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Monster Fun for Half Term at The Dukes

John Freeman
Young people wil be able to enjoy a monster half-term treat at The Dukes next month, with its cinema and creative learning department hosting an exciting monster moviemaking workshop inspired by classic b-movies like Godzilla.

How to Make a Monster Movie in Five Days is a crash course in filmmaking for 11 to 14-year-olds which takes place from 13-17th February.

Budding Spielbergs will write, build sets, shoot and edit their very own short monster movie with help from the experts.

This workshop is perfect for anyone with an interest in film and filmmaking. No previous experience is required.

Places are limited and must be booked in advance at a cost of £50. For an information pack, please ask at The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or email

More cinematic half-term treats at The Dukes include an 1980s classic and a delightful children’s film.

On Monday 13th February at 11.00am, the Ghostbusters (12A) will be called to appear on a newly restored print of one of the most popular films of the decade, recently given new impetus with game releases and more. Tickets are £5.50/£4.50 concessions.

Saturday 18th February sees The Dukes cinema hosting the closing gala pyjama party for Lancaster Children’s Film Festival.

The event features a screening of the wonderful Arrietty (U), a delightful adaptation of The Borrowers from Japan's Studio Ghibli, producer of hits Spirited Away and Ponyo. Tickets are £5.50/£3.50 children (You can save 50p by booking before 1st February).

The party also includes a prizegiving and the winning short film from the festival’s Young Filmmakers Competition. Youngsters are invited to attend in their pyjamas and slippers with their teddy bears and enjoy a complimentary cupcake from Lancaster’s Yummy Cupcake Company.

The Children's Film Festival was held for the first time last year, and organisers say they  hope to continue it for many years to come. Its aims are simple: bringing great films to the city to entertain, and hosting workshops and classes to engage and educate children about film making and the artistic disciplines behind it.

Aimed at young people of all ages, the Festival features a packed programme of films, workshops and special events held at venues all across Lancaster. The films shown will range from shorts to live action and animated features, including some classic family favourites and international screenings.

“With its diverse creative community and fantastic setting, Lancaster is the perfect place for such an event and we have been overwhelmed with the support we are receiving from local venues and businesses, who are working with us to make this a Festival to remember. We wanted to bring some of the passion and love of film that we have to the young people of Lancaster and hopefully inspire the next Steven Spielberg.”
• For more information and to book any of these events, call The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or visit

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