Glastonbury Festival: Film 2013

The top feature length flicks at Glastonbury 2013

Photographer:Sara Bowrey

John Bownas - 23 June 2013

There’ll be ten 3-D screenings and three Advance previews, and their range of films spans a spectrum of contemporary genres, from documentaries and animations to sc-fi and fantasy.

So what to watch?

For a full programme you can take a peek here: http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/areas/pilton-palais-cinema-tent/2013-film-synopses

However with so many movies to consider Virtual Festivals' own Claudia Winkleman, John Bownas, guides you through our handy guide to the pick-of-the-crop.  These are the ones that we know you’ll love, so join us in the best seats with your popcorn at the ready and get set to fall in love with 90-or-so minutes of celluloid heaven.

THURSDAY (JUNE 27) 23:00 - 00:50

Good Vibrations

Terri Hooley would have been a Godlike presence in the eyes of John Peel. After all, he was the man who brought Teenage Kicks into the public consciousness. Not as its writer or singer, but as the man who ‘discovered’ the Undertones and propelled them from the gritty streets of Belfast, amidst the worst days of The Troubles, to the heady heights of number 31 in the charts and – more importantly – a back-to-back double-play on Peel’s radio show. There’s violence and anger befitting the political turmoil that provides a backdrop to the Northern Irish setting – but there’s also a picture drawn of a shambling man whose love of music and his fellow man made it possible for singers and songs to poke through the cracks in the shattered concrete.

FRIDAY (JUNE 28) - 20:30 - 23:20

Django Unchained

When you go to see a Tarantino film it’s a safe bet that you’re a going to get a Tarantino film. It’s not so much that there’s a formula – but there are signature flavours; like the ones that delineate Thai from Italian cuisine. Django Unchained’s only departure from previous Tarantino movies is it’s historical setting in pre-Civil War America. Apart from that it is, as ever, violent, raw, bloody and dripping with flashes of gore. Perhaps 20 minutes longer than it needs to be, the film tracks the story of a slave-turned-bounty-hunter as he pursues the freedom of the woman he loves. It’s a no-holds-barred gun-fest at times, but with some great cinematography, earthy acting and an almost-plausible plot, this is a brilliant way to while away a few hours.

SATURDAY (JUNE 29) - 01:30 - 03:20

Otway: The Movie

Most rock-biopics are about the bands and musicians who grace the various global halls of fame. Otway: The Movie tells the tale of an Aylsebury lad who, after a brief brush with the charts that took him nowhere in particular managed to surf his own wave of inglorious obscurity through decades of nonentity whilst at the same time building a fanbase so large and so dedicated that when they decided to make a rock-u-mentary of his career the first cut ran to over seven hours. Starting with his sixth single at the height of punk in 1977 (chart position: 27) the story tracks John Otway’s stellar anti-trajectory through the backwaters of the music industry, culminating in his successful return to chart success and a glorious number nine with ‘Bunsen Burner’ – the b-side of which included 900 fans on backing vocals. Compelling viewing if you champion the underdog.

SUNDAY (JUNE 30) - 19:30 - 21:20


Something of an unknown quantity as this is an Advance screening, Svengali is the latest iteration of the trials and tribulations of Welsh postman turned indie band manager, Dixie. Initially penned as a series of five-minute internet sit-com episodes (featuring the likes of Alan McGee, Carl Barat and Bonehead), the show’s rapidly-growing fanbase has allowed it to flower into a 90-minute movie. We’re promised a ‘roller-coaster’ ride through the world of demo-tapes and grasping music management and this somehow feels like a good place to be.

The Pilton Palais Cinema marquee is situated at the bottom of the Acoustic field.

Glastonbury Festival 2013 takes place at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset from June 26-30.

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