Website now live and tickets on sale for Newcastle’s newest Film Festival!! Friday 24 September – Sunday 3 October 2010

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For Immediate Release
Website now live and tickets on sale for Newcastle’s newest
Film Festival!!
Friday 24 September – Sunday 3 October 2010

Organisers are delighted to announce that the website is now live and tickets are on sale today for the first ever Press Play Film Festival!

Taking place between 24 September – 03 October 2010 across Newcastle, PRESS PLAY will present ten days packed with special events, music, dancing opportunities and, above all else, films.

The programme represents our love of cinema, old and new, remembered and forgotten, in an array of loved and playful spaces. We don't just want you to sit in the dark clutching your popcorn, we want you to dress up, sing-along, laugh, dance, ride your bikes and interact with the films.

Press Play has been devised by six of us working voluntarily to make this happen - we hope you like what we've done...

Highlights of the festival include:

Friday 24th September, 8pm, Tyneside Cinema
The Opening Film – The Extra Man (18)
Paul Dano and Kevin Kline star in this stylish, strange and dazzling comedy of manners . It tells the tale of an eccentric shy young man who moves to New York, only to be taken under the wing of an even more eccentric older man – an escort for the wealthy widows of Manhattan high society.

Saturday 25th September, 7pm, St Vincent de Paul
Sing-a-long Bugsy Malone (U)
Step into the 1920s and be surrounded by showgirls, gangsters and dreamers whilst singing along to one of Press Play's favourite musicals, Bugsy Malone. Hosted at the beautiful St Vincent De Paul, Newcastle, this event will delight and surprise. Fancy dress is a must!

Sunday 26th September, 11am – 8pm, Hoults Yard
The Ride-In
Press Play puts an eco-twist on the drive in movie and presents the Ride In, in association with Whip Bikes. Hop aboard your two wheels and head towards Hoults Yard for an all day event featuring an array of stalls and entertainment, workshops for children, bike servicing, Rollapaluza, Newcastle Roller Girls and, of course, a delectable serving of films.

Thursday 30th September, 7pm – 11.30pm, Cumberland Arms
A Mighty Wind and This Is Spinal Tap: Christopher Guest Double Bill
The Cumberland Arms, Press Play's favourite pub, bring you an evening of film, music, food and frolics with a Christopher Guest double bill featuring the classics A Mighty Wind and This is Spinal Tap. The films will be perfectly sandwiched between live music from the delightful Ukulele Legend George Welch and an evening of hair twirling rock from Press Play's very own Leather and Lace.

Friday 1st October, 8.30pm, Tyneside Cinema
Do You Love Me Like I Love You
Screening & Q&A/ Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard
Te world premiere of a remarkable documentary about Nick Cave and Bad Seeds’ landmark album 'Let Love In’ by acclaimed artists Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, screened alongside a selection of music videos, virals, session tracks and readings that they have made with Nick Cave.

Sunday 3rd October, 10am – 11.30pm, Culture Lab at Newcastle University
Half Murraython: 13.1 Hours of Bill Murray Films
Press Play pays homage to the comedic genius of all generations in this 'Murraython' spectacular: 13.1 hours of continuous Bill Murray films featuring seven feature length classics. Bed down, get comfy and make sure you are there to cross that finish line. How long will you last? You can vote for your favourite Murray film at

Many venues will play host to the ten day festival including Tyneside Cinema, Side Cinema, Star and Shadow Cinema, St Vincent De Paul, Culture Lab and Hoults Yard.

The full programme is now available online at http//

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Press Play has been funded by Northern Film and Media and takes place with the generous support of Supanaught Design, Band-X, White Hot Communications, Whip Bikes, Fentimans and our project and venue partners.

Press Contact:
Nicky Harrison, White Hot Communications
Tel: 0191 280 8020/ 07824 390826 / Email: