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A Northern Soul

UK, 2018, 73mins, Cert.12A
With director Q&A
Showtimes and location

Film description

Following 2015’s Doc/Fest Grand Jury Winner A Syrian Love Story, Sean McAllister returns to his Yorkshire hometown of Hull as creative director of the opening ceremony of the City of Culture celebrations.

Living back with his 90 year-old parents, McAllister reflects on the changes to a city hit by cuts in public spending and divided by Brexit and where more than 1 in 3 children are living in poverty. Drawn to the fringes of town, McAllister met and started filming with Steve Arnott, a struggling warehouse worker who harbours his own creative dream.

Showing in association with Doc/Fest, as part of their Doc/Circuit Yorkshire tour.

Following the film, Steve Arnott and director Sean McAllister will join us for a live Q&A, chaired by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.


The BBFC awarded this film a 15 certificate due to strong language. While we respect the decisions and work of the BBFC, locally we have had this re-assessed by Leeds City Council licensing because we support the director's belief that this is an important film for younger audiences to have the opportunity to see. As a result this film has a 12A certificate here in Leeds.

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Showing at

Hyde Park Picture House

Venue details


73 Brudenell Road, Leeds LS6 1JD, UK
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Access info

The Picture House has two small steps at the main entrance. Step-free access to the auditorium and foyer is possible via a side entrance. Unfortunately none of the Picture House's toilets are accessible and both via a flight of stairs. The cinema has three wheelchair spaces – to reserve one of these, please select the 'wheelchair space' ticket during checkout.

Refreshment info

The Picture House offers a range of hot and cold drinks, including beers and wines, alongside popcorn, sweets, ice creams (Northern Bloc) and vegan cakes (That Old Chestnut).


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