About Widescreen

Widescreen is a project created by The Dukes, Lancaster, funded by Film Hub North. The project seeks to engage with the local community to help expand our film audience, with a strong focus on making our programming and spaces more diverse. We want to give people from under-represented communities a voice and a chance to tell us what kinds of films and events they would like to see more of to allow film and the arts to be accessible and enjoyable to all.

We aim to facilitate that ongoing conversation and use that valuable information to make the Dukes a more inclusive place to all who visit. This project is led by our Film Engagement Lead, Keilah – if you have any questions or ideas to share you can contact her using the details below.

Our Next Widescreen Session...

Our next Widescreen session will be a prerecorded Q&A in our Dukes cinema, following up from the screening of The Reason I Jump. 

The film screening and Q&A will be on Thursday 12th August at 8.30pm. Tickets are available to Book Now

Based on the bestselling book by Naoki Higashida, The Reason I Jump is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world. This screening of The Reason I Jump will be followed by a recorded discussion between director Jerry Rothwell and Leeds Birkbeck Lecturer Dr. James McGrath.

The film blends  Higashida’s revelatory descriptions of his autism, written when he was just 13, with intimate portraits of five remarkable young people. It opens a window into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe. The film distils these elements into a sensually rich tapestry that leads us to Naoki’s core message: not being able to speak does not mean there is nothing to say.

This film contains a sequence of flashing lights that might affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.

Widescreen Sessions

Catch up with our past panel discussions and interviews...