NEWS: Unrestricted View Film Festival Line Up Announced

The line up for the 2018 Unrestricted View Film Festival has been confirmed ahead of the festival opening on the 23rd April. 

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The Islington based film festival has announced this year’s programme, which is set to include Pickups, starring Aiden Gillen opening the week celebrating independent film.

Having launched in 2016, the Unrestricted View Film Festival is set to be bigger than before and will expand beyond The Hen & Chickens Theatre and the addition of two new venues (Everyman’s Screen on The Green and The Vintage Mobile Cinema) will help to fully establish the festival as a notable cultural event across Islington.

The festival will open with Pickups, which will play at the premier Islington cinema, Screen on Green. Pickups  is the new film directed by Jamie Thraves, that follows the story of a man called Aidan, played by Aiden Gillen, suffering from insomnia, back trouble and the breakdown of his marriage. Aidan finds solace in a number of strangers he picks up, although he is now concerned that someone is stalking him. Work is getting on top of him too; he murdered a couple of people last week and he still has more people to kill…

Some of the other highlights of the festival includes:

The 12 (Director: James Whitehill) – Wednesday 25th April, 7:30pm

A grieving, balaclava-wearing, widow attempts to hold a small countryside church congregation, and its Pastor, hostage after losing his wife to cancer.

Hippopotamus (Director: Edward Palmer) – Thursday 24th April, 7pm

Ruby wakes up to find herself kidnapped, with two broken legs, and no memory of who she is or how she got there. As her kidnapper, Tom, helps to jog her memory, Ruby begins to question everything…

Consolation (Director: Michał Szalonek) – Friday 27th April, 5.30pm

Patryk is a Polish man, returning home after 20 years in Germany. Paulina is young and wants to move to Germany to escape her dull life. When their paths cross, Patryk is forced to face his past.

In addition to this,  The Vintage Mobile Cinema, has been chosen to air the festival’s impressive list of short films. This venue will be situated in the outside grounds of The Alwyne Castle pubic house from the 26th – 29th April  here’s a few to look out for…

 Once Upon a Dream (Dir: Anthony Nion, Belgium) – Friday 27th April, 6:30pm

Vagabonds (Dir: Magaajyia Silberfeld, France, Niger, USA) – Saturday 28th April, 1.30pm

Run Rabbit (Dir: Emily Haigh, UK) – Saturday 28th April, 6.30pm

Burn (Dir: Judson Vaughan, UK) – Saturday 28th April, 8.30pm

Father’s Letter (Dir: Denis Filyukov, Russia) – Sunday 28th April, 12.30pm

Cupidity (Dir: Simon Connolly, UK) – Sunday 28th April, 3.00pm 

Talking about the festival Creative Director of the festival, James Wren, says:”The UVFF festival is run by filmmakers for filmmakers we’re passionate about celebrating all aspects of independent film making. This year, we were overwhelmed with submissions and the finalised programme boasts a wealth of talent from across the world. We’re also hosting events and workshops throughout the week at The Hen and Chickens Theatre, so there’s lots for people to get involved in!”

The Unrestricted View Film Festival will take place from the 23rd to the 29th April. For more information visit:

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