The annual festival of independent, world, cult and classic film, with premieres and previews not to be missed. Mon 2 – Sun 8 July 2018 at Vue Cinema Hull.
For full programme information and to purchase tickets, visit the Hull Film Festival website HERE
Check out the full programme below or download the online PDF HERE
“We invite you to join us and 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 we’re proud to be hosting multiple regional Premieres.
The festival opens with the Yorkshire Premiere of the neo-noir Terminal, starring Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg and Mike Myers. Great foreign language drama comes to us from Iceland with dark comedy Under the Tree; Italy, for the unique fantasy/drama Sicilian Ghost Story; and Belgium, with Racer and The Jailbird combining crime and romance.
There’s striking British film with powerhouse performances in The Escape and a stunning directorial debut in religious drama Apostasy. Three distinctly differing visions of American society are presented by The Miseducation of Cameron Post, The Rider and Mobile Homes.
Quirky genre gems The Endless and How to Talk to Girls at Parties will compete to be your new favourite film. Bone-crunching and visceral Thai Boxing prison drama A Prayer Before Dawn offers a sharp contrast with Mary Shelley, a sumptuous biopic of the literary trailblazer.
Our long-standing screening partners WeWatchFilms and Cult Cinema Sunday and their fantastic retrospective programming bring us a chic and stylish romance classic (Breakfast at Tiffany’s) and a mind-bending coming-of-age cult favourite (Donnie Darko).
Our closing film, the comedy drama Lucky, is the final film of the late, great Harry Dean Stanton. Put it all together and we hope you’ll agree that this is the best Hull Film Festival line-up yet. And with great value tickets, discounts for Hull Independent Cinema members and under-25s, and daily/weekly passes you can afford to sit back and enjoy it all.
We’d like to acknowledge the continued support this year of our host venue Vue Cinema Hull.
Don’t miss the chance to enjoy films how they should be seen – on the big screen with an attentive audience. We hope you enjoy the programme we have for you this year; it’s a real pleasure to be able to share them with Hull film lovers.
See you at the festival,
Damien Greco (Festival Director)“
TERMINAL (OPENING FILM & YORKSHIRE PREMIERE)
Monday 2 July, 6:30pm
TERMINAL follows two assassins with a sinister mission (Max Irons & Dexter Fletcher), a fatally ill teacher (Simon Pegg), an enigmatic janitor (Mike Myers) and a waitress with a double life (Margot Robbie). Murderous consequences unravel as their lives meet at the hands of a criminal mastermind wanting revenge.
THE ENDLESS (HULL PREMIERE)
Monday 2 July, 8:30pm
Two brothers return to the cult they fled from years ago to discover that the group’s beliefs may be more sane than they once thought. They 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.
UNDER THE TREE (HULL PREMIERE)
Tuesday 3 July, 6:30pm
When Baldwin and Inga’s next door neighbours complain that a tree in their backyard casts a shadow over their sundeck, what starts off as a typical spat between neighbours in the suburbs unexpectedly and violently spirals out of control in this dark suburban satire.
MARY SHELLEY (YORKSHIRE PREMIERE)
Tuesday 3 July, 8:30pm
The love affair between poet Percy Shelley and 18 year old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, which resulted in Mary Shelley writing Frankenstein.
THE RIDER (HULL PREMIERE)
Wednesday 4 July, 6:30pm
Once a rising star of the rodeo circuit, and a gifted horse trainer, young cowboy Brady is warned that his riding days are over, after a horse crushed his skull at a 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.
APOSTASY (HULL PREMIERE)
Wednesday 4 July, 8:30pm
Written and directed by Daniel Kokotajlo, a former Jehovah’s Witness, ‘Apostasy’ is a remarkable and authentic debut film that provides rare insight into the complex nature of faith, family, duty and love. A faithful Jehovah’s Witness is forced to shun her own sister because of a religious transgression. As the separation draws out, she starts to question the meaning of God’s love.
THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST (YORKSHIRE PREMIERE)
Thursday 5 July, 6:30pm
1993: after being caught having sex with the prom queen, a girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center by her conservative guardians. This unusual setting 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.
SICILIAN GHOST STORY (YORKSHIRE PREMIERE)
Thursday 5 July, 8:30pm
Against a heavy cloak of secrecy, a 12-year-old girl smitten with her handsome classmate ventures deeper and deeper into the enchanted Sicilian forests to find him, unaware of just how thick is the mystery behind his strange disappearance.
HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES (HULL PREMIERE)
Friday 6 July, 6:30pm
From the raucous dual imaginations of Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Coraline) and director John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch,) comes the electrifying and singular pop extravaganza film. An alien touring the galaxy breaks away from her group and meets two young inhabitants of the most dangerous place in the universe: the London suburb of Croydon in the 1970s.
A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN (HULL PREMIERE)
Friday 6 July, 8:30pm
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 realizes this might be his chance to get out.
THE ESCAPE (YORKSHIRE PREMIERE)
Saturday 7 July, 3:30pm
Tara, a housewife in suburban London, is living a life that is no longer hers: it belongs to her overworked, self-absorbed husband; 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…
WEWATCHFILMS: BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (4K RESTORATION)
Saturday 7 July, 6:00pm
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.
RACER AND THE JAILBIRD (YORKSHIRE PREMIERE)
Saturday 7 July, 8:30pm
Set against the background of a brutal crime gang in Brussels, a tragic love story between Gigi (Matthias Schoenaerts), a high-flying gangster, and Bibi (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a young racing driver with very upper-class roots.
MOBILE HOMES (YORKSHIRE PREMIERE)
Sunday 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.
CULT CINEMA SUNDAY: DONNIE DARKO (4K RESTORATION)
Sunday 8 July, 6:00pm
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.
LUCKY (CLOSING FILM & YORKSHIRE PREMIERE)
Sunday 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 “Lucky”, 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.