BBC RADIO 4 Film Programme. February 2016.  

"First there was crowd funding and now there's crowd building. Antonia visits Newcastle's The Star And Shadow, which is being built by volunteers from the local community, who make up for in enthusiasm what they lack in experience."

The Guardian December 2016. The Alternative Guide to Newcastle.

Newcastle Journal and Chronicle September 2016 Volunteers aim to raise £50,000 to help bring the Star & Shadow back to life

The Guardian - February 2015.  BBC 6 Music Festival.   Helen Pidd was not ripped off when she bought drinks at the Star and Shadow.

The Guardian - February 2013 We were in The Guardian Guide on Sat 9 February 2013 for our artist film season The Invisible and The Real, which will be running between 15 February and 24 March 2013.

We were highlighted as one of the 4 film events happening in the UK that week! We were over the moon.

Here is the link for the full article:

And here is what they wrote about our event on their website:

Artist Films: The Invisible And The Real, Newcastle upon Tyne

This intriguing season examines that special subsection of artists who've decided to explore the possibilities and paradoxes of documentary, through first-hand stories or archive footage. In the former instance, a selection of Andy Warhol's celebrated Screen Tests kicks off the weekly series, and Fishtank, Richard Billingham's extremely intimate study of his council-flat family, is well worth another visit. Archive-focused fare comes in the form of the movie manipulations of Nicolas Provost, Jonny Greenwood-backed found-footage doc Bodysong, and Clio Barnard's unclassifiable The Arbor.

Star And Shadow Cinema, Fri to 24 Mar


On 14 Sept 2012, an 18-minute podcast presenting the Star & Shadow Cinema was aired on Resonance FM, a great London-based radio. The podcast was played on Scala Radio, a radio show talking about Scala Beyond (

You can hear the 18 minute podcast here:


Nice article in the Journal about a film that we had in July 2012, and during which we showed films by by filmmakers who are volunteers at the Star & Shadow Cinema


Great review of our ALLO DARLIN' gig on 5 Sept 2012, from the great music blog Abacus Post, extracts:

"On route to their gig in Newcastle on Wednesday, indie-pop outfit Allo Darlin’ tweeted “Tonight we play the wonderful Star & Shadow cinema…Can’t wait to play there again!” When they arrived they even took a picture and posted it on Facebook. In the cute little world of indie pop, you probably couldn’t imagine a better venue in which to plug your latest album to your adoring fans. The quaint little cinema at the top of Stepney Bank with its purple, star covered exterior and intimate and somewhat ramshackle bar area was indeed brimming with enthusiastic pop-clubbers at 8:00pm, eagerly anticipating the arrival, on-stage, of one of the leading lights of the post C86 movement. "

You can read the rest here: 


Our Girl Gang Film Season (2 to 13 Sept 2012) featured in the Guardian Guide on Sat 1 Sept 2012!

You can see the article here:


The Star and Shadow was chosen as one of the 10 best arthouse cinema experiences in the UK by The Guardian (August 2011):


"The Star & Shadow Cinema, Newcastle

In a galaxy far, far away from the mainstream multiplex experience, the Star twinkles, a one-screen, 66-seater beacon of hope. Volunteer-run, it is both principled (tickets £5/£3.50; UK asylum-seekers free) and determined to offer a quirky, intelligent diet. Recent attractions have included a night of archive film exploring industry in the north-east, a season of vintage UK TV sci-fi/horror and, on 4 September, you can watch King Kong. The original, of course."


Nice article about  us in The North East Hub Blog, here:

9/04/2012 - Cinema Week and The Weather Underground by Andrew Openshaw


"The real cinematic highlight of the week, which had been pencilled in the diary (well Google Calendar) for a few weeks took place on Wednesday at Newcastle’s very own ‘dissident’ cinema, The Star and Shadow.  The Cinema, which opened its doors in 2006, is a not-for-profit organisation entirely run by volunteers. Situated on Stepney Bank at the top of the Ouseburn valley, the Star and Shadow is committed to showing radical and independent film, from around the world. It also has its own library, bar and social area. (…)

You are guaranteed to see thought provoking films at The Star & Shadow and we are very lucky to have a resource like it here in the North East."