The Hinterlands International Rural Film Festival returns to Skipton in May

The International Rural Outback Film Festival returns to Skipton from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th May for a three-day celebration of the great outdoors in cinema. There’s something for every cinephile in the packed schedule of screenings and special events, from a screening of Limbo with an evening of Syrian food and music, to a Buster Keaton classic with a live musical score. There’s even a dog-friendly screening for four-legged moviegoers and their owners.

Tickets are on sale now at and must be pre-booked.

“Hinterlands is a celebration of rural films from around the world”, says Geoff Bird, artistic director of Hinterlands. “We program films where the natural landscape is a character in its own right. This year, we’ll travel to a remote, sea-tossed Scottish island, across the vastness of the American Midwest, to the hills of Italy, and even to freezing Iceland in the wake of a Viking prince. And of course Skipton is the perfect Hinterlands location with the drama of the Yorkshire Dales right next door.

There will be a special screening of Buster Keaton’s silent classic The general featuring an original contemporary live score performed by instrumental dream-pop and electronica band Haiku Salut. Regularly hailed as one of the greatest films ever made and a landmark of silent cinema, the film follows railroad engineer Johnnie Gray as he travels the Great American Midwest to rescue his beloved from a stolen train.

Haiku Salut will perform live at Hinterlands 2022 on May 13

The premiere of a short film, commissioned by Hinterlands, will be screened before the main screening. It’s a collaboration between local musician, Rose Wheeler, and Yorkshire filmmaker, Juliett Klottrup, inspired by the crowdsourced sounds of Soundtrack in Skipton, a growing sound map of the city.

Another highlight of this year’s festival is an evening of Syrian cuisine and music followed by a screening of the comedy-drama Limbo. The public will be able to taste a delicious buffet of Syrian dishes while listening to the sounds of the oud of the musician Rihab Azar before watching the film which tells the story of a young Syrian musician staying on a Scottish island while awaiting the results of his application for ‘asylum. There will also be a screening of the short film Ruth and Safia, filmed on location in Skipton. It traces the friendship between Ruth, an isolated pensioner in her 80s who visits her housing estate daily, and Safiya, a teenage Syrian refugee adjusting to her new life in Yorkshire.

Dogs (and their owners!) are invited to a friendly screening of The truffle hunters at Plaza Cinema. This touching documentary follows a group of elderly truffle hunters and their trusty dogs as they roam the forests of northern Italy in search of the precious white Alba truffle. It’s a glimpse into a timeless, secret way of life, with the deep camaraderie between man and his best friend at its heart.

There is an opportunity to delve deeper into rural cinema as a host of special guests present a selection of rural films. Actress Julie Hesmondhalgh (ITV’s Coronation Street) will present her favorite rural film, Wild, in a chat with Hinterlands Art Director Geoff Bird. Director Hannah Maia will present her latest film Wood on the water, the story of a group of women who spend forty days canoeing in the Canadian wilderness. Afterwards, the public will be encouraged to take an energizing dip at Janet’s Foss Waterfall in Malhamdale.

Writer, racer and former lead guitarist of ChumbawambaBoff Whalley, joins Geoff Bird for a conversation on The Wild Tour alongside director Bevis Bowden before the first screening. The film chronicles the tour of Boff and performance creator Daniel Bye These hills are ours, a play about their love of running in wild places. And local musician Sarah Smout shares her thoughts on the climate crisis ahead of the screening of her new film, Rooted.

Craven Herald: Epic action-packed screening of The Northman at Hinterlands on May 14Action-packed epic The Northman screens at Hinterlands on May 14

Other film screenings include The man from the north from visionary director Robert Eggers, best known for his horror films The witch and Lighthouse. This new version follows a young Viking prince on his quest through a freezing northern landscape to avenge the murder of his father. Winner of the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, the Croatian film Murine traces the growing tensions between a restless teenager and her oppressive father. French language film Little mom follows an eight-year-old girl who makes a surprise discovery in the woods as her family empties her late grandmother’s house, and a comedy-drama Love tells the story of AJ, a clumsy and environmentally conscious teenager, who is drawn into a family vacation, where she is unexpectedly captivated by a lifeguard named Isla.

There will also be a screening of the Ukrainian film Guidetelling the story of an American boy and a blind folk poet thrown together by fate amid the turmoil of Soviet Ukraine in the mid-1930s. All proceeds from tickets for this screening will go to the appeal of the crisis of the Ukrainian Red Cross.

Lempen Puppet Theater Company, known for its work at the Skipton Puppet Festival, will run a puppet-making workshop for families inspired by Pinocchio. Families can also catch the much-loved Disney classic at the Plaza Cinema.

And movie buffs should look out for touring theater company Kitsch & Sync, which will tour the city on Saturday and Sunday with a performance that blends Hollywood cinema, live action and lots of unique audience interactions.

Hinterlands is produced by outdoor event makers Wild Rumpus, creators of hugely popular events including the Just So Festival for families and the Timber Festival in the National Forest. “Hinterlands is not a film festival like the others. We organize a whole series of events to make it really special”, says Rowan Cannon, co-director of Wild Rumpus. “We want the public to immerse themselves in the world of films. I’m really excited for the Syrian food and music night before Limbo, and can’t wait to hear Julie Hesmondhalgh as she presents Wild. And of course, I’ll be bringing my dog, Chip, to the screening of Truffle Hunters.

Hinterlands is supported by Film Hub North with funding from the National Lottery on behalf of the BFI Film Audience Network and is also made possible by funding from Arts Council England.

Soundtrack to Skipton is part of a £95,000 grant scheme to fund a series of community-led activities on Skipton High Street over the next three years. Historic England awarded the grant to Craven District Council as part of the Skipton High Street Heritage Action Zone scheme. Soundtrack to Skipton joins an exciting cultural program featuring projects ranging from music mentorship to augmented reality, in the locality of Skipton High Street.

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Complete list of festivals

All tickets must be pre-booked in advance on
Friday May 13

The General (U) by Buster Keaton, with live score by Haiku Salut

8 p.m. at Skipton Town Hall

Tickets £14, discounts £12

Petite Manan (U), French with English subtitles

8 p.m. at the Plaza cinema

Tickets £6.50, discounts £5.50

Saturday May 14

The Truffle Hunters (12A), Italian with English subtitles

10 a.m. at Cinéma Plaza, dog friendly screening

Tickets £6.50, discounts £5.50

Puppet-making workshop for families

Two sessions, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Skipton Town Hall

Tickets £5 per child, adults free

Wild (15), with an intro by Julie Hesmondhalgh

1 p.m. at Cinema Plaza

Tickets £10, reductions £8

Honey (15)

5 p.m. at Plaza Cinema

Tickets £6.50, discounts £5.50

The Nordic (15)

8 p.m. at the Plaza cinema

Tickets £6.50, discounts £5.50

Limbo (12), plus an evening of Syrian cuisine and music

Skipton Town Hall, Concert Hall, Saturday 14 May 7pm

Tickets £15, discounts £12

Sunday May 15

Pinnochio (U)

10 a.m. at Plaza Cinema

Tickets £6.50, discounts £5.50

The Wild Tour (15), with an introduction by Boff Whalley

12:15 p.m. at Plaza Cinema

Tickets £8, reductions £6

Wood on the Water, with intro and Q&A by Hannah Maia

2:15 p.m. at Plaza Cinema

Tickets £8, reductions £6

Murine (15)

5 p.m. at Plaza Cinema

Tickets £6.50, discounts £5.50

Rooted, with an intro by Sarah Smout

7:15 p.m. at Plaza Cinema

Tickets £5, discounts £4

The Guide (15)

8:30 p.m. at Cinema Plaza

Tickets £6.50, discounts £5.50. Proceeds from tickets for this screening will go to the Ukrainian Red Cross Crisis Appeal.

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