Ben Wheatley Roundtable (01 March)

This roundtable event with Ben Wheatley will offer a rare opportunity to hear from and talk to one of British film's most exciting creative talents in a small group setting.

Hosted jointly with Tyneside Cinema ahead of their Q&A screening of FREE FIRE on 1st March, the event will open up from an ‘in conversation’ format, addressing Ben’s creative practice, career journey and his views of the filmmaking landscape in the UK, to a wider discussion – offering you the opportunity to put questions relevant to your own work.

A very limited number of places are available and attendance is strictly by application. To apply you must be a North East based filmmaker and must submit the following to

  • Your name
  • Your job title/filmmaker role
  • Your postcode
  • A brief explanation of why you would benefit from attending (maximum 150 words)
  • A hyperlink to one example of your films. Writers may attach a short writing sample instead (max. 10 pages).
  • Confirmation that you work on filmmaking or other creative projects (excluding performance) for an average minimum of 21 hours per week, whether paid or unpaid.

Applications must be received by midday on Friday 24th February and you will be notified of the outcome of your application by email by 5pm the same day.

When: Wednesday 1st March, 4.30 – 5.30pm,

Where: Tyneside Cinema, 10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 6QG.

Thanks to the support of our funders there is no charge to attend. Please note that the offer of a place at the roundtable does not include a ticket for the screening of FREE FIRE, which must be purchased separately. For more about this screening and how to book please click here.


About Ben Wheatley

Director Ben Wheatley began his career as a short film maker and animator, initially showcasing his work on the internet. Progressing via work in advertising to directing the live-action sections Channel 4’s much loved MODERN TOSS, Wheatley made his first feature, DOWN TERRACE, in 2009, followed by KILL LIST, made for Warp X in 2010. Wheatley's third film was the black comedy SIGHTSEERS. Released in the UK in 2012, the film was chosen for the Directors' Fortnight section of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Wheatley's fourth feature, A FIELD IN ENGLAND, was financed through the Film4 talent and ideas hub, Film4.0, and was followed in 2016 by HIGH RISE – an adaptation of the J.G. Ballard novel of the same name. A sci-fi TV series, SILK ROAD, written and directed by Wheatley, has been announced, and will be screened on HBO. FREE FIRE, Ben Wheatley’s six feature film, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2016. Starring Brie Larson and Cillian Murphy, the BFI and Film 4 backed feature will be released in the UK in March 2017.



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