2022 Derby Film Festival - films and events announced


28 October 2022

2022 Derby Film Festival – films and events announced

Taking place from 17 to 21 November Derby Film festival is back for its ninth edition with a packed programme of special guests, one-off events and film previews. 

The Festival opens with a one-off screening at Derby Cathedral of the silent comedy Safety Last! with live accompaniment by the Cathedral’s Director of Music Alexander Binns.

QUAD’s TECHSQUAD team will be lighting up the Cathedral with a specially commissioned projection mapping show prior to the screening. Safety Last! (certificate U) takes place at Derby Cathedral on Thursday 17 November at 7pm, tickets for are priced at £15 or £13 Concessions.

This year’s festival will be putting the spotlight on iconic British screenwriter Nigel Kneale to celebrate his centenary. Most famously known for the 1950’s sci-fi classic Quatermass and the Pit the festival will be hosting an all-day event featuring script reads, panel Q&A’s, special guests and very rare screening of Kneale’s 1965 adaption of George Orwell’s 1984, alongside Against the Crowd: Murrain (1975) The Witches (1966) and an episode of Quatermass – Hob. Nigel Kneale: A Centenary Celebration takes place on Saturday 19 November, Day Pass tickets are: £40 or £20 for those aged 16 – 25.

Special guests include director Oscar Harding with his feature A Life On The Farm about his late grandfather’s neighbour. An eccentric farmer that has passion for making home feature films with a twist that is best described as Monty Python meets The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, this documentary is tragic and comedic in equal measure. 

As well as a curated programme of feature films, previews, and shorts from around the world, Derby Film Festival will focus on talent from the East Midlands with an East Midlands Shorts programme. 

Rebekah Taylor, Derby Film Festival Director, said “I’m excited to be taking over the role of director for this year’s festival following the great work that Adam J Marsh has done in previous years. Following the Pandemic, it’s exciting to see such great new homegrown talent and happy to be able to celebrate both the legacy and the future of the British Film Industry.”

Other films confirmed as part of the festival include Occupation: An Island Story, Rosin and Frank, The Sound Of Alexandre Desplat, The Shape Of Water and Hayseed. Preview screenings will include Corsage and Broker. Please see as further films are announced. 

A Derby Film Festival Pass allowing entry to all screenings and events across all five days of the festival (including Nigel Kneale Centenary screenings) is priced at £60 and now on sale.

Day Passes are available for Nigel Kneale: A Centenary Celebration screenings and events on Saturday 19th November, priced at £40.

Catch-Up Monday Passes (for all films on Monday 21st November) are just £10. 

Tickets for individual film screenings, excluding special events, are priced at £10 or £7.50 Concessions, individual film tickets for those aged 25 and under are just £5. 

For more information or to book tickets please see: or call QUAD Box office on 01332 290606.  

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