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Compass Films in co-production with 2M Film Studio are thrilled to announce that their theatrical documentary film YARN, has won theAudience Award at the Nordisk Panorama Film Festival 2016. Directed by Una Lorenzen (Iceland) and Co-Directed and Produced by Heather Millard (UK) and Thordur Jonsson (Iceland) YARN will also be hosting very special Knit-Along screenings in UK cinemas from 7th October 2016 ahead of UK Wool Week.


Embracing the spirit of the film, some screens will also be hosting special Knit-Along screenings, with key events organized for charity such as Brighton Komedia Picturehouse which is in support of Emmaus – a local homeless charity in Brighton and co-hosted by YAK a local yarn store, allowing ticket holders to join in on the knitting action for a good cause.

Additional Knit-Along screenings include:

Southampton Picturehouse – Harbor Lights

Dundee Contemporary Arts

Picture house National Media Museum

Errol Flynn Filmhouse

Courtyard Hereford

City Screen York

Greenwich Picturehouse


In addition, a special premiere screening of the film will take place at Hackney’s Picturehouse on the 9th October for the Keep Hackney Warm Project – a charity for the homeless of Hackney. Not only will all ticket holders be granted access to the Knit-Along screening featuring a special introduction by US based craft designer Vickie Howell and a Pomcast Q&A, they will also be given access to the after party which includes a complimentary drink on entrance and a DJ as ticket holders network with fellow crafters. Tickets are available via the link below:


Officially selected for SXSW and Goteborg Film Festival 2016, YARN is a poetic documentary which follows four international artists who are redefining the tradition of knit and crochet, bringing yarn out of the house and into the world. Reinventing our relationship with this colourful tradition, YARN weaves together wool graffiti artists, circus performers, and structural designers into a visually-striking look at the women who are making a creative stance while building one of modern art’s hottest trends.


The film introduces us to the unique stories of characters from four different countries that use yarn in very different ways. Their view of the world is reflected through their passion with yarn as they travel around the world spreading their work. The characters all have one thing in common – they all work by hand and their work is in one way or another interacting with the environment; as part of architecture, the streets, nature and people.


The film has been met in the US and Canada with critical acclaim, with the New York Times referring to it as: “You have almost certainly never seen a better documentary on yarn than ‘YARN’… thread and string should be jealous” and The Hollywood Reporter calling it “A fanciful art doc for the craft-y among us.” Additionally, YARN will be having its Canadian premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival on 2nd October.


Co-Director and Producer Heather Millard said: “We are thrilled to release YARN in over 40 cinemas across the UK just ahead of Wool Week.  We began production for YARN back in 2013 and since then we’ve filmed across 11 different countries (including the UK), worked with a crew from the UK, Iceland, Canada, Poland and Sweden and are now in the midst of our US theatrical release with further releases planned for Sweden, Canada, Australia, Greenland, Slovakia, Netherlands and Greece.”


For more information on YARN, to watch a trailer and to find out where it’s showing in cinemas please visit: