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Whitley Bay Film Festival 2014

Whitley Bay Fim Festival creator Ema (correct) Lea at the Grand Hotel in Tynemouth

Whitley Bay Fim Festival creator Ema Lea at the Grand Hotel in Tynemouth
Whitley Bay Film Festival kicks off in North Tyneside for fifth year
Whitley Bay Film Festival launched on Tuesday night and will run until August 25

Sarah Scott
12 August 2014

Celebrating film and art in unique spots across Tyneside, an award-winning festival is back for its fifth run.

The Whitley Bay Film Festival kicked off tonight at the Grand Hotel in Tynemouth and is set to run until August 25 with a host diverse activities on the programme.

Using different locations around North Tyneside, the festival takes place in August every year with screenings of classic features, independent films, local films and artist’s moving image installations.

It launched with a short ceremony at the hotel with the Mayor of North Tyneside, Norma Redfearn, and was followed with screenings of Laurel and Hardy’s Music Box with scenes from Tom Haddaway’s play Laurel and Hardy.

This year, venues for festival screenings also include St Mary’s Lighthouse and The Rendezvous Cafe, with one of the highlights being a large open air screening of Grease in front of The Spanish City Dome on August 25, and another the showing of Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Spellbound’ at the landmark lighthouse.

Ema Lea, co-director of the film festival said: “This years festival has taken on a bit of a life of it’s own.

“I think this year’s programme features some of our best and most imaginative event ideas ever.”

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