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Derby Film Festival programme announced In QUAD 1st - 10th May 2015
Derby Film Festival has announced its full programme. The ten day celebration of film culture includes over thirty film previews, celebrity and industry guests, talks and panel discussions, taking place in QUAD from 1st to 10th May. The festival also includes new feature length and short films, curated from worldwide submissions on the the me of Evidence; and concludes with a final weekend exploring all things horror, science fiction and fantasy courtesy of the Fantastiq Film Festival. The festival launches at Derby Theatre with an opening night performance from the legendary Radiophonic Workshop, presented in conjunction with Sound Of Static. Founded in 1958, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop was home to a maverick group of experiment composers, sound engineers and musical innovators. Drawing on the principles of musique concrete, found sounds, early electronics, oscillators, handmade synths and tape loops, the Workshop created the other-worldly soundtrack to some of BBC televisions most iconic programs: including Doctor Who, Horizon, Quatermass, The Body in Question and The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy among many others. Tickets for the event are £15 and are now available online: https://www.derbytheatre.co.uk/radiophonic-workshop
Jenny Agutter will be a special guest at the Festival talking about her career in film on Thursday 7th May at 6:00pm. Jenny Agutter began her acting career on television as a child in the mid ‘60s and made the leap to the big screen in the 1970s, appearing in classic films including The Railway Children, Walkabout, Logan’s Run and Equus. She has now built up an enviable career taking in material as diverse as An American Werewolf In London, Marvel’s Avengers Assemble and the forthcoming film from Werner Herzog, Queen Of The Desert as well as Spooks and Call The Midwife on the BBC. The festival programme also includes a selection of screenings of these films. Writer and Director Mark Herman will be on stage at Derby Film festival for a rare discussion of his life and career. Mark Herman trained as an animator before moving into live action filmmaking. He has written and directed hit British comedies and dramas, including Little Voice, Purely Belter, Brassed Off and sThe Boy In The Striped Pyjamas and has had stars including Michael Caine, Ewan McGregor, Brenda Blethyn and Colin Firth work for him. Mark Herman in Conversation takes place on Thursday 7th May at 7:00pm, and is followed by a screening of Brassed Off, a heartfelt and hugely funny film. Set in the Yorkshire village of Grimley, where the mine is closing, the local brass band enters a national competition, hoping to give the local community something to strive for and draw attention to its plight. Brassed Off screens on Thursday 7th May at 8:45pm, tickets are separately available.
Director Peter Sasdy will be appearing as part of the Fantastiq Film Festival to talk about his career directing Hammer films like Taste The Blood Of Dracula, Hands Of The Ripper, Countess Dracula as well as the terrifying BBC Christmas special The Stone Tape. Peter Sasdy In Conversation takes place on Saturday 9th May at 6:30pm. The history of female film critics will be explored through a discussion with writers Sophie Mayer, Pamela Hutchinson and Catherine Wheatley, chaired by Isabel Stevens, production editor of Sight & Sound. The Sight & Sound Female Film Critics Panel will pay homage to a wide range of female voices on cinema, from little-known early reviewers to contemporary critics, including C A Lejeune, Penelope Gilliatt, Dilys Powell and bell hooks. The Sight & Sound Female Film Critics Panel takes place on Wednesday 6th May at 7:00pm. Other events include The Role Of The Historical Consultant in Cinema with Dr. Jacqueline Riding. Filmmaker Mike Leigh turned to Dr. Jacqueline Riding for help in the creation of his film Mr.Turner, which was released to huge critical acclaim. A specialist in art, history and culture in the Georgian and early Victorian periods as well as a curator and the author of several books, Dr. Jacqueline Riding will discuss the work of the historical consultant, for example how to balance the demands of a film’s narrative and budgetary restrictions with the need to for historically accuracy. The Role Of The Historical Consultant in Cinema with Dr. Jacqueline Riding takes place on Saturday 2nd May at 12:00pm. The event will be followed by a screening of Mr Turner(12A) on Saturday 2nd May at 1:15pm, for which tickets are separately available.
A Royal Night Out
Film previews screening throughout the fe stival include: Black Coal, Thin Ice, Clouds Of Sils Maria, Les Combattants, Eden, Girlhood, The Goob, Heaven Adores You, Listen Up Phillip, Marshland, Miss Julie, The Moomins On The Riviera, The New Girlfriend, Queen And Country, Rosewater, A Royal Night Out, The Salt Of The Earth, Second Coming, Timbuktu, Tokyo Tribe and The Tribe.The thematic strand of Evidence takes on the role of the amateur detective with a selection of iconic film screenings. The final day of the festival will focus on the short film with submissions selection of short films from around the world and the annual Five Lamps 24 Hour Film Challenge film showcase. Adam Marsh, Derby Film Festival Co-Director said: “We have decided to send Derby Film Festival back to the shadows of Noir. From classics like Kiss Me Deadly and Out Of The Past to the excellent Steve Martin noir mash up Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid. It’s great to be able to put these classics back on a cinema screen, and on 35mm film prints in many cases.” “I’m also delighted to be showing three personal film favourites of mine which a re also films that are connected in some way; Blow Up, Profondo Rosso (Deep Red) and Blow Out. All share a theme of non detectives being brought into a murder because of something they think they have seen or heard, all three films handle this in very different and equally interesting ways.” “We always try to highlight some of the under-recognised areas of cinema and the film industry within Derby Film Fest; this year we welcome Dr Jacqueline Riding, historical consultant on Mr Turner to talk about the role of the Historical Consultant in film – it should be a fascinating talk.”
The full Derby Film Festival programme is now live and available to book online: www.derbyfilmfestival.co.uk Tickets are also on sale from QUAD Box office on 01332 290606
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