By The Grace of God

Alexandre lives in Lyon with his wife and children. One day he learns by chance that the priest who abused him when he was in scouts is still working with children. He decides to take action and is soon joined by two other victims of the priest, François and Emmanuel. They band together to “lift the burden of silence” surrounding the ordeal. But the repercussions and consequences will leave no one unscathed.

Starring Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet, Swann Arlaud.

Awards and Reviews

Winner – Grand Jury Prize, Berlin International Film Festival, Nominee – Best Film, Berlin International Film Festival

“There’s of-the-moment cinema and then there’s on-the-moment cinema, ripped so freshly from the headlines that the filmmaking still bears a few ink smudges.” – Variety

“This is a social justice film made with purposeful conviction and a quiet, never strident, sense of indignation.” – Hollywood Reporter

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for, his hopes blind him to the reality of his situation.

A wistful odyssey populated by skaters, squatters, street preachers, playwrights, and other locals on the margins, The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a poignant and sweeping story of hometowns and how they’re made—and kept alive—by the people who love them.

Starring Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Danny Glover.

Awards and Reviews

Winner – Directing Award Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival; Winner – Special Jury Award, Sundance Film Festival; Nominee – Best Film, Locarno International Film Festival

“The Last Black Man plays like a poetic portrait, part tender ode and part cartography of lived experience, bringing a nuanced and hard-earned perspective to the screen.” – AV Club

“[A] story that doesn’t announce its themes but instead transforms lived-in ideas about friendship, loneliness, artmaking, gentrification and the many faces of black masculinity.” – New York Times


MAKING WAVES reveals the hidden power of sound in cinema – and our lives. Through film clips, interviews and verité footage, the film captures the history, impact and creative process of this overlooked art form through the insights and stories of legendary directors such as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, David Lynch, Barbra Streisand, Ang Lee, Christopher Nolan, Sofia Coppola and Ryan Coogler, and the sound men and women with whom they collaborate.

Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas have both declared that “sound is 50% of the movie” with Spielberg saying “our ears lead our eyes to where the story lives.” In MAKING WAVES, we see and hear from the key players of sound design – including multi-Oscar winners Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now), Ben Burtt (Star Wars) and Gary Rydstrom (Saving Private Ryan) – who, in pursuing their art and desire to push the medium, are the very people who will go down in the history of cinema as developing sound into the immersive storytelling force it is today.

Featuring George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, David Lynch, Barbra Streisand, Ang Lee, Christopher Nolan, Sofia Coppola, Ryan Coogler.

Awards and Reviews

Nominee – Golden Camera, Cannes Film Festival; Tribeca Film Festival Official Selection

“”Making Waves” leaves you eager to go hear a favorite movie for the first time.” – Indiewire

“You’ll likely never hear a film in the same way again after watching this thrilling celebration of the craft.” – HeyUGuys

Sorry We Missed You

Ricky, Abby and their two children live in Newcastle. They are a strong family who care for each other. Ricky has skipped from one labouring job to another while Abby, who loves her work, cares for old people. Despite working longer and harder they realise they will never have independence or their own home. It’s now or never; the app revolution offers Ricky a golden opportunity. He and Abby make a bet. She sells her car so Ricky can buy a shiny new van and become a freelance driver, with his own business at last. The modern world impinges on these four souls in the privacy of their kitchen; the future beckons.

Starring Kris Hitchen, Debbie Honeywood, Rhys Stone.

Awards and Reviews

Nominee – Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival; Toronto International Film Festival, New Zealand International Film Festval, Sydney Film Festival Official Selections

“As a stripped-down, minutely detailed portrait of the daily grind as back-breaking Sisyphean ordeal, “Sorry We Missed You” is engrossing and bluntly persuasive.” – Los Angeles Times

“A revelatory performance from the newcomer Debbie Honeywood.” – The Times


Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, Her follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other.

From the unique perspective of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Jonze comes an original love story that explores the evolving nature—and the risks—of intimacy in the modern world.

The Souvenir

Joanna Hogg’s latest film, produced by Martin Scorsese, sees Julie is a young film student struggling to find a firm direction in life when she meets the seemingly unwavering and decisive Anthony. The two immediately take to one another and an intense romance blossoms between them. However, as the relationship develops it becomes clear that Anthony is not being honest about all aspects of himself and Julie slowly discovers that they could have potentially devastating consequences for them both.

One of Britain’s most unique filmmakers Joanna Hogg (Archipelago, Unrelated) presents a deeply personal examination of her own youthful experiences in this beautifully crafted portrait of self-discovery, THE SOUVENIR.

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‘I am the Coyote’ Film Screening: Silent Scream (1990)

This multi award-winning biopic is based on the true story of Larry Winters, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder in a Soho bar in 1963. Partly told in a series of flashbacks which reveal how a man with an IQ of 165 became a convicted murderer, the film explores Winters’ experience in the special unit of Barlinnie prison which finally gave him a route to self-expression.

Directed by David Hayman and starring Iain Glen as Larry Winters. Robert Carlyle makes his debut film performance as Big Woodsy.

85 mins | certificate 15
Screenings start at 6pm (doors open 5.45pm)

Exhibition Preview: Proboscidea Rappings

Join us in the Gallery Café and Project Space for the exhibition preview of Proboscidea Rappings by Ollie Dook.

Jumbo the Elephant was one of the first modern day animal celebrities. Born in 1861 Jumbo tragically died in 1885 after a fatal collision with a train. The impact of his brief time on this planet was felt on a global scale.

Artist Ollie Dook examines the story of an archived photograph which depicts an imitation ‘Jumbo’ crossing Hull’s Monument Bridge in the 19th Century as part of Barnum’s circus parade.

Through an exhibition that combines video and sculpture, Dook offers up a new version of Jumbo, exploring the enormity of his physicality, popularity and impact on the world.


Beyond Human: Synthetic Cinema – Her (2013)

Join us for a screening of Spike Jonze’s modern science-fiction romance movie Her (2013).

Beyond Human is a series of film screenings chosen to compliment Aniara Omann’s exhibition Equanipolis. This screening offers a modern vision of the future that explores the impact technology has on human relationships.

The screening will start at 6.30pm.
In partnership with Hull Independent Cinema.

Rated 15.

Harlan Whittingham: Collectionneur (2019) & Collector (2019)


Join artist Harlan Whittingham for an introduction to his practice and screening of two short-films which use documentary, fiction and horror to examine collectors, their collections and the definition of value.

Through an intimate video confessional and tour of the character’s fetlife archives, we begin to explore the Collectionneur (2019, 7 mins 25 seconds) and his developing relationship with art objects.

Following this, the Collectionneur casts his gaze onto other Collectors (2019, 18 mins 37 seconds) – bed and breakfast owner Mark Hinchcliffe and dominatrix Mistress Zephyr; searching their collections for the objects of his desire.

Whittingham has spent the past year developing his practice on Tetley’s Associate Artists Programme (TAAP). Georgia Taylor Aguilar, Public Programme and Residencies Producer for The Tetley will finish by outlining TAAP.

Image credited to Still from Collectors, 2019. Harlan Wittingham.

Beyond Human: Mutant Cinema – Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)

Join us for a screening of Jack Arnold’s cult-classic monster movie Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954).

Beyond Human is a series of film screenings chosen to compliment Aniara Omann’s exhibition Equanipolis. This screening explores evolutionary alternatives to Homo sapiens through the pioneering use of special effects in cinema.

The screening will start at 6.30pm.
In partnership with Hull Independent Cinema.

‘I am the Coyote’ Film Screening: A Sense of Freedom (1979)

Biopic based on the autobiography of Jimmy Boyle, the notorious former gangster from the Gorbals in Glasgow who was reputed to be Scotland’s most violent man. Boyle turned to art during his incarceration at Barlinnie prison where the Special Unit he was admitted to placed an emphasis on rehabilitation, and after his release Boyle became a sculptor and novelist.

Please note attendees must be over 18. Booking essential due to limited spaces.

Directed by John Mackenzie
Screenings start at 6pm (doors open 5.45pm)


Havana…..The Rolling Stones……500,000 screaming fans…… and you.

Relive the concert of concerts as if you were there in this brand new immersive event like no other.

Rebel Vision’s cutting edge cinematic technology will transport you to Havana where rock history was made as The Rolling Stones performed to half a million fans in a spectacular and iconic record breaking event.

A state of the art sound system, screens and concert lighting creates a brand new experience as Cuban dancers and actors provide an exotic backdrop allowing you to submerge yourself in Havana Moon and let the Caribbean air wash over you.

“This immersive experience will let thousands more fans be part of a historic moment” Sir Mick Jagger

Hull Independent Cinema: APOLLO 11

From director, Todd Douglas Miller (Dinosaur 13) comes a cinematic experience fifty years in the making. Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 70mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission—the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into household names. Immersed in the perspectives of the astronauts, the team in Mission Control, and the millions of spectators on the ground, we vividly experience those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.

Starring Buzz Aldrin, Joan Ann Archer, Janet Armstrong, Neil Armstrong, Jack Benny, Johnny Carson

Awards and Reviews
Winner, Best Editing – Sundance Film Festival
Nominee, Best Documentary – Sundance Film Festival
Sheffield Doc/Fest, New Zealand International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival Official Selections

“The NASA mission at the heart of the must-see documentary Apollo 11 reminds you what it feels to be truly awestruck.” – Entertainment Weekly

“A masterpiece in storytelling which deserves to be seen on the biggest screen one could possibly find.” – HeyUGuys

APOLLO 11 is rated U.

Hull Independent Cinema: NEVER LOOK AWAY

Hull Independent Cinema presents NEVER LOOK AWAY
Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarch | 2018 | Germany/Italy | Cert 15 | 189 mins | German language with English subtitles

A sweeping romantic historical drama, NEVER LOOK AWAY follows thirty years in the life of a great artist – loosely based on Gerhard Richter, one of the 20th century’s most admired visual artists – played by Tom Schilling (Woman in Gold, Generation War). The film goes from a childhood witnessing Nazi Germany, to post-war East Berlin, where he falls in love with a young woman (Paula Beer, Frantz, The Dark Valley, Transit) whose father is an ex-Nazi murderer in hiding (Sebastian Koch, The Lives of Others, Homeland, Blackbook), escaping to the West at the time of the Berlin Wall, and ultimately being part of the exciting new movement in contemporary art.

Starring Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer

Awards and Reviews
Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Cinematography – 2019 Academy Awards
Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film, 2019 Golden Globes
Venice Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival Offical Selections

“The title of “Never Look Away” is deliciously ironic: This is one of the most mesmerizing, compulsively watchable films in theatres right now.” – The Washington Post

“Rich as the film may be in aesthetic considerations — very rich indeed — it’s the startling arc of Kurt’s life story that sustains the dramatic narrative.” – Wall Street Journal

NEVER LOOK AWAY is rated 15. Visit the BBFC website for full details (may include plot spoilers).

Image credited to Modern Films

Hull Independent Cinema: THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT

Hull Independent Cinema presents THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT
Kim Nguyen | 2018 | Belgium/Canada | Cert 15 | 110 min

In this modern epic, Kim Nguyen exposes the ruthless edge of our increasingly digital world. Cousins from New York, Vincent (Jesse Eisenberg) and Anton (Alexander Skarsgård) are players in the high-stakes game of High-Frequency Trading, where winning is measured in milliseconds. Their dream? To build a straight fibre-optic cable line between Kansas and New Jersey, making them millions. But nothing is straightforward for this flawed pair. Anton is the brains, Vincent is the hustler, and together they push each other and everyone around them to the breaking point with their daring adventure. Constantly breathing down their necks is their old boss Eva Torres (Salma Hayek), a powerful, intoxicating and manipulative trader who will stop at nothing to come between them and beat them at their own game.

Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård, Salma Hayek

Awards and Reviews
“At once an offbeat comedy and a satisfyingly weird thriller.” – San Francisco Chronicle

“An invigorating snapshot of greed that examines how far competitors will go to gain even the slightest fraction of an edge over their rivals in the stock market. – Detroit News

THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT is rated 15. Visit the BBFC website for full details (may include plot spoilers).