Into Film & Hull City of Culture Brings Film Talent Back Home

03 Feb 2017

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Into Film & Hull City of Culture Brings Film Talent Back Home

This year, the city of Hull is coming to life with a variety of creative and cultural activities as the result of its new status as City of Culture for 2017. As such, young people from Hull recently received a rare insight into the world of film, when Academy Award winning sound engineer and music editor Christopher Benstead - who won an Oscar for his work on Gravity - paid a visit to schools in the area, along with a host of other professionals from the film industry as part of our 'Hullywood' series.

The series has consisted of a string of visits to schools by successful filmmakers that hail from the Hull area, as part of our Behind-The-Scenes industry interaction programme, which enables young people from all backgrounds to have access to a creative professional whilst still at school. Other filmmakers involved in the visits included Olivia Young (Art Department, Muppets Most Wanted), who visited St. George's Primary School; producer Tracey Seaward (War Horse), who visited Winifred Holtby Academy; producer and production manager Chris Hees (The Bigger Picture); who visited St Mary's College; and writer/director Martin Herman (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas), who went along to Sirius Academy. 

Each visit demonstrated to the young people of Hull that a career in the film industry is accessible to anyone who possesses ambition and determination, and that Hull already has many success stories in the world of film.

As a result of Hull's City of Culture status, the BFI is funding 'Transformative Film Culture For Hull', as part of its National Lottery-funded Film Audience Network, and led by its lead partner BFI Film Hub North. The initiative is delivered through Hull 2017, Hull Independent Cinema, and a unique partnership of film festivals, educational and archive partners from across the North. 'Transformative Film Culture For Hull' will bring a packed programme of more than 400 screenings, one-off events and film festivals to Hull and the region throughout 2017. The programme reflects the BFI's activities across the UK to bring film to audiences where there is less opportunity for them to experience and engage in film, and to support local film networks and audience initiatives. There will be much more to explore, celebrate and enjoy.

Available free for teachers and educators, a screening of Queen of Katwe is taking place on International Women's Day (8 March) as part of Hull UK City of Culture's Women of the World festival. Register below.

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