The film festival unveils its documentary program

DETAILS have been announced on the lineup for the 11th annual Saltburn Film Festival documentary special.

The event, funded by the Northern Film Hub, will take place at the Saltburn Community Theater on Albion Terrace, from Thursday March 10 to Sunday March 13.

“It is with great pleasure that we are able to reinstate the annual Saltburn Film Festival,” said SC&AA Arts Development Manager Wilma Gardiner-Gill. “We have a great lineup this year, with something for everyone.”

On Thursday at 7 p.m., the festival will open with Woof! A celebration of dogs in Silent Films, in conjunction with the Yorkshire Silent Film Festival, with musical accompaniment by Jonny Best.

Friday, March 11 will celebrate the work of this year’s guest, contemporary international filmmaker Jeanie Finlay. Originally from Stockton, she is best known for bringing overlooked and unknown stories to a wider audience and spent 2019 in Ireland filming The Last Watch, HBO’s documentary about the making of Game of Thrones’ final series.

Friday presents three of his films. At 2 p.m., Sound it Out presents the last independent record store of the time in Stockton with its owner, his schoolmate Tom Butchart. At 4 p.m., Goth Cruise, the most downloaded movie on the Independent Films Channel, documents the fourth annual Goth Cruise around Bermuda. Finally at 7 p.m., there will be Seahorse, nominated by the British Independent Film Association, about a transgender man pregnant with his own child. This will be followed by a question and answer session with Ms. Findlay.

Saltburn Community Theater

Saturday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. will be the Mark Thomas Project Cinema Tour, when the award-winning comedian and political activist will appear with a mystery guest.

The last screening will take place on Sunday March 13 at 2 p.m. with Where the Stone Dropped, on the history and development of South Gare. This will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Ian Paine and Graham Williamson.

Saltburn held its first film festival in 2007. The brainchild of Ms Gardiner-Gill and with the committed support of the Saltburn Film Society, it was opened by the late Barry Norman and became an annual tradition until 2016.

“There were some amazing times and wonderful guests,” Ms. Gardiner-Gill said. “Mark Herman, who wrote and directed The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, was a special guest. He chose to come to Saltburn rather than the Cannes Film Festival.

She added, “This festival has been a joy to organize and we hope audiences will be delighted with the range of genres on offer,”

Maureen Shevis, a longtime supporter of SC&AA, particularly in film, said: “It was a privilege to work with Wilma. She has a very good knowledge of films, excellent organizational skills, and being a former BBC she was very used to dealing with celebrities.

See www.saltburn or call 01287 624997 for details.

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