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An extravagant family epic and inspiring love letter to cinema—unlike anything we have seen from Academy Award winning director Martin Scorsese.

Within the walls of a busy railway station in 1930s Paris hides 12-year-old Hugo (Asa Butterfield). He is an ingenious young orphan who lives a secret life, maintaining the clockwork mechanisms of the station. His most important task, however, is unlocking a secret left to him by his late father—one that involves the legacy of the pioneering filmmaker George Méliès.

MOTHER CUTTER: Thelma Schoonmaker

Working closely with Martin Scorsese for over 50 years, Thelma Schoonmaker is known for her exceptional editing on Raging Bull, The Aviator and The Departed. Schoonmaker’s skill for pacing and timing has earned her many accolades throughout her career, including an Oscar nomination for Hugo.

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.