Glasgow Film Festival 2009

This year's biggest, brightest, and most eagerly anticipated openers.

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Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!
Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! and Awaydays
Awaydays (Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: Pat Holden; Writer: Kevin Sampson; Stars: Stephen Graham, Nicky Bell, Liam Boyle, Oliver Lee, Lee Battle, Sean Ward, Michael Ryan, Ian Puleston-Davies, Holly Grainger, Sacha Parkinson, Samantha McCarthy), Official Site, Trailer
Tragic romance, based on Kevin Sampson's book about Tranmere Rovers hooligans in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
The Divine Lady (Country: US; Year: 1929; Director: Frank Lloyd; Writer: Forrest Halsey, based on the book by E. Barrington.; Stars: Corinne Griffith, Victor Varconi, H.B. Warner, Ian Keith, Marie Dressler, Montagu Love)
A portrait of the illicit romance between Admiral Nelson and the married Lady Hamilton.
Flash Of Genius (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Marc Abraham; Writer: Philip Railsback, John Seabrook; Stars: Greg Kinnear, Alan Alda, Laura Graham, Dermot Mulroney), Official Site, Trailer
A part-time inventor devotes his life to suing the Ford Motor Company for stealing his idea.
Franklyn (Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: Gerald McMorrow; Writer: Gerald McMorrow; Stars: Sam Riley, Eva Green, Ryan Phillippe, Bernard Hill, Susannah York, Art Malik, Chris Wilson, Mark Wingett, Kika Markham, Jay Fuller, Gary Pillai)
Futurisic thriller which paints a picture of London in which there is no separation between Church and State.
Friday the 13th (Country: US; Year: 1980; Director: Sean S. Cunningham; Stars: Ari Lehman, Jeannine Taylor, Kevin Bacon, Robbi Morgan, Betsy Palmer, Peter Brouwer, Ronn Carroll, Ron Millkie, Walt Gorney)
A series of vicious murders occurs at a summer camp.
Gran Torino Gran Torino
Gran Torino and Hell's Pavement
Gran Torino (Country: USA, Australia; Year: 2008; Director: Clint Eastwood; Writer: Nick Schenk, Dave Johannson; Stars: Clint Eastwood, Christopher Carley, Bee Vang, Ahney Her, Brian Haley, Geraldine Hughes, Dreama Walker, Brian Howe, John Carroll Lynch, William Hill)
Foul-mouthed racist pensioner stands up to gang leaders in his neighbourhood.
Good (Country: UK, Germany; Year: 2008; Director: Vicente Amorim; Writer: John Wrathall, based on the play by C.P. Taylor.; Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Jason Isaacs, Jodie Whittaker, Steven Mackintosh, Mark Strong, Gemma Jones, Anastasia Hille, Ruth Gemmell, Ralph Riach, Steven Elder), Official Site, Trailer
An examination of the people who thought of themselves as 'good', yet allowed the Nazis to rise to power.
Hamlet 2 (Country: USA; Year: 2008; Director: Andrew Fleming; Writer: Pam Brady, Andrew Fleming; Stars: Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, Joseph Julian Soria, Skylar Astin, Phoebe Strole, Melonie Diaz, Arnie Pantoja, Michael Esparza, Natalie Amenula, Marshall Bell)
In this rambunctious comedy, a high school drama teacher injects love and passion for theatre into his students by creating a musical sequel to Shakespeare's Hamlet.
Hell's Pavement (Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: Andy Kemp; Stars: Pauline Mclynn, Conor Byrne, Keeki Bennetts, Diveen Henry)
A young girl experiences the child care and fostering system, where good intentions don't always lead to good results.
Hush (Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: Mark Tonderai; Writer: Mark Tonderai; Stars: William Ash, Christine Bottomley, Guy Burnet, Clive Cope, Robbie Gee, Allan Gentleman, Claire Keelan, Stuart McQuarrie, Rupert Procter, Sheila Reid, Jon Rumney)
Cat and mouse thriller sees a young couple fall foul of a trucker on the motorway.
Franklyn Franklyn
Franklyn and Synecdoche, New York
In The Loop (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: Armando Iannucci; Writer: Jesse Armstrong, Armando Iannucci; Stars: Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, Chris Addison, James Gandolfini, Mimi Kennedy, Anna Chlumsky, Steve Coogan, David Rasche, Gina McKee, Olivia Poulet), Official Site, Trailer
Politicians spin while they're winning on the brink of a Middle East war. Plus read our interview with .
Is Anybody There? (Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: John Crowley; Writer: Peter Harness; Stars: Michael Caine, Bill Milner, David Morrisey, Anne-Marie Duff, Linzey Cocker, Garrick Hagon, Rosemary Harris, Thelma Barlow)
An elderly magician reluctantly entering a retirement home bonds with an inquisitive young boy and persuades him life is for living.
Last Chance Harvey (Country: UK, US; Year: 2008; Director: Joel Hopkins; Writer: Joel Hopkins; Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Eileen Atkins, Kathy Baker, Liane Balaban, James Brolin, Richard Schiff), Official Site, Trailer
An awkward American visiting London for his daughter's wedding falls head over heels for a younger woman.
Marley & Me (Marley And Me) (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: David Frankel; Writer: Scott Frank and Don Roos, based on the book by John Grogan.; Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Kathleen Turner, Eric Dane, Alan Arkin, Nathan Gamble, Haley Bennett, Finley Jacobsen, Bryce Robinson, Benjamin Hyland), Official Site, Trailer
A family struggle to live with the world's worst dog, who is loveable but just won't behave.
Mr 73 (Country: France; Year: 2008; Director: Olivier Marchal; Writer: Olivier Marchal; Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Olivia Bonamy, Catherine Marchal, Francis Renaud, Gérald Laroche, Guy Lecluyse, Philippe Nahon), Trailer
A policeman who sees himself as a failure gets a job protecting a woman from her parents' murderer, who is just out of prison, in this tense thriller.
Paris 36 Paris 36
Paris 36 and In The Loop
Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (Country: Australia; Year: 2008; Director: Mark Hartley; Writer: Mark Hartley; Stars: Phillip Adams, Christine Amor, Glory Annen, Victoria Anoux, Ian Barry, Briony Behets, Steve Bisley, Jamie Blanks, Graeme Blundell, Russell Boyd)
Documentary charting a key moment in Aussie cinema.
O'Horten (La Nouvelle Vie De Monsieur Horten) (Country: Norway, Germany, France; Year: 2007; Director: Bent Hamer; Writer: Bent Hamer; Stars: Bård Owe, Espen Skjønberg, Ghita Nørby, Henny Moan, Bjørn Floberg), Official Site, Trailer
An engine driver adjusting to retirement has a series of strange adventures.
Surprise Movie.
Paris 36 (Faubourg 36) (Country: France, Germany, Czech Republic; Year: 2008; Director: Christophe Barratier; Writer: Christophe Barratier, Pierre Philippe; Stars: Gérard Jugnot, Clovis Cornillac, Kad Merad, Nora Arnezeder, Pierre Richard, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Maxence Perrin), Official Site, Trailer
A group of workers try to take over their music hall when it's threatened with closure, but the arrival of a beautiful new singer leads to tragedy.
Synecdoche, New York (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Charlie Kaufman; Writer: Charlie Kaufman; Stars: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Samantha Morton, Tom Noonan, Michelle Williams, Emily Watson, Hope Davis, Dianne Wiest, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Sparks, Stanley Krajewski, Christopher Evan Welch), Official Site, Trailer
The story of a theatre director's drive to produce his masterwork.

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