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film festival largeA two day Film Festival is taking place this weekend at ARC, as part of Teesside’s largest book festival, Crossing the Tees.

Visitors to the Stockton Arts Centre can expect six literary based cinematic classics on the big screen: Robert Mulligan’s To Kill A Mockingbird, the 1946 adaptation ofGreat Expectations, the 1973 film Don’t Look Now, Martin Scorsese’s gangster classic Goodfellas, children’s classic Fantastic Mr Fox and the 2015 award-winning thriller, Room.

Crossing the Tees book festival is currently taking place throughout the Tees Valley until 25 June at libraries in Stockton, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and Darlington. Various book based events, workshops and meet the author sessions are taking place at libraries in the boroughs, as well as at ARC, who have programmed the Film Festival for the second year in a row.

Anyone who is heading along to see Goodfellas can also enjoy a three course Italian themed meal for two, with two tickets to the film, for just £30, and if you fancy a tipple, staff at ARC’s No 60 café have created a special ‘mobster’ cocktail just for the occasion.

Daniel Mitchelson, ARC’s Programme and Film Coordinator said: “I’m really excited that ARC Cinema has been able to get involved in this year’s Crossing the Tees.

As Crossing the Tees is a literary festival, we saw a really great opportunity to show a collection of brilliant films that are adapted from equally fantastic books.

“I’m particularly delighted that we can screen Don’t Look Now on Sat 18 June, it’s a classic film. There will also be some additional activities taking place, and after Fantastic Mr Fox there’s going to be a colouring-in session, and after Room on Saturday, Richard Drake from Drake’s Bookshop in Stockton is going to lead a discussion on the differences between the film and the book. We’d love as many people as possible to head along!”

All film times, dates and prices for the Crossing the Tees Film Festival, as well as events for the main book festival, can be found at www.arconline.co.uk or by calling ARC’s Box Office on 01642 5251299.

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