The inaugural Newcastle International Film Festival will showcase films from all genres from around the world in various sites across the city. The full programme has now been announced running over the long Easter weekend; March 29th till April 1st.
Here are some of the highlights from the programme…
The inaugural screening on Thursday 29th March will be Get Carter with a special In Conversation Q&A with director, Mike Hodges. The film was filmed in the city and starred Michael Caine. Having since become a cult classic, the festival will be showing one of the only remaining 35mm copies. The screening will take place at The Tyneside Cinema at 7.30PM*.
The Main Weekend
- Screenings will run from 10am till 10pm on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st March and from 10am till 4pm on Sunday 1st April. Films shown will be from a multitude of genres including, but not inclusive too; sport, documentaries, LGBTQ, horror, Indian, Chinese and sci-fi. Films will also be a mixture of feature length, short, animated and independent.
Screenings that are garnering particular attention include;
- The world premiere of Candida Brady’s Urban & the Shed Crew starring Richard Armitage, Anna Friel and Charlie Heaton.
- A film 14 years in the making called, you might guessed, 14 Years. It documents the 14 year jouney of making a film.
- A screening of George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead in a stunning 4K restoration – they’ll be encouraging people to dress up as zombies!
- UK Premiere of Academy-Award winning director Barbara Koppel’s 2017 documentary This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous
There will also be a selection of panels running throughout the weekend including;
- A ‘Women in Film’ panel.
- An exclusive world 1st opportunity to meet and engage in an ‘In Conversation’ Q&A session with the legendary Neil Marshall director of The Descent, Dog Soldiers and Hellboy after the screening of his 2008 hit Doomsday. He’ll also be joined with Sean Pertwee, star of Gotham and North East actor, Craig Conway.
- An ‘In Conversation’ Q&A and screening event of Candida Brady’s Urban & the Shed Crew starring Richard Armitage, Anna Friel and Charlie Heaton; with Richard booked to appear.
- A double bill of Denise Welch’s Black Eyed Susan and MP Chi Onwurah presents The Body Beautiful ‘In Conversation’ panel.
In addition, a variety of workshops, masterclasses and other industry events will also be happening.
Check out the full programme here. It’s jam packed with film! Exciting!
After all of the weekend’s festivities a closing ceremony will hand out awards from a spread of categories including best picture. It’ll hopefully give local talent the opportunity to thrive in the wider film industry.
*all events listed are subject to change venue or time or be cancelled with little warning
You can find out more information and buy tickets at the festival’s website here.
Will you be attending? Are there any particular screenings that you’re looking forward to?
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