Hebden Bridge Arts Festival


This year’s Hebden Bridge Arts Festival has just been announced.

On June 29, I’ll be chairing a panel for Carol Morley’s screening of her cult film The Alcohol Years with guests including Carol Morley, Cairo Cannon, Alan Wise, Dick Witts, Stella Grundy and Douglas Hart

And on June 22 I’ll be in conversation with Tracey Thorn (Marine Girls / Everything but the Girl) – talking to her about her book Bedsit Disco Queen which was recently published on Virago. The event is at the Birchcliffe Centre in Hebden Bridge, tickets are onsale via this link but I think it’s pretty much sold out.

The Carol Morley event is a one-off screening, never to be repeated, so come along, pull up a chair & watch one of the most unique pieces of confessional film-making made in past twenty years.


Screening, interview & discussion with Carol Morley and Cairo Cannon

Saturday 29 June. 7.30PM-10PM

Tickets £8/£10: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/223708

The Trades Club, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EE

Part of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival 2013: http://www.hbaf.co.uk/

The Alcohol Years (2000) is a poetic retrieval of the years Carol Morley spent in Manchester in a blur of inebriation. The acclaimed documentary attempts to piece together Morley’s past by interviewing friends, lovers and drinking partners from the 1980s. Morley herself never appears on screen, a clever device as the viewer is left to piece her story and her character together. This poignant insight is perhaps the first time a female version of Manchester’s mythologised music scene has been told on screen. This brutal, painfully revealing, sometimes hilarious and often reckless portrayal was BAFTA nominated and won Best Documentary at the Melbourne International Film Festival. It also received a Grierson Award.

Carol Morley will discuss the making The Alcohol Years with her producer Cairo Cannon, who also worked with Morley on their recent film Dreams of a Life. This event also features some of the people who appear in the documentary; Dick Witts, Alan Wise, Stella Grundy, Douglas Hart and more TBC will attend the panel discussion, chaired by Adelle Stripe.

About Carol Morley

Carol Morley is an artist-filmmaker who makes films that challenge, in different ways, how stories are told and which often cross the boundaries between fact and fiction. Her work has been shown at major international festivals, at galleries, cinemas, on Channel 4, Film4 and has received many international broadcasts, including The Sundance Channel. She has been the recipient of the Arts Foundation Fellowship for documentary film.

Morley’s first narrative feature film Edge – made on a micro budget – was premiered at The London Film Festival in 2010. Dreams of a Life is her first documentary feature film.

Press Quotes about The Alcohol Years

‘Compelling… uproarious… heartbreaking…’ UNCUT ****

‘Of all the memoirs and myth-maps that have been generated by Manchester’s music scene, few could be as raw as Carol Morley’s wretchedly poignant film documentary’ Dazed and Confused

‘Morley’s wonderfully frank and intimate film study of the person she once was…’ Guardian



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