Hull Independent Cinema is one to watch

Published: Thursday 11th January 2018 by Courtney Farrow

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Hull Independent Cinema’s new season has just begun. We spoke to team member James Russell to find out more.

Hi James. How has the new season gone so far?

This season, we’re running our usual core programme of weekly film screenings that, we believe, include the best of new release, independent and world cinema.

We started off on Tuesday with The Florida Project. Directed by Sean Baker, who gained fame with Tangerine that was shot with three iPhone 5s, The Florida Project was highly anticipated among film buffs. It focuses on a group of children growing up in a not so nice part of the world, but because they are children, they still have an amazing sense of wonder. The adults around them, however, are experiencing a number of problems. It was an excellent way to kick off the season.

What’s up next?

Our first foreign language film is Thelma and will be shown on Thursday 18 January. It’s really different. I would describe it as a supernatural thriller. The main character is a college student who starts to have seizures whilst studying. But she soon uncovers that the seizures are a symptom of something far bigger and that she is developing supernatural abilities.

What are you most looking forward to about the new season?

I think we’re all looking forward to Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri. Based on a true story, the narrative follows a woman who uses a billboard campaign to put pressure on local police to investigate a crime that affected her family.

We then have Lady Bird right at the end of the season. It’s something that everyone is talking about. Apparently, this is the best-reviewed film of all time on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s very much a female-led movie and definitely one to come along to.

Why do you think people enjoy independent and world cinema?

It’s a fabulous chance to see something new. Our short film nights are a fantastic way to see what directors might blow up over the next coming years. So it’s a good opportunity to get ahead of the curve.

Will you be running a short film night within this programme?

Yes. We’ve partnered with European Short Films to produce a three-part programme of the very best short films made in Europe over the past year. Personally, I always enjoy these events. They’re a really sociable way to watch films and enjoy time with friends over a few drinks.

We’ve also partnered up with a few other organisations for this season. For example, our relationship with Yorkshire Silent Films continues. We will be showing The Lost World accompanied by a spellbinding live piano score.

Meanwhile, we’ve teamed up with Sheffield Doc Fest and we’re putting on a screening of Brexitannia. Of course, it’s hugely timely. The director travelled the country after the 2016 referendum and interviewed people, getting their take on Brexit. The director will actually be coming along to the night and be available after the film to answer any questions and join in with a debate.

And we continue to promote WeWatchFilms and Cult Cinema Sundays, who have each designed a fun-packed season of films. Make sure to get involved during 2018!

View Hull Independent Cinema’s full programme of events.

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Published: Thursday 11th January 2018 by Courtney Farrow

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