A November weekend in Yorkshire

Lights, Camera, Action!

The 27th Leeds International Film Festival launches on the 6th November with a special preview screening of Gravity in 3D.

The festival has sold out two screenings for the opening night as Gravity is hailed as the greatest space film since 2001: A Space Odyssey and Sandra Bullock is tipped for a Best Actress Oscar for her outstanding performance.


The 16 day long festival will run until the 21st of November and showcase an impressive 300 films from around the world; commercial and independent. So it’s no surprise this celebration of cinema is the largest film festival in England, outside of London.

Screenings will take place in various cinemas in Leeds including the brand new Everyman Cinema in Leeds Trinity, Hyde Park Picture House and Cottage Road Cinema.

The festival can be split into five categories:

The Official Selection:  Where some of the most acclaimed films of the year including Berlin and Cannes Film Festival winners such as Blue, Childs Pose and new discoveries like Harmony Lessons will hit the big screens.

Retrospectives: Some rare gems will be rediscovered at the grand Town Hall including; Walerian Borowczyk, The Human Condition and the epic Samurai Rebellion.

Fanomenon: This category will showcase cult and fantasy genre experiences, animated features and rarely seen classics. This year’s selection will include Deadlock, Wake in Fright and The Exorcist.

Cinema Versa: Celebrating documentaries, specifically those low-budget, independent features covering alternative music, activist films and outsiders. This year’s Music of Film selection celebrates a diverse range of films, styles and music from the unconventional The National, The Agony and Ecstasy.

Short Film City: The home of the latest and greatest short films, selected from a record number of entries, the programme includes work from some established film-makers, directorial debuts and UK premieres.

This year’s festival looks incredible and not only do guests get to see some special previews, outstanding classic and some rediscovered treasures every audience member can rate the new feature films that screened at the festival, these will compete for the LIFF27 Audience Award for Best Film.

To book tickets or for more information visit: http://www.leedsfilm.com/ or call 01132243801.


Ready, Steady, Go!

Racers will be polishing their antique cars for the RAC Rally that will kick-start this Saturday in North Yorkshire.

Yorkshires Croft Circuit will welcome some of rallying’s most iconic makes and models from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s including Ford Escorts MK1’s and MK2’s, Lancia Stratos’ and Porsche 911’s.


The circuit is expecting over 50,000 fans to follow the epic three-day route which will travel through some of rallying’s most famous stages as it journeys through North Yorkshire to Cumbria.

The event is named after Roger Albert Clark, the four time British Rally Championship winner who became the first competitor from his country to win a World Rally Championship event, in 1976.



Tickets are only £10 and admission for children under 15 is free. Gates will open at 10am.

Betfred November Handicap Race

Wave goodbye to the 2013 racing season this Saturday, 9th November at the Doncaster Race Course.

The race will take place on the final day of Britain’s flat turf racing season, where the leading jockey, owner and trainer, leading northern jockey, leading lady and top apprentice of 2013 will be crowned.

The race has been a long-standing, successful annual since 1964 and promises to be a very competitive betting heat, and a fun day out before the winter takes over.

Gates will open at 10:30am with the first race starting at 12:40pm and music from the fantastic bands; The All New Blues and Soul Revue will begin following the last show at 4:05pm.

To get your tickets book online at: http://eventmaster.northernracing.co.uk/em/website/cart.pl?myaction=new_booking_from_contact&location_id=1314&event_id=9999000012253732

Bradford Animation Festival celebrates its 20th birthday

Film fans will be animated (excuse the pun) for Bradford’s Animation Festival that starts next week at the National Media Museum.


The UK’s longest running animation festival celebrates the best in new animation from around the world. The Festival will host screen talks, retrospectives, workshops and special events by some of the industry’s most renowned names.

The festival will run from the 12-16th of November and will welcome Australian animation legend Adam Elliot; artist, illustrator and film-maker Dave McKean and award-winning Czech animator Michaela Pavlatova, to name a few.

The five-day long film celebration will deliver screenings, workshops and the hotly contested BAF Awards which celebrates the best in new animation from around the world.

To get your hands on some tickets book online at: http://www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/BradfordAnimationFestival/Tickets




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