Derby Film Festival Programme Announced

30 March 2016

QUAD have announced full programme details for this years’ Derby Film Festival which takes place in the venue Friday 29th April to Sunday 8th May. This years’ special guests are actors Simon Callow and Barbara Shelley.

Adam Marsh, Derby Film Festival Co-Director said “We are delighted to be joined at this year’s festival by acclaimed actor Simon Callow to talk about his career in film. His extensive career has seen him appear in huge box office successes like ‘Four Weddings And A Funeral’ and ‘Amadeus’, television shows like ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Outlander’ and utilising his extensive knowledge of Charles Dickens by portraying him at least four times on screen!” 

Simon Callow will be In Conversation at QUAD on Wednesday 4th May at 7:30pm.

In the second weekend of Derby Film Festival, 6th – 8th May, the focus turns to horror, science fiction and fantasy incorporating the Fantastiq Film Festival. Barbara Shelley appears at Fantastiq as a special guest, joining audiences for a Q&A followed by a screening of Dracula, Prince Of Darkness and also introducing the classic Quatermass And The Pit.

Barbara Shelley In Conversation in QUAD takes place on Saturday 7th May at 3:00pm. The ‘Fantastiq’ weekend includes previews, special guests and rare chances to catch classic films and concludes Derby Film Festival.

This year's Derby Film Festival thematic strand is ‘Journeys’ with both emotional and physical journeys represented here with a range films from all over the world throughout the programme. Some of the other key events over the ten day festival are as follows:

The festival opens with a 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.

A special event, taking place at Derby Cathedral, will be a screening of the silent film The Hunchback Of Notre Dame accompanied by live music. The very unique setting for this classic film will be enhanced by the musical accompaniment being played live on the organ in Derby Cathedral. The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (PG) with live musical accompaniment at Derby Cathedral takes place on Saturday 30th April at 7:30pm.

A preview of 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 will have preview screening. 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.

A preview of Being Evel is an in-depth documentary about the legendary Evel Kinevel, revealing the real story behind the myth making, motorcycle riding, canyon jumping daredevil. Being Evel (Advised 15) screens at QUAD on Sunday 1st May at 8:00pm.

A Shine A Light Short Film Showcase is the result of a participatory film making project for people aged over 60 which ran by QUAD from 2013-16. Groups, societies, 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

A screening of Roman Holiday (starring Audrey Hepburn), part of the festival’s ‘Journeys’ theme, will take place at Derby Museum to complimenting the exhibition ‘Joseph Wright And The Lure Of Italy’. Roman Holiday (U) screens at Derby Museum on Sunday 1st May at 3:00pm.

The annual Derby Film Festival Quiz, also themed around ‘Journeys’ is a chance to dust off those thinking caps and test your film knowledge with quizmaster David Leicester. Around The World In 80 Questions DFF Film Quiz takes place in QUAD Café bar on Sunday 1st May at 8:00pm

A preview of 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. 

A preview of The Case Of Hana and Alice, 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.

A preview of British comedy / Werewolf film The Snarling follows a film crew making a new zombie movie, who become terrorised by a real hairy assailant. The Snarling (Advised 18) screens at QUAD on 6th May at 8:45pm.

From the Archives: Retrospective Screenings selection includes: Orson Welles’ War Of The Worlds, the live radio dramatisation of H.G. Wells’ novel that shocked the world back in 1938. Orson Welles’ War Of The Worlds: Audio Presentation (PG) screens on Friday 6th May at 5:00pm and Saturday 7th May at 11:00am.

A Preview of 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 screens at QUAD on Saturday 7th of May at 8:00pm.

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. 
Double Bills screenings: £12 or £10 concessions.Tickets to Simon Callow or Barbara Shelley In Conversation events: £12 or £10 concessions.

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame At Derby Cathedral: £11.50 or £10 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 29th – Monday 2nd May OR Friday 6th – Sunday 8th May, priced at £50 each.

For more information on all films and events, and to book tickets or passes, please see www.derbyfilmfestival.co.uk