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Moomins arriving in Shrewsbury

The Hive, a registered charity and a Shrewsbury town centre arts & creative venue will be hosting a special film screening and Director’s talk on Friday 10th March 2017.

As part of its grant funding from Film Hub North West Central, the Hive will be hosting two screenings of the ‘Moomins on the Riviera’ (2014) animated feature film, followed by Q&A sessions with the director Leslie Stewart and co-director and producer Hanna Hemilä.

The first screening and Q&A at 1:30pm is aimed especially to film professionals or film students, giving an unique opportunity to learn more about the process of producing and directing a hand-drawn 2D animation feature film. The second screening will start at 4:30pm and is aimed at families, Moomins fans or anyone interested in film-making, with an opportunity to ask questions about the characters and making of the film afterwards.

Hanna Hemilä says: ““I am delighted to have the opportunity to come to Shrewsbury and share my experiences in the film industry with the future film-makers as well as younger children and Moomins fans. The making of this film was an exciting experience and I do look forward to meeting and talking to the audiences – from families to film-makers”

In the film, the Moomin family set sail to Riviera in search for adventures, bright lights and the excitement of the dazzling French Riviera. At first, everyone is enjoying the high life but after a while it becomes apparent that the lifestyle also has its downsides, with Moominmamma then trying to get her family to come to their senses. A film for all audiences, the Moomins embrace cross-cultural understanding and tolerance. Addressing universal themes such as finding joy in the small things in life, family, and optimism, ‘Moomins on the Riviera’ is sure to resonate with viewers around the world. (Age guidance: ‘U’, recommended 5+)

Salla Virman, CEO of the Hive says: "We are pleased to host both the Moomins and Hanna here at the Hive, providing a great opportunity for young film-makers and Moomins fans to learn about this great film and have an engaging afternoon with the whole family."

Moomins on the Riviera was released theatrically in 2014 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Tove Jansson's birth. The film made its international premiere on 11 October 2014 at BFI London Film Festival.

Tickets can be purchased from the Hive as well as online; hiveonline.org.uk