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Great guest announcements for LIFF25 and second screening of Wuthering Heights confirmed

Guest attendance for LIFF25

This year it’s not just our programme that’s generating excitement around the Film Festival, there’s an interest in what we’re doing to ensure you all have a great time and which guests we have in attendance. We’ve already mentioned our purpose built bar and improved portico area we’re developing with our partners Kirkstall Brewery and Kahlua, and we’ve just installed a large scale promotional banner on the façade of Leeds Town Hall so that anyone passing our main venue will know about our festival, but now we can reveal which filmmakers, directors and actors are attending LIFF25. In date order they are:

Wuthering Heights – Andrea Arnold, Director; James Howson, older Heathcliff; Shannon Beer, younger Cathy and Solomon Glave, younger Heathcliff: Thursday 3rd November, 7.15pm, Town Hall 1.

The Other Side of Sleep – Rebecca Daly, Director: Friday 4th November, 8.45pm, Vue 1 and Sunday 6th November, 6.30pm, Vue 1

The Beat is the Law – Fanfare for the Common People with Eve Wood & Pulp’s Candida Doyle – Eve Wood, Director and Candida Doyle, Pulp: Friday 4th November, 9pm, Leeds Town Hall 1

Fuerteventura – Mattias Sandström, Director and Ivica Zubak, Producer: Saturday 5th November, 2pm, Vue 1 and Sunday 6th November, 4.30pm, Vue 1

Little Deaths – Sean Hogan, Co-director and Andrew Parkinson, Co-director: Part of Night of the Dead, Saturday 5th November, midnight, Hyde Park Picture House

Nana – Valérie Masadian, Director: Sunday 6th November, 6.30pm, Hyde Park Picture House

The Crisis of Civilization – Dean Puckett, Director and Dr Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, Subject: Sunday 6th November, 8.45pm, Town Hall 2

Sound it Out – Jeanie Finlay, Director: Monday 7th November, 9.15pm, Hyde Park Picture House

Inbred – Alex Chandon, Director and various members of the cast and crew, Tuesday 8th November, 9pm, Hyde Park Picture House

Paul Merton’s Silent Clowns – Paul Merton, Prima Vista Social Club Band and Neil Brand: Wednesday 9th November, 7.15pm, Leeds Town Hall 1

Masks – Andreas Marschall, Director: Part of Day of the Dead, Saturday 12th November, from 1pm, City Varieties

Marianne – Filip Tegstedt, Director: Part of Day of the Dead, Saturday 12th November, from 1pm, City Varieties

Sennentuntschi: Curse of the Alps – Michael Seiner, Director: Sunday 13th November, 1pm, Vue 1 and Monday 14th November, 4pm, Vue1

Kill Me Please – Stéphane Malandrin, Producer/Screenwriter: Sunday 13th November, 3.45pm, Hyde Park Picture House

Second screening of Wuthering Heights added

Due to the demand for tickets for our Opening Gala screening of Wuthering Heights we have added a second screening on the film on Tuesday 8th November at 8.15pm in Leeds Town Hall. Building on the success of Red Road and Fishtank and breaking new cinematic ground, Andrea Arnold has cemented her reputation as one of Britain’s leading filmmakers with a bold and sensual adaptation of Emily Bronte’s famous novel. An excellent cast present fresh interpretations of the novel’s larger than life characters including an intense and feral performance from Leeds newcomer James Howson as Heathcliff. Transcending the usual pitfalls of the literary adaptation, the new screen version of Wuthering Heights relies on masterful cinematic techniques rather than excessive dialogue or prosaic storytelling. Superb cinematography, editing and sound design converge in a hypnotic synthesis of sound and image evoking the rugged, weatherbeaten beauty of the Yorkshire landscape, the unsentimental vigour of the natural world and the voyeuristic intensity of the novel’s raw emotional power. Wuthering Heights could be the most tactile literary adaption in film history.

Tickets: £6.50 / £5.00 / Free for LIFF25 Passholders

Town Hall 2 programme better than ever

This year we are making greater use of Town Hall 2 and our screenings start with Convento + Battenberg; a poetic documentary on an eccentric family of Dutch artists at 6pm on Friday 4th November, this is screened again on Monday 7th November at 5pm. On Saturday 5th November we are screening I am Jesus; an extraordinary profile of three characters claiming to be the second coming of Christ at 7pm which is followed by Never Make it Home; the electrifying final tour of punk-bluegrass band Split Lip Rayfield at 8.30pm. Refugee Allstars; an amazing story of six Sierra Leonan musicians, forced to live as refugees is screened at 6.45pm on Sunday 6th November.

Our first full week of screening includes Budrus + Together for Peace; Together for Peace presents an inspiring film on a Palestinian peace movement at 8.45pm on Monday 7th November, Tuesday 8th November sees Arts and Minds present the second selection of the best shorts on mental health in Film to Change 2011 at 6.45pm and the week’s screenings finish on Sunday 13th with Eco-Pirate at 4.45pm; a profile of the controversial environmental crusader captain Paul Watson, followed by Father at 7pm; Classic tragic-comedy about a son who pretends his father was a war hero and The First Rasta at 9pm; an engrossing portrait of the man who formed the first Rastafarian community.

Discover more about LIFF25 films with our Media Partners

This year we have a variety of Media Partners for the Film Festival who are uploading content surrounding the films we’re showing on an almost daily basis, to stay updated and discover more our programme visit: www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk, www.leedsguide.co.uk, www.realradioyorkshire.co.uk, www.musicfilmweb.com/liff2011, www.culturevulture.co.uk/blog, www.facebook.com/weareleeds and www.facebook.com/UKobservingdiary

News round-up

  • Our LIFF25 passes, screenings and Major Events are now on sale at www.leedsfilm.com including Paul Merton’s Silent Clowns, Night of the Dead XI and Day of the Dead 5. LIFF25 Passes are currently at the Early Bird rate of £80 for a single pass and £140 for a double pass, prices will increase on Monday 24th October: the pass gives free access to all individual screenings during LIFF25 (over 250), and big discounts on major events.
  • Wuthering Heights has been announced as our Opening Gala film on Thursday 3rd November at 7.15pm in Leeds Town Hall. The adaptation is a bold new version of Emily Brontë’s novel by BAFTA award-winning filmmaker Andrea Arnold. The film recently had its world premiere at Venice Film Festival where it won the prize for Best Cinematography and attracted critical claim for its radical take on the classic novel.
  • Paul Merton’s Silent Clowns is an event exclusive to the Film Festival and takes place on Wednesday 9th November at Leeds Town Hall, 7.15pm. It’s sure to be a laughter-filled and family-friendly highlight for all fans of comedy, film and music and tickets are selling fast so make sure you get yours before they go.
  • Fanomenon Night of the Dead XI returns to its regular haunt Hyde Park Picture House on Saturday 5th November at midnight and will feature an incomparable selection of horror exclusives, stunning shorts and special guests.
  • Fanomenon Day of the Dead 5 is revisiting its past by returning to the City Varieties following its recent refurbishment on Saturday 12th November at 1pm. The City Varieties is throwing open its doors for the feast of films, guests and surprises specially selected by the Fanomenon programming team.

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