Our Jan-Mar 2020 Season

Hull Independent Cinema is delighted to announce our first season of films for 2020. The programme of the very best cinema from around the world, plus special events, runs from January to March at Hull Truck Theatre and Vue Cinema Hull.

Advance tickets for all screenings:

Tickets for all screenings at Vue Cinema Hull are now on sale via Hull Box Office online here, or call them on 0844 249 1000

Tickets for all screenings at Hull Truck Theatre are now on sale via their Box Office in person, online here, or call them on 01482 323638.

We kick off the year with a brilliant programme of the very best independent and world films you can’t see anywhere else in Hull. There’s a bit of everything from fantasy and mystery to comedy and romance by way of drama and thriller, with films from China, South Korea and Colombia alongside the best English-language film from the UK, Australia, Canada and the US.

Programme highlights include PARASITE, the winner of the 2019 Cannes
Palme d’Or; LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, Gan Bi’s innovative film
noir with an incredible 50-minute 3D finale; and HONEY BOY, a daring
fictionalisation of Shia LaBeouf’s childhood and early adult years in which he plays his own father.

Our regular friends Yorkshire Silent Film Festival return, with THE MAN WHO LAUGHS, an exquisitely lavish 1928 adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel, with live musical accompaniment.

It all adds up to another great season of film, so what are you waiting for? Get your tickets now and join us to Discover Something Different.

Our January to March 2020 season is:


Tue 7 Jan, 7:30pm, Vue Cinema Hull

Dir Alejandro Landes | 2019 | Colombia + var | Cert 15 | 102 min | Spanish, English with English subtitles

On a remote mountaintop, a rebel group of commandos perform military training exercises while watching over a prisoner (Julianne Nicholson) for a shadowy force known only as ‘The Organization’. After a series of unexpected events drives them deep into the jungle, fracturing their intricate bond, their mission slowly begins to collapse.

Set in a beautiful but dangerous landscape, this awe-inspiring film is a breathtakingly epic vision that will leave you mesmerised and utterly gripped.


Thu 16 Jan, 7:30pm, Vue Cinema Hull

Dir Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe| 2019 | USA| Cert 12A | 94 min | English language

In a bizarre version of suburbia, soccer moms and best friends Jill and Lisa are locked in a passive-aggressive battle of the wills. Things only get weirder when Jill’s husband develops a taste for pool water and Lisa becomes pregnant with a football.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg in this hilariously demented satire destined to be a cult classic.


Tue 21 Jan, 7:30pm, Vue Cinema Hull

Dir Mirrah Foulkes| 2019 | Australia| Cert 15 | 105 min | English language

In the anarchic town of Seaside, nowhere near the sea, puppeteers Judy and Punch make a success of their marionette show, but Punch’s driving ambition and penchant for whisky lead to a tragedy that Judy must avenge.

Turns the traditional story of Punch and Judy on its head and brings to life a fierce, darkly comic female-driven revenge story.


Thu 30 Jan, 7:00pm, Hull Truck Theatre

Dir Jennifer Kent| 2018 | Australia| Cert 18 | 136 min | English, Irish, Aboriginal with English subtitles

In 1820s Australia, a young convict suffers a terrible crime at the hands of her abusive master. To seek revenge, she enlists the help of an Aboriginal tracker, a man dealing with his own traumas. Their journey leads them deep into the wilderness, where they must learn to trust each other.

Writer / Director Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) taps into a rich vein of palpable rage to tell a war story that leaves a bruising impact as it targets toxic masculinity and the legacy of colonialism.


Thu 6 Feb, 7:30pm, Vue Cinema Hull

Dir Alma Har’el| 2019 | USA| Cert 15 | 94 min | English language

Based on his own experiences, Shia LaBeouf’s script tells of a young actor’s stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father through cinema and dreams, fictionalising his childhood ascent to stardom, and crash-landing into rehab. LaBeouf takes on the daring and therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father.

Har’el’s feature narrative debut is a one-of-a-kind collaboration between filmmaker and subject, exploring art as therapy and imagination as hope.


Tue 11 Feb, 7:30pm, Vue Cinema Hull

Dir Xiaoshuai Wang| 2019 | China | Cert 12A | 185 min | Mandarin with English subtitles

SO LONG, MY SON traces the lives of two families over three decades of social, political and human upheaval in China. Following the loss of a child in a tragic accident, their paths separate. Yet even as their lives diverge, a common search for truth and reconciliation around the tragedy remains.

Intimate in focus yet epic in size and scope, SO LONG, MY SON sets a heartbreaking saga of family tragedy against the changing face of modern China.


Thu 20 Feb, 7:30pm, Vue Cinema Hull

Dir Gan Bi| 2018 | China | Cert 12A | 138 min | Mandarin with English subtitles

Luo Hongwu returns to Kaili, the hometown from which he fled 12 years earlier. As memories of an enigmatic and beautiful woman resurface – a woman he loved and whom he has never been able to forget – Luo Hongwu begins his search for her.

Past and present, reality and dream interweave in Bi Gan’s stunningly beautiful and highly innovative film noir, featuring an incredible 3D finale.


Sat 22 Feb, 7:00pm, Hull Truck Theatre

Paul Leni| 1928 | USA | Cert PG | 110 min | Silent with English intertitles

With live piano accompaniment by Jonny Best

Batman’s arch-enemy, The Joker, was inspired by this darkly romantic silent movie masterpiece. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo (Les Miserables, Hunchback of Notre Dame), THE MAN WHO LAUGHS tells the story of Gwynplaine, a nobleman’s son who is kidnapped and orphaned by a wicked king, who carves a permanent, monstrous smile upon his face. Finding shelter in a travelling carnival, Gwynplaine falls in love with a blind girl – the one person who cannot be repulsed by his appearance.

Part swashbuckler, part expressionist horror, THE MAN WHO LAUGHS is a sweeping, spectacular adventure and one of silent Hollywood’s rarely screened classics.


Tue 25 Feb, 7:30pm, Vue Cinema Hull

Dir Trey Edward Shultz| 2019 | USA| Cert 15 | 135 min | English language

Featuring an astonishing ensemble of award-winning actors and breakouts alike, Waves traces the epic emotional journey of a suburban African-American family—led by a well-intentioned but domineering father—as they navigate love, forgiveness and coming together in the aftermath of a loss.

WAVES is a heartrending story about the universal capacity for compassion and growth even in the darkest of times.


Tue 3 Mar, 7:30pm, Vue Cinema Hull

Dir Robert Eggers | 2019 | Canada/USA| Cert 15 | 109 min | English language

In the late 1800s, two lighthouse keepers find their sanity challenged by storms, strange visions of mermaids, vengeful seagulls, and too much alcohol. As the storms get worse and the ferry due to relieve them fails to appear, the men’s grip on reality steadily unravels.

A gripping story brilliantly filmed and led by two powerhouse performances, The Lighthouse further establishes Robert Eggers as a filmmaker of exceptional talent.


Thu 12 Mar, 7:00pm, Hull Truck Theatre

Dir Melina Matsoukas | 2019 | Canada/USA| Cert 15 | 132 min | English language

While on a first date together, a black man and woman are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, and the man kills the police officer in self-defence. The couple are forced to go on the run, but a video of the incident makes them a national symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain.

A timely, stylish, provocative and powerful fugitive story.


Tue 17 Mar, 7:30pm, Vue Cinema Hull

Dir Jessica Hausner | 2019 | UK| Cert 12A | 105 min | English language

Alice is a plant breeder who has engineered a very special crimson flower, remarkable for its therapeutic value: this plant makes its owner happy. Alice takes one home as a gift for her teenage son, Joe, but her creation may not be as benign as she thinks.

Little Joe takes an unorthodox approach to a thorny and difficult theme, but like its title character, the end result exerts a creepy thrall.


Thu 26 Mar, 7:30pm, Vue Cinema Hull

Dir Bong Joon Ho| 2019 | South Korea | Cert 15 | 132 min | Korean with English subtitles

The Parks are a picture of aspirational wealth; the Kims are rich in smarts but not much else. By chance, they are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity as a symbiotic relationship forms between the families. When an interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage battle for dominance breaks out.

An urgent, brilliantly layered look at timely social themes, Parasite finds writer-director Bong Joon Ho in total command of his craft.


  1. Carolyn Hampton says:

    Disappointed with the lack of European language films.

  2. David Crimmens says:

    something to look forward to in the face of doom, gloom and despondency – apart from xmas of course!

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