Festival to bring sci-fi classics back to big screen

Glasgow Film Festival will take a trip into the future with its dystopian-themed special events programme...

Total Recall: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone in the cult classic. Columbia/TriStar Pictures
Total Recall: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone in the cult classic.

Glasgow Film Festival will take a trip into the future with its dystopian-themed special events programme for 2020.

Argyle Street Arches will be transformed into Neo-Glasgow for an epic weekend of immersive film screenings of sci-fi cult classics.

Under the safety of the Hielanman’s Umbrella – the Glaswegian nickname for the railway bridge outside Glasgow Central station – adventurous film fans have been invited to travel deep underground to experience a pseudo-vacation. 

The programme will kick off on Friday, February 28 with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s virtual vacation to Mars gone awry in 1990’s Total Recall.

The following night, the audience will hurtle through time to the year 2033 with the 25th anniversary screening of Tank Girl.

On Sunday, March 1, Neo-Glasgow will entertain its youngest residents with an all-ages showing of Disney and Pixar’s Wall-E.

Later on at night, the special event will bow out in style with Train to Busan, a harrowing, adrenaline-filled train journey to rival the final Friday night service from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley.

Alongside the big screen hits, there will also be special on-site free events that will run throughout the day, teaching audiences how to separate science from fiction, survive the apocalypse and save the planet. 

In addition there will be hi-tech light installations and interactive pop-up performances, as well as sustainable food, drinks and handmade gifts.

Allison Gardner, Glasgow Film Festival co-director, said: “The special events are one of my favourite parts of working at Glasgow Film Festival.

“Every year the team bring a special kind of magic to well-loved films and a new audience are introduced to our wonderful festival.

“As a huge fan of sci-fi films, I am so looking forward to Neo-Glasgow and the terrors and exciting adventures we’ll encounter together.

“As they say in Total Recall – get ready for the ride of your life.”

The 16th annual festival will take place from February 26 to March 8, and will showcase the best new films and classics from Scotland and across the globe.

Tickets are on sale now.