The Newcastle International Film Festival is a new four-day event taking place here in Newcastle between 29 March and 1 April 2018. The event will showcase genres from around the world, with a host of screenings, Q&As and masterclasses billed throughout the weekend.
The Biscuit Factory is delighted to be hosting a variety of events from this stellar line-up. Further details on events taking place in our function space, The Biscuit Room are detailed below.
For more information on buying tickets please visit https://newcastlefestival.co.uk/tickets/
Friday 30 March 2018
10am to 1pm: WOMEN IN FILM PANEL
A timely wide-ranging discussion on Women and Film in the light of the #Times Up and #Me Too Movement and how we can move beyond the headlines to effect positive change.
includes female entertainment industry leaders from around the world. Your ticket includes breakfast.
Rajee Shinde, of RMS TV, Award-winning Indian Broadcaster and Female leader; Patti Jones, US entertainment attorney, intellectual property expert and visiting professor, Newcastle University, Candida Brady, award-winning journalist and film director (Trashed, Urban and The Shed Crew) BAFTA Nominated Actress, Kiersten Wareing (Fishtank, Hollyoaks, Eastenders).
2pm to 5pm: OM PURI ‘IN CONVERSATION’ WITH NANDITA & ISHAAN PURI
Nandita Puri will discuss Om Puri’s life and discuss his international films with directors,
Steven Spielberg (100 Ft Journey), Roland Joffe (City Of God), Richard Attenborough (Gandhi), his British hits, (East is East, My Son The Fanatic) and his Indian films with Satyajit Ray (Sadgati), , Govind Nihalani (Ardh Satya, Tamas, Akrosh), Shyam Benegal (Discovery of India).
Mrs Puri will also discuss her book on Om. Ishaan Puri will introduce the Om Puri foundation for Filmmakers.‘In Conversation’ will be moderated by actress Caroline Goodall(Schindler’s List, Hook, White Squall, Princess Diaries, The Dressmaker).Your ticket includes lunch inspired by some of Om's favourite dishes.
6pm to 9pm: DOOMSDAY & ‘INCONVERSATION’ WITH NEIL MARSHALL
Join us in welcoming back to the North East, Emmy
award-nominated director Neil Marshall as he presents his 2008 global horror hit ‘Doomsday.’ A unique opportunity to ask the questions you’ve always wanted along with two of the film’s stars at this special screening and kickstart #FrightNightNIFF.
Ticket includes a bag of emergency food rations in order to survive!
2am: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD SCREENING – 50th ANNIVERSARY
Filmmaker George Romero redefined the zombie genre with Night of the Living Dead. The horror classic that started it all will appear in stunning full 4k digital restoration on the big screen at Newcastle International Film Festival. Despite being released in 1968, the movie still continues to shock and was seen as groundbreaking for the genre.
Attendees will start the night with a Zombie cocktail and even get some bloody popcorn to enjoy, with a prize for the best dressed Zombie.
Saturday 31 March 2018
1pm: DENISE WELCH'S ‘BLACK EYED SUSAN’ & CHI ONWURAH PRESENTS ‘THE BODY BEAUTIFUL’
At an In Conversation hosted by journalist and TV presenter Jane Witherspoon, our very own Denise Welch and Newcastle’s MP Chi Onwurah will answer questions on mental health, diversity and disability. This In Conversation will be headed by a double bill of Denise’s short film ‘
Black Eyed Susan,’ a dramatic portrayal of mental health, as well as the 1991 film ‘The Body Beautiful’ directed by Ngozi Onwurah, Chi’s sister.
Not to be missed! Your ticket includes a delicious hot breakfast.
2pm to 5pm: WORLD PREMIERE OF THE DIRECTORS CUT – ‘THE ADDICTION’ WITH ABEL FERRARA
Abel Ferrara(born July 19, 1951)is an Americanfilmmaker, known for the provocative and often controversial content in his films, his use ofneo- noirimagery and gritty urban settings. A long-time independent filmmaker, some of his best known films include Ms .45 (1981) , King of New York (1990) , Bad Lieutenant (1992) andThe Funeral (1996).
A New York philosophy grad student turns into a vampire after getting
, and then tries to come to terms with her new lifestyle and frequent craving for human blood.
This ticket includes a Bloody Mary, or alternative plus some vampire nibbles, plus the Q&A session.
7pm to 10pm: PREMIERE OF URBAN & THE SHED CREW, WITH CAST & CREW ‘INCONVERSATION
Join us for the long-anticipated public world premiere of ‘Urban & the Shed Crew.’
Urban and The Shed Crew is the heartwarming true story of an eleven-year-old boy’s struggle to survive on the streets of Leeds in the north of England during the 1990’s. Wearing just his pyjamas, young Urban Grimshaw escapes the harsh reality of council care and sets out in search of the family and home he’s never known. Starring Richard Armitage and Anna Friel with Neil Morrissey and Charlie Heaton, and introducing Fraser Kelly as Urban Grimshaw.
Join the cast and crew in an exclusive ‘InConversation’ about the film and the important topic at the heart of it. In attendance are Fraser Kelly, Richard Armitage, Candida Brady, Titus Ogilvy and more…
Reception with drinks and canapes in the Biscuit Factory gallery before screening
Sunday 1 April 2018
1pm to 4pm: INSIGHT - SHORT TO FEATURE, ROMANS 12:20 WITH GEOFF THOMPSON
Join BAFTA-winning screenwriter Geoff Thompson and award-winning directors The Shammasian Brothers as they discuss adapting their short film for the big screen in 2017’s Romans (starring Orlando Bloom) with original star of the short film, Craig Conway, with a Q&A led by local actor Steve Wraith.
Geoff Thompson is a former bouncer, self-defence instructor, author, teacher and won a BAFTA for his short film ‘Brown Paper Bag’.
Malky, a tough bar doorman, is forced to come out of his dark world, finding himself at confession where he asks for forgiveness. Not for something he has done, but rather for something he is about to do. Something that will finally lay his hidden past to rest forever.
Your ticket includes a delicious lunch.