A Trip to Whitley Bay Film Festival

The Nature Matters team are heading to the coast for Whitley Bay Film Festival, taking place in various venues around the town between 15th - 30th September 2023. We will be popping up at a number of events across the festival, showcasing some of our discoveries from the Nature Matters project. 

Nature Matters Screening: Whitley Bay

First up, we will be taking our Nature Matters film screening to Whitley Bay Library on Thursday 21st September. We’ll take you on a journey through the decades, exploring the changing climate of Yorkshire and specifically the North East. The screening features themes that traverse time: from weather, wildlife, access to land, pollution, and activism.  How has the climate conversation changed and what role does film play in telling this narrative as we look to the future? 

There will also be specifically curated clips that will reflect environmental stories of the Whitley Bay area. 

When: Thursday 21st September

Doors open: 5.30pm

Event starts: 6.00pm

​Where: Customer First Centre, Whitley Bay (Library), York Road, Whitley Bay NE26 1AB

Find out more information and book tickets 

All welcome!

Film Archive Event at Cullercoats Watch House

We will also be popping up at the amazing venue of Cullercoats Watch House to show a series of archive films of the Cullercoats and Whitley Bay area. 

Overlooking the sea, the venue offers a perfect space to watch film, especially as it features in a number of the films you will catch on loop across the afternoon.

The event will include a variety of footage including the launch of the Cullercoats lifeboat in 1951 and a 1973 film featuring the proprietor of a local crab and cockle stand. The films give an intriguing overview of people’s changing relationships with the coastal area.

The event is FREE and you can grab a cup of tea as you watch.  All welcome.

When: Sunday 24th September, 2pm - 4pm

Where: Cullercoats Watch House, Front Street, Cullercoats NE30 4QB

No need to book; the film runs for approximately 20 minutes and will play on a loop, so just drop in. Find out more information about the venue and festival. 

Elsewhere in the festival you can also catch the award-winning YFA/NEFA produced and made film Cost of Living, which is being shown ahead of a screening of Ken Loach’s 2016 film, I Daniel Blake on 25th September, 7.30pm and introduced by lead actor of the film, Dave Johns. Find out more information and book tickets.