Announcement: Up North Film & Television Festival and Music Weekender Line-up!

Saturday 2 – Tuesday 26 May 2020

Up North: Film & Television Festival Brochure

Square Chapel Arts Centre has today (Friday 13 March) announced its line-up for the second month-long festival celebrating northern voices on screen and behind the camera. The Up North Film and Television Festival will run from Saturday 2nd to Tuesday 26th May and includes a whole host of well-known stage and screen names, faces and personalities.


The festival kicks off with an in conversation featuring actor Kris Hitchen who will be talking about Director Ken Loach’s hard-hitting Sorry We Missed You. There’s a rare screening of Oscar winning director, Pawel Pawlikowski’s 1998 TV film Twockers. The arts centre welcomes back Dai Bradley (Billy Casper) for a meet and great after a screening of the classic Kes, and audiences are invited to join Barnsley-born author Joanne Harris in celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Chocolat – a film that seemed to win every award going!


This year’s festival also includes plenty to get audiences laughing with their exclusive comedy events! Johnny Vegas joins his good friend Jack Carroll in conversation. Comedy legends Craig Cash and Phil Mealey are in Halifax to talk about the cult TV hit Early Doors; and actor Craig Parkinson (Line of Duty, Sandylands and Four Lions) and BBC Radio 6 Music’s Chris Hawkins have joined forces to bring festival goers an evening of panel show comedy gold!


Music played a huge role in last year’s festival and there’s more for 2020…only bigger and better! Square Chapel is giving music lovers the chance to see the film Northern Soul on the big screen followed by a Q&A with the director Elaine Constantaine. The night will end with a gig from the legendary Wigan Casino DJ, Richard Searling.


Gig goers are also invited down to Square Chapel for a party at the end of the festival with a big music weekender blow-out! The weekend kicks off with a solo gig from Maximo Park’s frontman, Paul Smith. Saturday sees Mark Radcliffe and his band UNE playing followed by a DJ set from 6 Music breakfast presenter Chris Hawkins, and then the arts centre welcome’s back original Hacienda DJ Graeme Park to end the weekend on a high.



Exclusive events:

Craig Parkinson and Chris Hawkins Comedy Panel Show (Friday 8 May, 7.30pm)

Actor Craig Parkinson is on your screen all the time starring in popular films and dramas such as Line of Duty, Temple, Four Lines and Sandylands. He’s stopped for a moment and joined forces with BBC Radio 6 Music’s Chris Hawkins to bring fans an exclusive evening of entertainment with a new panel show. Audiences should think ‘Have I Got News For you’ meets ‘8 out of 10 Cats’ meets ‘Celebrity Juice’. They can expect stage, screen and radio guests, stories and a lot of laughter.


Early Doors with Craig Cash and Phil Mealey (Friday 15 May, 7.30pm)

Early Doors, the BBC sitcom written by and starring Craig Cash and Phil Mealey, is set at The Grapes, a small public house in Stockport where daily life revolves around the issues of love, loneliness and blocked urinals. Halifax-born actor Neil Hurst, who recently starred in the live stage version of the show, is joined by Craig Cash and Phil Mealey in a rare opportunity to hear them talk about the legendary cult status of this much-loved show.


Johnny Vegas in conversation with Comedian Jack Carroll (Monday 25 May, 7.30pm)

Comedian Johnny Vegas is known for his alter-egos, surrealist humour, high husky voice and support of St Helens rugby league club. Johnny will be in conversation with comedian Jack Carroll, who starred with Vegas in Eaten by Lions. Expect an entertaining night packed with stories and laughter.


Hope Gap: Preview Screening (Friday 15 May, 10.45am & Saturday 16 May, 7.45pm)

Partially filmed in Leeds and Doncaster, Square Chapel have got their hands on the film ‘Hope Gap’ in advance of its release in June! Grace (Annette Benning) and Edward (Bill Nighy), married for 29 years, live in a small seaside town near a cove under the cliffs called Hope Gap. When their son Jamie (Josh O’Connor) comes to visit for the weekend, Edward informs him that he plans to leave Grace, that same day. Film fans can watch the story unfold in this brand-new family drama.


Music Weekender:

Paul Smith (Maximo Park) solo gig + Q&A (Friday 22 May from 6.30pm)

Paul Smith is best known as the singer of Maxïmo Park. He’s also gone on to release a number of solo albums. As part of the Up North Film and Television Festival, Square Chapel will be screening the film that influenced his career! Fans can see ‘Bruno Dumont’s La Vie de Jesus’, followed by a Q&A with Paul and then experience his live solo gig, all under one roof and in one evening.


Mark Radcliffe in Conversation with Chris Hawkins (Saturday 23 May from 6pm)

Broadcaster, musician and author Mark Radcliffe is one of national radio’s most respected and distinctive voices. He joins fellow BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Chris Hawkins to discuss his career on radio and in print. The evening includes a performance from Radcliffe’s band UNE – a new musical collaboration with Paul Langley. UNE is electronic music spanning many styles with a plaintive lonely voice at its heart.


Beats film screening + Original Hacienda DJ Graeme Park Q&A + gig (Sunday 24 May from 7.30pm)

Beats is a story of friendship and rebellion set to an electrifying rave soundtrack. Set in 1994 Scotland, the film hinges on the Tory government’s crackdown on rave culture that year. Shot in black-and-white with a Trainspotting-esque spirit, this film follows two friends looking for a chance for one last hurrah. After the film there will be a Q&A and DJ set from original Hacienda legend and friend of Square Chapel, Graeme Park.



Other Festival Events:

Northern Soul + Q&A with Writer/Director Elaine Constantine + DJ set from Richard Searling (Wednesday 6 May, 7pm)  

Elaine Constantine’s story follows a disc jockey who introduced his new friend to Northern soul which took the UK by storm in the 70s. The evening features an exclusive Q&A with writer and director Elaine Constantine and a live DJ set from Northern Soul DJ King Richard Searling (Wigan Casino, Va-Vas).


Irvine Welsh in conversation with broadcaster Alex Cann (Thursday 14 May, 7.30pm)

Irvine Welsh, the acclaimed and often controversial writer of novels and screenplays comes to Halifax to share stories of his life and career. His debut novel Trainspotting (1993) became a huge household name and the gritty depiction of Edinburgh life was quickly adapted for stage and screen. He will be interviewed on stage by broadcaster Alex Cann.


Sorry We Missed You + Q&A with actor Kris Hitchen (Saturday 2 May, 7pm)

Square Chapel is giving cinema goers another chance to see Ken Loach’s hard-hitting film where he takes a swipe at zero-hours Britain! A hard-up delivery driver (Kris Hitchen) and his wife are struggling to raise a family and end up trapped in a vicious cycle of modern-day working-class exploitation. Fans can join actor Kris Hitchen after the screening for a Q&A. He will be discussing what it’s like to work with Ken Loach, the gritty subject matter and his career.


Chocolat + Q&A with writer Joanne Harris (Tuesday 5 May, 7pm)

The film, Chocolat, was adapted from Barnsley-born Joanne Harris’ book of the same name. The film tells the story of a woman who arrives in a French village with her six-year-old daughter. She opens a small chocolaterie which goes on to influence the lives of the local people. The film will be followed by a Q&A with the author.


Twockers + Q&A with Co-Director Ian Duncan (Saturday 9 May, 7pm)

The award-winning hybrid of documentary and drama sees teenagers act out their lives in a Yorkshire council estate. The film was shot in around Illingworth. Pawel Pawlikowski, who co-directed the film with Ian Duncan, has gone on to win an Oscar for his 2013 feature Ida. Audiences are invited to join Ian Duncan to hear him talk about film and his career.


KES + meet and greet with actor Dai Bradley (Sunday 17 May, 2pm)

Ken Loach’s classic drama focuses on Billy Casper, a tormented working-class boy who is subjected to abuse both at school and home. Billy’s life is bleak until he takes up an interest in falconry and begins training a kestrel that he finds on a nearby farm. Join actor Dai Bradley, (Billy Casper) for a pre-film introduction and meet and greet after the film.


National Theatre Live: The Welkin (Thursday 21 May, 7pm)

Square Chapel are delighted to be screening National Theatre Live’s The Welkin starring Maxine Peake. One life in the hands of 12 women. Rural Suffolk in England, 1759. As the country waits for Halley’s comet, a young woman is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder. Maxine Peake stars in this bold and gripping thriller from Tony Award-nominated writer Lucy Kirkwood. Broadcast live from the National Theatre in London.



Aardman Animations are giving families (including big kids) the chance to learn how to make their very own Gromit, Shaun the Sheep or Feathers McGraw character at these fun, hands-on clay modelling workshops.

Led by one of their expert model makers, fans will have the opportunity to ask questions about the tricks of the trade from the Aardman studio professionals. The Aardman Animation Model Making workshop are priced at £10 and take place at Square Chapel on Tuesday 26 May at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.


For a full list of what’s coming up at Square Chapel, Halifax visit, pop in or call the Box Office on 01422 349 422.


For more information contact, Sofia Cann, Marketing and Communications Manager, Tel 01422 353073

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