Glasgow Film Festival welcomes Gemma Arterton for Premiere of THE ESCAPE and Jessie Buckley for Scottish Premiere of BEAST | The Fan Carpet

Glasgow Film Festival welcomes Gemma Arterton for Premiere of THE ESCAPE and Jessie Buckley for Scottish Premiere of BEAST


15 February 2018

The GFF red carpet will welcome Gemma Arterton for UK premiere of The Escape on 3 March and Jessie Buckley for Scottish premiere of Beast on 24 February

More star guests have been confirmed for this year’s Glasgow Film Festival

Festival favourite Gemma Arterton (Their Finest; Quantum of Solace) – who visited GFF13 with Saoirse Ronan for Neil Jordan’s Byzantium- will return for the UK premiere of tense domestic drama The Escape (3 Mar), 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 smouldering Jersey-set thriller Beast (24 Feb).

Renowned writer Bernard MacLaverty will attend a special retrospective screening of his modern Irish classic Cal (2 Mar), starring Helen Mirren and John Lynch, as part of the Ireland: The Near Shore strand.

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.

Tickets for all events are on sale now.

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 to announce 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.”

About Glasgow Film Festival
The fourteenth annual Glasgow Film Festival will run from 21 February – 4 March 2018.

Notable guests visiting the festival in recent years have included Richard Gere, Alan Rickman, Joss Whedon, Terry Gilliam, John C Reilly, Saoirse Ronan, Richard Dreyfuss, Jonathan Glazer, Richard Johnson, Gemma Arterton, Ben Wheatley, David Tennant, Cliff Curtis, David Robert Mitchell, Carol Morley, Gemma Jones, Jason Priestley, Neil Jordan, agnés b., Armando Iannucci, Jack O’Connell, Dexter Fletcher, Peter Mullan, George Sluizier, Peter Capaldi, Ty West, Richard Ayoade, Eli Roth and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. The 2017 festival featured the red carpet world premiere of David Tennant’s Mad To Be Normal and logged over 41,000 admissions, cementing its reputation as one of Europe’s major film festivals.

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