Head of programming Stephen Hackett reveals his top titles at this year’s Festival

Choosing can be tough and with over 133 unmissable titles at this year festival we haven’t made it easy! So we caught up with Stephen, to give you the run down of some of his favourites this year. And to make things even sweeter – book two or more events from our programmer’s choices and you’ll receive a 20% discount on your tickets. See you soon folks!

The Clan

Argentinian director Pablo Trapero’s audaciously entertaining true-crime saga will put a grin on your face of any ‘GoodFellas’ fan.


Light Years

Esther May Campbell’s promising debut feature is elusive as family drama, but rich in dreamily suggestive imagery.

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A London man who loses his memory when he’s struck by a falling object develops a way to reconstruct his past.



Embrace The Serpent

Tells the epic story of the first contact, the encounter, approach, betrayal and, eventually, life-transcending friendship, between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman, last survivor of his people and two scientists.


Almost Holy

Captured in a ‘Blade Rnner’ like Ukraine of decaying buildings and smoke-belching factories, we follow pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko


No Home Movie

Pioneering filmmaker Chantal Akerman’s final film ‘No Home Movie’ is an intimate video essay that focuses on her relationship with her mother Natalia, a Holocaust survivor.


A young boy living in a mysterious, isolated seaside clinic uncovers the sinister purposes of his keepers, in this mesmerising blend of body horror and surreal fantasy.

Das Boot At SARC

Great sound design makes inanimate objects come to life. The u-Boat in ‘Das Boot’ comes to life thanks to its smothering sound design, which is rich in detail. Where better to see (or should we say hear) than at SARC, the UK’s only 3D sound studio.

Swan Song

Starring Irish actresses Eva Birthistle and Antonia Campbell-Hughes. Washed-out musician Mark is seen shoving a woman into the boot of his car, driving her to the woods.




Green Room

From the director of ‘Blue Ruin’ comes this ultra-violent tale of a punk band falling prey to a gang of neo-nazis.