Ken Loach is festival’s special guest

Film director Ken Loach is to be the special guest at this year’s Derby Film Festival.

A significant figure in the film industry over the past 50 years, Ken will open the festival with a Q&A and screening of his new film Sorry We Missed You on November 14 at 6pm.

Adam Marsh, Derby Film Festival Director and QUAD Cinema programmer, said: “We are really honoured to welcome Ken Loach as our special guest this year. ”

Following on from Loach’s Palme D’Or winning, I, Daniel Blake, Sorry We Missed You is a topical look at the zero-hours contracts culture – shining a spotlight on the working class and those lost in the injustices of the system.

Rigorously researched via off-the-records interviews, the film depicts the ruinous cost of zero-hours contract with gut-wrenching honesty and integrity. 

A furious and heart-breaking film, it offers a rigorous and damning critique of our unequal system; showing how it unscrupulously exploits people, especially those from lower socio-economic backgrounds, and robs them of dignity, agency and hope for change. 

Now in its sixth edition, Derby Film Festival 2019, which runs from November 14-18, features other guests, one-off events and film previews. 

It includes 26 new films from many genres and more than 50 short films – in total boasting more than 80 films from 17 different countries.

On the Saturday and Sunday the festival’s sister event, Paracinema, will be presenting films that span the genres on the outskirts of cinema. 

One of the other highlights of the festival is a one-off screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s silent classic Blackmail with a live score composed and played by Neil Brand at Derby Cathedral on November 15 at 7pm. 

Neil is the UK’s most acclaimed silent film accompanist, as well as BBC4 presenter with his programmes Sound Of Cinema, The Music That Made The Movies and Sound Of Song. 

A highpoint of Alfred Hitchcock’s early films and Blackmail, his last silent film, is a rich evocation of London Life in 1920s.  

Neil Brand will also be in QUAD to lead a workshop on Scoring Music to Silent Film on November 16 at 12 noon.

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