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Showing in First Features

Some of the most original and exciting work comes from first-time filmmakers, here we’ve rounded up all the first features in the festival for you.

Sat 10 Nov / 12pm

Dukes at Komedia

U

WORLDS OF URSULA K. LE GUIN

A feature documentary exploring the remarkable life and legacy of the late feminist author Ursula K. Le Guin, who passed away earlier this year. Best... Read more

Mon 12 Nov / 6:30pm

Dukes at Komedia

U

América + Q&A

Three brothers confront the gap between adolescent yearning and adult responsibilities when brought together to care for their charismatic grandmother in this wonderfully tender debut feature... Read more

Tue 13 Nov / 6pm

Depot

PG

DEAD GOOD + Q&A

With extraordinary access, first-time film-maker Rehana Rose explores alternative funeral practices in Brighton. Her documentary follows three groups of people planning a funeral, working with... Read more

Tue 13 Nov / 6:30pm

Dukes at Komedia

U

ARE YOU PROUD? + PANEL

Pride has come a long way since the riots following a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in 1969. Yet has it come far enough,... Read more

Wed 14 Nov / 6pm

Depot

ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS

Located off the coast of Indonesia, the Australian territory of Christmas Island is famous for the millions of red crabs who travel from the jungle... Read more

Thu 15 Nov / 7pm

Towner Art Gallery

U

WORLDS OF URSULA K. LE GUIN

A feature documentary exploring the remarkable life and legacy of the late feminist author Ursula K. Le Guin, who passed away earlier this year. Best... Read more

Fri 16 Nov / 9pm

Dukes at Komedia

18

MONSTERS AND MEN

The horrific, but all-too-familiar, killing of an unarmed black man by a police officer is explored through the experiences of three unconnected New Yorkers.  Here,... Read more

Sat 17 Nov / 12pm

Dukes at Komedia

PG

A DEAL WITH THE UNIVERSE + Q&A

Filmed over a period of ten years, this debut documentary chronicles trans filmmaker Jason Barker’s unorthodox journey to parenthood through an astonishingly intimate assemblage of... Read more

Sun 18 Nov / 12pm

Towner Art Gallery

PG

BLUE BLACK PERMANENT

This year marks the centenary of Scottish film–maker and poet Margaret Tait’s birth. To mark the occasion, Towner will screen a brand-new restoration of Blue... Read more

Mon 19 Nov / 6:30pm

Duke of York's

15

THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

Maggie Gyllenhaal gives a career-best performance as a kindergarten teacher who oversteps her bounds in a mission to help one of her students. Lisa Spinelli... Read more

Wed 21 Nov / 6:15pm

Duke of York's

15

GIRL

Winner of both the Queer Palm and Caméra d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Flemish writer/director Lukas Dhont’s first feature-length film is a stunning... Read more

Wed 21 Nov / 7pm

Sallis Benney Theatre

Screen Talks: Eva Riley – Film Directing

Eva is a Scottish director and screenwriter based in Brighton. She graduated from the National Film and Television School in 2015, with her final year... Read more

Wed 21 Nov / 6pm

Connaught Theatre

18

MONSTERS AND MEN

The horrific, but all-too-familiar, killing of an unarmed black man by a police officer is explored through the experiences of three unconnected New Yorkers.  Here,... Read more

Sat 24 Nov / 9pm

Duke of York's

15

Sorry to Bother You

Things aren’t going brilliantly for Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield). He’s living out of his uncle’s garage and the only job he can find, as a... Read more