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This screening is part of the Tees Valley International Film Festival.

Give Them Wings is based on the autobiography of disabled football fan Paul Hodgson. Diagnosed with childhood meningitis aged just 10 months, Paul’s parents were told he would never move or speak.

Set in 1989, the film takes us through Paul’s incredible journey of heartbreak, suffering, discrimination and love, recounting his struggle to care for his mother, his experience of the Community Care system, education and employment, the loyalty of his friends and finally finding acceptance with both his father and the wider world.

Paul’s positivity shines through his story of fortitude in the face of severe odds and it offers a unique insight into what it means to be disabled in modern society. A hugely important film which encourages us to accept everybody for who they are, and not what they appear to be. Paul is now 55 years old and has gone on to become an award-winning film producer and screenwriter.

Awarded Best UK Feature and Best British Feature at the 2021 London Independant Film Awards, Give Them Wings follows in the footsteps of other real human interest stories which embrace the discrimination of the disabled and turn it on its head, such as My Left Foot, Billy Elliot, The Intouchables and I Daniel Blake.

Starring Bill Fellows (Coronation Street) and pop sensation Toyah Willcox.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Sean Cronin, writer Paul Hodgson and lead actors Daniel Watson and Jacob Anderton. They will also take part in an interview with BBC Radio Tees presenter Goffy to discuss the story of the film coming into being.


  • Seating Accessibility Information


    Seat size

    Seats in the Cinema are 45cm (172/3“) wide and 46cm (18“) deep, are 40cm (152/3“) from the floor, and have 12cm (42/3“) between seats.


    Seats in the Cinema have armrests that do not fold away, and cannot be completely removed.


    Seats in the cinema have 30cm (112/3”) of legroom in front of seats, with additional legroom on row A and seats B1-B4 and B11-B14.

    Further information

    If you have any questions about accessibility our Box Office team are always happy to help and can be contacted on 01642 525199 or by emailing [email protected] - you can also tell us about your access requirements when prompted to do so during the online booking process.


  • BBFC Ratings Info (May Contain Spoilers)

    moderate bad language, violence, sex references, upsetting scenes