A Northern Soul: Film Screening Plus Q&A

A Northern Soul
BAFTA nominated documentarian Sean McAllister (A Syrian Love Story) returns to his hometown, Hull, as curator of its UK City of Culture opening. Back living with his 90-year-old parents and reflecting on changes to a city hit by cuts in public spending and divided by Brexit, Sean is drawn to the fringes of town where he encounters Steve – a struggling warehouse worker with a dream.

Directed by Sean McAllister
Produced by Elhum Shakerfar and Sean McAllister
10Ft Films Ltd Production for BBC, with support from the BFI using funds from the National Lottery, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and in Association With Sharp House.

Presented by Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Steve is a warehouse worker by day and a hip-hop artist by night. It doesn't take him long to realise the price of culture, and of stepping out of his comfort zone to do something different. We follow Steve over the course of one year as he struggles to balance his dream with his day-to-day work and responsibilities. 

The film interweaves Steve's story and Sean's relationship with his family, set within a proud industrial fishing town trying to reinvent itself through the spotlight that City of Culture brings. 

Can Steve - against the odds - unlock the opportunities to build a better life? Is social mobility possible in cities like Hull? 

How long do you hold onto your dreams for?

Age 15+

Plus post-film Q&A: Director Sean and protagonist Steve will be in attendance for a Q&A.


Tags: Film, September,


Second Space


30 September



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