FILM ■ CCA, Glasgow, 1–28 Feb.
Wrestling with the world of a prima ballerina Director Darren Aronofsky looks set to be en pointe with his follow-up to The Wrestler, starring the hotly tipped Natalie Portman as Nina, an unhinged ballerina striving for perfection, in Black Swan. See feature, page 12. (AM) ■ General release from 21 Jan.
COMEDY Edinburgh Comedy Awards winner returns to the fold Russell Kane came, we saw and he finally conquered the judges to pick up the gong for his comedy gold performance of Smokescreens and Castles at the 2010 Fringe. Prepare to have your ribs suitably tickled. (AM) ■ Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline, 26 Jan.
MUSIC Ferrying in some alt-rock glam From art-rock rakes to AOR lotharios, Roxy Music blazed a trail of glam-punk invention through the seventies (‘Virginia Plain’, ‘Love is the Drug’, Brian Eno) and cocktail seduction through the eighties (‘Jealous Guy’, ‘Avalon’, ‘More Than This’). Decades on, they remain a delectable prospect, thanks to two words:
FILM Brighton Rock reinvention tipped for Oscar glory It’s no secret that some of Hollywood’s finest filmmakers have been reluctant to touch the The Boulting brothers’ 1947 film version of Graham Greene’s classic text Brighton Rock. Sixty years on, director Rowan Joffe steps up to the plate, taking the action from the 1930s to 1964. Andy Serkis and Helen Mirren star. (AM) ■ General release from 2 Feb.
VISUAL ART First Scottish exhibition for French conceptual/installation artist Since his influential ‘Tableux’ collection in the 1970s, French artist, sculptor and photographer Jean-Marc Bustamente has been pushing the boundaries of mixed media work. The Fruitmarket hosts the first major exhibition of his work in Scotland, which will include large-scale photographs, sculpture and paintings on Perspex. (LM) ■ Fruitmarket, Edinburgh, 4 Feb–3 Apr.
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Bryan Ferry. (NM) ■ SECC, Glasgow, 26 & 27 Jan. FESTIVAL
Masters of manipulation Puppet Animation Scotland returns with its refreshingly different festival of theatre, film and animation. Now in its fourth year, Manipulate will welcome performers from across the globe and hopefully continue its reputation for providing thought-provoking, poetic and innovative visual theatre. (LM) ■ Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 31 Jan–5 Feb.
FESTIVAL Diverse film festival that’s shooting for the stars Here at List Towers we can’t find anything not to love about the increasingly bumper-sized Glasgow Film Festival. Growing year on year, 2011’s line-up welcomes back the rather gallus Music and Film Festival strand of the festival programme, featuring Goblin, Zombie Zombie and Davie Scott. See panel, right. (AM) ■ Various venues, Glasgow, 17–27 Feb.
VISUAL ART GSA graduate secures CCA residency Glasgow-based visual artist Kate V Robertson has exhibited in Berlin and Glasgow, from live art projects to guerilla art in public spaces. Having previously worked with audio, video and photography, as well as sculpture, the content of her residency in the CCA’s Creative Lab should be incredibly diverse. (LM)
One of the silver screen’s most iconic figures heads to the theatre Artistic director Jeremy Raison may have left the building but the Citz’ Marilyn Monroe biog is still set to hit the stage, courtesy of Scottish playwright Sue Glover. (AM) ■ Citizens’ Theatre, Glasgow, 22 Feb–12 Mar; Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh, 15 Mar–2 Apr.
PREVIEW OF THE YEAR
GOBLIN: 5 REASONS TO SEE THE SOUNDTRACK MASTERS
The Italian prog rock band Goblin are most famous for their work on the horror films of Dario Argento. Here are five reasons why their appearance at the Glasgow Music and Film Festival will be unmissable
1 THEY COME FROM ANOTHER, BETTER TIME Before horror movie soundtracks became bland metal compilations of corporate synergy, Goblin’s Italian prog could be counted on to provide the requisite tone of mania, suspense or plain, old-fashioned evil. Their work with legendary giallo director Dario Argento set the bar so high, people don’t even bother these days.
2 THEY ARE NO ORDINARY FILM COMPOSERS
Before Argento hired them to finish murder mystery Profondo Rosso, they were a fully-fledged prog rock live band and at the height of their success, their soundtracks were million-sellers.
3 THEY’RE PLAYING THE HITS
With no new album to promote (as yet) Goblin are going to be drawing from their classic scores for Profondo Rosso, Suspiria and Dawn of the Dead among others. Will we hear anything from the fantastic Tenebre, recorded by three of the group under a different title for legal reasons? Only one way to find out!
4 GFF AND THE ARCHES SAID SO
The annual team-up already has an impressive track record of hosting imaginative, one-off gigs. This year also sees 65 Days Of Static re- soundtrack sci-fi classic Silent Running while Zombie Zombie will do the same for Battleship Potemkin. Goblin will still undoubtedly be the highlight.
5 YOU MAY NOT GET ANOTHER CHANCE
Having not played live together in 32 years, Goblin reformed for a handful of rare gigs in 2009, before splitting again on the eve of their 2010 Glasgow GFF gig. This time round, original keyboardist and general mastermind Claudio Simonetti is also back in the fold. (Sean Welsh)
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