Posted on 02 November 2011.
The 25th Leeds International Film Festival opens tomorrow (Thursday 3rd November) with a gala screening of Andrea Arnold’s award winning adaptation of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights.
The much-anticipated new version of the classic novel set in Yorkshire and filmed on the North Yorkshire Moors has overtaken ‘The King’s Speech’ as the fastest-selling film in the history of the festival which runs from 3rd – 20th November. The Festival – the largest outside London – will feature over 300 films from around the world.
Andrea Arnold will be joined by Leeds actor James Howson, who plays Heathcliff, Shannon Beer (young Cathy) and Solomon Glave (young Heathcliff) for this special screening at Leeds Town Hall.
The festival has also secured a late addition to its programme, with an exclusive screening of Oscar-tipped comedy ‘The Artist’ set in 1920s Hollywood starring Malcolm McDowell and John Goodman as the finale to the event at Hyde Park Picture House on Sunday 20th November.
Other highlights include the popular horror-themed Fanomenon Night of the Dead XI which returns on Saturday 5th November at Hyde Park Picture House; and Fanomenon Day of the Dead 5 at City Varieties on Saturday 12th November, with the directors of three of the four films to be shown making guest appearances. It will also feature the UK premiere of ‘Juan of the Dead’, Cuba’s first independently-produced film to be shown outside the country in 50 years.
Comicbooks, graphic novels, gaming and storyboarding are also celebrated with the return of the fifth Thought Bubble Festival at Saviles Hall and Royal Armouries Hall on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November.
The festival will also feature an appearance by comedian, writer and television star Paul Merton who will present a night devoted entirely to silent film comedy genius at Leeds Town Hall on Wednesday 9th November.
Tickets for the Leeds International Film Festival including the offer of six tickets for the price of five on all screenings, are available from the City Centre Box Office at The Carriageworks, by phone from 0113 224 3801, or from www.leedsfilm.com
Festival programmes are available at: Leeds Town Hall, The Carriageworks Theatre, Hyde Park Picture House, Tourist Information Centre – Leeds Station, Leeds Art Gallery, Jumbo Records, ICS Reception – University of Leeds, Travelling Man, Waterstones, Leeds Central Library, Dock Street Market
For more information on the Leeds International Film Festival please visit www.leedsfilm.com
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