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sunfilmm20.jpg Introducing Filmhouse Sunderland

Those lovely people behind the Sunderland Shorts Film Festival have launched Filmhouse Sunderland, which sees the very best in arthouse movies coming to the Empire Cinema in the city centre.

This super new initiative got underway in fine style in January with the re-issue of Fellini’s 1960 classic ‘La Dolce Vita’, but, as the February and March programme shows, Filmhouse Sunderland will have plenty of new releases to get your teeth into. 

Releases such 2040 (Thursday 30 January). In this startling work director Damon Gameau embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we embraced the best solutions available to us to improve our planet and shifted them into the mainstream. Following that we get the brilliant 

Pink Wall (pictured – Thursday 6 February). Directed by Tom Cullen, this intimate, modern-day romance follows the six-year relationship of Jenna and Leon and is told through six defining moments along their journey together.

The director Richard Heap will be on hand to personally introduce his own film The Runaways, which is next up (Thursday 13 February). An atmospheric and uplifting celebration of childhood and family, this fantastic new road movie is in the style of classic British adventure films.

The international migration crisis is shown in intimate, stark detail in Midnight Traveller, a documentary from Afghan filmmaker Hassan Fazili (Thursday 27 February).

Moving into March/April look out for Weathering With You (Thursday 5 March), Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blanche (Thursday 12 March), Parasite (Thursday 19 March), Little Joe (Thursday 26 March) and Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Thursday 2 April). Tickets are priced at just £5 (£4 conc) and films are screened from 6.30pm.

Empire Cinema, Lambton Street, Sunderland. Tickets and more on Filmhouse Sunderland from: filmhousesunderland.co.uk