Since the release of box office hits 'Shallow Grave' and 'Trainspotting' in the mid-nineties, (coincidentally, around the same time that Glasgow Film Office made it's appearance on the world stage) films shot on location in Glasgow have regularly featured at some of the world's A-list festivals.
Cannes favourite Ken Loach has been a regular visitor to the city and his film 'My Name is Joe' secured a Best Actor prize for Peter Mullan at the 1998 Festival. Subsequently, Andrea Arnold's debut feature 'Red Road' (made under the Advance Party umbrella and supported by GFO) was awarded the Jury Prize at the 2006 Festival.
Native film makers have also made an impact on the international scene with Glasgow born Lynne Ramsay's early short films 'Small Deaths' and 'Gasman' winning Jury Prizes at Cannes and her debut feature 'Ratcatcher' being selected for the 'Un Certain Regard' section of the Festival in 1999. Sigma Films' David Mackenzie is also a regular at major film festivals such as Berlin and Toronto.
So whether it's big budget Hollywood blockbusters featuring Oscar winners and nominees like 'World War Z' (Brad Pitt) and 'Cloud Atlas' (Halle Berry and Jim Broadbent) or locally grown award winners we will hopefully continue to feature them on these pages for many more years to come. (Just don't ask about 'The Dark Knight Rises' - contrary to reports in many periodicals, Bruce Wayne never put on the cape and mask in Glasgow...).