Film week under Gaia

As part of our 50th anniversary programme we are hosting a series of film nights from Monday 5 June to Thursday 8 June at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross.

KoyaanisqatsiMonday 5 June at 7.00pm

Tickets £7.50 from Eventbrite

A unique opportunity to see this cinematography masterpiece.

Told without dialogue, narration, cast or characters, Koyaanisqatsi is a dizzying, hypnotic example of cinema set to an extraordinary score by Philip Glass. It contrasts natural beauty with a population ever more dependent on modern technology.

Shot on a low budget in New York City and the American South West, the film found support from Francis Ford Coppola where it found a larger audience and has gone on to become a cult classic.

If ever a film was destined for watching in a cinema, this is it.


Under the Skin – Tuesday 6 June at 7.00pm

Tickets £7.50 from Eventbrite

An alien entity inhabits the earthly form of a seductive young woman who combs the Scottish highways in search of the human prey it is here to plunder. It lures its isolated and forsaken male victims into an otherworldly dimension where they are stripped and consumed. But life in all its complexity starts to change the alien. It begins to see itself as ‘she’, as human, with tragic and terrifying consequences. UNDER THE SKIN is about seeing ourselves through alien eyes.


Comfort and Joy – Wednesday 7 June at 7.00pm

Tickets £7.50 from Eventbrite

A beautiful film, Comfort and Joy not only captures those late winter afternoons of a former industrial city like Glasgow (expertly lensed by Chris Menges) it also captures the Christmas message in the most subtlest and wryest of ways. And once again Mark Knopfler delivers a gem of a score, with Dire Straits’ Private Investigations figuring large as Dickie Bird lifts the lid on the ice cream wars. 


Mackintosh’s Masterpiece: The Glasgow School of Art and Small Faces (Double Bill)

Thursday 8 June at 7.00pm

Tickets £7.50 from Eventbrite

A unique opportunity to see this film by multi award-winning documentary maker, Louise Lockwood. First shown on BBC Two in 2009 to celebrate the opening of the Glasgow School of Art, Artworks Scotland tells the story behind Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s internationally acclaimed building, with contributions from some of the school’s best-known graduates.

Fondly referred to as The Mack, the building sealed Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s reputation as one of the most innovative and creative Scots of the 20th century and established him as a pioneer of Modernism. The School of Art has recently been voted the best British building of the past 175 years in a poll organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects. Contributors including Peter Howson, David Shrigley and Muriel Gray testify to the extraordinary impact the building has had on their creative lives. This one-off documentary, narrated by Daniela Nardini, includes songs specially written by Glasgow bands Sexy Kids and Frightened Rabbit, that both emerged from the school.

As an aperitif for tonight’s films, we are showing Norman McLaren’s short film: Seven Till Five (1933) which provides a fascinating insight into the practices and rituals that comprised an average day in the iconic Mackintosh Building at the GSA.

Our evening concludes with Small Faces. This 1996 Scottish drama film directed by Gillies MacKinnon about gangs in Glasgow. It stars Iain Robertson, Joseph McFadden, Steven Duffy, Kevin McKidd, Laura Fraser, Mark McConnochie, Clare Higgins, Garry Sweeney, Colin McCredie and Alastair Galbraith.

Set in Glasgow at the tail-end of the 60s, MacKinnon’s superb third feature is a tough but humorous tale of brotherly rivalry and gangland warfare which can proudly rank alongside the likes of Trainspotting. The film was shot on location at various districts in Glasgow, including GSA, Darnley, Sighthill, Partick, Merrylee, Mount Florida and Bishopbriggs and in Edinburgh.