A NORTHERN SOUL
Filmmaker Sean McAllister returns to home ground for A Northern Soul, having been appointed creative director of the opening ceremony marking his native Hull’s term as 2017 European City of Culture. After years of austerity and a divisive Brexit vote, might this be the moment to turn the place around after decades of neglect? In warehouse worker Steve Arnott, McAllister finds a kindred soul: here’s someone who wants to transform his fortunes – and help others do the same – through the liberating power of hip-hop, but is faced with the suffocating pressures of exactly what it means to be among the UK’s many working poor. (Sight&Sound, Trevor Johnston)
After leaving school at 16 Sean McAllister worked in a series of low-paid factory jobs in his hometown of Hull before finding a camera and filming his way into the National Film and Television School, graduating in 1996. Since then he has made films, working in the UK and internationally. His candid, frank films depict with extraordinary intimacy the lives of ordinary people.
Film Selection: A Northern Soul (2018, doc) - A Syrian Love Story (2015, doc) - The Reluctant Revolutionary (2012, doc) - Japan: A Story of Love and Hate (2008, doc) - The Liberace of Baghdad (2005, doc)
European Panorama Documentary
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018
Premierenstatus / Premiere Status