Ishtar #GFF19


The final film in the Elaine May retrospective, and the nail in her directorial coffin. This film was panned, lost a whole heap of money, and has all but disappeared. However, it’s a comedy, with two fine lead actors, some terrible terrible comedy songs, and it made me laugh. Yes it’s kinda rubbish, but nowhere near as awful as you’ve been led to believe. Catch it on TV sometime, you might have a bit of a giggle.


Fugue (Fuga) #GFF19


Without giving anything away Fugue is an exploration of identity, based around a woman who is found in a “dissociative fugue” state. She has completely forgotten her previous identity, and when her family identify her, it appears that she has undergone a profound personality change. It’s dark and disturbing, and ultimately desperate. Some beautiful visual flourishes too. Loved this one.




We Are The Weirdos #GFF19


Last film of the day was a series of 9 short films by women working in the horror genre. Lots of feminist themes, creepy puppets, and one hilarious number (Hair Wolf) about “white women intent on sucking the lifeblood from black culture”. The puppets though. If you’ve going to have nightmares, it’s going to be about those puppets.


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Mikey & Nicky #GFF19

Want to see two men behave abominably to each other? Two men who are so macho that they don’t know how to be humane. Mikey & Nicky (Peter Falk & John Cassavetes) are two gangsters who grew up together and find themselves at breaking point. The film is shocking and tense. Definitely worth a watch for the performances, but it’s not an easy ride. Loving this Elaine May season at Glasgow Film Festival.


Bob & Carol &Ted &Alice #GFF19

Dyan Cannon & Elliot Gould. I mean, I know Natalie Wood was the big star, but Dyan Cannon completely steals the show. Paired with Elliot Gould, they are perfect as Ted & Alice. The film is a satire on the swinging sixties and the meaning of a sexually permissive society, and is very much of its time. A great period piece with lots of laughs, a few cringes, great performances and outstanding outfits. Time to seek out the work of Ms Cannon.


The Ghost of Peter Sellers #GFF19


I didn’t expect to fall in love with the director of a film that was never screened, but tonight, I have a new favourite – the beautiful person that is Peter Medak. The Ghost of Peter Sellers is a documentary based around the traumatic and exhilarating experience Medak had while attempting to direct a film that was so flawed from the outset that they should never have picked up their cameras. An incomplete script, insufficient funds and technical expertise to film on a boat, and the impossibility of working with the mercurial genius, Peter Sellers.


Mendak was present for a Q&A and regaled us with tales of the genius and hilarity of Sellers and Spike Milligan, Peter O’Toole and many of the greats he worked with in the 70s and 80s. He never did tell us that Liz Taylor story that was hinted at though.