In response to the lack of film screenings in the south side of Glasgow, The Southside Film Festival was started in 2011 by current director Karen O’Hare. Utilising iconic Southside spaces and venues, the film festival engages with the community by keeping screenings local and the programme innovative.
This year the film festival will be based across several venues, including the mobile pop-up cinema space, Cinemor 77 yurt, which will be based in the New Victoria Gardens in Pollockshields. Govanhill Community Baths Trust will also be used during the festival and is an iconic community hub for the locals of Govanhill. The Glad Cafe, Kinning Park Complex, and Langside Church Hall in Battlefield will also be featured venues during the festival.
A notable event happening on Saturday June 2nd is a screening of the Judy Garland classic Meet Me in St Louis, a musical which explores the year in a life of a family in St Louis. With such classic songs as ‘The Trolley Song’, ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’, and ‘The Boy Next Door’, this screening will be a delight whether you are watching it for the first time or the hundredth. The screening will mark Dementia Week in Scotland, and so the screening will be dementia-friendly and will be fundraising for Alzheimers Scotland.
The Southside Film Festival will be running from the June 1-3. See the full programme here.
Meet Me in St Louis will be screened at Langside Church Hall in Battlefield on the 2nd of June. Get tickets here.