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There is nothing quite as heartwarming as a home grown success story. Local Heroes celebrates all the brilliant, inventive filmmakers who are working right around the corner and all across the land, making films that reflect our lives and experiences; telling stories that have an extra special resonance because they strike so close to home. This year’s outstanding selection ranges widely, from Deborah Haywood’s moving mother and daughter story Pin Cushion to Daisy Aitkens’ crowd pleasing lesbian rom-com You, Me and Him. You need immense amounts of talent and determination to make films in Britain, but you only need a ticket to enjoy the fruits of their labour. Join us, and support your local filmmakers.

Films in this Festival Strand

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28 February - 1 March

Apostasy (N/C 15+)

Daniel Kokotajlo's intelligent and gripping Jehovah's Witness drama

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25-26 February

Arcadia (N/C 15+)

​A provocative and poetic exploration of Britain’s relationship with its own land. Director Paul Wright and composer Adrian Utley will attend the screening on Sun 25 Feb.

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24-25 February

Beast (N/C 15+)

A smouldering British thriller. Director Michael Pearce and rising star Jessie Buckley attend the screening on Sat 24 Feb.

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28 February - 1 March

How to Talk to Girls at Parties (N/C 15+)

A shape-shifting, mind-blowing adaptation of the Neil Gaiman short story, starring Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman

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24-25 February

Lean on Pete (N/C 15+)

Heartfelt coming of age drama set in the rugged American heartland

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4 March

Orphans (18)

Peter Mullan's modern Scottish classic. Actors Gary Lewis and Stephen McCole will join us for this screening.

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26-27 February

Pin Cushion (15)

A gothic, coming of age fairy tale. Director Deborah Haywood will attend the screening on Mon 26 Feb

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3-4 March

Super November (N/C 15+)

Director Douglas King and actors Josie Long, Sean Biggerstaff, James Allenby Kirk, Darren Osborne and Jamie Marie Leary will attend the screening on Sat 3 Mar.

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3-4 March

The Escape (N/C 15+)

Actor Gemma Arterton and director Dominic Savage will attend the screening on 3 Mar

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25 February

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (12)

Oscar-winning Maggie Smith gives one of her defining performances in this celebrated adaptation

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1-2 March

Voyageuse (N/C 12+)

One woman’s ordinary life, lived through extraordinary times. Director May Miles Thomas and actor Siân Phillips will attend the screening on Thu 1 Mar.

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23-25 February

Which Way Up (N/C 12+)

A life-enhancing portrait of abstract artist John McLean

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25-26 February

You, Me and Him (N/C 15+)

Director Daisy Aitkens and actor David Tennant will attend the screening on Sun 25 Feb.

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