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American Graffiti (12A)

Rediscover drag racing, rock ’n’ roll and drive-ins in this classic coming-of-age story, taking place across one summer night in 1962.

American Graffiti captures the twilight of adolescence for a group of high-school graduates. As Curt, Steve, John and Terry prepare to move away from their small southern California hometown, each is dealing with a separate dilemma. On their last summer night before their adult lives begin, they cruise the city streets in their fancy cars, fight, and fall in and out of love.

Directed by George Lucas and produced by Francis Ford Coppola, this nostalgic coming-of-age story takes an almost wistful look at the last age of American innocence.


Affectionately known as ‘Mother Cutter’ by collaborators George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, Verna Fields brought a level of recognition to film editors which was rare for the time. She is arguably the most well-known female editor and was among the first women to enter upper-level management in the film industry.

This film is part of our Women in Widescreen: Mother Cutter celebration, recognising the work of legendary women editors.


This screening will be introduced by Alice Miller, Programmer at Leeds International Film Festival.