 12noon on Monday 26 November from glasgowfilm.org/festival where more information is also available on this first announcement. The full programme for Glasgow Film Festival 2019 will be announced on 23 January. Tickets go on sale to GFF members and GFT CineCard holders from 12 noon on 24 January and then on general sale from 10am on 28 January.
Glasgow Film Festival is made possible by support from Glasgow Life, Screen Scotland, the British Film Institute (using funds from The National Lottery) and EventScotland.