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By midlandsmovies, May 5 2018 01:29PM



Interview - Director and Writer Andy Collier


by Guy Russell


Charismata is the new film from directors Andy Collier and Toor Mian, which has been selected to play at this year’s Derby Film Festival in May2018. Our roving reporter Guy Russell got a chance to ask Andy about Charismata, his experiences making the film and what’s in store for him next.


The lead character Rebecca Farraway has to work within a culture of sexism and bullying in the department. With the current popularity of the MeToo movement, Charismata seems to have arrived at an important time. Was there a specific moment that made you start writing and if so what was it?

We wrote the film in 2014/15 so any current topicality is entirely accidental. Actually I think these issues have been around forever, and we aren’t being particularly original in exploring them. Rebecca’s character was pretty much completely inspired by (or, “ripped off from”!) Mia Farrow’s role in Rosemary’s Baby and, especially, Catherine Deneuve’s in Repulsion. So what’s topical now was apparently topical 40 years ago too. Hopefully things are changing now though so in future people will be ripping off some other aspect of horror movies from several decades earlier.


Your 2014 short The Seventeenth Kind, Charismata and your upcoming horror Perpetual have quite original premises, where do you draw your stories from? Personal experiences, people you know etc?

I think I just painted myself into a corner. Charismata was basically a mash up featuring the plot of Alan Parker’s Angel Heart with the story of the three central characters from the Apartment Trilogy. So on one level entirely unoriginal! However, by taking things in original directions and confounding audience expectations we can, hopefully, do something at least vaguely interesting.


The Seventeenth Kind and Perpetual are both adaptations. The first of a short story of the same name, which was extremely funny and very original. I thought it would either translate to a great short film or an absolutely terrible one. Luckily it came out ok I think. We were talking with a US studio for a long time about making that into a TV show, but that fizzled out as these things usually do.


Perpetual is based on a novel called “The German” which I read when it was released in 2011 and loved. We barely changed it... except by moving it from 1944 to 2019 and changing the protagonist from a German refugee in Texas who had fled the Nazis to an Iraqi refugee in Texas who had fled ISIS. Of course, the local Trumper Joes don’t like him much.



You also act in Charismata, is this something you’d like to do more often?

Haha no it’s more of a recurring cameo that crops up 3 or 4 times. I wasn’t allowed any lines because I sound like an idiot. I only slipped my name into the acting credits list to annoy Tor (Co-Director of Charismata). It worked.


I think I might also get to appear as Norwegian Cthulhu Cultist #6 in The Colour of Madness and Angry Ginger Redneck #4 in Perpetual though, if I play my cards right. Fingers crossed…


Charismata has been praised by critics for not relying on typical horror tropes, would you agree it’s an exciting time to work within the genre?

Absolutely, yes. There is so much great stuff being made now and so much of it is breaking moulds. I actually love attending festivals and watching the selected films as you get to see a curated sample of the most original stuff that’s coming out before anybody else does. Obviously you get to see some utter crap too, but that’s part of the fun.


With this being your first Feature film, how did this differ apart from the obvious length to making a short film? With Perpetual being another feature, would you explore shorts again?

That’s a good question. Actually I think I’m pretty rubbish at shorts because I tend to make them work like long-form stories anyway, rather than either “slice of life” or “set up - punchline” that good shorts tend to have. Also, sadly, shorts have pretty much zero commercial value so it would be unlikely that we’ll do any more.


Unless I’m mistaken this is the first time sharing you both share directing duties? Did this take some time to adapt? Did working closely together previously help?

It worked very well. We did a huge amount of prep work and argued for at least a year, so by the time we got to shooting we were 100% aligned. That worked out especially well on a micro budget shoot which was very ambitious in terms of number of cast and number of locations. Something was always exploding, catching fire or flooding, so while one of us was off set sorting out the ambulances the other could go on directing without interruption.


Social media plays a huge part in a lot of independent productions, was this the case for you? If so how did this help Charismata?

In our case we only really got the social media going after the film was finished. We didn’t crowd fund the film and we didn’t self-distribute - which are two areas where micro budget films like Charismata often need to connect with horror fans directly. Social media actually worked best in our case for connecting with news outlets/magazines/blogs/reviewers - we managed to get quite a bit of great coverage by connecting there. It’s hard work though!



Have you had any experience with the Midlands before, either shooting or festival wise?

Charismata screened in Leicester at a genre fest called Grindhouse Planet which was great fun. I’m from Sheffield originally but one of the bits that is (or at least was back in the day) technically Derbyshire. Does that count?


I can see your next feature has a filming location in the USA? As a producer does this take a lot more preparation?

Interesting question. I don’t think it takes more prep but it’s definitely much harder logistically, as it’s miles away! Some local help is an absolute must. For Perpetual we have a local line producer helping and the Utah Film Commission have been amazing. It’s still hard though.


What excites you most about the filmmaking experience? Pre-Production? Writing? Directing? Editing etc?

Unlike most people I find editing to be a total chore. That’s definitely the worst part. I think the reason is that we don’t shoot like most people: get plenty of coverage with different angles, wide-mid-close and then edit the film from what you have. We plan every shot and, essentially, edit it in the storyboards so the editing bit is just assembling the shots with a pleasing rhythm. The corollary to that: preproduction is the best bit. From location scouting to preparing storyboards and shot lists detailed enough to make editing a total chore. Great fun because that’s where the rather abstract script starts to turn into an actual film.




What is the single best piece advice that young filmmakers need to hear in 2018?

Don’t listen to me, probably. But other than that, make something that you you’ll love. Don’t try to make some generic paint by numbers thing that you think tick’s boxes. If you’re going to put so much time and effort into something with no guarantee that anybody will ever see it, at least aim for something that you find genuinely exciting. And then - other people probably will too!


Lastly, are there any future projects you can talk about?

The next thing we shoot, most likely before Perpetual, will be a VERY Lovecraftian folk horror provisionally called The Colour of Madness. It has the least original basic premise imaginable, which has been used in 5,873 horror films in the past, but we believe that we treat the story in such an unusual way that people will be excited enough by it to think it’s somehow “original”. It’s set in Norway for one thing haha!


Charismata is playing at the QUAD as part of the Derby Film Festival on the following dates;


Friday, May 04, 2018 18:00


Bank Holiday Monday, May 07, 2018 15:35


You can book your tickets below:

https://www.derbyquad.co.uk/idfest/dff/dff-pc--charismata--adv-18-.aspx


Guy Russell

Twitter @budguyer


By midlandsmovies, Apr 17 2018 07:56AM



Derby Film Festival 2018 – special guests, film previews and events in QUAD 4th to 13 May

Derby Film Festival returns from 4th to 13 May with a host of special guests, film previews and events as well as over fifty feature films.


Guests include actress and singer Toyah Willcox will discuss her career in film and television, from her debut in the television play Glitter in 1976, to Derek Jarman’s seminal punk film Jubilee and his version of The Tempest. She has also featured in films including Quadrophenia and Quatermass, and on BBC TV in Dr Jeykll and Mr Hyde and Tales Of The Unexpected. Toyah Willcox will be in Conversation in QUAD on Saturday 5th May at 5:00pm. Both Jubilee (15) and The Tempest (15) will be screened as part of the festival on 8th & 9th and 9th & 10th May respectively.


Sir John Hurt's widow Anwen Hurt will introduce a preview screening of That Good Night – Hurt’s final leading role. Sir John Hurt was QUAD’s first Patron and Derby Film Festival’s Guest Of Honour in 2014. That Good Night (12A) Preview introduced by Anwen Hurt, takes place in QUAD on Wednesday 9th May at 6:30pm.


And Mandie Fletcher who will discuss her career in film and television, directing classics of British television, from Butterflies in 1983, to Blackadder, Only Fools And Horses, Desmond’s, Absolutely Fabulous and Miranda, and the big screen, with Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie in 2016. Mandie Fletcher will be in Conversation in QUAD on Sunday 13th May at 2:00pm


Exclusive film Previews include:

Redoubtable from the Oscar winning director of The Artist on Friday 4th May at 8:40pm. L’Amant Double, the latest release from French auteur Director François Ozon on Monday 7th May at 9:00pm. Jeune Femme the debut film of director Léonor Serraille on Tuesday 8th May at 6:30pm. Edie starring Sheila Hancock on Wednesday 9th May at 2:00pm. Ismael’s Ghosts starring Marion Cotillard and Mathieu Almaric on Thursday 10th May at 6:30pm. On Chesil Beach adapted from the novel by Ian McEwan on Friday 11th May at 6:30pm. The Suffering Of Ninko, from Japan, is a unique tale which blends live action and animation on Friday 11th May at 8:45pm. The Bookshop starring Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy on Saturday 12th May at 7:00pm.


Festival films with a local interest include:

Portrait Of A Village is an affectionate portrayal of a semi-rural village in the East Midlands – Spondon - by local filmmaker Mark Rivers. Portrait Of A Village is a snapshot of life in modern Britain and explores the themes of home, community and belonging. Portrait Of A Village screens in QUAD on Saturday 12th May at 12:30pm.


A programme of short films, specially curated and tailored specifically to the needs of D/deaf cinema-goers, will include the Oscar-winning The Silent Child. Lives In Sign Language has been curated by London Short Film Festival’s young Deaf programmer Zoë McWhinney and shows the richness of D/deaf culture and experience. A mixture of comedy, romance, horror bring the stories of D/deaf characters to the screen in a selection of contemporary short films inclusive for all. The films include: Nonsense,


The Silent Child, My House, Imagine, Deaf, A Love Divided and Dawn Of The Deaf. Lives In Sign Language (Advised 15) will screen in QUAD on Saturday 12th May at 5:00pm. There will be Hard Of Hearing subtitles and BSL Interpretation.


Derby Based screenwriters Darrell Buxton and Steve Hardy will be on hand to introduce a Premiere of their film Ouijageist. In the film a young single mum moves to her new flat, and adds to the pressures of finding employment and meeting the rent when she and a friend begin dabbling with a Ouija board found at the property, consequently evil powers are unleashed and mysterious deaths begin to occur. Ouijageist (Advised 15) and Screenwriters Q+A takes place in QUAD on Sunday 6th May at 2:00pm.



This year welcomes a new strand called Paracinema, as part of the main festival. Including horror, sci-fi and fantasy films, it will also be exploring other genres outside the mainstream with special guests, previews and talks on a whole range of unusual genres and subgenres. Paracinema screenings, as part of Derby Film Festival, take place from 4th to 7th May. A Paracinema takeover will include a whole night of screenings on the opening weekend of the festival. The Paracinema All Night Takeover! (18) takes place in QUAD on Saturday 5th May, from 10:25pm to dawn.


Among the special events for Derby Film Festival, Derby Cathedral will host a screening of silent classic accompanied by a live score on the Cathedral’s Compton organ. The score will be performed by Richard Hills, organist of St Mary's, Bourne Street, who was named 'Organist of the Year' in 2010 by the American Theatre Organ Society. F.W. Murnau’s classic vampire tale Nosferatu, from 1922, stars the legendary Max Schreck in the title role. Nosferatu + Live Score (PG) takes place in Derby Cathedral on Saturday 5th May, doors open from 7:30pm.


Closing the Festival is the unique Five Lamps Films 24 Hour Challenge. Returning for its ninth year, the Five/24 24hr film challenge entrants will make a three-minute short in just twenty-four hours, over the weekend of 5th and 6th May. The following weekend the public are invited to a screening of all the entries and announcement of the winners. Five Lamps Films 24 Hour Challenge Screening & Prize Ceremony takes place in QUAD on Sunday 13th May at 8:15pm. For more information on how to take part, please see: www.fivelampsfilms.co.uk

For full information on Derby Film Festival films, screening times and ticket prices please go to https://derbyfilmfestival.co.uk

FULL LISTINGS


FRIDAY 4TH MAY

12:00 LEON MUST DIE (ADVISED 18) S - UK PREMIERE

12:00 SOMETHING (ADVISED 15) - EUROPEAN PREMIERE

13:35 BODIES (ADVISED 15) - EUROPEAN PREMIERE

13:50 ALL LIGHT WILL END (ADVISED 18) - UK PREMIERE

15:30 OUT OF THE CORNER OF THE EYE (ADVISED 15) S - EUROPEAN PREMIERE

15:35 HI-DEATH (ADVISED 18) - EUROPEAN PREMIERE

17:45 IMAGES OF APARTHEID (ADVISED 15) - WORLD PREMIERE + DIRECTOR Q+A

18:00 CHARISMATA (ADVISED 18)

19:45 ATTACK OF THE ADULT BABIES (ADVISED 18) + DIRECTOR & CAST Q+A

20:40 REDOUBTABLE (15) S – PREVIEW

21:00 THE PARACINEMA SOCIAL


SATURDAY 5TH MAY

10:00 THE PARACINEMA DEALERS ROOM

12:30 DEATH LAID AN EGG (18) S + NUCLEUS FILMS RESTORING CLASSICS INTRO

15:00 BORLEY RECTORY (ADVISED 15) + DIRECTOR Q+A

17:00 TOYAH WILLCOX IN CONVERSATION

18:45 ALL LIGHT WILL END (ADVISED 18) - UK PREMIERE

19:00 JUBILEE (15)

19:30 NOSFERATU (PG) + LIVE SCORE AT DERBY CATHEDRAL

20:45 HIPPOPOTAMUS (ADVISED 18)

22:25 THE PARACINEMA ALL NIGHT TAKEOVER! (18)


SUNDAY 6TH MAY

13:00 AN INTRODUCTION TO PINK CINEMA BY JASPER SHARP (ADVISED 18)

14:30 THE GLAMOROUS LIFE OF SACHIKO HANAI (ADVISED 18) S

14:30 PARACINEMA SHORTS (ADVISED 18)

16:20 THE ENDLESS (15) - PREVIEW

16:40 A TASTE OF PHOBIA (ADVISED 18) - WORLD PREMIERE

18:30 THE ASCENT (ADVISED 15) - EUROPEAN PREMIERE

18:30 SOMETHING (ADVISED 15) - EUROPEAN PREMIERE

20:30 THE LEGENDARY PARACINEMA QUIZ

20:30 REVENGE (18) - PREVIEW


MONDAY 7TH MAY

12:00 HI-DEATH (ADVISED 18) - EUROPEAN PREMIERE

14:00 HIPPOPOTAMUS (ADVISED 18)

14:00 OUIJAGEIST (ADVISED 15) - WORLD PREMIERE + SCREENWRITERS Q+A

14:00 A.I. STUDIOS MAKE UP EFFECTS DEMONSTRATION

15:35 CHARISMATA (ADVISED 18)

16:25 ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (15)

17:30 LEON MUST DIE (ADVISED 18) S - UK PREMIERE

19:05 BODIES (ADVISED 15) - EUROPEAN PREMIERE

21:00 L'AMANT DOUBLE (CERT TBC) S - PREVEW

21:00 OUT OF THE CORNER OF THE EYE (ADVISED 15) S - EUROPEAN PREMIERE


TUESDAY 8TH MAY

12:00 EAT MY SHORTS 1 (ADVISED 18)

12:10 JUBILEE (15)

14:20 MARISA IN THE WOODS (ADVISED 15) S

16:10 HUNTER'S CROSSING (ADVISED 15)

18:15 THE MAN WHO ALWAYS DID HIS PART (ADVISED 15) S

18:30 JEUNE FEMME (15) S - PREVIEW

20:35 BACKSTAGE JAZZ MYSTERY (ADVISED 15) S

20:35 JUBILEE (15)


WEDNESDAY 9TH MAY

12:00 THE TEMPEST (15)

12:00 EAT MY SHORTS 2 (ADVISED 15)

14:00 EDIE (12A) - MIDWEEK TREAT PREVIEW

14:15 JUBILEE (15)

16:25 VISMRIT (ADVISED 15) S

18:00 THE TEMPEST (15)

18:30 THAT GOOD NIGHT (12A) - PREVIEW

20:00 MUSIC ON THE RUN (ADVISED 15) S

20:45 JUBILEE (15)

21:10 HUNTER'S CROSSING (ADVISED 15)


THURSDAY 10TH MAY

13:30 THE TEMPEST (15)

15:00 THE MAN WHO ALWAYS DID HIS PART (ADVISED 15) S

16:00 EAT MY SHORTS 3 (ADVISED 15)

17:00 MUSIC ON THE RUN (ADVISED 15) S

18:30 ISMAEL'S GHOSTS (CERT TBC) S – PREVIEW

20:45 THE TEMPEST (15)


FRIDAY 11TH MAY

14:50 THE KURODIANS (ADVISED 15) S

16:30 BACKSTAGE JAZZ MYSTERY (ADVISED 15) S

18:30 ON CHESIL BEACH (15) - PREVIEW

18:45 MARISA IN THE WOODS (ADVISED 15) S

20:35 LEAVE NOW (ADVISED 15)

20:45 SATORI SCREEN: SUFFERING OF NINKO (ADV 18) - UK PREMIERE S


SATURDAY 12TH MAY

12:00 PORTRAIT OF A VILLAGE (ADV 12A) – WORLD PREMIERE

15:00 QUAD YOUNG ADVOCATES PRESENT SHARKNADO (15)

17:00 LIVES IN SIGN LANGUAGE (ADVISED 15)

18:30 EAT MY SHORTS 1 (ADVISED 18)

19:00 THE BOOKSHOP (PG) - PREVIEW

20:40 EAT MY SHORTS 2 (ADVISED 15)

21:15 THE KURODIANS (ADVISED 15) S


SUNDAY 13TH MAY

14:00 MANDIE FLETCHER IN CONVERSATION

14:00 LEAVE NOW (ADVISED 15)

16:25 VISMRIT (ADVISED 15) S

18:00 EAT MY SHORTS 3 (ADVISED 15)

20:15 FIVE LAMPS FILMS 24 HOUR CHALLENGE SCREENING & PRIZE CEREMONY




By midlandsmovies, Mar 30 2018 12:42PM



The Derby Film Festival 2018


The Derby Film Festival is back for its fifth edition taking place from 4th – 13th May 2018 and local audiences can expect another successful array of previews, classic films from the archive and a weekend dedicated to genres beyond the mainstream.


DFF are scouring the globe to find the best in world cinema as well as bringing some special guests to talk about their experiences in the film industry. As ever they'll be home to the Five Lamps 24 hour film challenge 24/5, the contest to make a 3 minute film in 24 hours.


Over the opening weekend of Derby Film Festival, they also launch Paracinema Weekend, a long weekend dedicated to films and genres outside the mainstream. Events at Paracinema include an on-stage conversation with actress Toyah Willcox and a screening of Nosferatu in the grand surroundings of Derby Cathedral.




Also taking place is a talk on the bizarre and subversive world of Japanese pink cinema and an all-night movie marathon running across two cinema screens, a host of premieres and previews and much more.


Expect horror, sci-fi and fantasy but we be trawling the history of cinema to find those sub-genres that delight and entertain too. For the full PARACINEMA line-up please click here.


During the festival the organisers will also present a preview of That Good Night, featuring the final leading role from Derby acting legend Sir John Hurt.


Festival passes (allows entry to all events during the full festival) £80


Weekend passes (allows entry to all events 11 - 13 May) £50


The full line-up is soon to be announced and will be published here: http://derbyfilmfestival.co.uk


QUAD based in Derby is a Cinema, Gallery, Café Bar, Digital resource and Workshop that anyone can use and a creative hub that connects people and businesses to art and film and create opportunities for entertainment, education and participation. QUAD transforms lives through active participation in art and film.

By midlandsmovies, Feb 16 2018 07:21PM



Midlands horror film screening during Fright Club at Derby Quad Cinema


Fright Club is Derby QUAD's mix of brand new terrors from home and abroad as well as their pick from the archives and promises to drag audiences kicking and screaming towards the midnight hour wih a combination of dread and gore!


Derby’s independent cinema QUAD has been running their Fright Club every month with cult film historian Darrell Buxton introducing some of the best scary films around for Midlands horror audiences.


Their next two screenings include not just well known horror sequel Nekromantik 2 but also a showing of Midlands-made film The Slayers followed by a question and answer session from its director John Williams.



The Slayers will be shown on Friday 23 February and this 104-minute film follows cult members Nigel and Job who decide to spend their final two weeks on Earth cruising the mountains of Scotland in search of girls, alcohol and skydiving.


All is well until they come across a strange man who claims to be a vampire hunter. Determined to secure their place in Heaven once the world ends, they decide to team up and destroy a head vampire.




Following on from that screening, on March 18th QUAD are pleased to announce they are showing a fully uncut version of Nekromantik 2 with another Q & A - this time with director Jörg Buttgereit, who is visiting from Germany.


Nekromantik 2 continues the belief that “love never dies” by picking up where the original left off as we follow Monika who still cares for the corpse of her dead lover Rob alongside her job as a nurse. Not for the faint of heart, this underground classic needs to be seen to be believed!


More info and to buy tickets for The Slayers screening please click here: https://www.derbyquad.co.uk/film/fright-club---the-slayers--director-q-and-a.aspx


And for Nekromantik 2 you can find additional details here: https://www.derbyquad.co.uk/film/fright-club---nekromantik-2--director-q-and-a--18--s.aspx


For more information on Fright Club screenings and future Derby QUAD events check out the cinema’s official website at www.derbyquad.co.uk


By midlandsmovies, Jun 15 2017 10:16AM



Summer Nights outdoor film screenings head to the Midlands


Seven years in and the Summer Nights Film Festival is back at thirteen locations across Derbyshire and the UK. Presented by QUAD on an inflatable twelve metre screen, Summer Nights Festival screenings offer the chance to enjoy the great outdoors for a unique cinematic experience.


New venues for 2017 include Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire and additional nights have been added to some Midlands venues, including Wollaton Hall in Nottingham and Baddesley Clinton, in Warwickshire. Derbyshire venues are Kedleston Hall, Calke Abbey and Hardwick Hall.


The full list of Midlands dates, venues and films for the summer are below:


Kedleston Hall, in Derbyshire is showing Bridget Jones’ Baby (15) on Friday 21st July and The Legend Of Tarzan (12A) on Saturday 22nd July.


Baddesley Clinton, in Warwickshire is showing Dirty Dancing (12A) on Thursday 27th July, Fantastic Beasts (12A) on Friday 28th July and Pretty Woman (15) on Saturday 29th July.


Calke Abbey, in Derbyshire is showing Mamma Mia (PG) on Thursday 3rd August, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (12A with subtitles) on Friday 4th August and Footloose (12A) on Saturday 5th August.


Clumber Park, in Nottinghamshire is showing Dirty Dancing (12A) on Friday 4th August and Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves (12A) on Saturday 5th August.


Hardwick Hall, in Derbyshire is showing La La Land (12A) on Friday 18th August and Top Gun (12A) on Saturday 19th August.


Wollaton Hall, in Nottingham is showing Moulin Rouge (12A) on Thursday 24th August, Pretty Woman (15) on Friday 25th August, Jurassic Park (PG) on Saturday 26th August, The Dark Knight Rises (12A subtitled) on Sunday 27th August and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (12A) on Monday 28th August.


Belton House, in Lincolnshire is showing Pretty Woman (15) on Friday 8th and Top Gun (12A) on Saturday 9th September.


Standard tickets cost £13 for adults or £9 for under 12s, tickets for children aged under five years are free.


For more information on films, venues or to book tickets, please call QUAD Box Office on 01332 290606 or go to www.summernightsfilm.co.uk


Summer Nights Film Festival has also teamed up with award winning artisan food specialist Hackwood Farm, based in Radbourne, Derby, who are offering pre-ordered traditional wicker picnic hampers for two people packed with tasty traditional picnic fare and including a blanket, glasses, plates and cutlery. You can pre-order their hamper when purchasing their Summer Nights tickets. There will also be drinks and desserts available on the night at selected venues from Bobby’s Bar and Flow Catering. Please see the Summer Nights website for full details.


By midlandsmovies, May 23 2017 09:59PM



Derby QUAD announce new Patron


A new festival Patron have been announced following the fourth Derby Film Festival, which ran at QUAD Derby from 28th April to 7th May. The ten-day festival included sell-out events, special guests and film previews from well know, lesser known, local and international film-makers.


DFF Film Previews included Oscar nominated animation My Life As A Courgette, war epic Fires On The Plain, vibrant teen-drama Spaceship, sumptuous animation The Red Turtle, family drama After The Storm, Finnish deadpan comedy The Other Side Of Hope, the new documentary David Lynch: The Art Life and Mindhorn a surreal comedy starring The Mighty Boosh’s Julian Barratt and featuring Steve Coogan, Simon Callow and Kenneth Branagh.


DFF Special events included The Phantom Of The Opera screening with live organ accompaniment at Derby Cathedral as well as Special Guests Michael Jayston, Alan J.W. Bell, Norman J. Warren, David McGillivray, Lesley Megahey and M. R Carey.


One of the sell-out events, which closed the festival on Sunday 7th May, was A Tribute To Sir John Hurt. Derbyshire actor Sir John Hurt was a Patron of QUAD since it opened in 2008 and Sir John’s widow Anwen Hurt came to QUAD and took part in a moving Q & A with Tony Earnshaw, discussing the actor’s extensive career and links to Derbyshire.


A film-reel of highlights of Sir John’s film career was followed by a premiere screening of The Journey (12A), which featured one of Sir John’s final performances.


QUAD’s Cinema One was renamed Sir John Hurt Cinema at the event and Anwen Hurt has announced she is to become Derby Film Festival’s Patron.


Adam Buss QUAD CEO and Derby Film Festival Director said “Once again we were delighted by the reactions of audiences to some of the key events and film screenings at Derby Film Festival. The brilliant Derby Cathedral played host to the incredibly atmospheric live musical accompaniment to Phantom of the Opera".


"Our tribute event to Sir John Hurt which included contributions by his widow Anwen, was on one of the most touching we have ever hosted. Anwen Hurt has agreed to be joint patron of Derby Film Festival with our existing patron David Morrissey, both of whom are committed supporters of helping us bring the best in cinema and events to Derby.”


The festival will return in 2018, full details will be found on http://derbyfilmfestival.co.uk


By midlandsmovies, May 21 2017 09:05AM



Derby Film Festival 2017


By Guy Russell


A little under two weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the 4th annual Derby Film Festival. Hosted by QUAD the festival kicked off on the 28th April followed by ten days’ worth of screenings, talks, short films and competitions.


Each year the festival has a different theme and the films listed in the programme reflect that theme in some way. Last year’s festival had the theme of “Journey”, this year’s however was “Habitat” and as the festival organisers describe it, “the environment that films take place in can vary hugely and create a massive impact on the narrative and the characters”.





Mindhorn (2017)

On the opening night of the festival the audience was treated to a preview of the upcoming comedy Mindhorn starring Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh fame. Directed by Sean Foley and written by Barratt and Boosh collaborator Simon Farnaby this plays a lot differently than what we’re used to seeing Barratt do.


Instead of eccentric and odd humour however we’re treated to the sad, self-deprecating comedy which Will Ferrell and Steve Coogan have excelled at for years. Barratt plays it just as brilliantly as Richard Thorncroft, a former 80s television detective who longs for a comeback on the screen but instead finds himself being asked to assist the police in apprehending a real life murderer.


Mindhorn will draw obvious comparisons to Steve Coogan’s Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa that was released in 2013 as Partridge found himself thrust into real action as a hostage negotiator. Coogan actually stars in Mindhorn also as Thorncroft’s former co-star Pete Eastman who is now a star in his own right. Accomplished actors Kenneth Branagh and Andrea Riseborough also feature.


It was a pleasure to know the film was shot on location in the Isle of Man, the sleepy location played a part in the film and looked glorious on the screen. I really enjoyed Mindhorn and I am fairly confident the rest of the audience did too as the screening was filled with laughter. This British comedy delivers plenty of laughs wgich is sadly something that isn’t too common in British cinemas right now. It was also refreshing that the film is completely original and not only commissioned because of its ties to an already established television show (Alan Partridge, The Inbetweeners). I hope to see more Mindhorn films from Barratt in the future.


You can still catch Mindhorn showing at the QUAD in May.



David Lynch: The Art Life (2017)

This documentary about David Lynch’s life and work as a filmmaker was an advance preview as part of the Fantastiq element of the festival.


Directed by Jon Nguyen and Rick Barnes this intimate look inside Lynch’s youth, his persona and his “art life” couldn’t come at a more relevant time. Twin Peaks, arguably Lynch’s most recognisable title in his resume is weeks away from being revived, so an expose into the mind of one of the most enigmatic directors around today is satisfying to watch. Narrated by Lynch through a vintage microphone speaker he guides the audience through his awkward life affirming adolescence right through into his adulthood giving the viewer an idea about how his mind works and why he is such a vivid and eccentric director.


Last year’s Derby Film Festival screened Wild at Heart (1990) and whilst I wasn’t the biggest fan of the film I understood why Lynch has a massive legion of fans. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this documentary as much as I did but with a sleek running time of only 90 minutes I found myself wanting to hear Lynch talk more about any subject! Nguyen and Barnes do a great job in keeping the films pace light and swift, never letting the film sag or outstay its welcome.


Whilst I’m a firm believer of “less is more” when it comes to knowing a film or filmmakers secrets I am guilty of seeing filmmakers quizzed on their films or their career, making sense of the subtleties they have placed in their films. This documentary is a must see for any David Lynch fan or film fan.


Whilst this was an advance preview as part of the Derby Film Festival, viewers can catch this documentary when it hits cinemas in July 2017.



Ace in the Hole (1951)

Directed by legendary filmmaker Billy Wilder, this long unappreciated noir film was a new watch for me and was screened during the festival and fitting perfectly with the theme of habitat.


Ace in the Hole stars Kirk Douglas as Chuck Tatum, a cynical, libellous, cruel adulterer who has been caught on previous occasions creating fake news to further his career as a reporter. We find out early on that Tatum has been fired from every newspaper from New York to Chicago and has now found his way in Albuquerque, New Mexico offering his services to small town paper The Albuquerque Sun-Bulletin.


Tatum is a classic noir protagonist, a flawed, greedy individual who only looks out for himself, a familiar trait in a lot of people in the modern world today. Frustrated at the lack of “big news” in his small town, Tatum is sent to a nearby rattlesnake hunt to report on when he stumbles upon local man Leo Minosa (Richard Benedict) who has been tragically caved in whilst scavenging in an old Indian cave. Tatum virtually rubs his hands as he sees the tragedy as a way to write “big news” again, instead of getting Minosa out as quickly as possible Tatum slyly delays the rescue effort so his story can grow.


What follows is a massive media circus surrounding the cave, tourists from different states camp out, hot dog vendors at every turn, carnival rides and even a band performing and selling a song they have written for Leo. Tatum, along with Leo’s estranged wife make a huge windfall whilst Minosa is trapped.


Wilder through the characters and brilliant cinematography by Charles Lang, scathingly attacks the American people’s obsession over tragedy, no surprise then when Ace in the Hole flopped at the box office only finding its appreciation in the last two decades. Wilder famously spoke of the poor box office performance saying “Americans expected a cocktail and felt I was giving them a shot of vinegar instead”.


Ace in the Hole fits ideally within the theme of habitat as the location creates a massive impact on its central characters. Without the Indian cave trapping Leo there would be no circus, no story. As I mentioned earlier this was a first watch for myself, and I enjoyed it thoroughly, I can see this becoming a favourite on my shelf for years to come.


To find that it didn’t find an audience when first released is disappointing, the film was definitely before its time and I would gladly recommend this film to anyone!



The Truman Show (1998)

Moving on from Ace in the Holes attack of the public’s desire for tragedy is The Truman Show, a film attacking the publics obsession for drama. Directed by Peter Weir, The Truman Show stars Jim Carrey as Truman Burbank who since birth has been the subject of a reality television show about his life. Adopted by Christof (Ed Harris) who serves as the show’s creator and executive producer Truman is unaware that his whole life has been scripted, materialized just for ratings.


Unlike Ace in the Hole, The Truman Show was a huge commercial and critical success even though both films criticise human natures worst aspects. Originally The Truman Show was written as a thriller set in New York City however when Weir approached the project the film was developed as a comedy, attaching the world’s biggest comedy star Jim Carrey as the lead. I believe this is one the reasons the audience accepted a filmmaker’s critique of them as Weir masks his attack with comedy.


Truman’s entire life has taken place inside a giant production dome in Hollywood, designed to create the image of the beautiful, fictional Seahaven Island. When films stay in our mind long after the film has finished sometimes it’s not the plot or the characters that makes our minds revisit the movie but because visually we can’t get the films “look” out of our head.


The matching cottages, porches and white picket fences seem too perfect to be real, some of the shots by cinematographer Peter Biziou almost resemble some fantasy films like Brazil (1985). Similar to Mindhorn, The Truman Show was shot on location in the aptly named Seaside, Florida, a fact not many people can believe, many believing the look was achieved on a soundstage in Hollywood.


I’m sure most people had already seen The Truman Show when it was screened on the penultimate day of the festival, however like myself I’m sure they enjoyed seeing it on the big screen with an audience laughing with them. If you’ve not already seen Truman, then I would highly recommend this film!


Guy Russell


A big thank you to Kathy Frain at Derby QUAD

By midlandsmovies, Sep 17 2016 03:24PM



Midlands Movies discovers a new documentary from These City Lights which chronicles the football career of former Derby County captain Shaun Barker.


With a release date in December 2016, this new Midlands documentary has been made by writer and director Ashley Carter from Nottingham. Having trained at the prestigious National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield this new film “Shaun Barker: 1,065 Days” is his second film after short documentary Eudaimonia.


The film follows Shaun Barker’s life which culminated with a horrific knee injury suffered whilst playing against local rivals Nottingham Forest in 2012. The documentary continues with Barker’s subsequent four-and-a-half year rehabilitation and Ashley Carter has ensured that all proceeds from the film will be going to the Shaun Barker Foundation.


The Shaun Barker Foundation was set up in 2015 with the aim to help underprivileged children in Derby that will help raise money and awareness for three key areas Shaun had chosen; Arts and Culture, Social Care and Sports in the Community.


After becoming a fans’ favourite for his commanding defensive performances, Barker’s time at Derby began in 2009 but was overshadowed by his spells out injured. Often playing through the pain, Barker developed a reputation as a player that put his body on the line for the club and sacrificing his own personal wellbeing.


Despite being told he would never play again, Barker spent years in gruelling rehabilitation sessions, before miraculously making a comeback for the Derby County Under 21s in 2015. Despite declaring himself fit for a return, new Derby County manager Steve McClaren didn’t give him the chance to play for the first team again.


The director, a lifelong Derby County fan himself, is keen to show all sides of Shaun Barker’s personality and shed light on a period of his career that football fans might not know all the facts about.


“Since meeting Shaun in 2015, it’s clear that he isn’t like other footballers and the players we’ve interviewed so far constantly talk about how influential and inspirational he is off the pitch as well as on it”, explains Ashley. “What he went through on a personal and professional level is astounding and to still be looking to play professional football again is remarkable”.


Filming has included interviews with teammates at previous clubs Rotherham and Blackpool, as well as current and past players at Derby County. “Derby have been great in allowing us to film at Shaun’s recent Testimonial, which was an amazing night”, says Ahsley. “And they’ve also given us access to interview some of the players from Shaun’s time at the club”.


Shaun Barker: 1,065 Days will continue filming through the year before holding a premiere at QUAD in Derby, as well as being released online. All proceeds from these screenings and sales will also be going to the Shaun Barker Foundation.


The project is currently running an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign until October 2nd, where backers will get the chance to get some exclusive signed merchandise, including signed 2016/17 Derby County shirts, signed photos of the 1971/72 Derby County title winning team, signed footballs, tickets to the premiere and the chance to be on set for a day of filming.


For more information please check out the movie's Facebook pages:


https://www.facebook.com/TCLMedia


https://www.facebook.com/ShaunBarkerDocumentary


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