Derby Film Festival starts tomorrow


John-Hurt-john-hurt-30963033-2560-2529The first new-look Derby Film Festival, which is a combination of the former iD Fest and Fantastiq Film Festival is being staged at Derby QUAD from May 9-18 and can boast John Hurt among its special guests.

Hurt remains one of Britain’s best known and most sought after actors and he will be discussing an acting career that is now into its sixth decade in conversation with writer and broadcaster Tony Earnshaw on May 10 at 8pm.

The ten days celebrating film culture will include a great selection of previews and new films as well as a retrospective strand that is looking at the impact VHS has had on the world of film under the theme of Technology.

The previews will include the Cannes award-winning Heli, as well as music documentaries The Punk Singer and Breadcrumb Trail; the Japanese drama Grateful Dead; 50 Kisses, the world’s first crowd sourced feature film; Roman Polanski’s drama Venus In Fur which stars Mathieu Amalric and the British drama Sixteen which will include a Q&A with director Rob Brown.

For fans of the former Fantastiq event the new festival concludes with a weekend of horror, science fiction and fantasy films with a theme of Video Nasties.

Throughout the ten days there will be a series of other special guest events.

The cast and crew from Allies directed by Dominic Burns and starring Matt Willis (Busted) and Julian Ovenden (Downton Abbey) will be taking part in a panel discussion; there will be a fun family friendly masterclass on puppetry with Marcus Clarke, who is a puppeteer, writer and performer and has been involved in among others the Muppets Christmas Carol and a Q&A with Phil Davis the actor and director who was in the films Quadrophenia and Vera Drake and TV’s Silk.

For sci-fi fans the director of the very first episodes of Doctor Who, Waris Hussein and John Hough who directed Hammer Horror Twins of Evil will be among the line-up.

There are festival passes which give you entry to all events and screenings costing £90 and weekend passes for £50 as well as individual event tickets.

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