First film season of 2019 announced by Hull Independent Cinema

Hull Independent Cinema has announced its first season of 2019. The programme, which runs from January to March at Vue Cinema Hull Princes Quay and Hull Truck Theatre, features the very best new independent, award-winning and critically acclaimed films from around the world. A special season of unreleased films in partnership with Leeds International Film Festival, and a silent film screening with live music accompaniment will run alongside HIC’s regular weekly programme.

The season opens on Thursday 3 January at Vue Cinema with stylish and shocking satire Assassination Nation. This fierce and inventive film is a visceral tale of the impact of a social media hack on a group of small town female friends, and their pursuit of revenge.

Other highlights this season include the Japanese drama Shoplifters, the recipient of universal critical acclaim and a hatful of awards including the coveted Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival; the latest offering from controversial filmmaker Lars von Trier, The House That Jack Built; sumptuous British period drama starring Saoirse Ronan in Mary Queen of Scots; and the captivating mystery of multiple-award-winning Korean drama Burning.

As well as HIC’s regular weekly programme of new-release film, the season includes some special events with regular and returning friends.

In January and February HIC will present three films that were voted audience favourites at Leeds International Film Festival but were never released in the UK. With Argentinian true crime thriller El Angel, Japanese slice-of-life drama The Travelling Cat Chronicles, and beautiful and moving Irish documentary The Silver Branch, these are a one-off chance to watch some true hidden gems.

Then March sees the latest event in partnership with Yorkshire Silent Film Festival, as Alfred Hitchcock’s silent 1929 masterpiece Blackmail is given the big screen treatment and brought to life with incredible live, improvised piano and percussion accompaniment.

Head of Programming at HIC, Damien Greco, said, “2019 is starting with a bang, with a great mix of genres, subjects and languages in our regular season, plus a brilliant chance to see some unreleased hidden gems and the latest of our ever-popular silent film screenings. There’s definitely something for everyone, and of course most of these films won’t be shown anywhere else in the city, so come and join us to discover something different!”

Tickets for all films are £7 standard price (£12 for Blackmail), with discounts available for HIC members, students and under-25s, plus a great discount deal for all three Leeds Audience Favourites films. Full details of the programme, ticket sales links, and information about membership, can be found on the Hull Independent Cinema website (

Programme Summary

All screenings at Vue Cinema commence at 7.30pm, and all screenings at Hull Truck start at 7pm. Special events are in italics.

Thu 3 Jan, Vue: Assassination Nation | Sam Levinson | USA | Cert 18 | 108 mins

Tue 8 Jan, Vue: Shoplifters | Hirokazu Kore-eda | Japan | Cert 15 | 121 mins

Thu 17 Jan, Vue: Disobedience | Sebastián Lelio | UK / Ireland / USA | Cert 15 | 115 mins

Tue 22 Jan, Truck: Sorry to Bother You | Boots Riley | USA | Cert 15 | 112 mins

Thu 24 Jan, Truck: Leeds Audience Favourites – El Angel | Luis Ortega | Argentina / Spain | No cert – 18+ | 115 mins

Thu 31 Jan, Vue: The House That Jack Built | Lars von Trier | Denmark / France | Cert 18 | 153 mins

Tue 5 Feb, Vue: Lizzie | Craig William Macneill | USA | Cert 15 | 103 mins

Thu 7 Feb, Truck: Leeds Audience Favourites – The Travelling Cat Chronicles | Kôichirô Miki | Japan | No cert – 18+ | 118 mins

Thu 14 Feb, Truck: Colette | Wash Westmoreland | UK / USA | Cert 15 | 112 mins

Tue 19 Feb, Vue: Monsters and Men | Reinaldo Marcus Green | USA | Cert 15 | 96 mins

Thu 21 Feb, Truck: Leeds Audience Favourites – The Silver Branch | Katrina Costello, John Brown | Ireland | No cert – 18+ | 75 mins

Thu 28 Feb, Truck: Mary, Queen of Scots | Josie Rourke | UK | Cert 15 | 124 mins

Tue 5 Mar, Vue: Burning | Chang-dong Lee | South Korea | Cert 15 (tbc) | 148 mins

Thu 14 Mar, Vue: Green Book | Peter Farrelly | USA | Cert 12A | 130 mins

Tue 19 Mar, Truck: Yorkshire Silent Film Festival – Blackmail | Alfred Hitchcock | 1929 | UK | Cert PG | 85 mins | Silent Film with live piano and percussion score

Thu 21 Mar, Vue: A Private War | Matthew Heineman | UK / USA | Cert 15 | 110 mins

Thu 21 Mar, Vue: If Beale Street Could Talk | Barry Jenkins | USA | Cert 15 | 119 mins