Update about the blog

Ok, so when I first started this blog, I envisioned covering the GFF and only occasionally posting the odd interesting film review in between times. But certain events have changed things. Can you guess what event I mean?

So Covid has already changed how I interact with cinema. The pandemic is still not over, but it has changed how festivals are delivered, and the cinema industry as a whole. Festivals moved totally or partially online, giving people around the country the possibility of participating in distant festivals. Cinemas have co-operated in sharing films from one another’s festivals to give people a real in-cinema experience while bringing them distant festival goodies. And cinema and film as a whole has needed our support like never before.

This has made me take a number of decisions:

  1. In addition to the GFF, I will cover partner festivals. If Sheffield reciprocally carry GFF films, I’ll support their films when they come to Glasgow. This seems fair to me, plus a great opportunity to show just what is available right here in Glasgow because of the work of Glasgow Film.
  2. While I have previously covered smaller festivals that take place in Glasgow, usually with some support from Glasgow Film, I’m going to make the effort to cover them more thoroughly, as I don’t want to see these smaller festivals dying out while times are tough.
  3. All this means I’m just gonna be seeing more films and posting more frequently generally.
  4. I want to spread word about the GFF and good cinema more widely. Because I feel like this is a critical time for cinema in the UK. and because changes under Covid have made these films much more widely accessible. This unfortunately means dipping my toe into social media, which is a complete garbage fire I wanted to avoid at all costs. However, it’s where people are so I’m gonna have to go there. I’ve set up an Instagram, so you can follow me there if you want.
  5. The only donations I’ve ever asked for on this blog were to go directly to Glasgow Film to support the GFF. However, as I’m now just going to much more film than ever before, I have decided to add a Donate button. In effect, you’ll just be donating money to Glasgow Film via me, but it will allow me to keep doing what I’m doing on this blog. There is no obligation to donate, I’m just putting it there as an option, a tip jar of sorts.

So yeah, things have changed since I first started the blog. And I’ve enjoyed writing for it much more than I realised I would. And where you’ve given feedback, you’ve been kind enough to be positive, which has been gratifying too. So here’s to continuing in that vein!

GFF21 is over!

A mere 4 days after it officially concluded. Well, that was some year. 63 features and 4 shorts, that’s a record total for me. And as a proportion of all the films shown at the festival, it’s probably the highest I will ever get at 91%.

I mostly stuck to my schedule, but I was running late every day, which is probably why I finished late. Turns out it wasn’t any help with more regular eating and sleeping. I still mostly existed on cold sandwiches, and my sleeping was even more all over the place because there was no fixed times for me to sleep and wake. Still, loved every minute of it.

I thought I might feel as bit, you know, disappointed because we weren’t all together at the cinema with the same atmosphere, but in fact it was surprisingly well done, and the movies so well curated, I feel like I got 90% of the experience of a normal festival. All the wee Q&As, the introductions, the daily rundown on what was being shown each day, it did make you feel like you still getting that connection with the festival folk.

Thoroughly enjoyed myself. Off now to sleep for a week.

Audience Award pick

For the first time ever, I’ve watched all the Audience Award movies! My pick would be Jumbo, but I’ll be happy if any of them win so long as it’s not Shorta or Redemption of a Rogue.

First week of the festival down

Hard to believe that’s the first week of the festival over. I have to say, it is very different from the usual experience. I mean, not the movies, the movies are great. But that weird sense of timelessness that the pandemic brought has been doubled-down on as I just go from film to film in my own bed. Then I roll over and sleep, and is it a nap? Am I gonna be out for 8 hours? Who knows? Since day and night have no meaning anymore, it’s hard to delineate one day from the next. And I seem to always be running behind the schedule I made for myself. Still, enjoying it enormously.