The City Talking: Fashion, Vol. 2

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Over a week in April 2017, Leeds will experience the best of music, moving image and tech. Guests can expect performances from international stars, film screenings, exhibitions, industry conferences and workshops. In addition to the three festival strands, Leeds International Festival is collaborating with Fashion in Leeds and Leeds Indie Food to produce fringe events for 2017.


LIF Orchestra presents: Video Game Music

A spectacular evening of music from iconic retro and contemporary games, performed by Leeds International Festival Orchestra. Featuring soundtracks from games such as Bethesda Softworks’ The Elder Scrolls and Fallout, as well as The Chinese Room’s Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture, written by BAFTA award-winning composer Jessica Curry.

Many more themes and scores from major video games will also be performed, including games developed in Yorkshire, such as Broken Sword, written by TV and film composer Barrington Pheloung. Broken Sword’s music will be introduced by special guest and co-founder of Revolution Software, Charles Cecil. This event is a live, one-off experience that’s not to be missed.

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Screen Yorkshire presents: Francis Lee & Diarmid Scrimshaw

Leeds International Festival and Screen Yorkshire are delighted to present a screentalk with two of the Yorkshire’s most exciting filmmakers: Writer / Director Francis Lee and Producer Diarmid Scrimshaw. Francis has recently returned to his Yorkshire homeland fresh from showcasing forthcoming feature ‘God’s Own Country’ at leading film festivals around the globe. God’s Own Country has already picked up some of the most prestigious awards on the international film festival circuit, including the ‘World Cinema Directing Award, Dramatic’ at Sundance and the Manner’s Jury Award at the Berlin Film Festival. Filmed in Yorkshire, it follows young farmer Johnny Saxby (Josh O’Connor) whose encounter with Romanian migrant worker (Alec Secareanu) ignites an intense relationship.

Francis and Diarmid will talk about the journey from script to screen with the project. Diarmid Exec Produced God’s Own Country. He also produced ‘Tyrannosaur’ and the soon to be completed ‘Journeyman’, both shot in Yorkshire.

The talk will be followed by a screening of feature film Tyrannosaur directed by Paddy Considine and produced by Diarmid Scrimshaw’s Inflammable Films with backing from Screen Yorkshire.

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The City Talking: Music in Leeds, Vol. 3

The third instalment of The City Talking x BBC film series, Music in Leeds will premiere at Leeds International Festival, sharing tales from the city’s extensive — and often untold — music history.

While no documentary can tell every story of a city’s sound, the stories in this volume will contribute to the larger narrative of community, experimentation, DIY philosophies and independent ethics; themes that are integral to the music Leeds has made and shared with the world.

The City Talking: Music in Leeds, Vol. 3 features appearances from Alice Nutter and Boff Whalley from Chumbawamba, Soft Cell’s Marc Almond, Daniel Miller from Mute Records, Scritti Politti’s Tom Morley, the DIG! Family and more.

The film is produced in partnership with the BBC and supported by LeedsBID.

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Fashion in Leeds: The AfterParty

Following the premiere of The City Talking: Music in Leeds, Vol. 3 is The AfterParty, an event at Studio 24. The party is hosted by Suzy Mason, co-founder of The Kit Kat Club, Vague and Speedqueen, with JoJo from Galaxy, who started her career as Madam JoJo on the door at Vague.

The AfterParty will showcase some of the best published and unpublished photographs, ephemera, original film footage and graphics from The Kit Kat Club, Vague and Speedqueen, which were the most groundbreaking, fashion-focused avant-garde club nights in Leeds, running from 1992-2010. Purposely set up to break down barriers, build communities and nurture local talent these nights were featured in TV broadcasts and editorials including i-D magazine and The Face.

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Do You Want To Win?

Do You Want To Win? is the story of how Leeds United emerged from the shadows of history and reputation, and by 1992 got back not only what it wanted, but what it deserved.

This feature- length documentary film, a collaborative project from The City Talking, BlackBox Creative, Leeds United and BBC Leeds, includes interviews with Howard Wilkinson, Bill Fotherby, Gordon Strachan, Gary McAllister, Ces Podd, Mel Sterland, Dylan Kerr, Vinnie Jones and more.

To purchase the DVD & book, click here.



The Dark Room 

The Dark Room is the world’s only live-action video game. The high-tech, text based adventure is the work of comedian John Robertson. Making its debut in August 2012 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the show has grown into a touring production that’s been staged in basements, 3,000 seat theatres, corporate events, gaming and sci-fi expos, fringe and comedy festivals and toured the UK, Europe, Australia and South-East Asia.

No two shows are the same; expect a truly unique experience.

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Leeds International Festival: Fashion Events

Leeds International Festival is collaborating with Fashion in Leeds to bring new fashion events, talks, exhibitions and film screenings to the city. Expect runway shows on Briggate, live makeovers and talks from designers and industry professionals.

To see the full programme, visit the Leeds International Festival website.