Ben Wheatley Roundtable

Director Ben Wheatley comes to the North East next month for an exclusive roundtable discussion at Tyneside Cinema. The event, taking place on Wednesday 1 March, will be jointly hosted by Northern Film + Media and Tyneside Cinema ahead of a Q&A screening of Free Fire. In the roundtable session, Wheatley will discuss his experience as a filmmaker in a small group setting, sharing his creative practice, career journey and views of the creative landscape in the UK. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions relevant to attendees’ own work.

The director began his career as a short filmmaker and animator, showcasing much of his work on the internet. Developing his practice through various projects in advertising and live-action pieces, notably Channel 4’s Modern Toss, Wheatley made his first feature, Down Terrace, in 2009, followed by Kill List, made for Warp X in 2010. His third film, black comedy Sightseers (2012), was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight section of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Wheatley’s fourth feature, A Field in England, was financed through the Film4 talent and ideas hub, Film4.0, and was followed in 2016 by High Rise – an adaptation of the J.G. Ballard novel. Recently, a sci-fi TV series, Silk Road, written and directed by Wheatley, has been announced, and will be screened on HBO.

Free Fire, which will be screened at Tyneside on the same evening, is Wheatley’s six feature film. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2016. The BFI and Film 4 backed thriller depicts Justine’s (Brie Larson) encounter with two Irishmen and a gang led by Vernon and Ord, who are selling them a stash of guns. When shots are fired during the handover, complete pandemonium ensues, with everyone at the scene suddenly thrust into a heart-stopping game of survival.

A limited number of places are available for the Roundtable event, and attendance is on application only. Deadline: Friday 24 February, 12 noon. For details on how to register, visit

Ben Wheatley Roundtable, 1 March, 4.30-5.30pm, Tyneside Cinema, 10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 6QG.

Free Fire screening plus Q&A, 1 March, 7.30pm, Tyneside Cinema. For more about this screening and how to book please click here.

Please note, the Roundtable and screening are two separate events.

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1. Still from Free Fire, 2017.