We’re thrilled to announce… Hinterlands Festival

Award-winning arts organisation Wild Rumpus today announces the launch of Hinterlands, a new International Rural Film Festival that will take place in Skipton, North Yorkshire from the 16th to 19th May 2019. 

Hinterlands will be a major annual event celebrating films set in and talking about the countryside, engaging both those who themselves live in a rural environment and those curious to learn more about what life is actually like lived away from major urban centres. Screenings of classics and brand new titles will be held in and around the landscape of Skipton.

To complement these screenings there will be director talks, workshops, immersive performances, short film competitions and a wide range of family programming designed to inspire audiences to reimagine their relationship with the countryside. The festival will utilise a variety of spaces and places across Skipton, from the Plaza cinema to local woodland, heritage sites and unused spaces – and also sites that themselves have featured as film locations.

Artistic Director Geoff Bird said Some of the most exciting and provocative films of recent years have taken the countryside as both their theme and their setting. The likes of Winter’s Bone, God’s Own Country, Dark River strip away bucolic cliches to examine life lived away from the major urban centres. Hinterlands will set these new titles within a tradition of classics from ‘Oklahoma’ and ‘The Railway Children’ through to ‘Withnail and I’ to ‘Kes’, and hopefully inspire a greater understanding and appreciation of this fast-growing genre.”

Director of Wild Rumpus Rowan Hoban said Our aim is to surprise and delight people mixing arts forms and encouraging people to look at this great place in a new way. We hope the festival will prove to be a catalyst for more year round film activity in this beautiful town.”

The Festival will form part of the Great Place Lakes and Dales programme https://www.lakesanddales.org and will be led by Artistic Director Geoff Bird in partnership with Wild Rumpus, the award-winning outdoor arts organisation www.wildrumpus.org.uk 

 Lindsey Hebden, Great Place Lakes & Dales Programme Manager said We’re thrilled that Hinterlands will take place for the first time in Skipton shining a light on our unique landscape through film and cinema, celebrating and interrogating the sense of place and developing new creative partnerships.”

For further information about the festival, the programming and how to get involved sign up for more information at www.hinterlandsfestival.org.uk

Notes for Editors:

– Hinterlands will take place in and around Skipton from the 16th– 19th May 2019 www.hinterlandsfestival.org.uk

– Artistic Director Geoff Bird is a producer for BBC Radio making cultural documentaries including ‘Film in the North Of England’ and ‘Cast & Crew’ about the film industry.   www.mrgeoffbird.co.uk

– Wild Rumpus exist in a space where arts and culture meet the natural environment. Working from the Whirligig, 4 acres of woodland in Cheshire, they create experiences which inspire curiosity and design events that immerse audiences in incredible stories and moments of wonder www.wildrumpus.org.uk

– Great Place Lakes and Dales is an HLF and ACE funded three year programme (one of 22 across the UK) Working in partnership GPLD are using arts, culture and heritage as the catalyst for economic, social and environmental change specifically to help to retain and attract younger people and families to live and work in our Great Place area, a corridor which extends from Skipton in Craven to Grasmere in the Lakeshttps://www.lakesanddales.org

– Hinterlands will work in partnership with Skipton Plaza   http://skipton.nm-cinemas.co.uk/skipton and Film Hub North who support film culture across the North of England https://filmhubnorth.org.uk