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Wednesday 3rd May

12:15pm:

Mulholland Drive (15) 

USA 2001 147m. Dir: David Lynch.

Naomi Watts (Birdman) gives a career making performance as aspiring actress Betty, who after arriving in Hollywood, befriends an amnesiac woman (Laura Harring) and tries to help her recover her memory. Once established, the film proceeds to subvert any certainty about them, instead offering a swirling atmosphere of increasing surrealism. As twisting and turning as the Hollywood road it takes its name from, this is a story about Hollywood – what it is and how it operates, its powers of myth, illusion and delusion. A monumental classic by one of the masters of contemporary cinema. David Lynch’s quintessential neo-noir is back on the big screen in a new 4k digital transfer supervised by the director himself.

“Few will be able to resist its heady sense of intrigue and two riveting lead performances by Naomi Watts and Laura Elena Harring” - Hollywood Reporter

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12:30pm: 

Soulsmith (Adv 15) - PREVIEW

Ireland 2016 83m. Dir: Kevin Henry.

Young playwright Ed Smith has talent but finds much to be vexed by in modern life and his blunt, confrontational manner is damaging his professional and personal relationships. When his father dies Ed must return to his home in Mayo where he will take some time to reflect, catch up with old friends, and find a way to reconnect with what truly matters in life. A intelligent, emotional and moving drama that marks an extremely accomplished debut for Irish writer and director Kevin Henry.  

“An intelligent film with a lot to offer” - Screen Ireland

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2:00pm:

Lifeboat (PG) + Introduction

1944  UK  97m. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock.

During WWII a sea freighter sailing between New York and London is torpedoed by a U-boat and sunk, leaving a disparate group of survivors stranded in a lifeboat. None has much in the way of seafaring experience to help in their situation. Tensions then arise when they discover and rescue a German sailor who claims to have been a lowly crew member on the U-boat. He could be the key to their survival but can he be trusted? Hitchcock’s ocean bound thriller is one of his most gripping, featuring strong performances throughout from its small cast. 

This screening will be introduced by QUAD's David Leicester.

“Tense and gripping viewing” - The Guardian

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2:30pm:

The Elephant Man (PG)

UK/USA 1980 124m. Dir: David Lynch.

In Victorian London John Merrick (John Hurt) is a sufferer of several physical deformities which hide the gentle soul beneath. Displayed as a circus attraction, Merrick is rescued by the kindly Dr. Frederick Treaves (Anthony Hopkins) who introduces him to the great and good of Victorian society. A tenderly handled drama from Lynch filmed in gorgeous black and white by the legendary Freddie Francis and featuring an astounding supporting cast including Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Freddie Jones and 2013 festival guest Dexter Fletcher.

"Lynch's powerful depiction of Merrick (played by John Hurt) moves a viewer from revulsion and fear to empathy and tenderness" - New Yorker

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4:00pm

The Plank (U) 

UK 1967 45m. Dir: Eric Sykes.

Eric Sykes writes, directs and stars in this wonderful almost-silent comedy featuring a fantastic cast including Tommy Cooper, Roy Castle, Billie Oddie, and Hattie Jacques. Cooper and Sykes play two workmen who create ever escalating chaos as they transport a plank to a job. Sheer slapstick delight from start to finish. 

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6:15pm:

A Very Punchy History Of Slapstick (U)

Not standing up but falling down. Film and TV is filled with visual comedy legends, action heroes who made their mark in different physical guises - physical, acrobatic, shambolic, eccentric, salacious, grotesque.  As the slapstick baton passed from hand to hand Chaplin, Tati, Laurel and Hardy, Cook and Moore, Monty Python. 

This special one off event, led by The Lost Boys, offers a fun exploration of the history of slapstick drawing together the many strands of knockabout comedy tracing its roots from the beginnings in primitive ritual through Commedia dell' Arte and onto the aforementioned legends of film and television.

Tickets - £10 including a screening of The Plank (U)

The Plank (U)

UK 1967 45m. Dir: Eric Sykes.

Eric Sykes writes, directs and stars in this wonderful almost-silent comedy featuring a fantastic cast including Tommy Cooper, Roy Castle, Billie Oddie, and Hattie Jacques. Cooper and Sykes play two workmen who create ever escalating chaos as they transport a plank to a job. Sheer slapstick delight from start to finish. 

Lost Boys photo copyright G. Whitmore.

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7:00pm:

M.R. Carey Q+A

One of 2016's finest thrillers, The Girl With All The Gifts was based on the 2014 novel of the same name and presented a unique and fascinating new take on the zombie story. Following a young girl, Melanie, who is held prisoner, educated and studied in a secure facility, the horrifying truth about her and her classmates will soon be revealed... The Girl With All The Gifts has found great acclaim for its originality, characterisation and emotional impact.

Both novel and script were penned by M. R. Carey, who was recently nominated for a Bafta for Most Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer. Carey will be on hand for this special event to discuss his work, take your questions and also give a first look at The Boy on The Bridge, the much-anticipated new novel set in the world of Girl, with pre-release copies on sale on the night.

Attendees to this event can see The Girl With All The Gifts on the same evening at 8:30pm at the bargain price of £3.50 per ticket. Contact the QUAD box office (01332 290606) to redeem this offer.

Author photo by Charlie Hopkinson.

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8:30pm:

The Girl With All The Gifts (15)

UK 2016 110m. Dir: Colm McCarthy.

In the near future humanity has been almost wiped out by a disease which robs sufferers of their free will and creates a craving for human flesh.

At an army base in rural England a small band of hybrid children who are infected but retain emotion and free will are kept captive. One of the children, Melanie, is hugely intelligent and forms a special bond with Miss Justineau (Gemma Arterton) who is tasked with schooling the children. She is less fond of disciplinarian Sgt. Parks (QUAD Patron Paddy Considine) and Dr Caldwell (Glenn Close) who carries out experiments on the children in the search for a cure. But when the base is attacked these characters must band together and embark on a perilous journey to safety during which Melanie will confront her true nature as something neither human or monster, but something else entirely.

A fantastic British thriller, adapted by writer M. R. Carey from his own bestselling novel. 

Tickets available for just £3.50 to those attending the M.R. Carey Q+A event at 7:00pm. Contact the QUAD box office (01332 290606) to claim this offer. 

"An effective and surprisingly intelligent exercise in sustained horror" - Seattle Times.

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8:45pm:

Mulholland Drive (15) 

USA 2001 147m. Dir: David Lynch.

Naomi Watts (Birdman) gives a career making performance as aspiring actress Betty, who after arriving in Hollywood, befriends an amnesiac woman (Laura Harring) and tries to help her recover her memory. Once established, the film proceeds to subvert any certainty about them, instead offering a swirling atmosphere of increasing surrealism. As twisting and turning as the Hollywood road it takes its name from, this is a story about Hollywood – what it is and how it operates, its powers of myth, illusion and delusion. A monumental classic by one of the masters of contemporary cinema. David Lynch’s quintessential neo-noir is back on the big screen in a new 4k digital transfer supervised by the director himself.#

“Few will be able to resist its heady sense of intrigue and two riveting lead performances by Naomi Watts and Laura Elena Harring” - Hollywood Reporter

BOOK TICKETS.

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