Sheffield Film Festival at Showroom Cinema

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor
Showroom Cinema

Sheffield Film Festival at Showroom Workstation, City Centre 2 — 31 August 2024 Tickets from £5.00 — Book now

The best of Sheffield’s thriving film community come together for a brand new film festival launching this August at Showroom Cinema. Sheffield Film Festival is a new, annual celebration of the city’s rich film heritage that brings together established big players such as Warp Films, Sheffield DocFest and the city’s universities, with grassroots organisers and film programmers including Celluloid Screams, Cinema Palestino, Film Girls Galore and many more.

Sheffield Film Festival’s inaugural edition focuses on homegrown talent, showcasing and celebrating the continuing contributions of Sheffield-based filmmakers, producers, programmers, academics and cinephiles. To that end, there’s a huge retrospective of films from Sheffield based production company Warp Films featuring some of their most iconic works, including Shane Meadows’ This is England, Richard Ayoade’s Submarine and Chris Morris’ Four Lions.

The opening night (Fri 2 Aug) is given over to a special 40th anniversary of Mick Jackson’s seminal, apocalyptic, Sheffield-set film, Threads, featuring a Q&A with actor Michael Beecroft and Professor Jonathan Rayner (The University of Sheffield). That’s followed by an opening night event with DJs James and Amy O’Hara who resurrect the legendary Sheffield club night ‘Threads’ — named after the film — with the promise to party like the last night on earth.

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Local institution Sheffield DocFest marks 30 years in the game with a one-off screening of their 2014 opening film (about another local institution), Pulp A Film About Life, Death, and Supermarkets (Tue 27 Aug). While SHU Film Studies at Showroom Cinema celebrates 25 years by recreating its first ever event, a showing of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1934 The Man Who Knew Too Much (Tue 13 Aug), introduced by Dr Sheldon Hall, who delivered the original 1998 lecture.

Other local partners include Celluloid Screams who present an all-day Mystery 35mm Horror Marathon (Sat 3 Aug), accompanied by vintage adverts, trailers and other surprises; Cinema Palestino mark 15 years of events at Showroom with Gaza Surf Club (Sun 18 Aug); while a Family Time strand brings together a “staycation” series of family-friendly titles inspired by locations within travelling distance of Sheffield.

Things come to a close on with the big screen return of Ken Loach’s 1981 Sheffield-set drama Looks and Smiles (30 Aug – 1 Sep). Based on Barry Hines’ (KesThreads) acclaimed novel, the film offers a glimpse of Sheffield’s past, as it follows a teenager looking for work in the recession-hit city. It’s a fitting opportunity for retrospection, coming at the end of brand new event bursting with the promise of talent and collaboration — it’s exciting to have a new film festival on the block.

Sheffield Film Festival at Showroom Workstation, City Centre 2 — 31 August 2024 Tickets from £5.00 Book now

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Site Gallery, Sheffield
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Site Gallery Sheffield

Specialising in moving image, new media and performance, and offering a busy events programme, a visit to Site in Sheffield is not to be missed.

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The Leadmill

Situated in a former flour mill to the south east of the city centre, The Leadmill is Sheffield’s longest running music venue.

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Rutland Arms

A great pub situated in an early 20th century brick and bright yellow building on the corner of Furnival Street and Brown Street.

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With a wide range of craft beers and its very own on-site microbrewery, Sheffield Tap is uniquely housed within a restored railway station.

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An award-winning Mexican cantina serving speedy and fiercely tasty food – a healthy fast food alternative for the people of Sheffield.

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Excellent coffee, including its own blend, and hearty, relaxed food make this one of Sheffield’s best casual eateries.

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Sidney and Matilda, a former paper factory, is now one of Sheffields’s most exciting gig venues and art spaces.

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Oisoi

A high-quality pan-Asian restaurant in Sheffield’s city centre, Oisoi is worth a visit to the Steel City right now.

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Birdhouse Tea Bar & Kitchen is a family-run tea bar serving breakfast, brunch and wood-fired pizzas alongside an extensive drinks menu, which includes creative brews and tea cocktails.

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