Tyne Valley Film Festival

Tyne Valley Film Festival

Tyne Valley Film Festival

We’re proud and very excited to announce the launch of Tyne Valley Film Festival, a new film festival for the Tyne Valley led by Forum Cinema Hexham – taking place 22-31 March 2019.


Featuring 26 screenings across 12 venues in and around the Tyne Valley, the diverse programme includes film archive material, classics from the history of cinema and under seen films by unsung filmmakers.



Full programme:


Hugo (2011) – 22 March at Forum Books, Corbridge – TICKETS


In collaboration with Corbridge Film Nights


Based on Brian Selznick's book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Martin Scorsese’s Hugo tells the story of a boy who lives alone in the Gare Montparnasse railway station in Paris in the 1930s and nods back to Georges Méliès' and the beginnings of cinema.




Keep Your Seats, Please (1936) – 22 March – Forum Cinema Hexham – TICKETS


In collaboration with Hexham Local History Society


The first ever film shown at the Forum back in 1937, Keep Your Seats, Please stars George Formby as a prospective heir, who searches for a fortune in money and jewels in a set of seven chairs which have been sold separately at an auction.




The Living Wall (1974) + Guided Hadrian’s Wall Walk – 23 & 30 March – The Sill – TICKETS


In collaboration with Northumberland National Park


A screening of The Living Wall at The Sill followed by a guided walk along part of Hadrian's Wall. Originally transmitted in 1974, The Living Wall is a Tyne Tees Television documentary, which looks at the history of Hadrian's Wall and the people who lived and worked around the wall in the 70s.




Britain on Film: LGBT Britain – 23 March – Forum Cinema Hexham – TICKETS


In collaboration with LGBT Hexham


With films spanning 1909 to 1994, including some of the earliest known representations of LGBT people on screen, LGBT Britain documents a century in which homosexuality went from crime to Pride, via decades of profoundly courageous activism.




Bobby Robson: More Than a Manager (2018) – 23 March – Fuse Cinema, Prudhoe – TICKETS


The film will follow some short highlights from Newcastle vs Sunderland 1913 - provided by North East Film Archive.


Covering a career that saw some of the greatest moments in footballing history, including the hand of God, Gazza’s tears, England’s greatest World Cup abroad to titles in Europe’s top leagues and a Barcelona treble, this heartfelt and personal film is led by the intimate recollections of Sir Bobby Robson himself.




The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) – 23 March – Hexham Abbey – TICKETS


Silent film with live improvised organ accompaniment by Jonathan Eyre.


One of the most emotional film experiences of any era, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc film charts the final days of Joan of Arc as she undergoes the debasement that accompanies her trial for charges of heresy – through her imprisonment and execution at the stake.




The Marvellous Mabel Normand (1913 - 1927) – 24 March – Forum Cinema Hexham – TICKETS


Everyone knows Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, but where are the women in silent film comedy? The trailblazing Mabel Normand – who starred in 167 shorts and 23 features – gets her long-overdue moment in the spotlight in this screening of four of her short films at Forum Cinema Hexham.




Shoes (1916) + Illustrated Talk – 24 March – Forum Cinema Hexham – TICKETS


The film will follow an illustrated lecture from silent film critic and expert, Pamela Hutchinson.


Lois Weber is one of the most important directors in cinema's history and Forum Cinema Hexham are screening one of her finest films, about a shop assistant who is driven to desperate measures by her need for a new pair of shoes.




The German Sisters (1981) – 25 March – Forum Cinema Hexham – TICKETS


In collaboration with Hexham Town Twinning Association


Justly considered one of the classics of the New German Cinema movement, The German Sisters tells a prescient and intimate story of Germany. Based on the real-life story of the Enslein sisters, it is the purest expression of Margarethe Von Trotta’s combination of the personal and the political.




Hexham on Film – 26 March – Forum Cinema Hexham – TICKETS


Experience the history of Hexham and Tynedale on the big screen in this unmissable programme from the vaults of the North East Film Archive.




Metropolis (1927) – 26 March – General Havelock Inn, Haydon Bridge – Book tickets with venue - 01434 684376


In collaboration with South Tyne Cinema Circuit.


Fritz Lang’s Metropolis is a futuristic and visually compelling allegorical look at relations between capital and labour in a Big Brother society ruled by robots, antagonism and fear. His vision of a futuristic city where workers toil for their domineering overseers has proved an immeasurable influence on science-fiction filmmaking.



The Third Man (1949) – 27 March – The Vault, Hexham – TICKETS

Introduced by film historian Roger Martin


Joseph Cotton and Orson Welles star in this classic film noir about a man’s investigation into what he considers a suspicious death. Often voted as one of the best British films of all time, The Third Man celebrates its 70th anniversary this year.




Kielder Water (1968 -1982) + Kes (1969) – 27 March – Calvert Trust, Kielder – Book tickets with venue - 01434 250232


Kielder Water 1968 – 1982 is a documentary record of the Kielder reservoir construction project in all its stages, from mapping the area by plane to the final impounding.


Followed by Kes, the tough, but touching story of a schoolboy and his kestrel from one of Britain’s most decorated directors, Ken Loach. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.




Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) – 28 March – Forum Cinema Hexham – TICKETS


In collaboration with Hexham Town Twinning Association


Pioneering director, Agnès Varda, eloquently captures Paris in the sixties with this real-time portrait of a singer set adrift in the city as she awaits test results of a biopsy. A chronicle of the minutes of one woman’s life, Cléo from 5 to 7 is a spirited mix of vivid vérité and melodrama.




The Long Tradition (1987) + Britain on Film: Rural Life (2016) – 28 March – Tarset Village Hall – TICKETS


In collaboration with Tarset First Thursday Films and supported by Tarset 2050 CIC


The Long Tradition chronicles the musical development and background of Northumbrian musician Kathryn Tickell, who played the Northumbrian pipes with classical ensembles, jazz trios – and rock star Sting.


Followed by Britain on Film: Rural Life, a selection of short films drawn from the BFI archives which explore the countryside of the UK.




Rams (2015) – 29 March – Forum Cinema Hexham – TICKETS


In collaboration with Nordic Voices


A hard-drinking Icelandic farmer and his estranged brother band together to save their flocks of sheep from authorities who want the animals destroyed. In a remote Icelandic farming valley, two brothers who haven't spoken in 40 years have to come together in order to save what's dearest to them - their sheep.




Addicted to Sheep (2015) – 29 March – Forum Cinema Hexham – TICKETS


With post film Q&A with director Magali Pettier


Addicted to Sheep is an intimate portrait of a year in the life of farmers Tom and Kay Hutchinson as they try to breed the perfect sheep. Through the rain, shine, sleet and snow we see them toil away against the stunning landscapes of North East England and witness the hard work it takes just to survive.




Rebecca (1940) – 30 March – Forum Cinema Hexham – TICKETS


In collaboration with Hexham Book Festival


Based on the 1938 novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca was Hitchcock's first American project. The film tells the story a young woman who marries a fascinating widower only to find out that she must live in the shadow of his former wife, Rebecca, who died mysteriously several years earlier.




A Trip to the Moon (1902) + A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) – 30 March – Allenheads Contemporary Arts – TICKETS


Regarded as the earliest sci-fi film, and as one of the most influential films in cinema history, Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon follows a group of astronomers who travel to the Moon in a cannon-propelled capsule.

Followed by Spielberg’s A.I. which tells the story of David, a childlike android uniquely programmed with the ability to love.




Things to Come (1936) – 30 March – Haydon Old Church, Haydon Bridge – Book tickets with venue - 01434 684376


In collaboration with South Tyne Cinema Circuit


The story of a century: a decades-long second World War leaves plague and anarchy, then a rational state rebuild civilisation and attempts to space travel. Eerily prescient in its presentation of a dystopian future, Things to Come’s special effects may by somewhat dated, but its potent ideas haven’t aged at all.




A Couple of Down and Outs (1923) – 30 March – Forum Cinema Hexham – TICKETS


Introduced by Sir Sydney Samuelson and accompanied by a live score by Mike Nolan.


Produced by G.B. Samuelson, creator of one of the earliest film production companies in the UK, A Couple of Down and Outs tells the story of an ex-soldier who goes on the run after rescuing the horse that was with him on the battlefields of the First World War.




Queen Elizabeth High School - A-Level Student Short Films – 31 March – FREE TICKETS


After researching the codes and conventions of a chosen genre, Media Studies A-Level students from Queen Elizabeth High School have created short films and we will be screening a selection on the big screen.




The Wizard of Oz (1939) – 31 March – Hexham Band Stand


In collaboration with Queens Hall


One of the Thirties’ most engaging films, famous for its use of glorious Technicolour, The Wizard of Oz remains a must-watch classic. See it in the beautiful setting of the Bandstand in the park. Celebrating its 80th anniversary this year.




Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay (2018) – 31 March – Forum Cinema Hexham – FREE TICKETS


In collaboration with Hexham & District Photography Society


Magazine editor, writer, lecturer, photographer, evangelist, mercurial force; Bill Jay was all of these and more. Bill Jay ignited the fire beneath British photography throughout his life and Do Not Bend documents this through archive images, audio and photographs alongside interviews with friends and family.



To see the full programme of events held at Forum Cinema Hexham – click HERE


To see the full programme of events held at other venues – click HERE



Please note: with reduced ticket prices for most TVFF events, and some events taking place at other venues, there is no discount for Friends of the Forum.


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