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Saturday 29th April

10:20am:

The Amazing Mr. Blunden (U) 

UK 1972 100m. Dir: Lionel Jeffries.

Mrs Allen and her young children Lucy, Jamie and Benjamin are given a chance to escape their squalid London flat and become caretakers of a derelict country house. There they discover the friendly ghosts of two children who died in the mansion a century earlier. A magic potion enables the children to travel back in time to attempt to save their new pals. This second film directed by Lionel Jeffries (The Railway Children) is a charming adventure tale, full of thrills and spills to delight the whole family. 

“After living in the shadows of The Railway Children for so long, it's time that Jeffries' 'neglected classic' was afforded the same place in the cultural consciousness of viewing audiences” - Eye For Film

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10:30am:

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Episodes 1 - 3 (PG)

UK 1981 99m. Dir: Alan J.W. Bell.

Douglas Adams’ tale of the adventures throughout space and time of average Englishman Arthur Dent after the demolition of his house, shortly followed by that of the Earth, have conquered every form of media imaginable, with novels, radio series, computer games and a film all being produced. This BBC television version, produced and directed by Fantastiq guest Alan J.W. Bell in 1981, features a memorable cast include Simon Jones as Dent and David Dixon as his alien companion Ford Prefect. In the opening three episodes Dent will depart the planet, meet a galactic playboy with two heads, discover the true origins of the Earth and listen to some terrible poetry.

Attend this screening and the 12:30pm screening of episodes 4 - 6 for just £10.42 (£9.42 concessions.) Contact the QUAD box office on 01332 290606 to claim this offer. 

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12:00pm:

Trouser Bar & Worst Fears (18) Introduced by David McGillivray.

Screenwriter and film producer David McGillivray joins us to introduce two of his films. 

Trouser Bar 

UK 2016 20m. Dir: Kristen Bjorn.

A film quite unlike almost any other in UK cinema history. Based on a script written in the 1970s by an prominent unnamed gentleman which was intended to be directed by the adult filmmaker Peter de Rome but never actually went before cameras. The script made its way to Fantastiq guest David McGillivray who produced it in 2016 with a cast featuring Nigel Havers, Julian Clary and Barry Cryer as three men who see some unexpectedly erotic sights when looking through the window of the shop of the title. 

Worst Fears 

UK 2016 97m. Dir: Keith Claxton.

The greater part of our fears lies below the surface of awareness, embedded in the terrors of our unconscious. It’s easy to turn away from the part we can see, like a child pretending it’s not there. But if we start pulling the threads and disturb where our fears have taken root, we risk dragging our worst nightmares into the light... Worst Fears is a compendium of seven nightmarish tales produced by legendary British horror writer and Fantastiq guest David McGillivray.

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12:30pm:

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Episodes 4 - 6 (PG)

UK 1981 99m. Dir: Alan J.W. Bell.

In the final three episodes of the series Arthur and Ford’s travels continue as they visit the restaurant at the end of the universe, narrowly avoid crashing a spaceship owned by the galaxy’s loudest rock band into a sun, have an unexpectedly illuminating conversation with some mice, and discover the meaning of life. 

Attend this screening and the 10:30am screening of episodes 1 - 3 for just £10.42 (£9.42 concessions.) Contact the QUAD box office on 01332 290606 to claim this offer. 

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2:45pm: 

My Life As A Courgette (PG) - PREVIEW

France 2016 66m. Dir: Claude Barras.

9-year-old Icare, is taken to live in a children’s home after the death of his mother, something he feels terrible guilt over. Life at the children’s home is initially difficult as the other children are reluctant to accept Icare (who now insists he be called Courgette, his mother’s pet name for him) into their group. Slowly, and with the help of a kindly police officer, Courgette will learn to trust and perhaps find true love in this gorgeous stop-motion animated tale featuring charming colourful designs that disguise the real emotional weight at its heart.

QUAD Cinekids members can see this film for just £3.50 per person! 

“So warm, so alive, that we forget we're watching cartoon figures” - TIME 

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3:00pm: 

Alan J.W. Bell In Conversation

Director and producer Alan J.W. Bell began his long career at the BBC as an assistant before graduating to an editing position and then on to producing and directing. His debut as a director came on two episodes of Michael Palin’s much loved Ripping Yarns and he followed it up with a challenging assignment as producer and director of the television version of Douglas Adams’ Hitch Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, a challenge he rose to with great success, producing a memorable and extremely funny combination of live action and animation on an extremely tight budget. We are delighted to welcome Alan to Fantastiq for an on-stage discussion of his career. 

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4:20pm:

The Amazing Mr. Blunden (U) 

UK 1972 100m. Dir: Lionel Jeffries. 

Mrs Allen and her young children Lucy, Jamie and Benjamin are given a chance to escape their squalid London flat and become caretakers of a derelict country house. There they discover the friendly ghosts of two children who died in the mansion a century earlier. A magic potion enables the children to travel back in time to attempt to save their new pals. This second film directed by Lionel Jeffries (The Railway Children) is a charming adventure tale, full of thrills and spills to delight the whole family. 

“After living in the shadows of The Railway Children for so long, it's time that Jeffries' 'neglected classic' was afforded the same place in the cultural consciousness of viewing audiences” - Eye For Film

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4:45pm: 

Lilith's Awakening (Adv 15) - PREVIEW + Q+A

Brazil/USA 2016 80m. Dir: Monica Demes

Lilith is a young woman stuck in a loveless marriage and working at her father’s Iowa service station. Her only escape comes at night when she dreams of a woman haunting the woods beside her house. When she is attacked by a co-worker Lilith begins to embrace her dark side and things will never be the same again. The dreamlike tone and immaculate cinematography of Lilith’s Awakening saw it placed on many best-of-2016 lists from American horror websites and Demes has received enthusiastic support from director David Lynch, from whom her work draws influence. 

We are delighted to welcome director Monica Demes and actress Sophia Woodward to Fantastiq for an on stage Q+A following the screening of her film.

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6:40pm:

The Devil Rides Out (15) 

UK 1968 95m. Dir Terence Fisher.

In the English countryside, the Duc de Richeleau (Christopher Lee) realises his young charge Simon (Patrick Mower) has taken up with the powers of evil, led by the mysterious Mocata (Charles Gray). Simon is about to baptised into the service of the devil so the Duc must act fast to save him, and Mocata is not about to roll over and let him steal away his newest disciple. Hammer’s adaptation of the Dennis Wheatley tale is a marvellously suspenseful and atmospheric tale, smartly adapted by Richard Matheson. 

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6:45pm:

Fantastiq Shorts (Adv 15)

Various. 91m total running time.

A collection of the best short science fiction, horror and fantasy shorts submitted to this year’s festival including spectacular space journeys, some slasher inspired nastiness and futuristic intrigue.

They Will All Die In Space - 15m Spain. Dir: Javier Chillon.

Cain’s Shadow - 29m Italy. Dir: Antonio De Palo.

Journey - 8m Australia. Dir: Radheya Jegetheva.

Sandman - 6m UK. Dir: Liam Banks.

The Sitter - 7m UK. Dir: Edward Harvey.

Deathrope - Ghosts On The Wall – 4m Switzerland. Dir: Tim Bürge.

Virtual Darkness - 8m UK. Dir: Natalia Aranda.

Neon - 15m UK. Dir: Mark J. Blackman.

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7:00pm: 

The Phantom Of The Opera with Live Organ Accompaniment (PG)

USA 1925 93m. Dir: Rupert Julian.

Doors open at 7pm, film starts after sunset (approx. 7:45pm.)

Following the success of last year’s Hunchback Of Notre Dame silent film screening, Derby Film Festival returns to the Cathedral for another silent classic with live musical accompaniment on the Cathedral organ, courtesy of Donald Mackenzie, organist of the Odeon Leicester Square.

Tickets - £13, £11 Concessions

Don’t forget to explore Derby Cathedral’s 220-foot tower and belfry before the film! An hour-long tower tour will take place at 5:45pm. Tickets for this tour (£7 adults, £5 8-16 years) include a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink – and first dibs on the best seats in the Cathedral for the film! Tower tour tickets are available from Derby Cathedral bookshop in person.

UPDATE (28/4/17): TICKETS TO THIS EVENT ARE NOW ONLY AVAILABLE IN PERSON AT QUAD BOX OFFICE OR ON THE DOOR OF THE CATHEDRAL ON THE NIGHT. (CASH ONLY.)

8:35pm:

Cold Eyes Of Fear (18) 

Italy/Spain 1971 95m. Dir: Enzo G. Castellari.

Lawyer Peter (Gianni Garko) picks up an Italian girl named Anna (Giovanna Ralli) and takes her back to his uncle’s London home. Lying in wait are two ex-convicts who intend to revenge themselves on Peter’s uncle, who they blame for their time spent in jail. A tense game of cat and mouse develops in this highly effective giallo thriller features some unique cinematography and a fine score from the legendary Ennio Morricone. 

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8:45pm:

End Of Days, Inc. (Adv 15) - PREVIEW

Canada 2016 83m. Dir: Jennifer Liao.

Godfrey Global Inventory is on the verge of closing down. The staff are called in to work for a farewell party only to discover, upon arrival, that they are being asked to work one final shift. If that wasn’t bad enough, as the night draws on it appears that the work they are doing could be helping to bring about the apocalypse. An irreverent and witty black comedy, full of memorable characters, which could change how you look at your boss for good!

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10:30pm:

Dark Star (PG)

USA 1974 83m. Dir John Carpenter.

In the far reaches of space the small crew of the Dark Star spend their days paving the way for colonisation of star systems. 20 years into their mission and with only each other for company they have begun to go stir-crazy. As their mission draws to a close they must face various challenges including faulty ship equipment, a runaway alien, and a bomb with a strong grasp of existential philosophy. The debut film of genre legends John Carpenter (Halloween) and Dan O’Bannon (Alien) is a smart comedy featuring some big laughs and fantastic performances, with O’Bannon’s role as the loony Sgt Pinback the standout. 

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