Our 2018 programme is here!

The 9th Whitley Bay Film Festival kicks off on August 16th with over two weeks of pop up film, art and culture in a range of venues from the historic Seaton Delaval Hall to The Exchange in North Shields and calling in on coastal locations including The Rendezvous Cafe and St Mary’s Lighthouse.

Tickets for most events are available to buy online now and are also available from the Customer First Centre, York Road, Whitley Bay. More tickets will be available to buy online shortly.

Please see venue details before booking.

THURS 16 AUG

16th AUG

7.30pm AND 8.30pm

FREE but booking essential due to limited places.

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We kick off this year’s festival in the glamorous setting of the newly refurbished Spanish City Pleasure Buildings.

The evening will continue with an illustrated talk by local graphic designer Mick Sharp, whose forthcoming book The Dome of Memories traces the history of The Spanish City Dome and fairground. The event will be completed with rare archive film of Whitley Bay from the North East Film Archive. We’ll also be screening a short film made for Heritage Open Days in 2010 to celebrate the centenary of the Dome featuring interviews with visitors to Whitley Bay from as far back as the 1930s.

FRI 17 AUG

NOSFERATU with a Live Electronic Soundtrack from The Mediators 

SEATON DELAVAL HALL

 

A Symphony of Horror presented in the grand, atmospheric and historic surroundings of Seaton Delaval Hall! 

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Led Zeppelin 'Celebration Day' 2012 with special guest director Dick Carruthers on 18th August 2018.

The movie captures the Led Zeppelin reunion, one of the most anticipated in history, at London's O2 Arena in 2007 

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Tony Iommi, Black Sabbath's acclaimed lead guitarist, will be the guest at a screening of Black Sabbath’s landmark documentary ‘The End Of The End’ on 19th August 2018. 

The movie's celebrated director Dick Carruthers will also be a guest.

'Black Sabbath The End of the End,' (2017) captured the very last gig for the three original members on February 4th 2016 at the Genting arena in their home city.  read more...
 


SAT 18 AUG & SUN 19 AUG - The Exchange, North Shields 'WHITLEY ROCKS HARDER'! with special guests TONY IOMMI,

DICK CARRUTHERS. Presented by Chris Phipps

For details and Ticket information

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Led Zeppelin 'Celebration Day' 2012 with special guest director Dick Carruthers on 18th August 2018.

The movie captures the Led Zeppelin reunion, one of the most anticipated in history, at London's O2 Arena in 2007 

read more...

 

Tony Iommi, Black Sabbath's acclaimed lead guitarist, will be the guest at a screening of Black Sabbath’s landmark documentary ‘The End Of The End’ on 19th August 2018. 

The movie's celebrated director Dick Carruthers will also be a guest.

'Black Sabbath The End of the End,' (2017) captured the very last gig for the three original members on February 4th 2016 at the Genting arena in their home city.  read more...
 


SAT 18 AUG & SUN 19 AUG - The Exchange, North Shields 'WHITLEY ROCKS HARDER'! with special guests TONY IOMMI,

DICK CARRUTHERS. Presented by Chris Phipps

For details and Ticket information

READ MORE HERE...


SAT 18 AUG & SUN 19 AUG  - ARTHOUSES

For one summer weekend a community in Whitley Bay becomes the venue for contemporary visual arts.

This year ArtHouses is hosted by the residents of a group of pedestrianised streets close to the centre of Whitley Bay, who open up their homes and gardens to artists, showing an array of contemporary artworks in all media. See details here

MON 20 AUG

GOD'S OWN COUNTRY

JAM JAR CINEMA 

God’s Own Country (2017)Josh O'Connor, Alec Secareanu.  Directed by Francis Lee.

With special guest, producer Jack Tarling

See details here

MON 20 AUG

SHAUN OF THE DEAD (2004)

THE FIRESTATION,

WHITLEY BAY

Shaun Of The Dead (2004) @ The Fire Station

Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield. Director: Edgar Wright.

See details here

TUES 21 AUG

ON THE NIGHT OF THE FIRE (1939) introduced by Chris Phipps

ST MARY'S LIGHTHOUSE 

On The Night Of The Fire (1939)
Ralph Richardson, Diana Wynyard.  Directed By Brian Desmond Hurst

LOST  MOVIE  GIVES  GLIMPSES  OF NEWCASTLE IN 1939!  
This rarely seen thriller is now considered to be the first British Film Noir, directed by Irish auteur Brian Desmond Hurst who, had been mentored by John Ford in the USA

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WED 22 AUG

THE SECRET OF KELLS (2009)

ST MARY'S LIGHTHOUSE

The Secret Of Kells (2009)
Directed by Tomm Moore & Nora Twomey.

See details here

With bold colours and exquisite decorations that reflects the art of the original Book of Kells, Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey’s visually stunning film has been compared to the work of Hayao Miyazaki. If that’s not enough, the music is gorgeous.

WED 22 AUG

Eat Along

CHOCOLAT (2000)

ST MARY'S LIGHTHOUSE

Two Chocolate themed films about food provide a sensorial celebration presented in partnership with Dr Duika Burges Watson and Sam Storey of the Altered Eating Research Network from the Institute Of Health & Society at Newcastle University.

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WED 22 AUG

Smell O Vision event

LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLAT (1992)

ST MARY'S LIGHTHOUSE 

Harold & Maude (1971) 

Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort.  Directed by Hal Ashby.

 

Harold and Maude is a dark gem of a film. Although it offended critics and was commercially unsuccessful at the time of its release, the film has since become a cult classic. Stepping over convention to deliver a life-affirming story about love and friendship, it still has the power to disturb and delight audiences in equal measure.

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THUR 23 AUG

HAROLD AND MAUDE (1971)  introduced by Paul Stokes (co founder Daily Mash)

ST MARY'S LIGHTHOUSE 

THUR 23 AUG

SIGHTSEERS (2012) 

ST MARY'S LIGHTHOUSE 

Sightseers (2012)
Alice Lowe, Steve Oram.  Directed By Ben Wheatley

When Chris and Tina go on holiday, Tina is eager to get some distance from home and Chris is keen to introduce Tina to his passion for caravaning.  Things don't go as planned and their dream trip soon takes a very dark turn in a film described by one critic as "Nuts In May with axes". 

See details here

THUR 23 AUG

ARTCLUB 

COMRADES CLUB 

Where - The Comrades Club, Whitley Bay

Open to the public 10.00am to 4.00pm

(4.00pm to 11.00pm members only)

Free Entry

A selection of artist moving image works. 

Coffee, tea, snacks available at the bar.

FRI 24 AUG

RAINBIRD in association with Cloud Nine Theatre Company

JAM JAR CINEMA

RAINBIRD - The Tragedy of an Artist
PETER MORTIMER’s dramatic new play for Cloud Nine Theatre Company was a big hit when it premiered for a week at The Exchange, North Shields in April.


This filmed version of the play, made by Primate Productions, captures all the powerful emotion in the life of the talented but doomed North Shields painter,
Victor Noble Rainbird, the only northern artist to be accepted in the Royal Academy in 1911

See details here

SAT 25 AUG

THE SEARCHERS 

RENDEZVOUS CAFE

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ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST

PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION

by Sarah Dryden,

THE EXCHANGE, North Shields 

The Searchers  (1956) With introduction from Sarah Dryden.


John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Natalie Wood.  Directed by John Ford.

Named as the greatest American western by the American Film Institute in 2008,

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SUN 26 AUG

THE GENERAL with live soundtrack by The Mediators

STATION MASTERS COMMUNITY WILDLIFE GARDEN 

Please note, this is an outdoor screening and weather dependent. 

The General (1926) with live Soundtrack from The Mediators.
Buster Keaton.  Directed by Clyde Bruckman & Buster Keaton.

Presented on the sumptuous surrounds of the Station Masters Community Garden with live music from The Mediators.

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WED 29 AUG

THE GREAT NORTHERN KINETOSCOPE SHOW 4 in partnership with BBC Newcastle

CRESCENT CLUB, Cullercoats

In association with festival media partners, BBC Newcastle, this years Kinestoscope, presented by film and media historian Chris Phipps, also features film from The North East Film Archive. 

This year we examine the effects of the 'swinging 60s' on Newcastle & the north east

See details HERE

The Whitley Bay Film Festival is honoured to celebrate the massively popular work of Alan Hull with a rare opportunity to see the 1974 television drama 'Squire'.  We are joined by writer Tom Pickard whose friendship with Hull led the singer/songwriter securing the lead role and also supplying the soundtrack. The Alan Hull Song book, comprising of Dave Hull-Denholm and Ian Thomson will also be performing at this event.

See details here

THUR 30 AUG

SQUIRE with writer Tom Pickard and music from Alan Hull Songbook

CRESCENT CLUB, Cullercoats 

FRI 31 AUG

Details coming soon...

SAT 1 SEP

MY GENERATION with special guests Festival Patron Ian La Frenais and writing partner Dick Clement and director David Batty

THE EXCHANGE, North Shields 

The festival is honoured to welcome our festival patron Ian La Frenias and writing partner Dick Clement and the film's director David Batty,  who will talk about the film and their work after the movie. 

Hosted by our good friend, film and media historian Chris Phipps

See details here

Please check back for festival updates.

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