Review: Glasgow Science Centre Lates

Have you ever seen a fire tornado? ‘Cause I have. And in controlled circumstances with no risk to life its really pretty awesome. The Glasgow Science Centre Lates are part of the trend for opening normally child friendly sites up to adults only. It can be a token effort and sometimes really crap (*cough* zoo night) but GSC have knocked it out the park.

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Review: Dispossession, The Great Social Housing Swindle

Paul Sng’s (Invisible Britain, Sleaford Mods) feature length documentary on the decline of social housing seems particularly timely in light of the recent tragedy of Grenfell; a situation that made absolutely clear the contempt held for the poorest and most marginalized groups. The truth is that the housing crisis has been happening for a very long time. Sng is trying to capture the unarguable neglect on the part of some authorities and the desperation of those affected, and for the most part Dispossession succeeds.

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Review: Smut Slam

The theme is epic fails. The rules are clear. Five minutes. No props. No scripts. No shaming of others. Get up on stage, tell your story, laugh and cringe and you may just win a fabulous prize.

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Review: Chris Leslie’s Disappearing Glasgow, Aye Write 2017

Disappearing Glasgow is a series of stills, short films and audio interviews all conducted by photographer and filmmaker Chris Leslie. What started as an MA photography project has, eight years alter, been turned into a glorious weighty full colour book documenting some of the tower blocks of Glasgow. Leslie talked as part of the Aye Write festival about his process in procuring and curating the images of flats stripped of everything but the wallpaper and buildings exhaling dust in their last sigh as they fall to the ground. As a non-native of this city I call home I was expecting to be surprised by the information, I wasn’t expecting to be enthralled.

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Review: The Good Postman, Glasgow Film Festival

The village of Great Dervent sits precisely on the border between Bulgaria and Turkey. It has stood during the fall of the Ottoman Empire and has been subject to much change due to its strategic location. Now it sees new faces, those fleeing from Syria as well as Iraq and Afghanistan. Border patrols are not enough to stop everyone who comes through hoping to make it to the Bulgarian capital of Sofia and beyond. Ivan Fransunov, the postman of the village, is running for mayor and intends to welcome the refugees in order to bring life back to his home. With just forty-six eligible voters, every person counts. His competition includes the incumbent mayor Vesa (who in her mid-40s is considered by many to be far too young to govern) and a fiery frenemy who seeks the reinstatement of communism whilst wholeheartedly rejecting taking in immigrants and refugees.

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