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Daydream Cinema Day

Thursday 4th April 2024

Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Daydream Cinema warmly welcomes you to our launch on Thursday 4th April with an exciting day of Relaxed Screenings celebrating neurodiversity. The programme includes family friendly films, thought-provoking short films and a documentary.


Everyone is welcome.


There will be information stalls by local organisations who offer services to neurodivergent and disabled people around for most of the event. More details coming soon.


Browse through our programme below. Tickets must be booked for each screening separately. Click on the link next to the film information to buy tickets for a screening. Book ahead to avoid missing out.

Ticket options:

  • Standard tickets: £5 per screening. A booking charge is added by the ticket platform.
  • Pay As You Can: Pay nothing when you book your ticket, then you can make a donation on the day of the screening.

We have two seating areas:

  • Stepped rake seating for people who can use steps
  • Step free access where movable seating is provided.

Please choose the seating area which would best support your access requirements when booking your tickets.

Below are some photos of the seating spaces. The step-free access space is empty in the photos, but would have moveable seating in place for the Daydream Cinema Day screenings.

The inside of the theatre/ cinema space of GCT with a view of the expansive floor space in front of the screen.

10am – The Very Hungry Caterpillar (U)

Bitesize screening featuring 5 classic animated tales:

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Papa, Please Get The Moon For Me
  • The Very Quiet Cricket
  • The Mixed-Up Chameleon
  • I See A Song

Enjoy the timeless tale of a caterpillar’s journey to becoming a beautiful butterfly in a welcoming atmosphere.

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11.15am – Connect With Film: Neurodivergent Short Films

Live action and animation programme celebrating neurodivergent filmmakers, just in time for Autism Acceptance Month. Co-curated by Daydream Cinema and GCT Dance Development group.

This screening is advised for audiences age 12 or over to adult. It is NOT suitable for young children.

Find content warnings and full programme details by clicking here.

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1pm – Beacon Films Cinema Society Presents: Ghostbusters (12a) + Presentation

Relaxed screening of 80’s classic, Ghostbusters. Includes a short filmed presentation about the history of the film and it’s starring actor, Dan Ackroyd, by programmer, Phil Coghill.

Content notes: contains moderate sex references. For more information, visit the BBFC website.

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3:45pm – Not A F****** Horror Story + Puppet Asylum + horror shorts (15)

Feature-length documentary following Otto Baxter as he writes and directs his first short film, THE PUPPET ASYLUM. Through his work, Otto finds the vocabulary to process his past and imagine his uncertain future. He tackles his demons head-on, but always with a riotous sense of humour.

“I am the first writer and director with down syndrome commissioned by a British broadcaster to make a film like this, but hopefully not the last” – Otto Baxter

Content notes: contains strong language, discrimination, nudity, bloody images. For more information visit the BBFC website.

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Two short films will screen before the film:

Will Of The Handbag
Director: Beacon Films BFI Film Academy
5 minutes

Fashion fan Will Wood dreams of finding the missing last handbag of infamous designer; DaVinci Handbagovich. They search a museum for clues where they stumble upon a shocking surprise…

Content notes: Comedy horror themes, mild gore.

The Unwelcome Visitor
Director: Adam Fay
1 minute

A young man is haunted by a mysterious visitor and an ouija board reveals a terrifying message.

Content notes: theme of death.

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Relaxed Screening Information

This event is stim and tic-friendly. It is designed to be a relaxed and inclusive experience for disabled and neurodivergent audiences, their family, friends and supporters. It is open to anyone who is accepting of audiences with a range of access requirements. Enjoy films in a welcoming and supportive community atmosphere. We can’t wait to see you there!

During this screening:


  • The lights will stay on at a low level
  • The volume will be a bit lower
  • You can move around and make some noise if you need to
  • There will be a chill out space if you need to take a break
  • The film will have English Language Descriptive Subtitles
  • No ads or trailers
  • There is a 2 minute film about How Relaxed Screenings Work just before each film
Access icons for Relaxed Screenings on a yellow background with black text

Find out more about what to expect from the relaxed screenings in the video below.

Venue access information

Gosforth Civic Theatre (GCT) is an independent arts venue, cafe bar, events space and community hub in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne.

It is home to, and run by, Liberdade Community Development Trust, a disability arts organisation. You can find out more about GCT on their website.

Scroll down this page to see a walkthrough video of the venue.

Scroll down this page to download a photo visual guide to the venue.

If you have any questions about access for Daydream Cinema Day you can contact:

Daydream Cinema: [email protected]


Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 0191 284 3700

GCT access:

  • Level access: The venue is on one level and is wheelchair accessible.


  • Cinema access: The screening room has 2 types of seating: a raked, stepped seating area and movable seating on one level in front of this.


  • When you select tickets you can choose the area you want to sit. Please choose the seating area which best meets your access requirements.


  • Toilets: There is a set of gendered toilets, one with all cubicles and one with cubicles and urinals. You are welcome to choose the toilet which you feel most comfortable using.


  • Accessible toilet: There is one large accessible toilet. This is not a Changing Places toilet and does not have a hoist.


  • Changing Places: The nearest CP toilet is a few minutes walk from GCT at the Gosforth Pool and Leisure Centre. This will be open during Daydream Cinema Day. You can find more information here or by contacting Gosforth Leisure Centre. There is also some information on AccessAble. Please note that Gosforth Leisure Centre is a separate organisation from GCT and Daydream Cinema. It is advised to contact the Leisure Centre directly for information about the Changing Places availability for the day of the event.


  • Getting to the venue: The venue has transport links close by from Regent Centre Metro Station and Bus station. You can find out more details about GCT’s location, transport links and parking here.


  • Cafe: GCT has a cafe which will be open from 8.30am – 9pm on the event day. The cafe serves a range of drinks, snacks and hot food. You can find out more about the cafe here.


  • Food in the cinema: Daydream Cinema asks that you do NOT take any hot food (due to smell) or crisps (because they can make a lot of noise) into the cinema to help reduce sensory overload in the cinema space. You can take hot and cold drinks into the cinema. We ask you to support GCT by buying food and drinks in the venue if you wish to take snacks into the cinema.

Below is a walkthrough video of Gosforth Civic Theatre, to show you more of the venue. 

Below is a Visual Guide to Gosforth Civic Theatre for Daydream Cinema Day you can download as a PDF or a word document.

Here are some images of Gosforth Civic Theatre 

Daydream Cinema Day is supported by Film Hub North with National Lottery funding on behalf of the BFI Film Audience Network.

Film Hub North, BFI, Film Audience Network and National Lottery logo plate

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