Film News and Reviews

Ray Harryhausen Season at the Filmhouse
Mysterious Island , Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts, Clash of the Titans
14th July-11th August 
Ray Harryhausen, visual effects pioneer and stop-motion model animator, died on 7 May 2013 at the age of 92. Harryhausen’s influence on todayís filmmakers was enormous; Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, George Lucas, John Landis and Nick Park have cited Harryhausen as being the man whose work inspired their own creations. Harryhausen’s fascination with animated models began when he first saw Willis O’Brien’s creations in King Kong in 1933, and he made his first foray into filmmaking in 1935 with home movies that featured his youthful attempts at model animation. Over the years he worked on some of the fantasy genreís best known movies, and is perhaps best remembered for his extraordinary animation of seven skeletons in Jason and the Argonauts (1963), which took him three months to film.

Harryhausen’s genius was in being able to bring his models alive. Whether they were prehistoric dinosaurs or mythological creatures, in his hands they were no longer puppets but became instead characters in their own right, just as important as the actors they played against and in most cases even more so.

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013
19th-30th June
Cineworld, Filmhouse, Dominion


ECA Film and Television
18th June, 8.30pm
radio silence


Glasgow Film Festival 2013
Glasgow Film Theatre
3rd-24th February

Glasgow Film Festival is now in its 9th year with the main programme commencing on the 14th of February and runs until Academy Award night on the 24th. For 2013, the Festival offers three new strands: James Cagney: Top of the World, Ma! is a retrospective of one of Hollywood’s original tough guys; Buena Onda: New Brazilian Cinema is a celebration of exciting new voices and award-winning achievements in Brazilian cinema; while Game Cats Go Miaow! is curated by Robert Florence and celebrates Scotland’s passion for gaming.
The Glasgow Youth Film Festival (3rd- 10th February) programme is selected by a team of young programmers aged 15–21.
For the
Glasgow Short Film Festival (7th-10th February) sixty-three films will screen across International and Scottish competitions. The selected international shorts, all competing for the Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film, range from a forty minute Indian epic to an experimental Israeli/Palestinian collaboration shot entirely in the West Bank. Films from Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Iran and Romania also feature.
click here for the list of International Competition Shorts and here for the list of shorts in the Scottish Competition.

The Glasgow Music and Film Festival (15th-17th Feb 2013) is a series of gigs and film screenings lovingly co-curated by the Glasgow Film Festival and the Arches.


Scotland at the Cinema
National Library of Scotland
15th June-28th October

This exhibition looks at how Scots and Scotland have been represented in films across the decades. It also explores what ‘going to the pictures’ has meant for past and present generations of Scots.


The Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012 (20th June-1st July)

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