Film Festival ︎ 26–29 July

Premiere: Uncle Art & Sound of Steampunk

including Q&A with Lucy Lowe

Feature documentary Uncle Art is an intimate portrait of Dave Lowe, a musician who composed and coded music for some of the biggest computer games of the 1980s. The music of a generation is reborn in this heart-warming and rewarding journey that culminates in the orchestral re-imagining of his iconic work at Abbey Road Studios.

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Thursday 26 July




MK Gallery
Events Space


Full Price = £6
Concession = £4.50
(students / children)
For concessions please call the box office on 01908 280800 or visit one of the Festival box offices.

Family Ticket = £22
(based on 2 adults + 2 children)

How to book

1. Book your ticket here︎
2. Call 01908 280800
3. Visit a IF Box Office (at Festival Central or Middleton Hall)
4. Film Festival Pass = £10
Entitles full price ticket holders to a concession price ticket and FREE Short Film screenings. Find out more here ︎

A one-off transaction fee of £3 for every purchase applies so if you buy 1 ticket for one performance or you buy 50 tickets for say 12 different performances in one go, its still only £3 flat rate.

If you book online you pay an additional booking fee of £1.80 per ticket.
Telephone bookings or tickets bought at the IF Box offices in Campbell Park, Middleton Hall or at the Stables do not incur the £1.80 online transaction fee.

Lucy Lowe (Director)
Growing up in Scarborough, Lucy dreamed of becoming an actress before training at the Arts Educational School in London. She has worked on numerous TV shows with roles including Emmerdale and Hollyoaks. Film roles include Worried About the Boy (2010) and Blood (2012). Lucy made the move to the other side of the camera and Uncle Art marks her directorial debut.

James Barrett (Producer)
James has produced award-winning fiction and documentary films since 2010. He established Deerstalker Films with a commitment to challenging audiences with unfamiliar worlds and innovative storytelling. James produced their first feature Blackbird (2013) selected as ‘Best of the Fest’ at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and nominated for a Scottish BAFTA. A Change in the Weather (2017) was released to critical acclaim, securing a theatrical release. He is currently working on a docudrama with Gordon Main and Robyn Slovo that tells a little known chapter of the anti-apartheid struggle.

Dave Lowe wrote music for over 70 computer games during the eighties and nineties. His work was featured on some of the best known and well-loved games of the time, including Street Fighter II, Frontier Elite, Starglider and After Burner. His pioneering music at the time of the birth of the home computer pushed the boundaries of what was possible with the limited technology available and led him to develop innovative techniques still used today. His work reshaped the landscape of gaming music and the process behind it.

In 2014 Dave was shocked to discover that his gaming tunes were revered by fans across the world. Internet forums and blogs, set up by legions of retro gaming fans, speculated where Dave (Uncle Art) had gone. This film is a moving and thoughtful portrait that explores the man behind the music. It considers the impact of Dave's music on the gaming community and accompanies him on a lifelong dream to Abbey Road Studios where his iconic work is re-imagined by a 50-strong orchestra.

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