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World Film Locations: Glasgow

World Film Locations: Glasgow explores Scotland’s biggest city and the many locations in which its films are viewed, set, and shot. Taking in the important moments and movements in its rich cinematic history, this book seeks to discover the city’s culture, character, and comedy through its cinematic identity. Essays cover a variety of topics including a background of Glasgow’s cinema-goers and picture houses, the evolution of Scots comedy, and the role of the city as inspiration for grassroots and underground filmmakers, as well as big Hollywood productions. Thirty-eight films are featured, from classics like Forsyth’s Gregory’s Girl and Loach’s Carla’s Song to cult hits like Boyle’s Trainspotting. Bollywood is also represented, alongside European titles and grim Scots realism like Sweet Sixteen, My Name is Joe, and Red Road, and new titles including Fast Romance, Perfect Sense, and NEDs, making this an essential guide to Scotland in film.

112 pages | 50 color plates | 6 x 9 | © 2013

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Table of Contents


Glasgow: City of the Imagination
      Paul Gallagher
Cinema City: Glasgow’s Passion for Cinema
      Neil Johnson-Symington
Map of Scenes 1–7: 1973–1984
Glaswegian Comedy: A Distinct Sense of Humour
      Keir Hind
Map of Scenes 8–14: 1984–1998
The Gift of Constraint: Danish-Scottish Collaboration and the Advance Party
      Pasquale Iannone
Map of Scenes 15–20: 1998–2001
Glasgow’s Kitchen Sink: The Cinema of Ken Loach and Peter Mullan
      David Archibald
Map of Scenes 21–26: 2001–2003
Dear Green Shoots: Underground Film-Making in Glasgow
      Sean Welsh
Map of Scenes 27–32: 2003–2005
Glasgow: Hollywood’s Film Set
      Nicola Balkind
Map of Scenes 33–38: 2005–2011


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