Hull: City of Cinema, 24-26 March

The programme for this three-day event is provided below. Please note that to keep ticket prices at an affordable level for all, meals and refreshments are not provided. If you have a specific question about the event not answered on this page, please contact James:

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Friday 24 March: Middleton Hall


7pm-8pm: Michael Wood, 'How I Got into the Movies'

East Riding town crier and former Hollywood town crier Michael Wood tells the story, by turns funny and moving, of his relationship with the silver screen.


8pm-9.10pm: Q&A with Jeremy Thomas

Professor Neil Sinyard chats to award-winning film producer Jeremy Thomas about his father and uncle, famous Hull-born film directors of yesteryear, and about Jeremy's own international filmmaking career. Preceded by the unveiling of a plaque commemorating Ralph and Gerald Thomas as part of the Lord Mayor's Centenary Plaque project.


9.25pm-10.55pm: Screening of SEXY BEAST (2000)

Produced by Jeremy Thomas and directed by Jonathan Glazer, starring Ray Winstone and Ben Kingsley.



Saturday 25 March, daytime: Larkin Lecture Theatre C (adjoins Middleton Hall)


10am-11.20am: Morning panel

'Finding Mrs Rhodes', an exploration of the career of Hull-born actress Marjorie Rhodes, by Ginny Lindenbaum, Hull School of Art and Design.

'City of Cinemas: A Survey of Hull’s Remaining Picture Houses', by Dr Dean Conrad.


11.35am-1.20pm: Screening of Small Zones (1990)

With thanks to the BFI National TV Archive, we present a screening of a BBC drama starring Sean Bean, filmed on location in Hull and at Spurn. Written by Hull-based Jim Hawkins, who will introduce the film and participate in a Q&A afterwards.


1.20pm-2pm: Lunch break (please note lunch is not provided)


2pm-3.20pm: Afternoon panel

'Thee Fabulous Mutations: Film and Video along the post-COUM axis', by Alex Wilson, Sheffield Hallam University/University of Hull.

'Banging a gong for J. Arthur Rank: unsung hero of British cinema', by Dr Melanie Williams, University of East Anglia.


3.30pm-5.20pm: Screening of Land of Green Ginger (1973)

With thanks to the BFI National TV Archive, we present a screening of a BBC Play for Today written by Alan Plater. With an introduction by Plater expert Dr David Rolinson, University of Stirling.


Saturday 25 March, evening: Middleton Hall

6.30pm-7.20pm: 'Hull: City of Cinema'

Keynote lecture delivered by Professor Neil Sinyard.


7.35pm-8.30pm: Q&A with Tracey Seaward

Professor Neil Sinyard chats to award-winning film producer Tracey Seaward, born in Willerby, about her award-winning international film career.


8.45pm-10.40pm: Screening of FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS (2016)

Produced by Tracey Seaward and directed by Stephen Frears, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant.



Sunday 26 March 2016: Middleton Hall


10am-11.20am: Chris Hees

Filmmaking masterclass with award-wnning producer Chris Hees, recipient of the BFI Vision Award.


11.40am-12.30pm: Regional programming and exbition

A talk and Q&A led by Jaq Chell, Operations and Development Manager, Cinema for All.


12.30pm-1.10pm: Lunch break (please note lunch is not provided)


1.10pm-2.55pm: Screening of The Problem of Perspective

Organised by Pavilion, The Problem of Perspective is a series of screenings illuminating a distinctly northern perspective on the history of artists’ moving image in England. The project surveys an array of production strategies deployed by video artists and filmmakers across Yorkshire and the Humber, the North East and Cumbria from the ‘60s to the early 2000s. Drawing from the traditions of experimental cinema, video art and documentary film, this screening will connect work made in and around Hull with the broader landscape of artists' moving image in the north. 

Before The Problem of Perspective, there will be a screening of the short film 'Abstractions of Holderness', a collaborative work by Esther Johnson and Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs, and inspired by the work of Basil Kirchin. The screening will be introduced by Esther Johnson.


3.10pm-4pm: Panel discussion and ‘What next?’

Current practitioners in the screen industry (from production to exhibition) in Yorkshire share their insights about career paths in the industry and the future of screen in Hull/East Yorkshire/Yorkshire. Panellists include

Phil Codd, Mollusc Film/Humber Film
Professor Esther Johnson, Sheffield Hallam University, artist and filmmaker
Lucy Meer, Warp Films (recent University of Hull graduate)


A Hull2017, BFI/Film Hub North, University of Hull event.

Hull: City of Cinema

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