Thanks to the fact that Glasgow has so many wonderful things to see and stunning buildings, it is no surprise that it has been chosen to feature in so many films over the years. You may be surprised at some of the films that have used Glasgow as a set, so we have put together a list for you that will give you some places to seek out while you’re in the city.
That Sinking Feeling
Perhaps playing on stereotypes a little, one of the first things that is said about the city in this film is that it is famous for drunks, muggers and social deprivation. Of course, we all know now that this is not accurate, as Glasgow is without a doubt one of the most stunning cities in the country. This hard hitting dramatic picture was hugely popular, and is still available to view today despite the fact that it was filmed in 1979.
The 1950 film Madeleine is based on a Glasgow socialite, and a lot of the acting was filmed in the city. Although much of the action based in buildings was filmed at Pinewood studios, much of the exterior filming was carried out in Glasgow itself, meaning that if you are visiting in the near future you will be able to spot some of the most famous parts of the film set for yourself.
Film maker Alexander Mackendrick chose to base his film in Glasgow because this is where he studied – meaning that he was more than familiar about the parts of the city that would be a good base for scenes in a film. As it turns out, his decision was very much the right one, and all of his experience while studying meant that he was able to produce an excellent film in Glasgow, using the most effective backdrops for added effect.
Just another Saturday
The ideas for this film actual came much earlier than it was released, as there were concerns that the filming would cause riots on the streets of the city. However, this is something that turned out not to be a problem, and the film was eventually released in 1975. The film itself is based on just one day in the life of its star, and addresses many issues – which may be what made it such a popular film. The film makers have since worked together on a number of other titles, all of which have enjoyed some success.
Unlike the films mentioned so far, this film was based in the future (and shot in 1974) and is very much set in the science fiction genre. The film was about a man who followed a terminally ill woman and documented her progress with a camera in his eye. Just like other science films, the technology hasn’t come to fruition in real life, but it remains an excellent film if you haven’t seen it.
My Name Is Joe
This popular film actually started somewhat of a trend, with the film makers choosing to come back to the city for four more films after this. This is a film that suits a wide audience thanks to the fact that there is a lot of humour in it as well as the key messages that run throughout the film.
No matter what kind of films you enjoy, you are sure to find something that suits your tastes in Glasgow. This means that you can try to spot as many places that are included in the films along the way, so this is something that can make your trip even more enjoyable.