Tyneside Cinema is set to hose a new film from BAFTA award winning film maker Esther May Campbell, as Light Years arrives on Tuesday 27th September, followed by a live screening with the writer and director herself. Starring acclaimed singer and songwriter Beth Orton, this poetic drama of loss, hope and raw, deep human emotions could be one of those quiet favourites of the year.
The film is Campbell’s debut feature produced by Newcastle-based production company Third Films, and follows a successful ‘audience first’ campaign through Crowdfunder which gave the chance to snap up pre-purchase tickets alongside other perks on what is now a UK tour. It’s a tale of one hot summer’s day, where Rose (newcomer Zamira Fuller), has a deep longing to go see her mum (Orton) but nobody will take her. Her father (Muhammet Uzuner), disappears to work in his struggle to cope and her sister (Sophie Burton) waits to meet a boy on the local golf course, while her brother (James Stuckey) is preoccupied at home communing with spirits online. Adventurously taking the bull by the horns, Rose sets off deep into England’s forgotten edge lands to see her mother, and the odyssey that follows is a bewitching watch.