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Film Editorial

wideskies17.jpg Attention film lovers!

The spectacular setting of Hexham Abbey is where you can see some silent cinematic classics this June as the Wide Skies Film Festival – led by the Forum Cinema - returns to Hexham (and beyond).

In 2016 it was horror shocker Nosferatu that spooked Hexham audiences, but this year things are starting in full-on family friendly mode at 6pm on Friday 9 June with a mixed bill from some of the true clowns of the silent era: Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, and Buster Keaton. Of course, these films were never truly silent and in true, 1920s fashion, accompaniment will be provided by the astonishing Tony Berchmans who wowed the crowd last year with his virtuosity. And he will also be on hand to really bring Alfred Hitchcock’s atmospheric The Lodger (pictured) to life from 9pm. Regarded as the first true Hitchcock film, this thriller concerns a serial killer, who may, or may not, be the mysterious stranger who turns up at a boarding house one night...

The Wide Skies Film Festival will be in Hexham from 9-13 June and once again organisers will be working with community groups to programme a festival that promises to be entertaining and uplifting (and will feature an author-led event with Pat Barker who will be talking about her work in advance of a screening of Stanley and Iris, loosely based on her novel Union Street). For the final weekend (16-18 June), the festival will move to rural Allendale for the weekend film retreat ‘Losing the Plot’, offering punters the chance to immerse themselves in film and experience the beautiful setting of Burnley.

Wide Skies Film Festival 9-18 June. Silent Comedy Classics, Friday 9 June, 6pm, £10; The Lodger, Friday 9 June, 9pm, £15. Full programme and tickets: forumhexham.com