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Newcastle-based film company TryLife’s Binge Fest aimes to show off the region’s creativity to new students descending on the city. Taking place during Freshers’ Week from Thursday 19th-Saturday 21st September, the creative arts festival celebrates exciting, innovative and thought-provoking film and documentaries, and also shines a light on the region’s wider creativity. Music, fashion and performances are promised, as TryLife’s co-founder Nicky Kaur explains: “While Binge Fest has film at its heart, it is also bringing to Newcastle creative talent from around the globe and the region, giving artists a showcase for their diverse and unique work, whether that be film, music, dance, theatre or any other mind-blowing talent. In so doing, it is also bringing communities together.”

The pay-what-you-feel festival kicks off on Thursday 19th at North East Futures UTV in Stephenson Square with a special screening of harrowing World War Two period drama The Last Witness. The film’s director Piotr Szkopiak will be the guest of honour, and there’ll be live music from Sunderland singer Bex Lapping.

Attendees can enjoy 16 international short film screenings the following day at the same venue, and those with a handy side can get involved in Melanie Kyles’ Visible Mending Workshop at The Fashion Lab in Commercial Union House from 11am. Later that evening, a fashion show will display the creative work being done by local sustainable fashion designers and brands, with a screening of feature-length documentary on human rights and equality, My Body Is Not A Weapon, following.

There’s light-hearted fun on the final day, as zombie horror comedy and RTS Student Television Awards’ winner Uncommon, by filmmaker Connor Langley, gets an airing at UTC; plus there’s an interactive film masterclass from TryLife co-founder Paul Irwin.

The festival will end on a high note, with a screening of Bucky: A Fuller Future. “It’s a dream come true to be premiering this amazing film about one of the greatest American minds of the 20th century – Buckminster Fuller, who was described as the Leonardo DaVinci of his time – in the heart of the Stephenson Quarter where the pioneering Rocket, which

revolutionised travel, was designed and built.” Says Nicky. “Featuring the likes of Jeff Bridges, Al Gore, Jay Leno and Robert F Kennedy Jnr as themselves, I had been wanting to get the film shown in the UK for the past three years, and I’m overjoyed we’ve managed to secure it for Binge Fest. It’s a sign of our ambitions for the festival going forward.”

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