SIR Michael Palin is among a host of stars who will be attending Glasgow Film Festival 2019.

The full programme for the 15th annual festival features seven world premieres, 102 UK premieres and 49 Scottish premieres kicking off on February 20.

As well as Sir Michael, who will be attending the UK premiere of Final Ascent and taking part in a discussion about his fascinating career, other guests include Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley, White Collar star Matt Bomer and stand-up comedians turned directors Bo Burnham and Simon Amstell.

As previously reported by the Evening Times, Jonah Hill’s coming-of-age comedy-drama Mid90s will open the festival on February 20.

There will be a step back into the 90s again when the festival closes on Sunday March 3 with the UK premiere of the big screen adaptation of Scottish playwright Kieran Hurley’s hit stage show Beats.

UK Premiere highlights include Gerard Butler and Peter Mullan in the re-telling of the real-life Flannan Isle mystery, The Vanishing and Stephen Merchant’s solo feature film directorial debut, Fighting With My Family, a warm-hearted true story about wrestling and family bonds starring The Rock and Florence Pugh.

The Glasgow festival will be hosting the first big screen outings of seven new features - many which were made in Scotland.

World premieres from home-grown talents include: BAFTA-winning director Matt Pinder’s feature documentary Harry Birrell: Films of Love and War; debut feature director Marilyn Edmond’s Connect, an ambitious attempt to confront the issue of suicide amongst young men in Scotland; Do No Harm - director Stephen Bennett’s compelling exploration of the legacy of Scottish-born psychiatrist Dr Ewen Cameron and the experiments that contributed to systems of modern-day torture across the globe.

Festival favourite Karen Gillan will be delivering another star turn in the international premiere of wrenching US drama All Creatures Here Below; director Andrew Peat returns to Scotland for the European premiere of Scotch - The Golden Dram.

Among the Scottish debuts include US stand-up comedian Bo Burnham’s eagerly awaited directorial debut, Eighth Grade, fellow comic Simon Amstell’s feature directorial debut.

Allison Gardner, Glasgow Film Festival Co-director, said: “Over the years at GFF we have excelled with our Special Events and this year is no exception.”

Allan Hunter, Glasgow Film Festival Co-director, said: “It is a real pleasure to be able to share the programme for Glasgow Film Festival 2019. The festival is peppered with exciting discoveries from around the world that range from action-packed Indian crowd-pleaser The Man Who Feels No Pain to elegant Vietnamese period piece The Third Wife.”

Tickets go on sale to GFF members and GFT CineCard holders from 12pm on January 24.