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Northern Exposure Leeds + BFI Networking

English, 2021 - 2022, 74mins, Cert.18
Plus Q&A and networking drinks
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Film description

Curated by the BFI Network's Ben Taylor, Northern Exposure brings together the best live action, animation and documentary shorts from filmmakers across the North.

Selections for this programme include the award-winning Hanging On, archive based Lost Connections and the bizarre, Divination Dave.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to chat with the BFI Network team about the support available through the Film Hub. It's a great opportunity to meet the growing community of local filmmakers, and support exciting work from emerging UK talent.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with some of the featured filmmakers, led by Film Hub North’s BFI Network team

After the Q&A, there will be networking drinks in the Pyramid Theatre Bar.

Running Order:

  1. 6:00pm - 7:30pm: Introduction & screening
  2. 7:30pm – 8:00pm: Filmmaker Q&A
  3. 8:00pm - 9:00 pm Networking & drinks

Shorts Programme:

RUTH & SAFIYA (2021, 15mins)

Louisa Rose Mackleston (writer, director, producer)

Ruth and Safiya is a story about friendships in unlikely places, challenging stereotypes, and the power of community. Ruth, an isolated pensioner, meets Safiya, a teenage Syrian refugee who is haunted by the life she fled from. Filmed on location in Skipton, the story is set in an allotment, showing the power of the earth and nature in creating a bond that transcends age, race and nationality.


MARCUS (2019, 5mins)

Josua Reeves (writer, director), Angie Daniell (producer)

A short sweet rom-com with a black history twist.


LOST CONNECTIONS (2021, 13mins)

Andy Burns (writer), Hussina Raja (writer), Yorkshire Film Archive (producer)

Lost Connections is a new short film that offers a poetic response to the experience of the Coronavirus pandemic. Made possible through a unique UK-wide collaboration of national and regional publicly-funded film archives, Lost Connections draws on a century of archive footage that invites reflections on loss, loneliness, isolation, and expressions of desire, optimism, hope and renewal.



Elsa Hunter-Weston (writer, director), Caoilfhionn MacEoin-Manus (producer)

Please Introduce Yourself explores the difficulties facing a young person on the cusp of adulthood as she wrestles with her own identity.


DIVINATION DAVE (2021, 7mins)

Georgia Madden (writer, director), Jen Bradfield, Ian Fenton, Allan Campbell (producer)

Savoury snack addict Dave must resort to extreme measures in order to satisfy his salty cravings.


SELLING OUT (2021, 8mins)

Lucy Scott-Smith (writer), George Hackforth-Jones (director), Jess Journo, Paris Hounam (producer)

Selling Out is a short comedy about an actress' realisation that perhaps her life isn't going to turn out the way she'd imagined.


HANGING ON (2021, 10mins)

Alfie Barker (writer, director), Hollie Bryan (producer)

A creative documentary spotlighting the strength of community, in a neighbourhood united when faced with eviction.


PUNCH-DRUNK (2022,13mins)

Liam White (writer, director, producer), Larry Ketang (director, producer)

In a café in Marseille, a man’s life begins to unravel when his lunch is disturbed by a chatty stranger.


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Leeds University Union

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