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Day School: Ida Lupino – Working Both Sides of the Camera


Mechanics Institute Library – Bradford

Saturday 8 December, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Tutors: Roy Stafford & Rona Murray


Between 1931 and 1978 Ida Lupino was credited on more than 130 films and TV programmes. Already a Hollywood star, she set up her own company and established a successful career behind the camera as producer, writer and director, known to her crew simply as ‘mother’. She tackled social themes at a time when these were rare onscreen, combining an eye for documentary reality with an assured dramatic flair. Her remarkable story is still an inspiration to filmmakers today.

Join us to celebrate Ida Lupino’s remarkable career in her centenary year.

Tea and coffee are available in the Mechanics Institute Library. There are places nearby to buy lunch but you are also welcome to bring your own.

Tickets are £18 and £12 concessions.


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Posted in General by / November 29th, 2018 / No Comments »

BFI Film Academy Bradford and Chester – Applications Now Open!



16-19 years? Passionate about film? Want a career in the film industry? Applications are now OPEN for the BFI Film Academy in Bradford delivered by Reel Solutions.


This autumn we are also delivering first BFI Film Academy to focus on the new fields of 360° filmmaking, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality for a second year in Chester.


Click the button below to find out more information and apply.


What some of our previous participants said about the Academy:


‘’One of the most brilliant things I have done’


‘…a very valuable, interesting and exciting experience’


The best experience for a young person who wants to lead diversity changes in the film industry… the BFI has given us the opportunity to show that people of colour can make a difference.’


Apply Now!



Posted in General by / July 2nd, 2018 / No Comments »

Culture Sector Industry Day


The inaugural Culture Sector Industry Day, curated and delivered by Bradford Literature Festival, in association with Provident Financial Group, taking place at The University of Bradford campus, on Friday 29th June.

The conference will be open to organisations operating in any discipline or on any scale, and welcomes delegates from local, regional, and national organisations. Whilst the sessions may be of most use to management and director level individuals, there is no set requirement of seniority for delegates.

Showcasing best practice, considering the challenges that lie ahead for the sector, and offering the opportunity for relationship building between organisations, the Industry Day will open with a keynote from Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, followed be panel discussions, Q&A sessions, workshops and round table events.


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Posted in General by / June 26th, 2018 / No Comments »

Phendulani’s Story



Phendulani lives in Vosloorus in the Ekurhuleni Municipality of the Gauteng Region in South Africa, to the East of Johannesburg.

Over the last year, the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures at the University of Leeds and the Bishop Simeon Trust have been working with a great young South African filmmaker, Phendulani, so that he can tell you his remarkable story, as well as the vision he has for the future of South Africa.

The full film was released on 15th May 2018 – the International Day of Families. You will want to hear Phendulani’s story.

See the trailer for the film here.



Posted in General by / May 16th, 2018 / No Comments »

Preview Screening: The Bookshop



Tuesday 8 May, 6pm

The Light, Bradford


Reel Solutions, in association with the Bradford Literature Festival and The Light Bradford, is proud to present this preview screening that also provides a sneak peek at the newest cinema venue in Bradford before the doors open to the public.


Based on the novel by Penelope Fitzgerald, this is a joy for all book lovers. Set in the 1950s,  in the seaside town of Hardborough, the widowed Florence Green decides to open a bookshop – converting the Old House into her new place of reading. In doing so, she comes up against members of the community who had other plans for the building. Spanish director Isabel Coixet brings together a great cast, in a quintessentially English environment, in this paean to book shops and book lovers. Coixet also directed Festival favourite of 2016, Learning to Drive.


Tickets £7

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Posted in General by / April 26th, 2018 / No Comments »

Day School: An Introduction to Egyptian Cinema



Mechanics Institute Library, Bradford

Saturday 12 May, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Tutor: Roy Stafford


Egypt is one of the three major film-producing countries in Africa but in the UK it receives less attention than South Africa or Nigeria. Traditionally its focus has been on entertainment features for the Arab world but in the last decade independent films have begun to emerge and the events of the ‘Arab Spring’ of 2011 have changed the country.

The Day School will look at some of the few contemporary films available in the UK and also the work of Youssef Chahine (1926-2008), the celebrated director of the studio period of Egyptian cinema.

Tea and coffee are available in the Mechanics Institute Library. There are places nearby to buy lunch and you are also welcome to bring your own lunch.

Tickets are £14 and £9 concessions.


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Posted in General by / April 12th, 2018 / No Comments »

Day School: Films Noirs/Melodramas in British Cinema of the late 1940s.



Mechanics Institute Library, Bradford

Saturday 23 September, 10.30am – 4.30pm


The Hollywood film noir of the 1940s is a very popular genre but many film fans don’t realise that the concept of film noir had an international dimension.

The day will feature extracts and a feature (title tbc).


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Posted in Events by / September 1st, 2017 / No Comments »

In the Frame: How to use Film in the Classroom



Thursday 9th November 2017, 10.30 – 5pm

CarriageWorks Theatre, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 3AD


In the Frame is a day designed for primary and secondary teachers based in Yorkshire interested in using film effectively in the classroom, delivered by Reel Solutions and IVE.


The day will provide the opportunity to hear from a range experts in the field including Aardman Animations. Jim Parkyn – one of Aardman’s senior model makers, has worked on many of the Aardman Animations including the Shaun the Sheep Movie and Chicken Run and will be introducing Aardman’s ambassador scheme, explaining how your school can get involved.


There will be the opportunity to hear from IVE (formerly known as CapeUK) to learn more about the Arts Award scheme and how engaging pupils in film-based activities can both improve pupils’ literacy attainment and help them achieve an Arts Award. We will also be launching a new Yorkshire Film Educators Network supported by IVE.


Come join us, be inspired, learn new skills and hear about all the opportunities using film in school can provide.

Book a place here or email to find out more.

Tickets £20, includes refreshments.



Posted in General by / August 17th, 2017 / No Comments »

BFI Film Academies – Applications Now Open!



Reel Solutions will be delivering two film schools for young people in Yorkshire, Cheshire and Staffordshire for the British Film Institute. We believe in the next generation, their enthusiasm, their talent and their ambitions and feel hugely privileged to be able to support their dreams by providing opportunities to engage with filmmaking processes and professionals from the UK film and TV industries.


We delivered the first BFI Film Academy in Bradford in 2015 with the invaluable support of our partners – the University of Bradford, Bradford College and the National Media Museum.


In Chester this Autumn, in partnership with Storyhouse and the University of Chester, we are launching one the first BFI Film Academies to focus on the new fields of 360° filmmaking, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.


Applications for both Academies are now open!


Details & Application



Posted in General by / July 12th, 2017 / No Comments »

A Change in the Weather + Director Q&A



8 July, 3.30pm

HOME Manchester


“A film that burrows into the truth more thoroughly than most and hits its marks with very considerable skill.” – Derek Malcolm.


In an attempt to revisit a creative collaboration and revive his marriage, a theatre director brings together a group of performers to spend a week with him and his wife in an isolated, mountainous part of southern France.

As the work progresses, fiction and reality become blurred and there is a constant tension between the characters’ emotional lives and the nature of the work – an investigation into the changing nature of love.

Following the screening there will be a Q&A hosted by Bill Lawrence of Reel Solutions, with writer and director Jon Sanders and writer and lead actor Anna Mottram.


Details & Booking



Posted in General by / July 7th, 2017 / No Comments »
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