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Local talent out in force at this year’s Manchester Film Festival

Timothy Spall (left) is among the cast of Corrie star Ian Puleston-Davies' directorial debut

There’s plenty of local and regional talent in the line up of this year’s Manchester Film Festival, which takes place at the city’s Odeon Great Northern from March 12-19.

Among six world feature premieres debuting at this year’s event we find Corrie’s Ian Puleston-Davies, aka the street’s erstwhile builder and landlord Owen Armstrong, making his directorial debut in Bolan’s Shoes, a drama revolving around a road accident at the height of glam rock fever.

Stockport actress Kelly Wenham stars in Dan Clarke’s A Kind Of Kidnapping, the story of a young, broke couple who kidnap a sleazy politician who decides he can spin the story to his own advantage.

Manchester-based production company Old Hall Films presents Wait For Me, a drama about a young woman dragged into a life of crime after arriving in England from Ireland.


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The festival will also feature three sessions of North West Shorts, presenting the most locally produced shorts ever at the event, in a shorts programme featuring 140 films and 32 world premieres.

The opening film for the 2023 festival will be Raine Allen Miller’s Rye Lane, which will make its global bow at Sundance later this month ahead of its UK festival premiere in Manchester.

Other highlights include films starring Nicolas Cage, Gemma Arterton and Juliet Rylance and 17 UK premieres, including films making their UK debut fresh from Sundance, Toronto and Cannes.

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