Top 10 exciting things to check out for Derby film fans
By midlandsmovies, May 14 2015 08:29PM
After our Top 10 covering the best of Leicester film-makign talent (click here) we shift our focus across the East Midlands to see the best 10 things a Derby film fan can check out in their locality...
Derby Film Festival
Taking place every May, the Derby Film Festival has just finished another successful year and is a must attend event for all cinema fanatics in the Midlands thanks to its eclectic mix of classics, new films and guest appearances. Spanning a week and a half the organisers always manage to put on something for everyone without diluting the festival’s vision. 2015’s Festival showcased the hugely influential Radiophonic Workshop perform LIVE at Derby Theatre. The Radiophonic Workshop are rightly celebrated for their creation of the Dr Who theme tune but are also one of the most influential electronic musical acts in the world having inspired everyone from Roxy Music to Portishead to Mizz Beats.
A spin-off Festival from Derby’s main event, the Fantastiq Fest moves the focus entirely to fantasy, sci-fi and horror. From psychedelic Giallo films to horror classics, 2015 saw Jenny Agutter in conversation. Documentaries about video nasties sit alongside fright films with werewolves, vampires, haunted houses and other such monsters so if these scary thrills are up your street then this is the Midlands festival for you.
Straight To Video (Rob Lane)
Derbyshire rocker Rob Lane (of bands People on Vacation and Teenage Casket Company) has created a movie soundtrack sequel to his first EP which continues as a homage to his favourite 80s and 90s films. Rob’s Straight To Video music project consists on an album that splits between an “A” side of 1980s movie songs and a “B” side full of many alt-rock film anthems from the 1990s, Rob and his musician mates have covered tracks from ‘The Breakfast Club’ and ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ to ‘Empire Records’ and ‘Singles’. Enlisting the help of People On Vacation’s Ryan Hamilton, Paul Miro (Apes, Pigs & Spacemen) and even Canadian Rock Legend turned Cage Fighter Robin Black, there are just a few of over 30 musicians involved in this soundtrack extravaganza.
Crying Wolf (MonoStereo Productions)
Derby based company MonoStereo Productions’ new film “Crying Wolf” began principle photography in late March and is now shooting in locations across the Midlands with a local crew of 15. A large cast of 11, many of whom made it through several rounds of applications and auditions, will work with director Jason Rivers who is “looking forward to working with a diverse and talented group of Midlands based actors. Cry Wolf’s story follows an 18-year-old girl called Alex who refuses help from her peers and is reluctant to let people into her life and ends up working through clues around her friend's disappearance. A targeted release date for the film is set for July 2015 and MonoStereo are a forward thinking Derby collective made up of likeminded individuals who donate their time, equipment and expertise to collaborate and work on creative film projects.
The Hidden Truth (Ben Bloore)
Derby filmmaker Ben Bloore has created a trailer/short that forms part of his upcoming spy thriller The Hidden Truth which centres around a terrorist bombing of MI5’s headquarters. Beginning with a radio running through 24-hour news programmes with snippets of information being relayed about a bombing in the UK the film swiftly moves to an interrogation room where we get a glimpse of a man confined to a chair with his hands behind his back. It is within these four walls of a darkened room we see the great cinematography and the director take us along for a mystery surrounding the bomb plot. With the tension rising, the female agent interviews the man and director Bloor’s knowledge of the spy-thriller genre is clear to see. With little dialogue, the atmospheric film ends on a table-turning note which leaves the audience intrigued into finding the truth behind the seeds that are sown in this great local short film.
The county is famed for its elaborate stately homes which can be seen in many films and TV series. One such example can be seen in Elizabeth (1997) where Haddon Hall, near Bakewell, was used as Hatfield House, Elizabeth I’s childhood home, whilst it also doubled as Thornfield Hall in Franco Zeffirelli’s Jane Eyre (1996). Historic Chatsworth House was turned into Mr Darcy’s home “Pemberley” in Pride and Prejudice (2005) and Haddon Hall (again!) was used for the Inn at Lambton, whilst its dining hall became Elizabeth’s bedroom. For a fun film-related family day out or to attend one of the Summer Night screenings, Derbyshire’s rich heritage continues to attract visitors from all over the region to its impressive set of homes. To see which ones are nearest please see the Visit Derby website for opening times and seasonal events.
Recently graduating from the University of Derby, 21 year-old Phoenix Cosmic is now in the process of setting up her own independent and freelance production company. Building up her portfolio of work with corporate and commercial projects, Phoenix studied a Film & Television course at the University of Derby and over the course of the three years quickly set up her own independent company called ‘CosmicStar Productions’ and has not looked back since. With two short films already under her belt and still with a lot to learn, Phoenix plans on expanding her knowledge and testing the boundaries of her creativity by maintaining a passionate, enthusiastic and energetic outlook. With more short films on her slate and a keenness to collaborate with as many filmmakers as possible Phoenix Cosmic is one of Derby’s bright up and coming talents.
Summer Nights is back for a fourth year with eight fabulous locations and a choice of eleven different films - from feel-good classics, contemporary comedy, musicals, family friendly and Sci-fi all shown in amazing historic venues around Derbyshire and the surrounding regions. Summer Nights Festival screenings offer the chance to enjoy the great outdoors for a unique cinematic experience amongst a fantastic selection of open air cinema events over summer. Their range of picturesque locations allows movie fans to grab a picnic hamper and bring friends along for an unforgettable evening under the stars. With groups of four or more can buy tickets at a more-than-reasonable early bird price of £10.50 from their box office 01332 290606
Five Lamps Film
Founded in 2006, Derby’s Five Lamp Films is a collective group in the county which showcases the best in film-making talent from around Derby, Midlands and beyond. With regular screening events, the group provides the perfect opportunity to present a wide range of films by the cinematic talent from all over the region. The group also facilitates networking opportunities so filmmakers, script-writers, actors, crew, cast and more can meet and share ideas and future projects with each other as well as promote best practice. Taking submissions for screeners throughout the year, filmmakers can upload films to the group or send DVDs to Quad’s reception with a chance to see their local-made films on the big screen with an appreciative audience. Most recently, the group have run a 24 hour film challenge where participants write, shoot and edit a film in just one-day! To get involved in their next event or join the group then please check their website below:
Derby’s QUAD is a cinema, an art gallery a cafe bar and a workshop that anyone can use and shows the best of world, Hollywood and independent films. International artists are displayed and varied pieces are exhibited in the QUAD’s gallery which offers an exciting, diverse and experimental place for experimentation. Their workshop brings individuals, communities and artists together to create exciting new art and film and are committed to providing access to the arts for everyone. With Patrons John Hurt CBE, actor/director Paddy Considine, local actor Jack O'Connell and actor/musician John Tams their connections with established and up and coming filmmakers and talent is second to none.
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