31 Oct 2017

What does it mean to be Northern in a globalised world?

Substance Film Festival, curated by Aesthetica Magazine, explores Northern identity in 2017.

Hull 2017 marks the start of December with more than 10 days of music, art installations, performance and provocations with the title Substance (29 November – 10 December) celebrating this City of Culture year and exploring the culture, creativity and the future of the North.  

One of the highlights will be Substance Film Festivalcurated by Aesthetica Magazine with support from Hull Independent Cinema. The festival will show 16 films focused on the theme of industry, innovation and change and will run from Friday 1 to Tuesday 5 December at Vue Cinema Princes Quay, Hull. Tickets cost £4 for each night with a festival ticket for all films at the discounted rate of £10.  

The film programme, taking its inspiration from the northern landscape, explores the themes through four strands: Award Winning FilmsPlace is a State of MindHuman Stories; and Complex Relationships.  

A host of film makers are set to attend the festival to feature in post-screening discussions to further explore the one central question – what does it mean to be Northern in a globalised world?  

Substance Film Festival gives us a wide-range of perspectives about what the North is and the often mythologised, yet hard to pin down Northern identity 

Robert Hackett will also be attending the festival with his award-winning Night Mail – Public Service Broadcasting and BBC writersroom Future Talent Award winner Hannah Pike is bringing her first short film Hit and Run as part of the Human Stories strand 

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ruth Grimberg will bring Some Will Forget alongside the BAFTA nominated Chris Shepherd with his film The Ringer both of which are featuring in the Complex Relationships strand. Film makers Ashley Dean, Harry Sherriff and Ismar Badzic are confirmed to attend the festival too. 

The festival will also showcase work by Italian master of music and image Tommaso Pitta, Oscar-winning Irish director Benjamin Cleary, and Hamburg-based Joschka Laukeninks who has shot commercials for Samsung, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen.  

The voice of the North is growing in complexities, entering new realms and inspiring the next generation of artists who brilliantly express their sense of locality and its place in the globalised world through the medium of film. The unique and challenging screenings of Substance Film Festival offer personal perspectives from both emerging and established film artists. Audiences will be moved by the breadth of emotions and appreciate the notion of the land as something far more complex than a geographical location.  

Sam Hunt, Executive Producer at Hull 2017, commented: “Substance is bringing more than 10 days of art, ideas and questions focusing on the role that the North has in the nation’s future and the centrality of culture to its success. As part of that, Substance Film Festival gives us a wide-range of perspectives about what the North is and the often mythologised, yet hard to pin down Northern identity.” 

Substance Film Festival takes place from 1-5 December, tickets are available from hull2017.co.uk/substance. 

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