The Glasgow Film Festival red carpet will welcome Gemma Arterton for the UK premiere of The Escape on 3rd March and Jessie Buckley for the Scottish premiere of Beast on 24th February. Arterton last visited the festival in 2013 with Saoirse Ronan for Neil Jordan’s Byzantium. She will return for the screening of the tense domestic drama The Escape, alongside director Dominic Savage.
Star of hit TV shows War and Peace and Taboo Jessie Buckley will join director Michael Pearce for the Scottish premiere of the Jersey-set thriller Beast.
Renowned writer Bernard MacLaverty will attend a special retrospective screening of his modern Irish classic Cal on 2nd March, starring Helen Mirren and John Lynch, as part of the Ireland: The Near Shore strand of the festival.
Australian director Warwick Thornton (Samson and Delilah; Words With Gods) will introduce the Scottish premiere of his ravishing western Sweet Country (26 Feb), set in Australia’s Northern Territory.
They will be gracing the Glasgow Film Festival red carpet alongside the likes of Bill Pullman, Karen Gillan, David Tennant, Paddy Considine and Imogen Poots as the city gears up to host one of the UK’s biggest film festivals from 21st February to 4th March.
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Allan Hunter, Glasgow Film Festival Co-Director said: “We are all set to welcome a bumper array of special guests to the Glasgow Film Festival this year. I am thrilled that we have are now able toannounce some illustrious additions to their ranks.
“Gemma Arterton is returning to the Festival with her stunning central performance in The Escape, rising star Jessie Buckley joins us for the first time with the thriller Beast and it is fantastic that director Warwick Thornton will be with us to present his award-winning Sweet Country. Audiences are in for a real treat.”