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Around China with a Movie Camera

Queen's Hall Arts Centre Hexham  |  Tuesday 26th March  |  19:00

Presented by Queen's Hall Arts Centre

Take a trip back to China in the first half of the 20th Century with this extraordinary collection of rare and beautiful travelogues, newsreels and home movies.

From the bustling cosmopolitan streets of Shanghai to the picturesque canals of Hangzhou. Including what might be the oldest surviving film to be shot in China - unseen for over 115 years. Explore 50 years of Chinese history with an original score composed and performed live by artist duo SMLM.

SMLM (consisting of Sarah Li and Edwin Li) are a transgressive, experimental, electronic musical duo based in Newcastle upon Tyne. They often incorporate film, installation or drag as part of their live sets. Informed by Chinese and British heritage, the duo will bring an exciting blend of Chinese classical instruments with experimental, operatic, electronic, grunge and folk music.

This programme was compiled in 2015 by the British Film Institute National Archive from their collections. This screening and live performance has been funded by the Forum Cinema and people who generously donated to the SMLM fundraiser: Lee Kai Hung, Tyze Li, Moi Li, Gerry Yeung, Joanne Yeung, Elvin He, Kelvin Liu, Dorothy Yip, Sunny Chee, Clifford Hui, Lisa Yam, Eva Cliffe, Martin Cliffe, Baldwin Li.

Screening Information




£10 - £3

Additional Information:

This screening will be accompanied by live music from Edwin Li and Sarah Li who have composed a piece specifically for Tyne Valley Film Festival!

Booking Information:

Tickets available from The Queen's Hall box office and website.

About Queen's Hall Arts Centre

Queen’s Hall Arts is a charity and multipurpose arts centre based in the heart of Hexham serving West Northumberland, the wider North East and beyond. 

Queen's Hall is established as a strong base for an extensive range of artistic activity, attracting the best international and national artists from music, drama, dance and national touring comedy to non-professional shows put on by local community groups.

Venue Information


Queen's Hall Arts Centre

Beaumont Street



NE46 3LS

Venue Accessibility Information:

  • The main entrance is at street level and is fully wheelchair accessible with automatic doors.

  • There are three disabled parking bays in the spaces outside Queen’s Hall as well as outside Hexham Abbey and in the nearby Market Square.

  • On the ground floor, the Foyer, Box Office, Café Bar, Gallery space, toilets and Hexham Library are all fully wheelchair accessible.

  • There is a Foyer lift which enables visitors access to all public areas of the building including the Main Theatre (apart from the balcony), White Room and Gallery 2.


the Film



Run Time:

69 mins







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