Northern Exposure Short Film Night – April 2022

In partnership with BFI Network Running from
Last event: Wednesday 27 April at 6pm
  • £3 / Non-members: £3.30
    Young Storyhouse Members: £2

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Northern Exposure short film nights are back!

This first event of 2022 features films curated by BFI NETWORK Talent Executive Ben Taylor from filmmakers across the North. The selection will showcase the best of live action, animation and documentary filmmaking. Picks include the award winning Hanging On from Film Hub North alumni Alfie Barker & Hollie Bryan and Lost Connections a unique collaboration between 12 of the UK’s Regional and National Film Archives. 

Filmmakers in attendance will have the opportunity to chat with the BFI NETWORK team about the support and funding available through the talent development schemes. 

It’s a great opportunity to meet the growing community of local filmmakers, share stories and meet future collaborators. 

The screenings are open to all to watch some brilliant shorts and support exciting work from emerging UK talent.


Northern Exposure Short Film Programme April 2022:

Curated by Ben Taylor

RUTH & SAFIYA [2021] 15 mins
Louisa Rose Mackleston (W/D/P)
Ruth and Safiya is a story about friendships in unlikely places, challenging stereotypes, and the power of community. Ruth, an isolated pensioner, meets Safiya, a teenage Syrian refugee who is haunted by the life she fled from. Filmed on location in Skipton, the story is set in an allotment, showing the power of the earth and nature in creating a bond that transcends age, race and nationality.

MARCUS [2019] 5 mins
Josua Reeves (W/D) | Angie Daniell (P)
A short sweet rom-com with a black history twist.

LOST CONNECTIONS [2021] 13 mins
Andy Burns (W) | Hussina Raja (W) | Yorkshire Film Archive (P)
Lost Connections is a new short film that offers a poetic response to the experience of the Coronavirus pandemic. Made possible through a unique UK-wide collaboration of national and regional publicly-funded film archives, Lost Connections draws on a century of archive footage that invites reflections on loss, loneliness, isolation, and expressions of desire, optimism, hope and renewal.

Elsa Hunter-Weston (W/D) | Caoilfhionn MacEoin-Manus (P)
Please Introduce Yourself explores the difficulties facing a young person on the cusp of adulthood as she wrestles with her own identity.

DIVINATION DAVE [2021] 7 mins
Georgia Madden (W/D) | Jen Bradfield (P) | Ian Fenton (P) | Allan Campbell (P)
Savoury snack addict Dave must resort to extreme measures in order to satisfy his salty cravings.

SELLING OUT [2021] 8 mins
Lucy Scott-Smith (W) | George Hackforth-Jones (D) | Jess Journo (P) | Paris Hounam (P)
Selling Out is a short comedy about an actress’ realisation that perhaps her life isn’t going to turn out the way she’d imagined.

HANGING ON [2021] 10 mins
Alfie Barker (W/D) | Hollie Bryan (P)
A creative documentary spotlighting the strength of community, in a neighbourhood united when faced with eviction.

PUNCH-DRUNK [2022] 13 mins
Liam White (W/D/P) | Larry Ketang (D/P)
In a café in Marseille, a man’s life begins to unravel when his lunch is disturbed by a chatty stranger.




If you have a short film or feature film you’d like to discuss or just want to find out more about what the BFI NETWORK does, then there’s an opportunity for you to book a free 25-minute 1-2-1 surgery with BFI NETWORK Talent Executive Ben Taylor.

Ben is particularly keen to hear from underrepresented voices working in the creative industries who are interested in film. You don’t need to have any prior film experience to book a surgery.

The only requirements you need to be eligible are:

● Based in the North of England
● Haven’t had a feature film produced and distributed (unless you’re a producer)
● A creative track record. This could be student work, or something created at a grassroots/non-professional level, and it may be in film, television, theatre or another artform
● You need to be over 18 and not in full-time education

Book your place here



Time details

74 mins plus Q&A with BFI NETWORK Talent Executive Ben Taylor & Various Filmmakers.

On Stage Kit De Waal
Garret Theatre

Author of international bestseller My Name Is Leon, Kit De Waal, comes to Chester Literature Festival.

Booking not yet available
On Stage Joanne Harris #Storytime
Garret Theatre

Intimate, engaging, quirky and darkly magical, appealing to audiences of all ages, but especially lovers of folklore, fantasy and fairytale. 

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On Stage Lemn Sissay: My Name is Why
Storyhouse Theatre

This is Lemn’s life story: a story of neglect and determination, misfortune and hope, cruelty and triumph.

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On Stage Patrick Gale: Mother’s Boy
Storyhouse Theatre

From the bestselling author of A Place Called Winter comes Mother’s Boy, a superb historical novel of Cornwall, class, desire and two world wars.

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On Stage An Evening with Graham Norton
Storyhouse Theatre

Hilarious and heart-warming, don’t miss the chance to spend an evening with one of the UK’s most loved personalities. 

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On Stage How to put on an Open-Air Theatre Show
Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

Join producer Helen Redcliffe, along with others from the Storyhouse team, for a post show talk about everything that’s involved in making Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre.

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On Stage Meet the Creatives
Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

Join director John Young and designer Jess Curtis as they take to the stage to talk about what it’s like creating a show at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre.

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Pre-drinks in the Tepee
Sat 6.45pm
Grosvenor Open Air Theatre Tepee

Enjoy a free drink on us and an enchanting acoustic performance inside the magical setting of the tepee before the performance of Romeo and Juliet.

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On Stage How to Be Amazingly Happy!
Garret Theatre

A big hearted, big thinking show of storytelling and physical comedy as our heroine searches for joy, identity and belonging.

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On Stage Poetry Performance – Open Mic
Garret Theatre

This event is an opportunity to share with an audience something you have created in response to your thoughts and feelings around your story.

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