Hull Independent Cinema: STUDIO 54

Studio 54 was the epicentre of 70s hedonism – a place that not only redefined the nightclub, but also came to symbolise an entire era. Its co-owners, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, two friends from Brooklyn, seemed to come out of nowhere to suddenly preside over a new kind of New York society. Now, 39 years after the velvet rope was first slung across the club’s hallowed threshold, a feature documentary tells the real story behind the greatest club of all time.

PLEASE NOTE: This work contains flashing images which may affect viewers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.

Starring Steve Rubell andIan Schrager.

“For those of us who never went (and probably couldn’t have gotten in if we tried), “Studio 54″ lets you taste a bit of the ecstasy.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety.

“An enjoyable ride that captures both the excitement of the party and the shameful details of its aftermath.” – John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter.

Hull Independent Cinema: IN THE FADE

Critically acclaimed filmmaker Fatih Akin returns with IN THE FADE, a gripping, edge-of-your-seat contemporary thriller exploring the lengths one woman would go to seek retribution after a brutal terrorist attack. Inspired by shocking real-life events, the film tells the story of Katja, whose life is torn apart when her husband and young son are suddenly killed in a bomb attack. A police investigation points to a pair of young neo-Nazis as the key suspects, but when a lack of evidence fails to fully incriminate them, Katja is forced to take matters into her own hands and her hunt for justice begins to take increasingly dangerous and unexpected turns.

Winner of the Best Actress award at Cannes 2017, the 2018 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and featuring a career-defining central performance from Kruger, In the Fade is a timely and all-too-urgent drama about a woman pushed to the edge as she desperately searches for the answers she believes to be out there.

Starring Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto, Numan Acar

Winner, Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language, Golden Globes 2018 Winner, Best Actress – Diane Krueger, Cannes Film Festival 2017

“It’s flawed but powerful, mostly down to a revelatory performance from Diane Kruger.” – Ian Freer, Empire Magazine

“Diane Kruger carries entire scenes of witness testimonies through looks and grimaces alone. It’s a masterclass.” – Kevin Maher, The Times

A Northern Soul

A Northern Soul – Sean McAllister

Steve is a warehouse worker by day, hip-hop artist by night. He represents a forgotten generation whose dreams haven’t been met. But Steve is also a deeply community-driven optimist, who has also been trying to find a way to bring creativity and culture to the disadvantaged kids of the city. Kids like he once was – kids whose opportunities to build a better life are restricted by the world around them. Music has been his dream for 30 years and he saw the opportunity in the City of Culture year to start a project: the ‘Beats Bus’, using a bus donated by his company and converted into a sound studio, allowing him to visit some of Hull’s poorest schools and give kids a voice through music training and performance – a chance he never had.


Additional dates now added

Friday 10 Aug, 7:30pm, Kardomah94

+ post-film Q&A with Sean McAllister and Steve Arnott, hosted by Lee Corner from Absolutely Cultured

Multiple August dates 7:30pm, Vue Cinema Hull

+ post-film Q&A with Sean McAllister and Steve Arnott

Monday 13 August
Tuesday 14 August
Wednesday 15 August
Monday 20 August
Wednesday 22 August
Thursday 23 August
Tuesday 28 August
Wednesday 29 August


Medi(art) A Filming and Media Workshop

A unique opportunity to work with film-maker and tech wizard, Sean Atkinson, to learn techniques and form an approach to promoting your creative practice online and in digital formats.

The day will begin with an introduction of the many ways media may be used to promote you and your work. Through talk and demonstration, Sean will bring several examples of tech, show effective ways of using them, and present some of the projects that he has worked on to support others in managing their profile through media and tech.

This will include some basic techniques of using your phone or tablet for film, editing and sound along with some of the particularities of spreading your material on social media and other digital outlets and the most effective apps and programmes.

You will then explore using the techniques etc with the support of Sea, with opportunity for questions and discussion throughout.

Hull Film Festival 2018

Hull Film Festival is back for the fifth year, inviting you discover the very best in new film from around the world, with titles that are award-winning, critically-acclaimed, unashamedly independent, and a little out of left field.

This year’s programme features 16 films, all Hull exclusive screenings, and they’re proud to be hosting multiple regional premieres.



Mon 2 July, 6:30pm.

In the dark heart of a sprawling, anonymous city, Terminal follows the twisting tales of two assassins carrying out a sinister mission (Max Irons & Dexter Fletcher), a teacher battling a fatal illness (Simon Pegg), an enigmatic janitor (Mike Myers) and a curious waitress leading a dangerous double life (Margot Robbie).

Murderous consequences unravel in the dead of night as their lives all intertwine at the hands of a mysterious criminal mastermind hell-bent on revenge.


Mon 2 July, 8:30pm.

Among the most exciting voices in genre cinema to emerge in recent years, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead return with their third feature, The Endless.

Benson and Moorhead play brothers, former members of a “crazy UFO death cult”, who receive a mysterious video cassette in the mail. The tape contains an eerie calling card from their past, inviting them to attend an event called the Ascension.

At first their old friends in the cult seem warm and welcoming, but things soon turn strange as the brothers find themselves drawn into a vortex of bizarre rituals, strange messages, unseen forces and sinister supernatural secrets that threaten to tear apart the very fabric of reality.

The Endless is a truly unique mind-bending, genre-blending indie gem that will leave you spinning.


Tues 3 July, 6:30pm.

This dark suburban satire tells the story of a man who is accused of adultery by his ex-fiancée and forced to move in with his parents.

While he fights for custody of his four-year-old daughter, he is gradually sucked into a bitter dispute between his parents and their neighbours regarding an old and beautiful tree that casts a shadow on the neighbours’ deck.

As the dispute intensifies – property is damaged, pets mysteriously go missing, security cameras are being installed and there is a rumour that the neighbour was seen with a chainsaw.


Tues 3 July, 8:30pm.

Forever remembered as the writer who gave the world Frankenstein, but the real life story of Mary Shelley is nearly as fantastical as her fiction.

Raised by a renowned philosopher, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Elle Fanning) is a teenage dreamer, determined to make her mark on the world when she meets the dashing and brilliant poet Percy Shelley (Douglas Booth).

So begins a torrid love affair, marked by both passion and personal tragedy, that will transform Mary and fuel the writing of her Gothic masterwork. Imbued with the imaginative spirit of its heroine, Mary Shelley brings to life the world of a trailblazing woman who defied convention and channelled her innermost demons into a legend for the ages.


Wed 4 July, 6:30pm.

Once a rising star of the rodeo circuit, Brady is warned that his riding days are over, after a horse crushed his skull at a rodeo.

Back home on the Pine Ridge Reservation, with little desire or alternatives for a different way of life, Brady’s sense of inadequacy mounts as he is unable to ride or rodeo.

In an attempt to regain control of his own fate, Brady undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.


Wed 4 July, 8:30pm.

As devout Jehovah’s Witnesses, sisters Alex and Luisa and their mother, Ivanna, are united in The Truth. Alex looks up to her confident older sister, while striving to follow in Ivanna’s footsteps as a ‘good Witness’.

But when Luisa starts to question the advice of the Elders, she makes a life-altering transgression that threatens to expel her from the congregation.

Apostasy is a remarkable and authentic debut film, providing rare insight into the complex nature of faith, family, duty and love.


Thurs 5 July, 6:30pm.

Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) looks the part of a perfect high school girl, but after she’s caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night, Cameron is quickly shipped off to a conversion therapy centre that treats teens “struggling with same-sex attraction.”

At the facility, she is subjected to outlandish discipline, dubious “de-gaying” methods, and earnest Christian rock songs-but this unusual setting also provides her with an unlikely gay community.

For the first time, Cameron connects with peers, and she’s able to find her place among fellow outcasts.


Thurs 5 July, 8:30pm.

In a little Sicilian village at the edge of a forest, Giuseppe vanishes. Luna, his classmate who loves him, refuses to accept his mysterious disappearance.

She rebels against the silence and complicity that surround her, and to find him she descends into the dark world which has swallowed him up and which has a lake as its mysterious entrance.


Fri 6 July, 6:30pm.

Enn is a shy suburban London teenager in 1977, sneaking out with his best friends to after-hours punk parties. One night they stumble upon a bizarre gathering of sexy teenagers ,who seem like they are from another planet. In fact, they are from another planet, visiting Earth to complete a mysterious rite of passage.

That doesn’t stop Enn from falling madly in love with Zan, a beautiful and rebellious alien teenager who, despite her allegiance to her strange colony, is fascinated by Enn.

Together they embark on a delirious adventure through the kinetic punk rock world of 1970s London, inadvertently setting off a series of events that will lead to the ultimate showdown of punks vs. aliens, and test the limits of how far each of them will go for true love.


Fri 6 July, 8:30pm.

A Prayer Before Dawn is the remarkable true story of Billy Moore, a young English boxer incarcerated in two of Thailand’s most notorious prisons. He is quickly thrown into a terrifying world of drugs and gang violence, but when the prison authorities allow him to take part in the Muay Thai boxing tournaments, he realises this might be his chance to get out.

Billy embarks on a relentless, action-packed journey from one savage fight to the next, stopping at nothing to do whatever he must to preserve his life and regain his freedom.


Sat 7 July, 3:30pm.

Tara (Gemma Arterton) is living a life that is no longer hers: it belongs to her overworked, self-absorbed husband (Dominic Cooper), her young son and daughter, and the numbing routine of housework and childcare.

In desperate need of a change, Tara one day makes a bold decision. Armed with a one-way ticket to Paris, she leaves everything behind to rediscover herself in a new city, but walking out on your life isn’t so simple.

The Escape is a perceptive, deeply compassionate portrait of a woman on the rocky road to becoming herself.


Sat 7 July, 6pm.

Blake Edwards’ screen adaptation of Truman Capote’s novella stars Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, an eccentric high-class escort working in New York.

When young writer Paul Varjack (George Peppard), the kept man of a wealthy older woman, moves into Holly’s apartment block, he finds inspiration when he falls in love with her.


Sat 7 July, 8:30pm.

It’s love at first sight at the racing circuit, when gangster Gino meets Benedicte  a wealthy and fearless racing driver.

Fierce and loyal, Gigi and Bibi fight for their love against fate, reason and their own weaknesses. But how far can endurance be stretched? How far can they go to try and save what may already be lost?


Sun 8 July, 3:30pm.

A young mother drifts from one motel to the next with her intoxicating boyfriend and her 8-year-old son.
The makeshift family scrapes by, living one hustle at a time, until the discovery of a mobile home community offers an alternative life.


Sun 8 July, 6pm.

Donnie is a troubled high school student: in therapy, prone to sleepwalking, and visits from a six-foot rabbit named Frank who tells him the world will end in 28 days 06 hours 42 minutes and 12 seconds.

During that time he will navigate teenage life, narrowly avoid death in the form of a falling jet engine, follow Frank’s maladjusted instructions and try to maintain the space-time continuum.


Sun 8 July, 8:30pm.

‘Lucky’ follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town.
Acclaimed character actor John Carroll Lynch’s directorial debut is at once a love letter to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton as well as a meditation on morality, loneliness, spirituality, and human connection.

Phantom Of The Opera

Have a wonderful Halloween at the City Hall in the company of Erik (The Phantom), who is once again up from the dungeons again!

In one of his most famous roles, Lon Chaney plays the Phantom, with a stellar cast of the silent screen to support him. Christine Daaé played by Mary Philbim, is the object of Erik’s obsession and he stops at nothing for her to succeed and for her to be his possession.

The love triangle is complete with Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny played by Norman Kerry, who is the true love of Christine.

The original story by Gaston Leroux is fantastic, with horror and suspense are the key elements to this film.

Donald MacKenzie, organist from London’s Odeon Leicester Square, will be at the console of the City Hall organ to provide the magical accompaniment to seamlessly move from one dramatic scene to the next and provide a special edge to the film’s nail biting experience.

Culture:Orchestra Magic!

Join the Culture:Orchestra for a whole evening of myth and magic, including music from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and The Deathly Hallows, as well as The Chronicles of Narnia:The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and highlights from the box office smash, Wicked.

Paired with some of the best loved magical orchestral works; The Magic Flute Overture, The Moldau, In the Hall of the Mountain King and the Hansel and Gretel Overture, the Culture:Orchestra and their night of magic is one not to be missed.

Culture:Orchestra Magic! will take place on the following dates:


The Silent Child (PG) & Power in our Hands (PG) Double Bill

A double bill celebrating the Deaf community, as part of Deaf Awareness Week.

The Silent Child centres around a profoundly deaf four year old girl, who lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication. An insightful short story, inspired by real life events, which observes the avoidable struggles that deaf children face.

Power in Our Hands is a ground-breaking documentary – containing newly digitised archive footage available to the public for the first time – on the Deaf community’s fight for civil rights and principally, the right to be heard. Combining social history and archive film with contemporary interviews, Power in Our Hands explores the secret history and heritage of the Deaf community in the UK and gives people a glimpse into Deaf culture that is mostly hidden from the hearing world.

The evening will be fully inclusive for the deaf and those hard of hearing.

Engine Room Theatre: The Voyage Screening

Join Engine Room Theatre for The Voyage, as it makes the step from stage to screen.

Recorded at Halifax Square Chapel, the film captures an intimate and magical performance from the company’s much celebrated 2016 tour.

The Voyage Screening is a “pay what you want” event.

WeWatchFilms: The Dark Crystal – 35th Anniversary Screening

1000 years ago, the mysterious Dark Crystal was damaged by one of the Urskeks and an age of chaos began!

The evil race of grotesque birdlike lizards the Skeksis, gnomish dragons who rule their fantastic planet with an iron claw. Meanwhile the orphan Jen, raised in solitude by a race of the peace-loving wizards called the Mystics, embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of the Dark Crystal, which gives the Skesis their power and restore the balance of the universe.

The night also includes the free to enter The Big Movie Quiz! that starts up in the bar at 7.15pm.

WeWatchFilms: Back to the Future

Marty McFly is accidentally sent back in time to 1955, where he inadvertently disrupts his parents’ first meeting and attracts his mother’s romantic interest. Marty must repair the damage to history by rekindling his parents’ romance, and with the help of his eccentric inventor friend Doc Brown return to 1985.

The night also includes the free to enter The Big Movie Quiz! that starts up in the bar at 7:15pm.

Hull Independent Cinema: Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

Dame Vivienne Westwood is the doyenne of British fashion, and one of the most influential originators in history. This film explores Vivienne Westwood’s uphill struggle to success, looking closely at her artistry, her activism and her cultural significance.

Blending iconic archive and newly shot observational footage, this story will be told in Vivienne’s own words, and through touching interviews with her inner circle of family, friends and collaborators.

Hull Independent Cinema: Lean On Pete

15-year-old Charley arrives in Portland with his father Ray, both eager for a fresh start after a series of hard knocks.

Charley finds camaraderie at a local racetrack in an ageing quarter horse named Lean On Pete. The horse’s gruff owner Del and his seasoned jockey Bonnie help Charley fill the void of his father’s absence, until he discovers that Pete is bound for slaughter, prompting him to take extreme measures to spare his new friend’s life.

They experience adventure and heartbreak, but never lose their irrepressible hope and resiliency as they pursue their dream of finding a place they can call home.

Hull Independent Cinema: Mary & The Witch’s Flower

Mary & The Witch’s Flower combines an exhilarating tale with the unique richness, art and animation.

While spending the last weeks of summer with her Great-Aunt Charlotte in the countryside, Mary follows a mysterious cat into the nearby woods, where she stumbles upon a flower that has magical powers and transforms a little broomstick into one that flies.

Mary is whisked away, high above the clouds, and transported to Endor College – a school of magic!

Hull Independent Cinema: L’Amant Double

François Ozon returns with L’Amant Double, a sleek erotic thriller that sees the prolific French auteur ramping up the sexual tension while keeping his tongue firmly in his cheek.

Chloé falls in love with her psychoanalyst Paul. When they decide to move in together, everything seems perfect until a series of discoveries lead her to suspect that he may be living a double life.

As she searches for the truth, Chloé’s investigations plunge her into a dark and bewildering world of smoke, mirrors and doppelgangers – where nothing is as it seems, and no one can be trusted.

A whirlwind of heightened senses and amped-up drama, L’Amant Double is filthy, flamboyant and a whole lot of fun.