Leeds today: film, scandirock, ping pong and Claire Balding.

Hello everyone, Joe here bringing you this more happenings around Leeds and more. Today I present you with new regarding film, music, film, literature, and more film. Does it get any better than that?

Leeds welcomes Norwegian alt-rocker Susanna K Wallumroed on the 12th as she sets to invoke wonder and amazement with her unique brand of experimentalist folk. She’ll be playing Howard Assembly Room this Friday, give it a go if you fancy mixing it up.

A heads up for one of the biggest Leeds events of the year as revealings for the line-up is tantalising to say the least. Ben Affleck’s new thriller Argo will open the 26th Leeds International Film Festival with Michael Haneke’s Amour bringing it to a likely teary close. With exciting new releases such as these along with retrospectives of past greats such as Ingmar Bergman, Stanley Kubrick, and Kinuyo Tanaka, this festival looks set to surpass all previous years and have cineastes salivating everywhere. Tickets on sale now.

Everyone still has till the 14th of October to experience the Ilkley Literature Festival and all the amazing guests, speakers, and projects it boasts. This weekend sees speaker Clare Balding as well as talks on Darwinism and how to make your own newspaper in a single day. Plus many more.

More film stuff again as a large scale BBC production is using Yorkshire including locations such as Keighley. The six-part crime saga takes place during after World War One and stars some hugely recognisable talent such as Sam Neil (Jurassic Park) and Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins, 28 Days Later). Exciting to have the Yorkshire area included in what looks to becomes a much talked over standout piece of TV.

I’ll leave you now with a wonderful offer from our favourite cinema here in Leeds, The Hyde Park Picture House, who are opening their doors for a free screening of the wonderful documentary Ping Pong tomorrow. Rumour has it there may be actual ping pong happening too!

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