Hull Film Festival 2017: What’s On?

The Hull Independent Cinema team are back with the fourth edition of the annual Hull Film Festival, from 26 June to 9 July. The festival includes an astounding programme of 30 films from 10 different countries, including an English premiere, a bunch of Yorkshire premieres, post-film Q&As and some very special guests.

This year the festival takes place in some of the finest venues in the city, with Hull Truck Theatre, Zebedee’s Yard and Stage @TheDock all playing host to this two-week-long celebration of film. The team at Hull Independent Cinema have been working in partnership with Sheffield/Doc Fest to programme some of the festival’s highlights, with three exclusive maritime-themed documentaries (Chasing Coral, The Gaze of the Sea, and Dreamboat) to tie in with Hull’s sea-faring history.

Gather your friends, grab the popcorn and switch your phones to silent mode! Here’s a little taste of what you can expect at Hull Film Festival 2017:

The Graduate

Wed 28 June, 6.30pm. £7/£6. Vue Cinema Hull.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary with this 4K restoration, this much-loved counterculture classic is a cinematic portrait of America, which captured the mood of disaffected youth seething beneath the laid-back exterior of 1960s California. A young Dustin Hoffman plays the role of disillusioned Benjamin Braddock, who finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter.

The Red Turtle

Sat 8 July, 12pm. £7/£6/£5. Hull Truck Theatre.

This wonderful animated fantasy film directed by Michael Dudok de Wit marks the much-anticipated return of Studio Ghibli. It tells the tale of a shipwrecked man who becomes stranded on desolate yet beautiful Island. Learning to live in total isolation, he is seemingly tormented in his efforts to escape the island by a giant red turtle; his fortune seems to change as he comes upon a young woman who is also lost at sea.

Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle

Thu 29 June, 8.30pm. £7/£6. Vue Cinema Hull.

Ticket includes introduction and post-film Q&A with the director and guests.

This powerful film is an exploration of the chronic shortage of social housing in the UK, and the failures in the system that have caused it. Narrated by Maxine Peake, this documentary makes the case that housing, not Brexit, should be the defining issue of this election year.

The screening will also feature a Q&A with director Paul Sng, author Lisa Mckenzie and social housing authority representatives from Hull.

La La Land

Fri 7 July, 8.30pm. £5. Stage @The Dock.

Ticket includes special outdoor screening plus guest appearance.

With an all-star cast of Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, JK Simmons & John Legend, this event is not to be missed. Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Damien Chazelle and winner of seven Golden Globes, La La Land tells the story of Mia, and aspiring actress, and Sebastian, a dedicated Jazz musician, struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts.

This special outdoor screening at Stage @TheDock will also include pre-show dancing and entertainment from guests Kingston Swing, offering audiences the chance to learn a few dance moves.

Other Highlights

Don’t miss the highly-anticipated documentary David Lynch: The Art Life, exploring the mind of the eccentric Twin Peaks director; the film is narrated by David Lynch himself, offering audiences a greater understanding of the artist and shining a light into his unique world. Zoology, directed by Ivan I. Tverdovskiy, tells the story of a middle-aged zoo worker stuck in a life with no surprises until one day, she grows a tail and turns her life around.

Thomas Kruithof’s French/Belgian thriller Scribe captures the tale of a middle-aged man whose job is to transcribe telephone calls – until one seems to end in murder. For David Bowie fans, Jon Brewer’s documentary Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story hits Hull Truck Theatre on 8 July, depicting an intimate view into the life and work of Michael “Mick” Ronson, the guitarist/songwriter/producer and arranger and one of Bowie’s Spiders from Mars.

Visit the Hull Film Festival site for the full schedule and ticket information.