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Derby Film Festival opens this weekend

28 April 2016
Derby Film Festival opens this week and again this year includes a fantastic line up of top quality film previews including: 

A festival opening preview of Florence Foster Jenkins, the new film from Stephen Frears (director of The Queen and Philomena) starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. Florence Foster Jenkins (PG) screens at QUAD on Friday 29th April at 7:00pm.

Do You Own The Dancefloor? will include a post screening Q&A with the films’ director Chris Hughes. This documentary is about iconic nightclub The Hacienda, in Manchester, which was also the home of Factory Records. The screening will be followed by a DJ night featuring Factory Records classics in QUAD Café bar. Do You Own The Dancefloor? (15) screens in QUAD on Saturday 30th April at 7:00pm.

Live From New York is a documentary about history and legacy of Saturday Night Live, the television show that launched the careers of Dan Ackroyd, John Belushi, Tina Fey, Eddie Murphy, Amy Poehler, Mike Myers, Will Ferrell, and many more. Live From New York (12A) screens at QUAD on Saturday 30th April at 9:15pm

Oscar Nominated Mustang is a coming of age drama about five orphaned girls in Northern Turkey who are preparing for their arranged weddings. Mustang (15) screens at QUAD on 1st May at 6:00pm. 

UPDATE: Being Evel has unfortunately been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Generation Right, a documentary about the impact that Margaret Thatcher’s time as Prime Minister has had on the country. The screening includes a Q&A with Emily Gray: Research Associate at the Sheffield University School Of Law, whose research was a basis for the film. Generation Right (cert tbc) + Q&A screens at QUAD on 3rd May at 7:00pm. 

The Case Of Hana and Alice is an animated murder mystery set in a Japanese high school utilising the ‘rotoscope’ animation technique for a unique visual experience. The Case Of Hana and Alice (12A with subtitles) screens at QUAD on 5th May at 6:30pm.

The actor Robert Shaw was on the cusp of being one of the biggest stars in the 1970s after appearing in blockbusters like Jaws. Off-set the playwright and novelist made his home in Tourmakeady, County Mayo. Robert Shaw: Jaws Deoch Deora is an intimate and emotional biographical film which recalls the actor’s life in Ireland with reminiscences from co-stars, friends and family. Robert Shaw: Jaws Deoch Deora (Advised PG) screens in QUAD on Thursday 5th May at 2:15pm.

Green Room stars Sir Patrick Stewart who plays the white supremacist leader trying to get the band out of the room. A punk band take a detour from their road trip to play a gig and find themselves surround by neo-nazis. They manage to make it through the gig unscathed but are trapped in their green room when they witness a murder. Green Room (18) screens at QUAD on Saturday 7th of May at 8:00pm.

April And The Extraordinary World
is set in an alternate 1941, Napoleon V has ruled France for 70 years and many inventors have mysteriously vanished, depriving the world of discoveries including electricity, aviation and the combustion engine. In this world run on coal and steam young girl April and her cat search for her parents, who are among the missing scientists. A fantastic animated adventure, full of derring-do and intrigue. April And The Extraordinary World (PG) screens at QUAD on Saturday 7th May at 3:30pm and Sunday 8th May at 11:30am.

Alongside the feature film previews, there is the first public screening of some films from QUAD’s participation project Shine A Light. ‘Shine A Light’ is a participatory film making project for people aged over 60 which ran by QUAD from 2013-16. Groups, societies and clubs across Derby and Derbyshire were paired with professional film directors. The showcase is a chance to see six of the finished films from: The Midland Railway Trust, Derby Society of Model & Experimental Engineers, Seen 'Ya Rights, The 99th Garrison, Derbyshire Tennis Club and Derby Scriptwriters. Shine A Light Short Film Showcase (Advised 15) screens at QUAD on Sunday 1st May at 4:45pm. The films can also be seen individually as shorts throughout the Derby Film Festival programme.

Derby Film Festival have also made a late addition to the programme with a screening of the Oscar-winning Purple Rain, starring the late singer Prince. Prince plays ‘the Kid’, struggling with a tumultuous home life and taking refuge in his music, the film features Purple Rain alongside When Doves Cry, Let’s Go Crazy and I Would Die 4 U. Purple Rain (15) screens at Derby Film Festival on Friday 6th May at 7:45pm. The screening will be followed by a Prince Jukebox night in the QUAD Café Bar with a chance to request your favourite Prince songs.

Derby Film Festival sponsors Smith Cooper commented:
“Smith Cooper are pleased to once again be sponsoring The Derby Film Festival. Having an office in Derby ourselves, we recognise the valuable work QUAD do to improve the cultural life of the city, making it a more attractive place to live and work. The Film Festival is one of the highlights of the year and we are proud to be part of it. ” Michelle Mackenzie-Cooper, Partner at Smith Cooper

Adam Marsh, Derby Film Festival Co-Director commented about the festival line-up: 
“Last year we set a high bar with over 30 films previewing at Derby Film Festival, many of which went on to great critical and commercial success including ‘Girlhood’, ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night’ and ‘The Moomins’. This year we are opening the festival with a film that is going to be a huge success, Stephen Frears’ ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ In addition to that we’ll be bringing 23 film previews, plus special guests and a retrospective strand on the theme of ‘Journeys. It’s a great ten days bringing a world of film to Derby.”

Tickets prices vary; regular Derby Film Festival screenings: £8.20 or £7.00 concessions. Shine A Light Film Showcase: All tickets £2. A festival pass, which enables entry to all films and events over the ten day festival is available for £80. Weekend passes are also available covering all films from Friday 29thApril – Monday 2nd May OR Friday 6th – Sunday 8th May, priced at £50 each.