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Newcastle’s volunteer-run indie cinema Star & Shadow have announced details of their autumn season, with a schedule of films chosen by an eclectic group of cinema volunteers.

The idea behind our programming is to bring the whole breadth of the cinema enterprise to our audiences.” Says volunteer Adrin Neatrour. “To bring to the viewers a wide choice of films that are diverse and inclusive, presenting a mixture of the familiar and unfamiliar; asking you come and see films that you may not have heard of, but offer an opportunity to see something you won’t see on a big screen anywhere else.”

September’s Fall For Film programme provides an opportunity to see familiar classics like cult comedy Withnail & I (Thursday 16th) and John Carpenter’s sci-fi comedy Dark Star (Sunday 12th), while also taking a chance on more unusual movies including a rare screening of surreal Czech film Valerie And Her Week of Wonders, featuring Valerie as an Alice-type figure in a world of earrings, pearls, priests, vampires and blood (Sunday 26th) and Night of the King, shot in Côte d’Ivoire and set in the notorious Maca Prison during a night of collective terror, ecstasy and ritual (Thursday 30th).

Also of note is a programme of short films from the Sundance Film Festival (Thursday 9th); Tove, the biopic of Moomin creator Tove Jannson (Saturday 18th) and Hury, Island of Solitary, a documentary covering the summer years Tove Jannson and graphic artist Tuulikki Pietila spent on the island of Klovharu in the gulf of Finland (Sunday 19th).

Coming up in October’s Fall for Film schedule will be Raoul Peck’s documentary I Am Not Your Negro, voiced by Samuel L Jackson, which provides an insight into the murderous nature of White America (Thursday 7th); Horace Ove’s Pressure, a sharply observant film about being Black in today’s Britain (Friday 22nd); and Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein (Sunday 31st October).

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