Glasgow Film Festival: What To See (Part 2)


With less than two weeks to go until the opening night of The Glasgow Film Festival, time’s running out to make sure you get tickets for the fortnight’s highlights. I’ve already recommended four films for you to go and see in part one. Here’s four more for your consideration:

Route Irish

Ken Loach’s latest film sees him take on the Iraq War. Fergus (Mark Womack) has just returned home from duty after his friend Frankie (John Bishop) was killed on “Route Irish”; that is the road between The Green Zone and Baghdad Airport.

If you’ve seen a Ken Loach film, you’ll know to expect a film which forces us to confront the realities of the world we live in, and the problems we wish we could ignore.

Ken Loach will be appearing in person at the Wednesday 23rd February screening of this film, which should be well worth checking out.

Trailer for Route Irish (contains strong language):

Oranges and Sunshine

This year’s festival is lucky enough to feature not one, but two Loachian films. Oranges and Sunshine, however, is directed by Jim Loach (son of Ken).

Based on a true story, it stars Emily Watson as Margaret Humphreys, writer of Empty Cradles. In 1986 she discovered a programme running from the Victorian era until the 1970s. The programme relocated children across the Commonwealth, leaving them with no knowledge of their biological family.

If Jim Loach’s father is anything to go by, this will be a hard-hitting film. I remember hearing one of the programme’s victims on the radio talking about his experiences within the past year. If the film manages to capture a fraction of the emotional turmoil and betrayal his story conveyed it will be well worth seeing.

There’s no trailer yet for Oranges and Sunshine, but here’s an interview with Jim Loach and Emily Watson about the film:


Following James Franco’s oscar nominated performance in 127 Hours, comes Howl. Based on a true story, Franco plays Allen Ginsburg, a poet in the 1950s.

His poem, Howl, was deemed so controversial, his publisher was put on trial for obscenity. Partially as a result of this publicity, the poem went on to become inseparable from the Beat Generation, the forerunners of the hippie movement in the 1960s.

I’ve been really impressed with recent Franco’s performances in both Milk and 127 Hours. He’s come a long way since being woefully miscast in the Spiderman series. Here’s hoping Howl cements his place as one of Hollywood’s brightest young talents.

The trailer for Howl is below. The eagle-eyed among you will note Howl exists in a parallel universe where Don Draper used his considerable powers of persuasion to start a career in the courtroom, as oppose to the boardroom:

Waste Land

Recently nominated in the Best Documentary Feature at the oscars comes Waste Land a film with a rubbish premise, literally. Jardim Gramacho, in Rio de Janeiro is the world’s largest rubbish dump. Artist Vik Munix goes there to paint and photograph some of those who collect and sell the recyclable waste from the dump.

Winner of the audience award at last year’s Sundance, this is a film that of hope and inspiration. The nature of the subject forcing us to question how it is we live in a world where people can make a living off what others considered junk.

The trailer for Waste Land:


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