Until October 21, Manchester’s creative festival Design Manchester is back for its third year, celebrating creativity, collaboration and inclusivity in the worlds of art, design, illustration, film, animation and photography, with key speakers including IDEO, Stephen Morris of New Order, Territory Studio, Ben Terrett, Hudson Powell, Swifty and Fred Deakin.

With a theme of Know How, events for 2015 span the realms of Design How, Design Now, Film How, Music How and more, which together build a rich programme of talks, workshops, exhibitions, screenings, debates and a full weekend celebrating the love of print.

Northern Soul the filmShowcasing the pivotal role of design in film, Film How will feature an exclusive talk on BAFTA-nominated film Northern Soul (check out the trailer below) from producer Debbie Gray, music supervisor Gary Welch and head of wardrobe Yvonne Duckett, who will be giving insight to how the film was made, and how the fashion and music was so faithfully recreated. A vibrant and authentic portrayal of adolescent escapism and self-discovery, the film is set against the high-octane Northern Soul scene of mid-70s Lancashire, and was also a top ten UK box office hit in the week of its release.

This will be followed by a glimpse into the work of Altrincham-based multi genre animation studio Factory (have a peek at what they do in the video below) from its managing director, Phil Chalk, who will explore how Factory has become renowned for producing some of the best animation in the world, and how they made their first foray into prime-time with Newzoids for ITV.

Northern Soul is giving away a pair of tickets to see Film How at 70 Oxford Street, Manchester (formerly Cornerhouse) on Monday October 19, 2015 from 6.30pm – 9pm. To be in with a chance of winning, simply sign up to the Northern Soul newsletter (details of how to do this are on the right hand side of the page) and send an email to with the title ‘Film How ’.

Closing date: Sunday October 18, 2015

A winner will be picked at random and notified first thing on Monday October 19, 2015


What: Design Manchester

Where: various venues across Manchester city centre

When: until October 21, 2015

Tickets: available via Eventbrite. More info at or on twitter or facebook


Northern Soul trailer:

Factory Show Reel: