Cinecity 12th Brighton Film Festival

20 November - 7 December 2014

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24 Nov 6:30 pm: Dummy Jim

Director: Matt Hulse

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In May 1951, James Duthie a deaf man from Scotland decided to cycle over 3000 miles to the Arctic Circle and back again. A heady collision of fact and fiction, DUMMY JIM brings to life the virtually unknown story of this legendary voyage. Based on Duthie’s own book ‘I Cycled Into The Arctic Circle’ and twelve years in the making, Matt Hulse’s film is part reconstruction and part documentary. As Jim, played by actor Samuel Dore, traverses Northern Europe, Hulse blends together a mix of super 8 footage, animation and archival imagery. The film cuts back and forth between Duthie’s journey and his hometown in the present where school children perform a play based on his  book. Accompanied by an exceptional soundtrack and a lyrical editing style of its own, DUMMY JIM becomes an immersive and sensory experience.

Followed by Q&A with director Matt Hulse and actor Samuel Dore

Starring: Marie Denarnaud, Samuel Dore, Nille Hannes

Released in: UK, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands 2013

Running time: 90 mins

Certificate: TBC

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  • partner-university-of-brighton