Derby Film Festival 2017 Programme Announcement

03 April 2017
Films and events have been announced today for the fourth edition of Derby Film Festival which runs in QUAD from Friday 28th April to Sunday 7th May 2017. The ten-day programme features guests, special events and film previews, selection of new international film-makers, films curated around the theme of Habitat, plus a selection of films by Director David Lynch. Special events include The Phantom Of The Opera screening with live organ accompaniment at Derby Cathedral, A Tribute to QUAD Patron Sir John Hurt. Derby Film Festival opens with Fantastiq Festival, four days of science fiction, fantasy and horror related events, film screenings and guests.

Derby Film Festival Special Guests

Nottingham born actor Michael Jayston will discuss his long career in film and television which has included playing roles as diverse as Macbeth, Charles Dickens, Shylock and Tsar Nicholas plus appearances in TV shows including Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Doctor Who.

Director and producer Alan J.W. Bell, whose long career at the BBC included being producer and director for episodes of Michael Palin’s much loved Ripping Yarns and the TV series of Douglas Adams’ Hitch Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.

Directors Norman J. Warren (Satan’s Slave) and Screenwriter David McGillivray (House Of Whipcord). 

Leslie Megahey, whose career has included programming for the BBC producing documentaries on Van Gogh and Tolkein, and as editor of the BBC’s flagship arts documentary series Omnibus, included making the ground-breaking Schalcken The Painter.

Novelist and writer M. R Carey will discuss writing the novel and screenplay adaptation of hit zombie thriller The Girl With All The Gifts.

Derby Film Festival Special Events 

Fantastiq festival takes place in QUAD from Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May, the full list of screenings and events are available on the Derby Film Festival website.

Walls Of Progress: The History Of Street Art is a screening and panel discussion around Graffiti and the Street Art movement with Baby J of Baby People, Dilk from Montana Shop Nottingham, Derby Graffiti Artist Sire, and Nottingham Street Artist Tim Onga. The event also includes a screening of the film Wall Writers, which explores early graffiti writing, the creators and pioneers of the culture before artists like Banksy became household names. Walls Of Progress: The History Of Street Art panel discussion and film screening takes place in QUAD on Friday 28th April at 6:00pm. Tickets are: £7.50, £6.50 concessions.

A one-off screening of the classic silent film The Phantom Of The Opera takes place at Derby Cathedral with live accompaniment by Donald Mackenzie, organist of the Odeon Leicester Square. The Phantom Of The Opera with Live Organ Accompaniment (PG) takes place at Derby Cathedral on Saturday 29th April, doors open at 7:00pm. Tickets are: £13 and £11 concessions.

A fun exploration into the history of slapstick comedy, from Charlie Chaplin, Jacques Tati, Laurel & Hardy, to Monty Python, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore will be performed by Derby’s ‘The Lost Boys’. A Very Punchy History of Slapstick! takes place in QUAD on Wednesday 3rd May at 6:15pm, the event includes a screening of Eric Sykes’ classic comedy The Plank. Tickets are: £7.50, £6.50 concessions.

Derbyshire actor Sir John Hurt was a Patron of QUAD since it opened in 2008. Film critic and writer Danny Leigh will present an illustrated talk about the key highlights of Sir John’s film career followed by a screening of The Elephant Man. A Tribute To Sir John Hurt takes place in QUAD on Thursday 4th May 7:00pm, tickets are: £10, £9 concessions.

Returning for its eighth year. Five Lamps Films 24 hour Challenge pits creativity against the clock. Film-makers are invited to make a three minute short in just twenty four hours over Saturday 29th to Sunday 30th April. The resulting films will screen in QUAD on Sunday 7th May at 8:45pm ahead of the winners’ announcement. For more information on how to enter please see: www.fivelampsfilms.co.uk  

Films along the theme of ‘Habitat’ include Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park Alfred Hitchcock’s Lifeboat, Billy Wilder’s Ace In the Hole, Peter Weir’s The Truman Show and The Wachowskis’ The Matrix.

Film Previews include Oscar nominated animation My Life As A Courgette, war epic Fires On The Plain, vibrant teen-drama Spaceship, sumptuous animation The Red Turtle, family drama After The Storm, Finnish deadpan comedy The Other Side Of Hope and Mindhorn a surreal comedy starring The Mighty Boosh’s Julian Barret and featuring Steve Coogan, Simon Callow and Kenneth Branagh.

Curated Film selections from Derby Film Festival’s annual call for submissions from up and coming international film-makers, and picks the cream of the crop for Official Selection screenings. This year’s selection spans Brazil, Canada, Australia and Finland, Ireland and Bulgaria. 

The Dark Dreams Of David Lynch strand takes a closer look at the work of Director David Lynch, who has for over four decades made surreal dreamlike films with fractured narratives marrying gorgeous visuals and powerful performances. Films including Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, Wild At Heart and Mulholland Drive have all made a lasting impact on the cultural landscape, and his television series Twin Peaks was a cult phenomenon. Alongside a selection of these films, the festival has secured a preview of the new documentary David Lynch: The Art Life.

Full film screening and event listings for Derby Film Festival are available to view on the website: www.derbyfilmfestival.co.uk

A Festival Pass, covering all screenings and events for the ten days of the festival, is available priced: £80. 
A weekend Pass: covering all screenings and events for either the opening Fantastiq weekend (Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May) OR the second weekend (Friday 5th to Sunday 7th May) is available priced: £50. 
Single event and film screening tickets also available, ticket prices vary.

Tickets can also be booked by calling QUAD Box office on 01332 290606.