Pioneering film initiative expands to increase rural cinema in Northern England

This week we are working with Cine North to support them in their communicating their expansion from the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford to Eden Arts in Cumbria. 

Cine North exists to bring cinema experiences to isolated, rural and hard-to-reach urban areas of the North of England. Cine North screen a rich programme of cinema, from the latest homegrown independent films to silver screen classics, arthouse favourites, Hollywood hits, world cinema gems and films for younger audiences, in venues that range from stately homes, Hydropower stations, festivals, community halls and arts centres.

The initiative has been led by the National Science and Media Museum since 2010 and to date has attracted 126,510 audience members over some 3,000 different screenings across the North of England. 

The UK's first ever film screening run entirely from hydro power at Howsham Mill.jpg

"Cine North started as a way to provide world-class cinema, independent film, classic films, cult films and everything in between to communities in rural Northern England," explains outgoing project lead Kathryn Penny. "We believe that film brings people together, sparks conversations, ignites debate and simply brings joy, no-one should have to travel hours to access that. Hence, Cine North was born. After eight fantastic years based at the National Science and Media Museum we are thrilled that the next chapter in the Cine North story is set in Eden, with long-time partners Eden Arts.

Cine North started as a way to provide world-class cinema, independent film, classic films, cult films and everything in between to communities in rural Northern England.
— Kathryn Penny, Cine North lead, National Science and Media Museum

Long-time Cine North collaborators, Eden Arts, will now take the project onto its next chapter, Eden Arts are one of the north’s leading artist-led organisations, for the past 20 years the team at Eden Arts have been creating projects around mass participation, local distinctiveness and digital engagement and will use their years of experience to bring cinema programming, screenings and events to the North.

"We have ambitious plans to broaden the scope of Cine North, growing audiences not only in Eden, but beyond, from the Lake District to the North Yorkshire Moors and up as far as West Northumberland," commented Adrian Lochhead, Eden Arts Director, "for those that can’t get to a town cinema, Cine North and Eden Arts will deliver screenings that not only showcase the best of film but offer an opportunity to socialise with friends and make new ones.”