A Northern Soul: Film screening and director Q&A



Wednesday, 17 October 2018




Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6EL


£8.20 / Seniors £6.95 / Students £5.80

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A Northern Soul: Film screening and director Q&A

Film still from 'A Northern Soul' documentary by Sean McAllister, 2018. © Sean McAllister

A poignant portrait of Hull’s hip hop hopefuls.

Following 2015’s Doc/Fest Grand Jury Winner A Syrian Love Story, Sean McAllister returns to his hometown, Hull. Back living with his 90 year old parents and reflecting on changes to the city brought about by public spending cuts and Brexit, Sean is drawn to the fringes of town where he encounters Steve – a struggling warehouse worker with a dream.

The screening is followed by a panel discussion with director Sean McAllister and main protagonist Steve Arnott, chaired by Abigail Scott Paul (Joseph Rowntree Foundation).

A public event presented as part of the Pop Culture and Social Change Retreat 2018, hosted by Counterpoints Arts.


Sean McAllister


In 2016, Sean was nominated for a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for A SYRIAN LOVE STORY. He has another 9 film award wins and 11 nominations to his credit, including Grand Jury Award at the 2015 Sheffield Doc Festival (A SYRIAN LOVE STORY), Special Prize and Citizens Prize at the 2009 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival for his film JAPAN: A STORY OF LOVE AND HATE and the Special Jury Prize for World Cinema – Documentary at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival for THE LIBERACE OF BAGHDAD.

Steve Arnott


Steve Arnott is the Founder of Hull Beats Bus and protagonist of Sean McAllister’s documentary A Northern Soul.

Abigail Scott Paul


Abigail Scott Paul is Deputy Director of Advocacy and Public Engagement, Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). Abigail leads JRF’s work to reframe the narrative and public debate around poverty in the UK. She works with the media, content creators, cultural partners and grassroot activists to improve public understanding of the issues facing people in poverty, as well as to try and influence media narratives and improve the representation of people in poverty in our mainstream culture, in order to build public and political will for action on poverty.