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Guests of Honour

Guests of Honour

Take a look below for information on all the special events taking place during Derby Film Festival.

Throughout the ten days of the festival we will be welcoming special guests, holding fascinating panel discussions and other special events offering rare insights into various aspects of the film industry.

honoured Guests

Book Tickets

Saturday 29th April. 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.

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.


Book Tickets

Sunday 7th May. 5:30pm:

A Tribute To Sir John Hurt 

Sir John Hurt was a Derbyshire native who had his first experiences of cinema in Derby. Sir John became patron of QUAD in 2008 and his support was both unflinching and rooted in a desire for everyone in the city to have a chance to experience inspiring cinema and film related events. After Sir John's sad passing earlier this year we wanted to celebrate his stellar career and links to our city.

To do this his widow Anwen will be joining us at Derby Film Festival to speak about his links to Derby and lifelong devotion to charitable work falling outside the spotlight of mainstream cinema. There will also be an illustrated talk on his illustrious acting career and we will officially rename QUAD's Cinema 1 as the Sir John Hurt Cinema. This will be followed by a screening of one of Sir John's final films, The Journey (12A).

The Journey  (12A)

UK 2017 94m. Dir: Nick Hamm.

One of John Hurt's final roles was in this fictionalised take on real events in Northern Ireland. Timothy Spall plays Unionist leader Ian Paisley and Colm Meaney is the former IRA leader Martin McGuinness. In 2007 the two sworn enemies were appointed First Minister and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland and were forced to find a way to work together. The Journey imagines how that process could have occured, in a film filled with humour, charm and a little bit of mischief. The two leads are ably supported by a strong cast including Toby Stephens, Catherine McCormack with Hurt taking the key role of MI5 chief Harry Patterson.

Book Tickets

Sunday 30th April. 3:00pm.

Michael Jayston in Conversation.

Actor Michael Jayston was born in Nottingham in 1935 and began his working life as an accountant. Upon seeing a touring company perform he decided that he wanted to pursue acting as a career and he made his professional stage debut in 1961. After spending several years working in theatre, including a three-year stint at the Royal Shakespeare Company, he moved into television and film at the end of the decade. Notable roles he has played on screen include Macbeth, Charles Dickens, Shylock and Tsar Nicholas  in the epic Nicholas and Alexandra. Jayston also took an important role in the BBC’s lauded adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and became a key part of the Doctor Who mythos with his role as The Valeyard in the 1986 serial The Trial Of A Time Lord.

We are delighted to welcome Michael Jayston to Derby Film Festival for a discussion of his life in film and television.

Book Tickets

Friday April 28th. 7:00pm: 

Norman J. Warren & David McGillivray In Conversation

Norman J. Warren began his career in British cinema as the director of low budget sexploitation films in the late 1960s before quickly moving on to carve out a niche for himself in the horror genre with films like Prey, Terror and Insemnoid. David McGillivray was also prolific during this time working as a screenwriter on titles including House Of Whipcord, House Of Mortal Sin and Schizo and the two men worked together on the well regarded titles Satan’s Slave and Terror. Their work during this period was notable for departing from the established Hammer & Amicus template by being set in contemporary society, featuring younger lead characters and upping the sex and violence quotient.

We are delighted to welcome Norman J. Warren and David McGillivray to Fantastiq for an on-stage discussion of their lives and careers in horror.

Book Tickets

Saturday 29th April. 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. 

Book Tickets

Sunday 30th April. 4:45:pm.

Leslie Megahey in Conversation.

Producer and director Leslie Megahey was born in Belfast in 1944 and began his career in factual programming for the BBC producing documentaries on subjects as diverse as Van Gogh, Tolkein and Crime fiction. In 1979 he was offered the chance to become editor of the BBC’s flagship arts documentary series Omnibus, an offer he accepted on condition that he be given the go ahead to make the fiction film Schalcken The Painter which won acclaim when aired at Christmas that year. In the years since his career has taken in a diverse range of productions, including a documentary on Orson Welles, an adaptation of the opera Bluebeard’s Castle and the feature film The Hour Of The Pig.

We are delighted to welcome Leslie Megahey to Fantastiq to discuss his life and career in television and cinema.

Book Tickets

Wednesday 3rd May. 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 at 8:30pm on the same evening 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.

Book Tickets

Friday May 5th. 6:00pm:

David Lynch DJ Night + Inland Empire (15)

Ahead of the much-anticipated return of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s legendary TV series Twin Peaks later in May, join us in QUAD’s café bar as our DJs spin some David Lynch inspired tunes. We’ll supply the damn fine coffee and the cherry pie but you’ll have to bring your own log. 

At 6pm we will be kicking off the night with a showing of David Lynch's final cinematic feature to date, Inland Empire (15)

Inland Empire (15)

USA 2006 176m. Dir: David Lynch.

Actress Nikki Grace (Laura Dern) has just taken the lead role in a new film. When she discovers the film is based on an abandoned Polish production which was never finished after the two lead actors were murdered her imagination runs wild, her personality seems to merge with that of her character, and nightmarish visions begin to plague her. David Lynch’s final theatrically released feature film to date features all of the surreal imagery and dreamlike atmosphere you expect from a Lynch film and features many of his regular company of actors including Harry Dean Standon, Justin Theroux, Grace Zabriskie and Diane Ladd as well as newcomers to his work such as Jeremy Irons and William H. Macy.

Book Tickets

Wednesday 3rd May. 6:15pm.

A Very Punchy History Of Slapstick 

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 delivered 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.

Book Tickets

Tuesday 2nd May. 8:00pm.

The Derby Film Festival Quiz

If you fancy yourself as a film expert then come along to QUAD’s Cafe Bar and test your movie mettle against other teams of cinema lovers in our quiz. Top prizes are on offer and the competition is sure to be fierce with the winners being crowned Derby Film Festival Champions 2017.

£1.50 entry per person.

Book Tickets

Sunday May 7th. 8:45pm.

Five Lamps Films Screening & Prize Ceremony (Adv 15)

Returning for its eighth year. The Five/24 24hr film challenge pits creativity against the clock. All entrants will make a 3 minute short (no more, no less) in just twenty four hours. The pressure will be on as we start the clock on Saturday April 29th.

At this event we'll be screening all the entries and announcing the winners with big prizes up for grabs. 

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