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Steve McQueen’s Shame to close LIFF25’s Official Selection

Steve McQueen’s Shame to close LIFF25’s Official Selection

We’re delighted to announce that we have secured Shame, the latest film from the director of Hunger, for our Official Selection Closing Gala on Friday 18th November at 8.30pm in Leeds Town Hall. Shame represents another great feature in the best year for British film in living memory. It is a mesmerising character drama boasting a superb soundtrack and cinematography and arguably the best performance to date by Michael Fassbender. He plays Brandon, an affluent Manhattan based thirty something who plans his life around relentless sexual encounters until his wayward sister forces him to reassess his priorities. For more information visit the Shame and Momentum Facebook pages.

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

Tickets are currently on sale through our online ticketing provider on the attached link and full programme information will be available on our website www.leedsfilm.com later this evening.

LIFF25 films announced this week

Throughout the last 5 days we’ve been announcing an event a day from our programme as a countdown to our launch this evening, he’s a run down of the films we’ve announced:

Aliens in the splendour of Leeds Town Hall on Tuesday 15th November at 8pm

Like LIFF25, James Cameron’s action-packed sci-fi classic is turning 25 this year and to celebrate our anniversaries in style we’ve decided to screen the film, often hailed as one of the best sequels of all time, on our giant screen.

The Beat is the Law – Fanfare for the Common People with Eve Wood & Candida Doyle on Friday 4th November at 9pm

From the makers of Made in Sheffield, this fantastic new documentary traces the city’s extraordinary musical heritage focusing on one iconic band. Glastonbury 1995. Last minute replacement headliners, Pulp deliver a set ‘regarded as one of the best moments in the festival’s history’ climaxing with the era-defining song, Common People, and in the process catapult themselves to the forefront of the Britpop movement – an achievement that ten years earlier seemed like an impossible dream.

Snowtown on Saturday 12th November at 8.45pm

Snowtown is the first feature film from the Australian offshoot of Yorkshire’s trailblazing Warp Films. The discovery of the Snowtown murders in 1999 shocked Australia to its core. Kurzel’s extraordinary debut is an unforgettably realistic account of Vlassikis’ tragic passage from innocent kid to a monster’s accomplice.

Planet Japan Mini-Strand Announced for Fanomenon

Japan does cult cinema like no other nation, producing a mind-blowing variety of fantasy film sensations that constantly surprise, delight and shock. LIFF25’s mini-season Planet Japan celebrates this phenomenon with some of the wildest films yet made: UK Premieres of Karate-Robo Zaborgar and Smuggler from Katsuhito Ishii, the director Taste of Tea and writer of Redline; a film only the Japanese could conjure up, Milocrorze: A Love Story; the latest horror sensation, Yakuza Weapon; Sion Sono’s director’s cut of his sex crime epic Guilty of Romance; returning Leeds favourites Detroit Metal City and Big Man Japan; and the sublime Symbol.

Official Programme Launch during Light Night

If you want to be one of the first to get your hands on a copy of our official guide you will be able to collect one from Leeds Town Hall, City Centre Box Office of Hyde Park Picture House tonight during Light Night. We have a limited amount for the weekend and the rest will arrive next week so it is advisable to collect one this evening or visit our website at www.leedsfilm.com

We’re also presenting a free special preview at Leeds Town Hall tonight at 8pm in the Victoria Hall on our giant screen. 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 Thursday 13th 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

Kahlua at LIFF25

We’re delighted to announce that our official spirits partner this year is Kahlua, here’s what they have in store for you:

“Kahlua, the original coffee liquor from the heart of Mexico, is delighted to be supporting the 25th Leeds Film Festival. The first in a series of events taking place citywide throughout the Autumn, we intend to tantalise the taste buds of film enthusiasts with a range of specially crafted Kahlua cocktails.  So pop along to the Kahlua Kafé bar throughout the festival and be one of the first to sample the vast range of serves this versatile drink has to offer.”

Kahlua Kafé dates and opening times will be announced on www.leedsfilm.com shortly.

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.