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Industry. Innovation. Change.

Human Stories is a selection of films rooted in the shared human experience. From the oldest married couple in the world to a portrait of a life, these narratives look at communal rights-of-passage that transcend place and remind us of our humanity and how individual stories help us to relate to one another in a complex world.

At the Human Stories night the Q&A session includes Hannah Pike, the Director of Hit & Run.

Please note all of the films for this evening are 15+

Films included in the programme:


Dir Glen Milner | UK | 2015 | 7 mins | Documentary (15+)

After leaving India for the industrial north of England in the 1960’s, Karim and Katari Chand never imagined they would end up being married longer than any other couple in the world. Their personal story of family, immigration, love, and the working-class is both inspiring and honest as we gain a valuable insight into how different cultures respect their elders.

2. HIT & RUN

Dir Hannah Pike | UK | 2016 | 20 mins | Drama (15+)

If Tennent’s Super did Pretty Woman. In Stockport… An alcoholic desperate to end his life encounters a prostitute desperate to start hers. Despite an initial repulsion to each other they soon realise that each has something to offer the other.


Dir Joschka Laukeninks | Germany | 2016 | 8 mins | Drama (15+)

As a young child our protagonist is left by his mother and has to live with his violent father. He fights his way through adolescence and falls in love with the woman of his dreams and just as everything seems to be finally working out for him, a sudden event changes the course of his life forever. A story about how everything we love, everything we learn, everything we build, everything we fear, will one day be gone.


Dir Benjamin Cleary & TJ O’Grady Peyton | Ireland | 2017 | 14 mins | Drama (15+)

A man wakes from a coma speaking a fully formed but unrecognizable language, baffling linguistic experts from around the globe. Narrated by Jarvis Cocker.

Each  programme will include a hosted Q&A and panel discussion around the theme of the film programme with the filmmakers and special guests.

Substance Film Festival is curated by Aesthetica Short Film Festival and presented in partnership with Hull Independent Cinema and Substance.


Substance is a new festival celebrating the culture, creativity and future of the North.

Creative visionaries, mavericks and the next generation of artistic iconoclasts descend on Hull to ask questions about the future of arts and culture and the role they play in places like Hull.

Does arts-led regeneration exist? What exactly are the creative industries? Has the digital revolution democratised arts and are we all curators now? And most importantly, what happened in the past 11 months and what does it mean for the future?

Venues across Hull city centre play host to discussions, film screenings, debates, unique installations and the next generation of artworks and performances.

Substance is presented by Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and takes place in early December 2017.

See all the films as part of Shorts of Substance Film Festival at a discounted rate of £10. Present your ticket for your pass at the first screening you attend to collect your tickets. To purchase the pass click here.




Princes Quay Shopping Centre
0345 308 4620

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Venue Access

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Monday 10am-3am
Tuesday 10am-3am
Wednesday 10am-3am
Thursday 10am-3am
Friday 10am-3am
Saturday 10am-3am
Sunday 10am-3am

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