Cage-a-rama is Scotland’s first Nicolas Cage film festival, co-founded and programmed by Sean Welsh and Megan Mitchell. The inaugural, sold-out Cage-a-rama festival took place on Saturday 06/01/18 and Sunday 07/01/18 at Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow.
Over two days, Cage-a-rama explored two facets of the unfathomable diamond that is Cage, starting with Cage the Fighter and the Holy Trinity of The Rock (1996) and Face/Off (1997) and Con Air (1997). Day two (Nicolas Cage’s 54th birthday) presented the gentler side of Nicolas, with Cage the Lover: Valley Girl (1983), Moonstruck (1987) and Raising Arizona (1987).
Marco Kyris, Cage’s stand-in on film productions from 1994 to 2005, introduced day one of Cage-a-rama 2018 via video before returning for a live Skype Q&A. The Saturday also featured a special Cavalcade of Cage supporting programme of rare clips, trailers and other work. Canadian academic Lindsay Gibb (author of National Treasure: Nicolas Cage) and the hosts of #CageCast, Joey Lewandowski & Mike Manzi, lent contributions to day two, which kicked off with a Nicolas Cage Birthday Brunch and Quiz.
Williams Bros Brewery were sponsors of Cage-a-rama 2018, providing refreshments all weekend.
Launching the festival, co-founder Sean Welsh said: “It’s high time we brought Nicolas Cage to Scotland. Since Cage appeared in person at the CAGED festival in Austin, Texas, earlier this year, we realised the only way to conjure the man himself was to start our own film festival in tribute. If this doesn’t work, next year we’ll burn a wicker effigy of him in Glasgow Green.”
Cage-a-rama 2019 is scheduled for Saturday 05/01/19 and Sunday 06/01/19.
Poster illustrations by Vero Navarro.