“In the current climate we need something to bring us together, and nobody’s mad at Keanu Reeves,” says Sean. “Glasgow just doesn’t have enough film festivals; there’s currently only 37 annually, to serve a population of 621,000 people, which is rising to several million in the surrounding area.” Sean and Megan have gone some way to accommodate these numbers, packing their first edition of the festival with “as many films as possible (10.5 over two days)”.
They’ve also invited an array of Keanu colleagues and collaborators to illuminate the screenings by recording “short videos to introduce the films”. These include Alex Winter, famously Bill. S Preston Esquire from Bill and Ted, Ed Solomon, the film’s writer, and Tiger Chen, Keanu’s co-star in 2013 martial arts flick, Man of Tai Chi, which Megan tells me is her favourite Keanu Reeves film.
KeanuCon runs in Glasgow on April 27 and 28, but heartbreakingly, has already sold out. Matchbox Cineclub have plenty more to offer though, Sean assures me, from Cage-a-rama, the Nicolas Cage film festival which they run every January, and Weird Weekend, a festival devoted to ‘strange and unseen cinema’, which returns to Glasgow in August this year.
Keep up with all other Matchbox Cineclub’s events here, and even though you might be forced to wait until 2020 to attend KeanuCon, you can satisfy your Keanu cravings in the meantime with this beautiful superfan gallery created by one very obessed mum.