The opening and closing films for this year's Take One Action Film Festival have been announced.
The UK’s leading global change film festival, which will take place at venues across Glasgow and Edinburgh, will open on 18 September - Scottish Housing Day - with a screening of new feature documentary, Push.
Directed by Fredrik Gertten, Push is a much-needed investigation into the global forces that are turning housing into a commodity, revealing, through in-depth research and interviews, the scale of the housing crisis, which is making cities across the world unaffordable for most of their citizens.
The twelfth annual festival will then close on 29 September with a very special preview screening of Ken Loach’s critically-acclaimed new feature, Sorry We Missed You.
Receiving wide critical claim after its World Premiere at Cannes earlier this year, the urgent drama explores the heavy toll of the gig economy and zero-hour contracts on people’s personal and family lives, as a couple seek to regain a foot on the housing ladder after the financial crash. Take One Action audiences will get an exclusive first-look at the film ahead of its UK cinema release on 1 November.
The full programme for the festival - which will showcase feature films and shorts from across the world alongside a vibrant programme of filmmaker masterclasses, change-maker workshops, a documentary filmmaking experiment and community meals - will be announced on 14 August.
Tickets will be available for Edinburgh and Glasgow screenings from Tuesday 14 August via http://www.takeoneaction.org.uk/events.
Funders and partners
The festival’s patrons are film director, Ken Loach and screenwriter, Paul Laverty. It is funded by Screen Scotland and the Bertha Foundation.
This year’s partners include Oxfam Scotland, Mercy Corps, Engender, UNISON Scotland, Christian Aid Scotland, Global Justice Now, Friends of the Earth Scotland, Moving Docs (Creative Europe), the Scottish Documentary Institute, Glasgow City Council and the department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability at the University of Edinburgh.
More about Take One Action
Take One Action nurture communal exploration of the stories, ideas and questions at the heart of positive social change. Through film screenings, conversation and enquiry, we bring people together to inspire a fairer, more sustainable and more fulfilling world, in Scotland and beyond our borders.
The programme of feature films and shorts will be complemented by special events for schools, free community events, workshops and filmmaker masterclasses, in 18 venues across Edinburgh (Filmhouse, Grassmarket Centre, Edinburgh College of Art, Out of the Blue, Augustine United Church, the Institut Français d’Ecosse, The Space in Dalry, Custom Lane, Johnstone Terrace Gardens, Flavour & Haver Cook School) and Glasgow (Glasgow Film Theatre, CCA, Glasgow Women’s Library, Glasgow City College, Alliance Française de Glasgow, Film City Glasgow, Maryhill Integration Network, Project Café).
Alongside the Edinburgh and Glasgow event in September, Take One Action also organise festivals in Aberdeen (15-17 November, Belmont Filmhouse) and Inverness (22-24 November, Eden Court) and support film clubs across the country (from Melrose to Orkney). Take One Action will be taking part in events in Dundee and Stirling in October, as well as co-hosting special screenings with Extinction Rebellion at Summerhall during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
All festival events are accompanied by discussions with filmmakers, journalists, campaigners, academics or politicians.
The trailer for the festival will be released on Monday 5 August and will be available online at takeoneaction.org.uk. All event details and booking links will be available via takeoneaction.org.uk/events from the afternoon of 14 August.
Take One Action are politically neutral. Our intention is to inspire people to feel empowered to find their own routes to action to make the world a fairer, kinder, more sustainable place. We also encourage people to organise their own film screenings through our TOA Locals initiative.
For more information on Take One Action, visit takeoneaction.org.uk.