Nov 2016

This project is supported by Film Hub North West Central, part of the BFI Film Audience Network.

They Eat Culture  recruited 6 young people to aged from 16-19, from a variety of current organizational partners and from public access, to work with a key film & arts specialists and practitioners to develop their skills in film programming, film event management, marketing, critical engagement, and film literacy, prior to delivering a series of  screening events. Inspiring the Young Programmers and  igniting their interest in setting up film events of their own and engaging in working on future They Eat Culture screening projects.

The Young Programmers stepped up and took ownership of their screenings and brought in a younger demographic to They Eat Culture events broadening our reach and gaining very positive audience responses.

Alongside undertaking all of the jobs required to produce the screenings events the Young People visited Manchester Animation Festival, wrote film reviews and delivered live introductions to the screenings at The Continental and Preston collage film events.

The Young Programmers also got involved in programming short films, and fed into programming for our film club giving them valuable insight into different audiences and a real life experience of the considerations to make when selecting films.

A film recourses page was produced for further reading and access for the Young People to continue their interest in learning about film.

The project was coordinated by Jackie Jones film manager at They Eat Culture and the workshops were led by Michael Peirce of Cinema Nation.

The project was funded by BFI through Media Active.



Screening events

Joy (2015) plus short film

Certificate: 12A

Runtime: 2 hours 4mins

Director: David O. Russell

Stars: Jennifer Lawrence,Robert De Niro,Bradley Cooper


A fictionalised biopic comedy-drama of Long Island-housewife-turned-Miracle-Mop -inventor Joy Mangano.

An inspirational portrayal of how she overcame personal and professional obstacles to rise to the top to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty.

Writer-director David O Russell celebrates this dish rags-to-riches story in Joy, a screwball comedy every bit as deranged as the firebrand heroine and the dysfunctional clan around her.


From the perspectives of a dozen diverse viewers, this 12 minute documentary short explores the peculiar ritual of watching film. How is the medium experienced by people with sensory impairments, strong religious beliefs, or lovesickness? A story about moving images and their audience.

Length: 12 min
Producer: Bart Jansen
Music and sounddesign: Rob Peters
Graphic design: Bas Koopmans
Co-producer and distributor: Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen


The Voices (2014)

Certificate 15

Runtime 1 hours 43mins

Director: Marjane Satrapi

Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick


Ultra-black comedy about a psychotic man and his murderous pets.

Jerry is a seemingly normal man trying to succeed in his new job at the Milton Bathtub Factory. He lives in a normal apartment the type you would expect from a young bachelor with his dog, Bosco, and his cat, Mr. Whiskers. Yet something seems off. As the new guy at work, Jerry is asked to help plan the company picnic, and he meets Fiona, an attractive English girl from accounting. Jerry immediately takes a liking to Fiona and excitedly goes home to tell his pets about her. And surprisingly, they answer. But all this is just the beginning of an insanely bizarre and twisted tale.

Short: Symphony No. 42
Director: Réka Bucsi
Writer: Réka Bucsi

A grated brain, elephants painting rescue signs and opera-singing penguins are just a few of the vignettes of gold within Symphony No. 42.

Flowing through dreams, and enduring through nightmares, this short is more than a collection of bits. There’s a formed coherent narrative on life and its marvelous magic. Whilst the joyous creative visuals abound, there’s a rationality to all this irrationality.

This Event has been produced by our Young Programmers as part of They Eat Culture’s Cinema Around the Corner project. Special thanks to Cinema Nation, Flatpack, Into film, Preston Collage & the Young Programmers Network.

This project is supported by Film Hub North West Central, proud to be part of the BFI Film Audience Network.


Read more about our Yooung Programmers 2012 here

Read more about other Cinema Around the corner events here