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Esther May Campbell’s Light Years comes to Tyneside Cinema

Light Years comes to Tyneside Cinema plus filmmaker Q&A Tuesday 27 September, 20:30


BAFTA award winning film maker Esther May Campbell will be coming to Tyneside Cinema this September to introduce her new drama, Light Years, starring singer and songwriter Beth Orton.

Following a successful ‘Audience First‘ campaign run with Crowdfunder in July which gave audiences the opportunity to pre-purchase tickets and other exclusive perks in return for donations to help get the film released, Newcastle-based independent producers Third Films will now bring the film to Newcastle as part of a UK tour.

Light Years is a poetic and startling story of loss, hope and the deepest of human connections.  One hot summer’s day Rose (newcomer Zamira Fuller), longs to see her mum (Beth Orton) but nobody will take her. Her father (Muhammet Uzuner), struggling to cope, disappears to work, her sister (Sophie Burton) waits to meet a boy on the local golf course and her brother (James Stuckey) is preoccupied at home communing with spirits online.

Taking destiny into her own hands she sets off alone deep into England’s forgotten edge lands to reach her. Rose’s odyssey provokes her disconnected, fractured siblings and parents into a poignant reunion to face their challenges together.

Written and directed by Campbell, who won a Best Short Film BAFTA Award in 2009 for September, Light Years also features an original soundtrack by Canadian musician Eric Chenaux.

Light Years was supported with both development and production funding by the BFI and Creative England.  Finite Films and Third Films also contributed production funding into the film. LIGHT YEARS received its world premiere at the Venice International Festival in 2015 and its UK premiere was at the London Film Festival where it was the only UK film to be nominated for the Sutherland award.

Producer of Light Years Samm Haillay said “Thanks to the support of film lovers we have been able to bring Light Years to the Tyneside Cinema and other local cinemas in the UK and be there ourselves for film-maker Q+As.  Our Crowdfunder campaign is an exciting and unique opportunity to be involved in raising the profile of this very independent and beautiful British film.

Ben Roberts, Director of Lottery Film Fund at the BFI said, “For those who like to discover and support new voices and talent in film, Light Years is a dream.  We have loved working with Esther and her team on the road to making her debut feature – and it’s so fitting that the UK release is giving audiences the opportunity to join the journey now through their Crowdfunder campaign.

Creative England’s Senior Executive, Development and Production Paul Ashton said: “It is no longer enough for a film to be distinctive, beautiful or even from an award-winning filmmaker.  Film’s need to find their audience in a complex, fast-changing and crowded marketplace.  And they need to use innovative ways of reaching and engaging that audience. Creative England is delighted to support Light Years further through the pilot FilmCrowd partnership.  We hope a film like this can truly connect with its audience in the big screen experience for which it was always imagined.”

Jonny Tull, Tyneside Cinema’s Programme Manager said: “It’s fantastic that film lovers, just like the ones who visit the Tyneside Cinema, have helped to get Light Years released in cinemas through this crowdfunding campaign.  We are absolutely thrilled to be able to give local audiences the chance to see it and find out more about the film directly from the people behind it.

Light Years plus filmmaker Q&A with director Esther May Campbell take place at Tyneside Cinema on Tuesday 27 September at 20:30.  

Tickets can be purchased at, by calling 0191 227 5500 or in person at the Tyneside Cinema Box Office.

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