Manchester Film Festival 18 Opens

Manchester Film Festival 2018 kicked off last night at the Odeon, Great Northern Warehouse with a gala screening of Painted Woman, a western starring Hunger Games actress Stef Dawson. 

Screened in association with The Raddisson Blu, Edwardian Painted Woman tells the story of a young woman who is given the chance to escape her dangerous life by two very different men. 

The films setting was at odds with Manchester’s bitterly cold, snow filled weather but cinema fans braved the conditions and could discuss the film with Director James Cotten in a post-screening Q&A.

Afterwards film fans could mingle with filmmakers at the festivals specially built hub, a lounge, bar and live music area which is set to be the festivals party central. In the spirit of Manchester and all things northern the weekend got going with Northern Soul DJ Johnny Starke and live music is set to bring the house down every night.

Painted Woman represents the beginning of what is set to be a packed weekend of independent cinema from around the globe, with big name guests Shia LaBeouf, Johnathan Rhys Meyers and Jane Horrocks still to come.