28th Raindance Film Festival Live Events


Opening Night Gala – ‘STARDUST’
UK Premiere
The May Fair Hotel – Wednesday 28 October

Raindance Film Festival 2020 opens with the UK Premiere of STARDUST (dir: Gabriel Range). Starring Johnny Flynn (Emma, Beast) as a young David Bowie embarking on his first trip to America, it reveals the inspirations and life events that gave birth to his iconic alter ego, Ziggy Stardust.

The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Gabriel Range and a Bowie-themed reception with food and drinks available.

Tickets on Eventbrite (SOLD OUT)


Off-Competition Gala – ‘TWICEBORN’

UK Premiere
The May Fair Hotel – Thursday 29 October

In-person out-of-competition gala screening of Japanese film TWICEBORN (dir: Hiroshi Akabane) at The May Fair Hotel.

This event is private and will hold limited tickets on sale soon. 


JIMMY IS PUNK – THE STORY OF PANIC (dir: Duco Donk, The Netherlands) – Cancelled

European Premiere
100 CLUB – Thursday 29th October 

A punk story about the 1976 Dutch band Panic: capturing the pure undiluted spirit of punk. A part of the Sonica music strand supported by Spotify, this premiere at the 100 Club includes a live Q&A with director Duco Donk plus members of Panic.

Due to Tier 2 regulations this event has been cancelled.


DIFFERENT JOHNS (dir: Robert Carr, France)

European Premiere
Thursday 5th November @ Century Club

Feature documentary exploring the different lives of John Cohen: folk musician, photographer, filmmaker, and one of the great faces of the 50s Beat Generation. A part of Raindance’s new Sonica music strand supported by Spotify, this special screening at Century Club will incorporate an exhibition of John Cohen’s photography, including his iconic portraits of a young Bob Dylan. 

Director Robert Carr will attend and take part in a Q&A.

Tickets on Eventbrite 


THE HAT (dir: Darren Strowger)
World Premiere
Friday 6th November – The Hamyard Hotel (Private charitable event)

The debut film by Darren Strowger, starring Jude Law and Rafferty Law, shot during lockdown, and with an original music score by The Who’s Pete Townshend, the World Premiere of short film THE HAT is nominated for Best UK Short and will benefit Teenage Cancer Trust and Teen Cancer America. The first in a planned series of shorts to benefit these charities, this private invitation-only event at Ham Yard Hotel will also have an exclusive music event.


Raindance Film Festival Closing Night – HERE ARE THE YOUNG MEN

UK Premiere
Saturday 7th November – Genesis Cinema

Raindance Film Festival 2020 closes with the UK Premiere of HERE ARE THE YOUNG MEN at the Genesis Cinema.

Starring Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Emma), Dean-Charles Chapman (1917, Game Of Thrones), Finn Cole (Peaky Blinders) and Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (Vikings), the film tells the story of three Dublin teenagers who get caught up in a spiral of drinking and drugs with devastating consequences.

The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Eoin Macken.

Tickets on Genesis Website

Disclaimer: Raindance’s in-person screenings will have reduced audience capacity, and will adhere to venue and UK Government guidelines regarding social distancing.