The Weekend of Film
This weekend we hosted a fantastic new event here at Tullie House, over 400 people came along to our Weekend of Film events. We had 14 film screenings and lots of other activities going on around the museum, here’s a run down of some of the highlights.
The weekend got off to a great start with a screening of LEAVE TO REMAIN with a Q&A with the film’s producer Kate Cook and one of the cast members of the film, Ebrahim Esmail. Leave to Remain explores the hidden world of the UK asylum seeker, with an affecting and sometimes hard to bear script that was written following workshops with teenage asylum seekers, like Ebrahim. Kate answered questions from the audience about how the film was made and the difficulties of getting independent films shown in cinemas. The audience also posed some questions to Ebrahim, a young Iraqi Kurd who was forced to leave Iraq at the age of 15. Whilst filming Leave to Remain Ebrahim was going through the process of getting his own indefinate leave to remain. Thank you so much to Kate and Ebrahim for coming along and making it a very special start to the weekend!
The Weekend of Film got into full swing on Saturday, with screenings in our Lecture Theatre all day, and once the galleries had closed for the day we set up our Border Gallery cinema!
This made a brilliant venue for 5 screenings over the weekend!
Saturday night’s headline screening was the brilliantly funny DOWNHILL, a very British comedy following 4 middle aged men on the Coast to Coast walk through Cumbria and Yorkshire – before the screening Sycamore Sykes provided a great soundtrack in the Film Lounge. We were joined after the film by the director, writer and one of the cast members for a Q&A. Our audience loved the film and had lots of great questions for the guys, including asking about the possibility of a sequel, so watch this space for future screenings of DOWNHILL 2 – although if it happens they may be heading for sunnier shores than ours! 🙂
On Sunday the screenings continued, and we were also joined by animator Robin Webb who shared some of the secrets of stop motion animation with our visitors. Getting them to create characters out of clay and animate them, creating some great clips!
On Sunday night the weekend was brought to an end with a brilliant event to celebrate a simultaneous screening of the hotly anticipated, sell out NORTHERN SOUL! Whilst I was busy with the serious business of conducting A QUIZ CALLED WANDA, our very first film quiz, my colleagues were rushing round, transforming our restaurant into SCREEN 3!
Then the music started and we welcomed more than 130 Northern Soul fans to our Film Lounge for two screenings of the film, followed by a Q&A with the star of the film, Elliot James Langridge – who stayed on afterwards to pose for some pictures with his newest fans!
We host the Weekend of Film, and our Monday Alternative film nights, to bring Carlisle audiences the best of independent, foreign language and documentary films – offering them an alternative to mainstream cinema. Its great to be involved in events like this, and we’re so proud that our film events have been recognised by the BFI Film Audience Network, who supported the event through the Film Hub North.
Now we’re looking forward to next year – to make the event even bigger and better!