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By midlandsmovies, Oct 18 2019 10:42AM



Derby Film Festival 2019 – Films, special guests and events announced


Taking place 14th to 18th November and now in its sixth edition, Derby Film Festival 2019 features special guests, one-off events and film previews in their new festival programme. This includes a huge selection of brand-new films from many genres, boasting more than eighty films from seventeen different countries, screening at the venue over five days.


The festival has confirmed that this year’s special guest will be film director Ken Loach. A significant figure in the film industry for the over the past fifty years, Ken Loach will open the festival with a Q&A and screening of his new film Sorry We Missed You. Following on from the 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, Sorry We Missed depicts the ruinous cost of zero-hours contract with gut-wrenching honest 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. Ken Loach Q&A plus Sorry We Missed You (15) takes place on Thursday 14th November from 6:00pm. Tickets for this one-off event are £15 or £14 concessions.


Derby Cathedral will host a one-off screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s silent classic Blackmail with a live score composed and played by Neil Brand. Neil Brand is the UK’s most acclaimed silent film accompanist, who appears at film festivals and special events around the world, as well as BBC 4 presenter with his hugely successful programmes Sound Of Cinema, The Music That Made The Movies and Sound Of Song.


A highpoint of Alfred Hitchcock’s early films and his last silent film, the seminal thriller Blackmail is a rich evocation of London Life in 1920s. Blackmail (PG) with Live Score by Neil Brand screens at Derby Cathedral on Friday 15th November at 7:00pm. Tickets for this one-off event are £13 or £11 concessions. Neil Brand will also be in QUAD to lead a workshop on Scoring Music to Silent Film on Saturday 16th November at 12 noon.


The full Festival film programme includes twenty-six brand new feature films and over fifty short films from across the globe including New Zealand, Italy, France, Canada and Iran.



An Opening Night Preview is the new Australian film Judy And Punch, a visceral and dynamic live-action reinterpretation of the famous 16th Century puppet show. Starring Mia Wasikowska, writer-director Mirrah Foulkes turns the traditional story of Punch and Judy on its head and brings to life a fierce, darkly comic and epic female-driven revenge story. Judy And Punch (15) screens on Thursday 14th November at 8:50pm


Madness In The Method (Preview) was shot on location in Hollywood and Derby (with a cameo appearance from QUAD itself). Written and produced by Derby’s own Dominic Burns, it’s actor Jason Mewes’ directorial debut. The story follows legendary stoner and actor - Jason Mewes. Tired of Hollywood’s perception of him and on advice from his best friend Kevin Smith, Mewes tracks down a secret method acting book to reinvent himself as a serious actor – with disastrous consequences… Madness In The Method (advised 15) screens on Saturday 16th November at 6:15pm


The Wedding Present: Something Left Behind (Preview) is the definitive story of a record that has been labelled the ‘greatest break-up album of all time’. Exploring music, obsession, love, loss and fading youth over the thirty-year lifespan of The Wedding Present’s much-heralded debut LP, ‘George Best’. The films’ Director Andrew Jezard will also be present for a post screening Q&A. The Wedding Present: Something Left Behind (certificate to be confirmed) + Q&A screens on Saturday 16th November at 6:30pm.


The Biggest Little Farm (Preview) is an environmental documentary about John and Molly Chester, a Los Angeles couple give up city life to buy a farm, following their dream of growing every ingredient they might want to cook with. Motivating, enlightening and entertaining, the film balances one family’s personal story with the practical ups and downs of starting a sustainable, biodiverse farm on land that has been stripped of nutrients. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Jamie from the Down To Earth Project plus special guests, to discuss implementing sustainability in Derby and beyond. The Biggest Little Farm (PG) screens on Friday 15th November at 6:00pm.

Ordinary Love (Preview) stars Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville as Tom and Joan, a married couple with an easy relationship and a depth of love which expresses itself through tenderness and humour. When Joan is diagnosed with breast cancer, the course of her treatment shines a light on their relationship as the pair face the challenges that lie ahead and the prospect of what might happen in the future. Ordinary Love (certificate to be confirmed) screens on Sunday 17th November at 2:00pm


There will be a chance to see many of the short films selected from an international submission, screening before the features and as a full day package on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th November. Derby Film Festival’s sister festival Paracinema will be presenting films that span the genres on the outskirts of cinema. The genre-defying ‘Paracinema’ refers to a wide, seemingly disparate collection of films outside the mainstream.


Adam Marsh, Derby Film Festival Director and QUAD Cinema programmer said “We are really honoured to welcome Ken Loach this year as our special guest. Derby Film Festival 19 yet again presents a fantastic selection of films – from the sublime to the eclectic. There is an excellent range of films representing all corners of the globe; from the ground-breaking and thought provoking and to the funny, subversive and above all some excellent entertainment.”


Anwen Hurt, Derby Film Festival Patron added “I’m really looking forward to coming back to the Derby Film Festival. It’s always such a pleasure and this year there are some amazing new feature films that I haven’t see yet, as well as over 50 short films. It’s going to be a great festival!”


All Film tickets, other than those for special events, are £9.50, £7.00 concessions. Tickets for 16-25 years old are £3.50 (subject to availability). Derby Film Festival Passes are available allowing entry to all screenings and events across all five days of the festival, priced at £50, a Festival Day Pass allows entry to everything on any single day of the festival, priced at £20.


For more information please see:


https://derbyfilmfestival.co.uk


https://www.derbyquad.co.uk/whats-on/festivals


Or call 01332 290606



By midlandsmovies, Jul 26 2019 02:00PM

Movies shot in the Midlands


The Midlands with its mix of industrial cities and town centres and its swathes of picturesque countryside and regal-like manors and houses can provide film-makers with a wide range of locations for their shoots.


We take a look at some of the films that were made in the region and recommend that you go and check them out as most of these places are open to visitors too!


“Morning film fans - We'll be tweeting Midlands movie locations you can visit over the sunny weekend around the region...”


Cult classic The Princess Bride (1987) was shot on location at Haddon Hall #Derby which represented Humperdinck's Florin Castle in the film


#Jadoo (2013) is a comedy starring Harish Patel (from Run Fatboy Run) and filmed entirely in #Leicester @JadooMovie


Tom Hooper directed The Damned United (2009) with Michael Sheen as Brian Clough & Chesterfield FC stood in for Wembley in the film #Derby


Another football movie Goal 3 was filmed around the #Midlands including in #Nottingham and at #Leicester's King Power stadium


I visited Snake Pass, Kedleston #Derby few years ago which is in 2007's "And When Did You Last See Your Father?" http://t.co/mOablgizfM


Snake Pass was on way to Hadfield #Derby where I visited locale of The League of Gentlemen (2005 film from TV series) http://t.co/oswgfuV7Wj


The coastal marshes from Atonement (2007) are at Gedney Drove End, a beach on the Wash in #Lincolnshire #Midlands


The Upper Derwent Valley in #Derbyshire (the test area for the real raids) doubled as the Ruhr valley for the film The Dam Busters (1955)


In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1) when Snape arrives at ‘Malfoy Manor’ it is actually Hardwick Hall in #Derbyshire #Midlands


And last year, Midlands Movies visited @WollatonHall #Nottingham for @OutdoorFilm in this #DarkKnightRises get up http://t.co/7sjyMNNHQ8


Les Misérables (2013) depicted the family estate of Marius using Boughton House, Kettering in #Northampton #Midlands


The Italian Job (1969) - Although the entrance was filmed in Turin, the length of sewer used was a new pipe being installed in #Coventry


Jan De Bont's The Haunting (1999) was filmed both at Harlaxton Manor (Great Hall) in Grantham #Lincolnshire & at Belvoir Castle #Leicester


Felicia’s Journey (1999) - The rainy street scene and cinema exteriors in the Bob Hoskins movie were filmed in Station Street outside the Electric Cinema, where a plaque was later erected.


Thunderball (1965) used RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire for the film's Airforce base runway scene #Midlands #Lincolnshire


Bolsover's local pit fitting workshop and the Empire were used as locations for the film The Full Monty (1997) #Derby #Midlands


Four Feathers (2002) starring Heath Ledger was partly filmed at Burley House in Oakham #Leicestershire #Midlands


Goodbye Mr Chips (1939) had the exterior shots of Brookfield School filmed at Repton School near Burton #Derby #Midlands


Midlands director @ShadyMeadows 2002 Once Upon a Time in the Midlands starred Robert Carlyle and was set primarily in Carlton #Nottingham


The Old Bailey in Scandal (1989) is actually Shire Hall in High Pavement #Nottingham and stood in for the infamous courts during the movie


Nicholas Winding Refn filmed 2009's Bronson (Tom Hardy) around the St. Ann’s, Sherwood, Worksop & Welbeck Abbey areas of #Nottingham


Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) starred Albert Finney and was shot at the Raleigh Bicycle factory in Radford #Nottingham


Shadowlands (1993): Among the locations used in the Anthony Hopkins movie were Hole-in-the- Wall, Capler Woods and historic Goodrich Castle.


#Leicester's Great Central Railway is a pivotal location in Buster (1988), Phil Collins’ Great Train Robbery movie and The Hours (2002)


Control (2000) about the life/death of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis was partly filmed in #Nottingham around places Curtis was known to frequent


Belvoir Castle #Leicester is home to the Duke of Rutland & seen in Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) + Ron Howard’s The Da Vinci Code #midlands

John Cleese 80s classic farce Clockwise had scenes filmed at Edward’s School, Edgbaston & Menzies High School in West Brom #midlands


Brassed Off (1996) actually saw the band play in #Birmingham Town Hall which stood in for the Royal Albert Hall in the movie #Midlands


Ralph and Cedric argue at "Windsor Castle" in King Ralph (1991) which starred John Goodman but it is actually great hall and state rooms of Warwick Castle, Warks.


#Derby hero Alan Bates starred in Women in Love ('69) which featured Kedleston Hall as his & Eleanor Bron’s house #midlands #film


#Derby's historic Chatsworth House was turned into Mr Darcy’s home “Pemberley” in Pride and Prejudice (2005) #midlands


Haddon Hall, Bakewell, was used as Hatfield House, Elizabeth (1997) & doubled as Thornfield Hall in Zeffirelli’s Jane Eyre (1996) #Midlands


The Da Vinci Code was partly filmed in Lincolnshire including Burghley House, Stamford and "Westminster Abbey" was in fact Lincoln Cathedral


The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) by Justin Chadwick starred Scarlett Johansson & Natalie Portman as Mary Boleyn and sister Anne Boleyn. Parts of the film were shot in Dovedale, Cave Dale in Castleton and Haddon Hall, as well as at North Lees Hall.


"Thor's Cave, Manifold Valley, Staffordshire and the Peak District in Derby were both used for locations in The Lair of the White Worm (1988)


I've saved the best until last - Top Secret! (1984) - Fleurgendorf prison exterior filmed at Rockingham Castle, Corby #Northamptonshire


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By midlandsmovies, Jun 28 2019 08:57AM



A showcase of high quality at the High Peak Film Festival 2019


For two years, Nicole Pott has run the High Peak Independent Film Festival. On the third year, this year, I was invited to experience it myself.


As far as first impressions go, I revelled in Nicole’s passion and unstoppable energy from minute one. You could clearly see she loved being in the heart of it all and I was quickly swept into what this film festival was about.


A four-day event covering all genres of film to movie quizzes, special guests, a 10 hour movie challenge, 50’s style black tie event, a Grease sing-along, countless networking opportunities – all of it centred around the most incredible art theatre I’ve ever laid my eyes upon.


New Mills Art Theatre has a rich history of hosting many stage performances throughout the years. Now, acting as a cinema for the High Peak Independent Film Festival, it was hard not to take your eyes off of the monumental décor. Intricately designed with royal gold and deep reds from the walls to the ceiling, the theatre recently had a renovation and wowed literally anyone who walked through the doors.


New Mills as a location is the epitome of quaint English town. I was delighted to arrive at such a modest place and experience the walks in and out of the winding streets, to discover the intriguing history of the place and its variation of mills throughout. It is steeped with local information and impressive landmarks with the river Goyt and Sett merging here. It’s very easy to love New Mills and the fact that an international film festival is held here annually adds to the unique experience.




I met Marcelo Briceno from Mexico; a filmmaker whose documentary was to be shown over the upcoming days. He casually stated that he was in Europe for Cannes where his documentary, Nostalgia, was also showing. Marcelo mentioned that he actually preferred this quiet town on the edge of the Peak District to Cannes. That made me realise why I loved being in the company of so many humble filmmakers – it was the undeniable sense of community.


As New Mills is Nicole’s hometown, she found pride and a new attendance record of creatives at the local pub after the success of the opening gala. It was great to have a few one to one chats with everyone, especially Lis Haywood, a filmmaker and actress who had flown from LA to attend her screening. Her film featured in the category of Women in Film, where I was happy to discover it was a strong topic of conversation in last year’s HPIFF too. I could only cover two days and wished to see Lis’s film! She’s awesome though and granted me a way to watch First Kill.




The audience got a lovely insight to the creative minds of the filmmakers as we got to ask them a few questions after the preview. It was a pleasant and polite practice and added a touch of warm approachability. Most were more than happy to divulge more information on how their films came to fruition, and the stories behind these movies were just as fascinating as their final piece.


I swear next year, I’m going for the whole event because two days is absolutely not enough time. The other categories shown across the event were Best of the North; films shot and based around cities such as York, Sheffield and Manchester. Further afield were films of Britain and Beyond, entries from the USA, Spain, Mexico, Iran and Switzerland featured here. There were Young Filmmaker Shorts and even a three-minute pop up theatre!


Looking at the brochure before the event began, I was like a kid in a candy shop, and I suggest any movie lover to check into this amazing saga of a film festival.


The sheer level of talent beaming from that screen was absolutely unbelievable. With every film I saw and enjoyed with the rest of the audience, there was true acknowledgement after each film finished. We might have had bloody hands from clapping too much, but it didn’t matter, we were all too captivated by the screenings. I laughed at Dave Goes West, cried at Winter Hill and my jaw dropped at Deadman’s Reach.


For the High Peak Independent Film Festival to flourish, a vast amount of volunteers stepped forward and brought it to life. The New Mills Art Theatre is run entirely by volunteers and those who are most passionate about its legacy. Many aspiring and established filmmakers, writers and producers were willing to help out where they could as well.




I saw community spirit everywhere and this is why the High Peak Independent Film Festival was a complete win for me. Kenneth James, the event’s official photographer may or may not have bribed me with chocolate cake to say some nice words. And yet, this was the very essence of the charm I was enchanted with. Nothing was cold or sterile about New Mills; I was welcomed with a warm heart, the same as many filmmakers and film lovers who had been personality invited to see their films on screen.


In the two days I was able to attend, the event was packed with all sorts of fascinating activities that could amaze, challenge and entertain anyone. So with that regard, I have already made my friends and colleagues attend 2020’s High Peak Independent Film Festival, they just don’t know it yet.


The festival was originally a three-day event, but the film entries were far too good, so an extra day was added - talk about proof in the pudding! Next year’s dates are already up so get this in your diary, 6th August – 9th August 2020 and I’ll be seeing you there!


Sam Franciso

Twitter @IsoElegant



http://www.highpeakindie.com










By midlandsmovies, Mar 13 2019 12:06PM



QUAD’s Summer Nights Outdoor Film Festival returns in 2019


Summer Nights Outdoor Film Festival has announced venues, dates and films for its 2019 festival which runs from 4th July to 22nd September. Back for a ninth year the festival has expanded to twenty locations across the country.


Presented by QUAD on an inflatable screen, Summer Nights is the chance to enjoy a unique open-air cinematic experience at stunning heritage venues. Brand new venues for 2019 include Bolsover Castle and Kenilworth Castle, Coughton Court, Witley Court, Ormesby Hall and Battle Abbey.


Screenings include recent blockbusters including The Greatest Showman, A Star Is Born, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again and the Oscar winning Bohemian Rhapsody alongside the return of the ever-popular Dirty Dancing, Ghost, Grease and Pretty Woman. There are also one-off titles such as Terminator 2: Judgement Day Monty Python And The Holy Grail and Purple Rain, plus further screenings to be announced.


The start times of the films vary, the screenings will start just after sunset. Many screenings have English subtitles for the Deaf and hard of hearing. Tickets for the films are £15.50 for adults or £10.50 for those aged under 12, tickets for children aged under five years are free. Tickets for group bookings of eight or more people are £12.50 for adults or £8.50 for those aged under 12.


The venues dates and films that have been announced are as follows:


Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire

Friday 5th July Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)

Saturday 6th July Ghost (12A)


Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire

Friday 26th July Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)

Saturday 27th July The Greatest Showman (PG)


Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire

Friday 26th July Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)


Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

Thursday 1st August Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)


Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire

Thursday 1st August Grease (PG)

Friday 2nd August The Lost Boys (15)

Saturday 3rd August Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)


Belton House, Lincolnshire

Saturday 10th August Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)


Coughton Court, Warwickshire

Friday 9th August Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)

Saturday 10th August Dirty Dancing (12A)


Mickleover Sports, Derbyshire

Tuesday 13th August Bohemian Rhapsody (12A) Subtitled

Wednesday 14th August A Star Is Born (15)


Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

Friday 16th August Pretty Woman (15)

Saturday 17th August Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)

Sunday 18th August The Rocky Horror Picture Show (15) Subtitled


Wollaton Hall, Nottinghamshire

Thursday 22nd August A Star Is Born (15) Subtitled

Friday 23rd August Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)

Saturday 24th August Labyrinth (U)

Sunday 25th August Purple Rain (15)

Monday 26th August Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (PG)


Attingham Park, Shropshire

Saturday 7th September Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)


Witley Court, Worcestershire

Thursday 19th September Dirty Dancing (12A)

Friday 20th September Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)


The Greatest Showman is the best-selling musical based on the true tale of the life of showman P.T. Barnum. Starring Hugh Jackman as the legendary figure alongside an all-star cast including Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya and Rebecca Ferguson. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga star in the latest version of A Star Is Born, the story of a musician helping a young singer find fame, but age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.


Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again is packed full of more ABBA inspired song and dance numbers! When Sophie discovers she is pregnant, she delves into a quest of discovery into her mother Donna’s colourful past. Cher joins the cast as Grandmother. Rami Malek is Freddie Mercury in the foot stomping biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, following the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near implosion as Mercury’s lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant 1985 Live Aid reunion.


“Nobody puts Baby in the corner!” in Dirty Dancing drama, music and romance are the order of the day for Frances “Baby” Houseman as she spends summer in a holiday camp and falls in love with dance instructor Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze). In Ghost Sam (Patrick Swayze) and Molly (Demi Moore) are madly in love, but when Sam is murdered he is left to roam the earth as a powerless spirit. Sam seeks the help of psychic Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg) to set things right and protect Molly.


Grease is the ultimate High School Musical, set amid the 1950’s teenage social and peer prejudices of the tumultuous final year of high school. The story about love found on a summer beach, then lost and found again. Pretty Woman, the breakout hit for Julia Roberts, who plays a beautiful call girl who is hired by Richard Gere’s businessman for a social event. But then they begin to fall in love…


For more information or to buy tickets see www.summernightsfilm.co.uk




By midlandsmovies, Mar 11 2019 06:55PM



Midlands Review - Shining Tor


Directed by Andrew David Barker


When you Google Shining Tor, there are numerous things that pop up. Shining Tor is a hill in the Peak District; it’s also the name of Andrew David Barker’s short film. With its synopsis stated simply as “two hikers discover a doorway to another world”; even I was intrigued and tempted in by these 8 little words.


Set in the Peak District, with the elements of vast land, open air and rolling hills to set the scene, it was a perfectly remote location for two parallel storylines to mix.


A couple are hiking, with Amber, played by Laura Rollins, trying to take in the fresh countryside air and Dylan, played by Ashley Rice, the compliant but fed up boyfriend. You can tell there’s tension and both aren’t really enjoying the brisk hill climbing for different reasons. Dylan didn’t realise how much he had to walk and got himself a blister. Amber accuses Dylan of not listening and wants a change from the rut in her life – all relatable might I add.


The chemistry between the actors is natural from the very start and therefore their characters are highly believable. Laura Rollins and Ashley Rice both act on the daytime TV drama Doctors, where director Andrew David Barker is a researcher for the show. Knowing the cast very well had certainly paid off and the talent on and off screen is apparent in every aspect of Shining Tor.


As the story continues, Amber walks off after a heated discussion with Dylan and comes across something out of place. Their curiosity gets them digging a little deeper to unveil a window into another dimension. A third interesting character is revealed to be a bloodied up Barbarian.


This scene is what won Mick Walker, the creative director of Shining Tor the Midlands Movie Award for best visual effects. Without giving away too much, what were used to create the window were card, a blue cloth, a green cloth and a light stand. My one and only suggestion would have been to add bruises and scrapes to the Barbarian to add that extra ingredient of realism that blended so well within each reality. He was a little too clean for a murderous wild man.


Mick and Andrew have known each other for years and they were the only crew on set when they made Two Old Boys. It is a delightful film about two gentlemen talking of the days gone by. Shot in a single day at a pub in Derbyshire, these lads require minuscule components to produce that spark they’re so good at showing through their work.


Mick Walker owns a production company; Boxset Media based in Nottingham. Specialising in corporate films, their reputation and expertise in filmmaking is phenomenal.


In Andrew David Barker’s other short films, he uses few actors but boosts the story to its full potential; this is a huge strength of Andrew’s and common throughout his work. It’s the simplicity that I love, there is no overreaching the mark on the special effects of Shining Tor, they knew what worked and completely played with it. I’m a sucker for these types of effects - using very little to create the absolute maximum.


So far, the story has drama, action and fantasy. It’s no surprise really that Shining Tor had won the Best Fantasy Short at the Independent Short Awards in LA last year too. Andrew said he had the urge to shoot bigger with a fantasy element in his next story, especially after making Two Old Boys with Mick got him back in the filmmaking game, and so became Shining Tor.


I hope that it continues to get as much recognition as it deserves and maintains a huge following, and that Andrew keeps surprising us with his incredible stories.


Sammy S

Twitter @IsoElegant



By midlandsmovies, Dec 11 2018 09:21PM



Midlands Review – Starman


Directed by Stuart Connock Wheeldon


2018


MontsegurFilms / NineLadiesFilm


Starman is the new short from Midlands production company NineLadiesFilm and was directed by Stuart Wheeldon. Wheeldon also co-wrote the film with Nick John Whittle and the team have come up with a mysterious story about a homeless man in the woods whose origins may not quite be what those around him expect.


Shot on location in Wirksworth in Derbyshire the filmmakers open the story well with fantastically filmed aerial drone shots giving us a great sense of this remote location. The slow hovering camera reflects a UFO of sorts which is mighty handy when the story unfolds later.


We dissolve to a mysterious man (Nigel Barber as Mark) who seems at peace in his own world and is currently confined to a solitary tent in the woods. Looking up to the sky we soon cut to him attempting to “make contact” with unknown people through an old radio.


Living off the land we get the feeling this individual is at one with their surroundings but his idyllic camp is at odds with local couple Peter and Lisa. Whilst Peter (Elliott Rennie) believes he could be a dangerous ex-con, his partner Lisa (Mia Mills) is more sympathetic to his plight.


Nigel Barber is great as the lonesome man, Mark, portraying him with a blankness that hints upon an “alienated” individual. Mia Mills’ subtle kindness is also used to good effect with her caring personality and friendly demeanour acting as our guide.


However, these good performances are unfortunately undermined with some less-than-adequate sound mixing. Whilst the slightly strange music and staccato strings echo the weirdness of Bernard Herrmann’s Psycho score – it is placed in such random places that there is often no link between the sound, the score and what’s being shown going on screen.


And although maybe it is an intentional choice to give the project an ‘other-worldly’ vibe, it simply feels like the film hasn’t quite finished its work in the sound department – certainly with regards to syncing it all up. Alongside this, several scenes at night muffle the words of our protagonists when a ‘chirping crickets’ background hum overpowers the dialogue almost to the point of being unlistenable.


Later on Lisa asks “where was home before?” and the film does an admirable job of never explicitly playing its hand as to the man’s origin. I also enjoyed the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it nod to the filmmaker’s previous flick “In Limbo”. The film also earns points for its unique location. Other than the woods and the couple’s home, the film is mostly located a Wirksworth’s StarDisc – a suitably celestial stone sculpture showing constellations.


In the end though, despite positive performances from the cast, they are infuriatingly let down by the short’s sloppy technical issues and frustrating sound design. So whilst the location gives hints to a wonderful map of the stars, Starman is a slightly confused piece overall that could do with another run through in the studio.


Mike Sales


By midlandsmovies, Sep 24 2018 06:08PM



Derby QUAD celebrates 10-Year Anniversary


On Wednesday 26th September 2018, Derby QUAD will be turning 10 years old and we take a look back over the past decade of some of its highlights and why it plays a pivotal role in the region’s film community.


QUAD is a long-established creative hub that connects people and businesses to art and film and creates opportunities for entertainment, education and participation.


Originally Metro Cinema was Derby's only independent cinema with screenings at the Playhouse theatre until the cinema opened on Green Lane in January 1981, at the original site of the Derby Central School of Art.


Metro then moved at the end of 2006 to a temporary home in The Heap Lecture Theatre at the University of Derby on Kedleston Road before the projection equipment was then removed and prepared for installation in QUAD.


And QUAD has been booming ever since. As a registered independent charity, it also receives funding from a variety of sources including Derby City Council and Arts Council England to help create and support exhibitions and outreach work. And also provides creative opportunities for thousands of people every year.



A notable highlight at QUAD of course is the annual Derby Film Festival which we have covered a number of times since its inception. With amazing guests & fantastic film previews, the Derby Film Festival (DFF) has been running in QUAD since 2010. The festival’s prestigious patrons are actor David Morrissey and Anwen Hurt and it has seen many famous film faces arrive as guests over the years.


These include actor Simon Callow, actress Julie Peasgood, Sir Ben Kingsley, actor Jenny Agutter, directors Peter Sasdy and Jake West, director Mark Herman and historical consultant Dr. Jacqueline Riding, Puppeteer Marcus Clarke, directors John Hough, Waris Hussein and Michael Armstrong, actor Sir John Hurt, Monty Python’s Terry Jones, Brian Blessed and Paddy Considine.

https://derbyfilmfestival.co.uk/festival-history


In addition to that is QUAD’s Fright Club where a mix of brand new terrors from home and abroad are enjoyed alongside the pick of the archive classics. Every month, Cult Film Historian Darrell Buxton introduces some of the best horror films around for Midlands horror afficianados. Read more by clicking here.



There’s also 5 Lamps Film screenings which run every two months and showcase aspiring local filmmakers. As well as those regular events they also host their annual 24 hour film-making challenge at the end of the Derby Film Festival. It sees participants of any experience produce a short film of three minutes over the course of 24 hours before they are screened to the public with awards given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Click here for more




There’s also the Summer Nights outdoor film calendar to thank QUAD for as well. Starting in Derby but now spreading to stately homes and grand venues throughout the UK, they have given the chance for audiences to enjoy the great outdoors for a unique cinematic experience. Read our thoughts on The Forces Awakens screening in the Midlands here.




And to celebrate the last 10 years, QUAD also has two exciting events coming up before the end of 2018.


First up is a free outdoor screening of ‘The Greatest Showman’ at Derby Market Place starting at 8:15pm on 26th September 2018 and will include subtitles for those who are D/deaf or hard of hearing. Attenders are advised to bring their own camping-style chairs to sit on!


If the outside isn’t your cup of tea, then QUAD’s “The Best of 10” ten-film season includes ten titles chosen from each year that the venue has been open and takes place between August and December 2018. Alongside the ten films, QUAD asked the public to vote for their favourite film shown at the venue, which will be shown as the final, eleventh choice.


But we haven’t even mentioned the film clubs, education and quiz nights so please go to https://www.derbyquad.co.uk to get involved in many more creative events.


So Happy Birthday QUAD! With a comprehensive cinematic schedule running throughout the year with events catering for all tastes, ages and backgrounds, we wish all the staff, crew, films and filmmakers all the best for another decade of fantastic film feasts.


Mike Sales



By midlandsmovies, May 27 2018 09:44AM



Midlands Spotlight - Summer Nights Film 2018


Summer Nights festival as it is now in its eighth year and returns to its Midlands origins (as well as many more new venues throughout the country) with another spectacular line-up of outdoor cinema events in luxurious and fun locations in the region.

Highlights include a screening of IT (2017) at Calke Abbey on August 4th and Wollaton Hall on August 24th as well as Wayne’s World at Wollaton Hall on August 23rd. Party on!

Tickets can be purchased at the early bird price of £12.50 until the 1st June when they will increase to £15.50.


For the full line-up please see dates, films and venues below:


East Midlands


Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire – Fri 20th DUNKIRK & Sat 21st July MOULIN ROUGE


Bradgate Park, Leicester – new venue! Fri 20th THE GREATEST SHOWMAN & Sat 21st July DIRTY DANCING


Calke Abbey, Derbyshire – Thu 2nd PRETTY WOMAN & Fri 3rd THE GREATEST SHOWMAN & Sat 4th IT Sun 5th August THE GREATEST SHOWMAN


Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire – Fri 17th THE GREATEST SHOWMAN & Sat 18th August DIRTY DANCING


Wollaton Hall, Nottingham – Thu 23rd WAYNES WORLD Fri 24th IT Sat 25th THE GREATEST SHOWMAN Sun 26th THE DARK KNIGHT RISES - Mon 27th August BEAUTY & THE BEAST


Belton House, Lincolnshire – Fri 7th THE GREATEST SHOWMAN & Sat 8th September GHOSTBUSTERS



West Midlands:


Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire – Thu 26th BEAUTY & THE BEAST Fri 27th TOP GUN & Sat 28th July FOOTLOOSE


Attingham Park, Shropshire – Fri 31st August DIRTY DANCING & Sat 1st September DUNKIRK


There are further dates and venues throughout England includng Surrey, Yorkshire and Cheshire


More information about these screenings and the festival can be found online here: www.summernightsfilm.co.uk





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