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Inni and The Thing announced for LIFF25

Official Guide at the printers / Launch reminder

We’ve just send our Official Guide to the printers and we’re really proud of this year’s programme. For our 25th anniversary edition we’ve got everything from big film previews and our ever popular horror marathons to exclusive events and archive presentations of cult films rarely seen on the big screen, ensuring that there really is something for everyone. If you want to be one of the first to get your hands on a copy you will be able to collect one from Leeds Town Hall next Friday (October 7th) during Light Night.

We’re also presenting a free special preview at Leeds Town Hall at 8pm in the Victoria Hall on our giant screen on Light Night. The preview will include trailers from some of the line-up highlights from this years programme (certificate 15, 60 mins). After the preview you can stay and watch the silent classic Nosferatu with live organ accompaniment from city organist Simon Lindley at 9.30pm. An iconic film of the German expressionist cinema, and one of the most famous of all silent movies, Murnau’s Nosferatu continues to haunt modern audiences with the unshakable power of its images (Certificate PG, 93 mins).

The Official Guide will then be widely available from Monday 10th October at pick up points across the city and region. Pick up points will include: City Centre Box Office, Travelling Man stores, Leeds Visitor Centre (in Leeds Station) and many others, for the list of all pick up points please visit our website, www.leedsfilm.com

Stunning new concert film Inni announced

We have secured an exclusive screening of the new Sigur Rós concert film in the ideal setting of Leeds Town Hall on Friday 4th November at 7pm. ‘The soul-stirring fusion of joy and heartache that burns like a current through the music of Sigur Rós comes through loud and clear in Inni, the second concert film built around the massively popular Icelandic group. Whereas 2007’s Heima revelled in scenic colour imagery of the artists’ homeland, the minimalist Inni strips the group down to its output, fashioning black-and-white performance footage into a uniquely spellbinding experience. Abstraction is the right approach for a group whose work is by turns soaring, bombastic, magisterial and unfathomable, ushering the listener into a state of near-celestial rapture.’ (Variety)

Tickets: £7.50 / £6.00 concessions / Free for LIFF25 pass holders

The Thing confirmed to have an exclusive screening at LIFF25

We’re happy to announce that The Thing, the highly anticipated prequel to John Carpenter’s cult classic, will be holding one of its first UK screenings at LIFF25 on Saturday 5th November at 8.30pm in Leeds Town Hall. The first chance to see the latest version of the sci-fi/horror, The Thing will give you a chance to delve into the back story of John Carpenter’s horrific vision, with The Thing acting as a prequel to the 1982 cult classic which offers an alternative point of view with a focus on the Norwegian scientist’s perspective, who arrived prior to the American research team’s arrival.

Tickets: £6.50 / £5.00 concessions / Free for LIFF25 pass holders

There’s still time to apply to be a volunteer at LIFF25

We are now recruiting for the 25th Anniversary Leeds International Film Festival, the North’s most exciting film event with hundreds of screenings and events over 18 days. We’re looking for confident, reliable and enthusiastic screening volunteers to assist in our venues and help make the Film Festival one of the best audience experiences in the UK, alongside passionate and creative digital volunteers who will create content to be cascaded across our print and online platforms.

Volunteers play an integral role in presenting the Film Festival to our audiences from across the UK and without your help we would not have the success we have today. This year you can play your part in ensuring that LIFF25 is the best event yet, not only in our history but across the North of England.

How to apply: All applicants must be over 18 years, available for at least eight six-hour shifts within the festival dates, and able to attend the Volunteers training meeting on Monday 24th October from 6pm.

To apply for a volunteer position just download the relevant application form from http://www.leedsfilm.com/involved and then email the completed application (remembering to attach a photograph to your email) to liffvolunteers@gmail.com before 5pm on Monday 3rd October. The demand for volunteer places is huge, but the number of places is small so ensure that you read our applications carefully and provide us with details of why you should play your part in LIFF25.

If you have any queries please call the Film Festival team on 0113 247 8498.

News round-up

• Our LIFF25 passes 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 11pm 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 12 noon. 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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