The British Urban Film Festival has arrived in God’s own country – Yorkshire! The weekday schedule for BUFF 2023 comes from Halifax with 48 films across 4 nights with 2 slots on each night. Supported by Calderdale Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
BUFF strand 8 : Working Class Hero (Lemon / Cheers / Somewhere I’ve Been / Suicide Kelly, followed by Q&A).
Monday 16th October, 8.20 – 10.45pm
Lemon (Director: Tala Nahas)
Miss Coco Lemon, A taxi driver dreaming of a different life faces a chaotic night of business around the streets of London with her less-than-ideal customers who drive her to absolute insanity.
Cheers (Director: Phoebe Rose Vigor)
Cheers is a short film that depicts an unbreakable sense of community within a working class community. At the heart of the short film are two characters: Courtney who is going through private emotional troubles exacerbated by financial strain and Luke who is struggling as a young student of colour in the school system. Luke is facing expulsion after being accused of stealing from the school and Courtney, as someone close to his Mum, find herself supporting Luke during an intense meeting that could go either way.
Somewhere I’ve been (Director: Jonny Durgan)
Mary (Sheila Reid) is the last resident of a council estate that is due to be demolished. When the news of her eviction arrives, it has tragic ramifications for everyone involved.
Suicide Kelly (Director: Jordon Scott Kennedy)
Brendan Kelly is a disgraced former boxer whose life has been a series of missed opportunities and broken promises. When his estranged Grandson lands on his doorstep, looking for a place to hide out for the night, Brendan is presented with a unique chance at redemption. Set in a working-class community on the outskirts of Leeds and spanning across three generations, SUICIDE KELLY explores racism, masculinity, the influences of the media on narrative control and how hope can be found in the unlikeliest of places.
followed by Q&A
Vue Halifax has wheelchair access throughout the venue and in all screens. The venue is accessed through two sets of double doors – one is automatic. All screens are on one floor with access by stairs and lift.