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Substance Film Festival: Complex Relationships

05/12/2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

£4 – £10

Substance Film Festival presents: Complex Relationships
Tues 5 Dec | 7:30pm | Vue Cinema Hull | 12+ | 90 mins | £4

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Industry. Innovation. Change.

Substance Film Festival presents 16 short films taking inspiration from the northern landscape explored through four strands over four evenings: Award Winning Films, Place is a State of Mind, Human Stories and Complex Relationships.

Film is a mechanism through which to connect, engage and celebrate with all things northern. From narratives based in inner-city neighbourhoods, to stories that draw parallels with other countries, these unique screenings offer personal perspectives in a universal world. Be inspired by the breadth of emotions, be humbled by each film’s cultural resonance and leave with the notion that land is more than a geographical location; it’s a hive of activity, a platform of creativity and a state of mind. The question arises: what does it mean to be Northern in a globalised world?

Complex Relationships features stories about fathers and sons, the last colliery in Yorkshire and a young girl struggling with her upbringing. These films look at the breadth and dynamic nature of family relationships. They also offer a glimpse into the intricacy of the domestic whilst underpinning identity in the modern age from a northerner in London to a family in crisis.

    Dir Chris Shepherd | UK/France | 2013| 17 mins |DramaA son is reunited with his long lost father for the first time. You might imagine it’s time to discover everything about where he’s come from and where he’s going. But he’s about to get a surprise…
    Dir Harry Sheriff | UK | 2014 | 11 mins | DramaHITS LIKE A GIRL, a raw coming of age story that follows Kay McKenna, a 19-year-old fighter from Toxteth who has a serious anger problem and a fractious relationship with her agoraphobic mother, Kathy.
    Dir Ruth Grimberg | UK | 2016 | 15 mins | DocumentaryOne of the last coalmines in the UK faces closure and 30 years after the defeat of the Miners’ strike Les struggles with its toll on his family.
    Dir Will Hutchinson | UK | 2015 | 5 mins | Music VideoA tale of tragedy, heartbreak, hope and determination, inspired by Minecraft and Desert Island Discs.

Each Substance Film Festival programme will include a hosted Q&A and panel discussion around the theme of the film programme with the filmmakers and special guests. Special guests for COMPLEX RELATIONSHIPS include:

  • Chris Shephard, director of THE RINGER
  • Harry Sheriff, director of HITS LIKE A GIRL
  • Ruth Grimberg, director of SOME WILL FORGET
  • Ashley Dean, director of LET IT GO – FOSSIL COLLECTIVE

Substance Film Festival is curated by BAFTA-recognised Aesthetica Short Film Festival with support from Hull Independent Cinema.


Substance is a new festival celebrating the culture, creativity and future of the North.

Creative visionaries, mavericks and the next generation of artistic iconoclasts descend on Hull to ask questions about the future of arts and culture and the role they play in places like Hull.

Does arts-led regeneration exist? What exactly are the creative industries? Has the digital revolution democratised arts and are we all curators now? And most importantly, what happened in the past 11 months and what does it mean for the future?

Venues across Hull city centre play host to discussions, film screenings, debates, unique installations and the next generation of artworks and performances.

Substance is presented by Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and takes place in early December 2017.

Programme details

Vue Cinema is open all day, so why not come along early to grab a drink and a snack? Doors to the screening room usually open around ten minutes before the performance starts.

7:30pm: Programme starts

9:00pm: Programme ends

Tickets terms and conditions

If any tickets remain unsold they can be purchased on the door on the night of the screening, but we strongly advise buying in advance. Advance tickets must be purchased; we cannot reserve tickets.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. We reserve the right to refuse admission, without refund, to anyone arriving after the advertised start time.

If you purchase a membership or student ticket your membership card/student ID MUST be presented along with your ticket on the door when you come to a film. If you do not have your membership card/student ID we reserve the right to charge an additional £1 for your ticket.

** Please note: Tickets are not available via the Vue Box Office and is not included in Vue’s £4.99 ticket deal. Tickets available via Hull Box Office or on the door. 


7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
£4 – £10
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City of Culture 2017
Hull Independent Cinema


Vue Hull Princes Quay
Top Deck, Princes Quay Shopping Centre
Hull, HU1 2PQ United Kingdom
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08712 240 240

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