Tribute to Burgh’s famous resident
A Glasgow film festival will pay tribute to one of Rutherglen’s most famous sons this autumn.
The Southside Film Festival is to screen the Laurel and Hardy classic silent short Putting Pants On Philip at Pollokshaws Burgh Hall on Friday October 9 at 2.30pm.
The short has often been described as the first true Laurel and Hardy film, and was believed to be Stan Laurel’s favourite of the comedy duo’s shorts.
In it, Laurel’s kilt- wearing character arrives in America fresh from Scotland and moves in with a uncle, played by Hardy. Comedy, and many mishaps, ensue in the 20 minute short, which was released in 1927. That release came just over 20 years after Laurel first started his comedy career in Scotland.
Born in Cumbria, he moved to Rutherglen and attended Rutherglen Academy, while it’s believed he stayed on Stonelaw Road and Buchanan Drive.
He famously honed his comedy craft at the Metropole Theatre and the Panopticon in Glasgow, working on pantomime and music hall sketches, which paved the way for him to move to America and later become one of the most popular comedians of all time.
This year’s Southside Film Festival will also visit Toryglen. Resistance Recipes: Palestinian Food and Film will take place at Torygle Community Base on Sunday October 11 from 12.30 to 2.30pm.
It’s a selection of a short films that will explore the politics of food in Palestine, and the way that people are coming together to make a difference.
The screening will be hosted by Urban Roots and will include a demonstration and tasting of Palestinian food before the film screening. Entry to both films events is free, and more details about the whole programme of events can be found at southsidefilm.co.uk
Tribute Stan Laurel attended school in Rutherglen before becoming a world wide star