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Substance Film Festival: Human Stories

04/12/2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

£4 – £10

Substance Film Festival presents: Human Stories
Mon 4 Dec | 7:30pm | Vue Cinema Hull | 15+ | 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?

Human Stories is a selection of films rooted in the shared human experience. From the oldest married couple in the world to a portrait of a life, these narratives look at communal rights-of-passage that transcend place and remind us of our humanity and how individual stories help us to relate to one another in a complex world.

Films included in the programme:

    Dir Glen Milner | UK | 2015 | 7 mins | DocumentaryAfter leaving India for the industrial north of England in the 1960’s, Karim and Katari Chand never imagined they would end up being married longer than any other couple in the world. Their personal story of family, immigration, love, and the working-class is both inspiring and honest as we gain a valuable insight into how different cultures respect their elders.
  1. HIT & RUN
    Dir Hannah Pike | UK | 2016 | 20 mins | DramaIf Tennent’s Super did Pretty Woman. In Stockport… An alcoholic desperate to end his life encounters a prostitute desperate to start hers. Despite an initial repulsion to each other they soon realise that each has something to offer the other.
    Dir Joschka Laukeninks | Germany | 2016 | 8 mins | DramaAs a young child our protagonist is left by his mother and has to live with his violent father. He fights his way through adolescence and falls in love with the woman of his dreams and just as everything seems to be finally working out for him, a sudden event changes the course of his life forever. A story about how everything we love, everything we learn, everything we build, everything we fear, will one day be gone.
  1. WAVE
    Dir Benjamin Cleary & TJ O’Grady Peyton | Ireland | 2017 | 14 mins | DramaA man wakes from a coma speaking a fully formed but unrecognizable language, baffling linguistic experts from around the globe. Narrated by Jarvis Cocker.

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. Human Stories guests include Hannah Pike, director of HIT & RUN.

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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