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Screening Rights Film Festival to open in Coventry and Birmingham

  • Screening Rights Film Festival For full listing and screening details click here.

The fourth annual Screening Rights Film Festival is to open this week in Coventry and Birmingham, showcasing films that explore themes relating to social justice.

Taking place for the first time in both cities, Screening Rights will include films from around the world and post-screening events featuring directors, producers, ‘stars’, experts and activists.

  • Click here to listen to Screening Rights’ organiser discussing the festival on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire’s Culture Club (tune in from 50.00).

Screening Rights opens in Coventry on the 18th October at the Old Grammar School with A Northern Soul. Directed by Sean McAllister, the 2018 documentary sees him return to his hometown, Hull, as curator of its’ UK City of Culture opening. Drawn to the fringes of town he encounters Steve – a struggling warehouse worker with a dream.

Originally classified 15 by the BBFC, Coventry City Council have instead awarded A Northern Soul a 12 rating – allowing a wider range of people to attend the screening and see the film in the run up to Coventry’s year as the next UK City of Culture.

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Organised by Dr Michele Aaron, of the University of Warwick’s Department of Film and Television, the festival will also on the 19th October at Coventry’s Herbert Art Gallery screen Nicholas Roeg’s 1970 film Performance, starring Mick Jagger, and 2017’s No Place for a Rebel that tells the story of an abducted child returning to Uganda as an adult war commander and having to readapt to civil society.

The programme of films to be shown in Birmingham at the Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) will include Screening Rights opening night with 2018’s What is Democracy, followed by 2018’s Under the Wire, 1981’s Burning an Illusion, 2018’s Tranny Fag, 2017’s Beyond the Frontlines and 2018’s Island.

  • For full listing and screening details click here.

Commenting on the festival Dr Aaron said:

“Screening Rights Film Festival brings some of the most important British and international social justice films to the region.

“Post-screening discussions include directors and 'stars' of the films and experts and activists, allowing audiences to get involved with and deepen their understanding of some of today's most pressing and tricky topics.”

15 October 2018


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