Monday, 8 September 2014

‘Not For Rental’ autumn film programme announced

Picture caption: Classics 'The Lost Boys' (top) and 'The Breakfast Club' (bottom) are both set to feature in 'Not For Rental'.

An exciting line-up has been revealed for the ‘Not For Rental’ autumn film programme at the city’s Carriageworks Theatre.

Opening tomorrow with Her (2013), Spike Jonze’s comedic fantasy starring Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams which tells the story of a man who falls in love with his phone’s operating system, this is followed on Thursday 11th September by the classic thriller Run Lola Run (1999).

Suitable for people aged 15 and over, tickets for both screenings are available at just £3.00 each.

Not For Rental is an exciting new cinema programme in Leeds city centre which bridges the gap for audiences between the viewing experience of Leeds Young Film Festival and Leeds International Film Festival. In collaboration with BFI Film Hub North and The Carriageworks Theatre a series of exciting, challenging and rarely seen films will be brought to the big screen as part of Not For Rental. The films range from British Independent productions to archive screenings, documentaries and foreign language films covering everything from comedy to horror, action to drama.

Other highlights include on Friday 31st October a special Halloween extravaganza featuring three unforgettable classics. Starring on the bill will be The Lost Boys (1987), An American Werewolf In London (1981) and The Orphanage (2007).

All of the films, which are for people aged 15 and over, begin at 7.00pm (doors from 6.30pm) unless otherwise stated. The full programme of Not For Rental is:

Tuesday 9th September, 7.00pm – Her (2013)
Thursday 11th September, 7.00pm - Run Lola Run (1999)
Tuesday 23rd September, 7.00pm - Peeping Tom (1960)
Saturday 4th October, 7.00pm - The Breakfast Club (1985)
Tuesday 28th October, 7.00pm - TBC
Friday 31st October, 5.00pm - The Lost Boys (1987)
Friday 31st October, 7.00pm - An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Friday 31st Oct, 9.00pm - The Orphanage (2007)
Monday 17th November, 7.00pm – TBC

Later this year will also see the opening of the 28th Leeds International Film Festival (5-20th November). The full programme will be announced on Friday 3 October as part of Light Night at Leeds Town Hall.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

"We have put together a fantastic and diverse range of films as part of our ‘Not For Rental’ autumn programme, which will open this week at Leeds Carriageworks Theatre.

"There really is something for everyone, and with tickets priced at just £3 per ticket for all our screenings, it is also amazingly good value."

Notes to editors:

The Carriageworks, The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds,
West Yorkshire, LS2 3AD. All tickets £3.00.

Buy tickets online by clicking the films’ titles on or through City Centre Box Office on 0113 224 3801

For enquiries regarding ‘Not for Rental', please contact:
Nick Jones, Communications Manager, Leeds Film / 0113 247 8398 / /

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Huge £6m lottery funding boost will help “turn the tide” against loneliness

A groundbreaking new strategy to stop thousands of older people in Leeds becoming victims of loneliness has secured a huge £6m lottery grant.

Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) will receive £1m a year for the next six years to establish new services across the city that will keep older people in touch with their communities and out of the grip of social isolation and the damage loneliness can cause.

Working with Leeds City Council alongside the voluntary and business sectors, the project, entitled Out of the Shadows: Time to Shine, will also boost work already taking place in Leeds to help the city’s 246,000 older residents.

Bill Rollinson, chair of Leeds Older People’s Forum said:

“This is great news for Leeds and will offer older people in Leeds currently living in the shadows of loneliness a time to shine.

“This is why we have called our project Out of the Shadows: Time to Shine.”

The funding has come from the Big Lottery’s Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better programme, which saw 100 local authorities bid for a share of the money.

The Leeds bid was put together by the council and LOPF after consultation with 863 older people, carers and community organisations across the city.

Now the bid has been successful, LOPF will oversee work to provide a new range of activities, building on existing older people’s networks and a wide range of community services and expanding their work into further parts of the city.

More opportunities to socialise on evenings, weekends and bank holidays will be put in place, with more digital and travel activities helping older people to meet friends and get out and about.

Cultural activities for older people will be developed, volunteers will offer ‘dinner dates’ and mentors will support older people to gain confidence to walk outside the house.

Social prescribing initiatives will also work with older people referred through integrated health and social care.

Older people will be involved in drawing up any plans for new projects to make sure the services they want are the ones which are funded and developed.

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for adult social care, said:

“Securing this funding is a massive leap forward as we work to stop older people in Leeds becoming socially isolated and it will make an important and lasting difference in helping us turn the tide against the blight of loneliness.

“With this money, we can build on the impressive work already being done in Leeds and spread the message louder and more clearly than ever that older people don’t need to sit on the sidelines, that they can have active and fulfilling social lives and that the help and support they need is out there for them.

“Loneliness is not an inevitable consequence of old age and if everyone works together we can ensure that older people in Leeds don’t have to suffer in silence.”

Mick Ward, Leeds City Council’s head of commissioning for adult social care, added:

“The feedback on the Leeds bid particularly noted the breadth and strength of the partnerships in Leeds and the fact that loneliness is recognised as a priority in the city really helped us put a strong bid together.

“Now, thanks to the outstanding commitment of everyone involved, we have been able to secure this vital funding that will help us strike a crucial blow in the fight to end loneliness.”

Out of the Shadows: Time to Shine also forms part of Leeds’s effort to be an age-friendly city.

Council chiefs recently signed up to an ambitious pledge to make Leeds the best place in the country for older people to live, work and visit, with Leeds officially included in the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities.


For media enquiries, please contact:

Stuart Robinson
Communications Officer
Leeds City Council
Tel: 0113 224 3937

Light Night to celebrate 10th anniversary in Leeds next month

Caption: An artist impression of Civic Hall being transformed into a Theatre of Illumination. Commissioned by Leeds Inspired.

Light Night is taking over the city again next month as the 'Art in the Dark' phenomenon celebrates its 10th anniversary in Leeds.

On Friday 3 October from 5pm the streets and buildings of Leeds City Centre will come alive with over 50 free art events and street performances for all ages.

Highlights this year include the Civic Hall being transformed into a Theatre of Illumination - a digital spectacle of light and sound which will propel the building into the next century with the explosive energy of a firework display. Commissioned by Leeds Inspired, and created by Leeds based Omni Pictures, optical illusions and projection mapping will combine to create an ultramodern white light show with surround-sound. Other exciting events include Body Remixer on Victoria Gardens, a fun take on the playground game “Head, Body, Tails” recreated for the digital age, the return of the popular Emett Machines to the Merrion Centre, and Opera North’s performance of a beautiful love song from Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea.

Many of the city centre’s museums, galleries, universities, shopping centres, theatres and open spaces will open their doors for Light Night, each with different forms of entertainment on offer as the city is split into eight zones – Millennium Square, Town Hall, Quarry Hill, Victoria Gardens, Headrow, Briggate, Arena and the University zone.

This year, thanks to funding from Arts Council England, Light Night is proud to be supporting and showcasing work by new and emerging artists through the SHINE programme. Work includes Anna Politiko’s Ghost Tram, which brings a horse drawn tram back to Briggate and populates it with passengers from a bygone age, and Nick Kidd’s Squishy Sculpture Park, a fun take on British Modernist sculpture created from entirely from fabric.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

“Light Night is fantastic event in Leeds, and it is great to have it return for its 10th year in the city.

“This year there will be plenty of street entertainment and street food to complement the many and varied events happening right across the city centre.

“Civic Hall will once again be transformed by a light installation - The Theatre of Illumination looks to be one not to miss with optical illusions and sounds combining to create an amazing show.”

Keep up to date with all the confirmed artists for Light Night at and follow the team @LightNightLeeds via #artinthedark and at

Light Night 2014 is looking for volunteers. Volunteers help make Light Night an amazing experience, and therefore if you would like to get involved please visit the website for details.

Light Night Leeds is organised by Leeds City Council’s arts development team in partnership with organisations and individual across the city, and is supported by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts.

For further information contact
Cat Lindley, Leeds City Council communications team
Tel: 0113 247 4450