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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

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Sunday 13th May at 2:00pm:

Mandie Fletcher In Conversation

Mandie Fletcher began her career as an assistant floor manager on BBC sitcoms and made the step up to director with two episodes of Carla Lane’s Butterflies in 1983. She has been much in demand as a director of television comedy ever since, working on classics of British television like Blackadder, Only Fools And Horses, Desmond’s, Absolutely Fabulous and Miranda. Her cinematic debut came in 1994 with the black comedy Deadly Advice starring Jane Horrocks and Jonathan Pryce and she was chosen to direct the big screen version of Absolutely Fabulous in 2016. She is currently working on the family adventure film Patrick, scheduled for release later this year, in which she reunites with Jennifer Saunders.

We are delighted to welcome Mandie to Derby Film Festival for an on-stage discussion of her career in film and television. 

Anyone attending this event can also come to our screening of Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie at 4pm the same day for free. Please call the QUAD box office on 01332 290606 to claim this offer.

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Saturday 5th May at 5:00pm:

Toyah Willcox In Conversation

It is hard to imagine a more perfect guest for the eclectic nature of Paracinema than Toyah Willcox. After gaining positive notices for her debut in the television play Glitter in 1976, Toyah then played the anarchic role of Mad in Derek Jarman’s seminal punk film Jubilee. From there she went on to appear alongside Katherine Hepburn in the TV movie The Corn Is Green, in the mod classic Quadrophenia as Monkey and reteamed with Jarman in his Shakespeare adaptation The Tempest.

Genre fans should note her role in the John Mills starring Quatermass series from 1979, BBC TV Movie Dr Jeykll and Mr Hyde (1980) and Tales Of The Unexpected (1982). In 1984, she starred alongside Roger Daltrey in Murder: The Ultimate Grounds for Divorce and the legendary Sir Laurence Olivier in The Ebony Tower. All this during a time when she was also maintaining a hugely successful pop career with hit albums like Anthem (1981), The Changling (1982), Love Is The Law (1983) and Minx (1985).

Since that early-mid 80s boom, Toyah has gone on to appear as Miss Scarlett in the Cluedo TV Series, as Billie Piper’s mum in The Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, and in children’s TV series The Ink Thief alongside Richard O’Brien (1994) and provided multiple voices in the worldwide smash hit Teletubbies.

Recently she appeared in the genre defying Aaaaaaaah! By director Steve Oram and alongside Gabriel Byrne and Harvey Keitel in Lies We Tell. 

We are excited to welcome Toyah to Paracinema for an on-stage discussion of her screen career.

Customers buying tickets to Toyah Willcox In Conversation at 5pm can see the 7pm screening of Jubilee for free. Contact our box office on 01332 290606 to claim this offer. 

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Nosferatu (PG) + Live Score at Derby Cathedral

Germany 1922 90m. Dir: F.W. Murnau

The festival returns to Derby Cathedral for a screening of another classic of silent cinema following previous years' popular showings of The Hunchback Of Notre Dame and The Phantom Of The Opera. Nosferatu remains arguably the eeriest and most magical of the many film versions of Bram Stoker's immortal tale Dracula. Director FW Murnau’s use of real locations instead of stylised studio sets to create atmosphere, his deployment of special effects such as negative exposure and fast-speed motion to suggest a ghostly ride, and his casting of Max Schreck as the gaunt, spectral figure of Dracula make this one of the director’s most formally innovative works. 

At this screening a score will be performed on the Cathedral's Compton organ by Richard Hills, organist of St Mary's, Bourne Street, a central-London church noted for its fine musical tradition. Richard is an award winning organist and has given many performances as a soloist on national and international TV and Radio in programmes as diverse as BBC Radio 3’s ‘Choral Evensong’ and BBC Radio 2's 'Friday Night is Music Night', and he performed at the BBC proms in both 2013 and 2015.

Please note that the Cathedral will open for this event at 7:30pm but the screening will not start until approximately 8pm, when the light has dropped to an appropriate level for film projection.

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Wednesday 9th May at 6:30pm:


UK  2017 92m. Dir: Eric Styles.

Sir John Hurt, beloved QUAD patron and Derby Film Festival Guest Of Honour in 2014, played his final leading role in this drama as Ralph, a formerly successful screenwriter now resident in Portugal. Ralph is terminally ill and as he faces what he refers to as “the ultimate deadline” he has two goals, to not be a burden to his wife Anna and to repair his relationship with his son Michael. Hurt’s performance is excellent, as expected, and he is ably supported by a cast that includes Sofia Helin, Max Brown and Charles Dance as an enigmatic visitor who could be the grim reaper himself. 

We are delighted to welcome Sir John Hurt's widow Anwen to Derby Film Festival to introduce this preview screening.

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Saturday 12th May at 5:00pm:

Lives In Sign Language (Advised 15)

Various / Various / 90m

Curated by London Short Film Festival’s young Deaf programmer Zoë McWhinney , we present a fresh selection of contemporary short films foregrounding the richness of D/deaf culture and experience, including this year’s Academy Award winner for Best Short Film , The Silent Child . These shorts span genres - from comedy, romance, horror - to bring the stories of D/deaf characters to the screen in a space inclusive for all, but tailored specifically to the needs of D/deaf cinema-goers. 

Films included:

Nonsense, Max Clendaniel, 10’ (UK – BSL & English/HoH subtitles)

The Silent Child, Chris Overton, 20’ (UK – BSL & English subtitles with additional BSL support)

My House, William Horsefield. 8’ (UK - BSL)

Imagine, Samuel Ash. 5’ (UK – BSL, English/HoH Subtitles)

Deaf, Lina Jakobi. 5’ (English/HoH subtitles)

A Love Divided, Ian Bustard, 24’ (English/HoH subtitles)

Dawn Of The Deaf, Rob Savage, 12’ (BSL & English subtitles) 

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Wednesday 9th May at 2:00pm:


UK 2018 102m. Dir: Simon Hunter.

83 year old Edith Moore (Sheila Hancock) has recently become a widow and decides the time is ripe to fulfil her lifelong dream of climbing a mountain. Despite the protests of her daughter, she heads to Scotland where she meets Jonny (Kevin Guthrie) and employs him to help her prepare for the gruelling task ahead. An unusual friendship is formed in this tale of triumph over adversity set amongst the stunning backdrop of the Scottish Highlands. Sheila Hancock seizes the opportunity of a rare cinematic lead role with gusto and the result is a drama that both moves and inspires. 

The Midweek Treat is QUAD's weekly Wednesday afternoon matinee. Tickets are available for the discounted price of £7/ £6 and each screening is introduced by film lecturer David Leicester.

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Friday 4th May at 5:45pm:

Images Of Apartheid + World Premiere with Director Q+A 

UK / South Africa 2018. Dir: Calum Waddell

A historical documentary on the largely unknown period of South African B-movies, and the later cinematic identity of the nation, that was established under the apartheid regime - from Zulu language spaghetti westerns to gangster thrillers, low budget home invasion horror and much, much more!

We are delighted to welcome director Calum Waddell to Paracinema for a Q+A following this screening of his film. 

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Friday 4th May at 7:45pm:

Attack Of The Adult Babies (Advised 18) + Director & Cast Q+A

UK 2017 80m. Dir: Dominic Brunt.

In this new comedic horror thriller from director Dominic Brunt (BaitBefore Dawn) two teenagers break into a country mansion to steal some top secret files. What they don’t know is that the mansion is the base of operations for a group of rich, powerful men who relieve their stress by dressing as babies and enacting strange nappy-based fantasies with a group of nurses employed to satisfy their every whim. Even stranger is what this bizarre coterie is keeping in the cellar…

Director Dominic Brunt and screenwriter and actress Joanne Mitchell will be joining us for a Q+A following our screening of their unique and very funny genre-smashing new film. Filmmaker Jake West (DoghouseEvil Aliens) will be on hand to ask the questions. 

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Sunday 6th May at 1:00pm:

Pink Cinema - An Introduction By Jasper Sharp

In the 1960s sexual content began to be increasingly present in world cinema and independent Japanese film producers sought to capitalise on this trend with low budget sex-heavy productions that could turn a quick profit. However, strict laws were in place in Japan which severely restricted the depiction of sex on screen meaning directors had to be extremely creative in their depictions of sexual content.

The resulting films were often a combination of the steamy, the subversive and the strange and many Japanese directors of note were able to get a start working in this corner of the industry. We are delighted to welcome Jasper Sharp, author of Behind The Pink Curtain: The Complete History Of Japanese Sex Cinema, to Paracinema to give a talk on this unique and fascinating film genre.

Following this talk we will be holding an extremely rare screening of the 2004 pink film The Glamorous Life Of Sachiko Hanai (18), from a 35mm print imported from Japan by the Paracinema team.

For more details on this film please  CLICK HERE.

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Saturday 5th May at 12:30pm:


Italy 1968 105m. Dir: Giulio Questi.

Marco (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anna (Gina Lollobrigida) are a married couple who run a chicken farm. Marco is hiding a nocturnal taste for kinky role-play with prostitutes as well as his lust for Anna’s cousin Gabrielle (Ewa Aulin). Marco’s double life will come back to haunt him when he becomes mixed up in the police investigation into a series of bizarre killings. Director Questi, famed for the violent western Django Kill, turned his hand to the giallo thriller with this film and the result is a rare giallo in which the gorgeous cinematic style the genre is famed for is more than matched by narrative substance.

This screening will be of Nucleus Films’ brand new restored version of the film featuring footage not seen since the film’s original release. Jake West and Marc Morris of Nucleus will also be present at to give an extended introduction describing the meticulous work that must undertaken to restore older films that only exist in a worn and damaged state for a modern audience which expects pristine quality when a film is released on the high definition Blu-Ray format. 

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Saturday 5th May at 10:25pm:

The Paracinema All Night Takeover! (18)

The Paracinema All Night Movie Marathon! (18)

Between 10:25pm on Saturday 4th and sunrise on Sunday 5th we will be running films throughout the night. In QUAD’s Sir John Hurt screen we will be screening action classics from the 80s and 90s featuring Schwarzenegger, Stallone, Kurt Russell and not one but two Van Dammes. Alongside this, screen two will be showing gore, trash and exploitation films to test your mettle and blow your mind.

Your ticket allows entry to both screens so dip in and out of each as you see fit or take a break in the café bar, which will be serving food and drinks throughout the night. 

80s & 90s Action in The Sir John Hurt Cinema: 

10:25pm: Commando (18) USA 1985 90m Dir: Mark. L. Lester

Arnold Schwarzenegger is John Matrix who must become a one man army to get his kidnapped daughter back. Along the way he will deliver some of his best post-kill quips ever!

12:15am: Demolition Man (15) USA 1993 115m Dir: Marco Brambilla

Sylvester Stallone is the macho cop revived from cryogenic freezing in 2032 to capture a psychopathic criminal played by Wesley Snipes. He also has to work out what to do with the three seashells bathroom system!

2:30am: Double Impact (18) USA 1991 109m Dir: Sheldon Lettich

Twins Alex (Jean Claude Van Damme) and Chad (Van Damme, but with different hair) were seperated at birth. The two are reunited and team up to take down the killer of their parents. 

4:35am: Escape From New York (15) USA 1981 99m Dir: John Carpenter

Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is given 23 hours to escort the American President out of the crime-ridden wasteland that is 1997 Manhattan in John Carpenter's action classic. 

Gore, trash and exploitation in Cinema 2:

10:25pm: Song Of Solomon (Advised 18) USA 2017 XXm, Dir: Stephen Biro

After Mary witnesses the suicide of her father she finds herself in the grip of a savage demonic possession. The church sends priests to attempt an exorcism but perhaps their motives towards the unwitting Mary are not as benevolent as they appear. 

12:15am: Your Flesh, Your Curse (Advised 18) Denmark 2017 100m Dir: Kasper Juhl

Severely damaged young woman Julie is brutally murdered whilst in the midst of a drink and drugs binge. She descends into limbo, where she is forced to relive some of the horrifically violent moments of her life.

2:30am: She Kills (Advised 18) USA 2016 101m Dir: Ron Bonk

In the midst of an attack that leaves her new husband dead, Sadie discovers that her body contains a dangerous secret which she can use in her quest for revenge. A delirious throwback to the exploitation cinema of the 70s full of impressive moustaches, kung fu and bodily fluids. 

4:35am: Difficulty Breathing / Black Devil Doll Double Feature (Advised 18) 

Difficulty Breathing S Japan 2017 40m Dir: Guy Pearce

A reclusive young woman's paranoia begins to run wild. Immersed within a pool of self-nurtured insanity, she slowly starts to drown.

Black Devil Doll USA 2007 73m Dir: Jonathan Lewis

Teenager Heather has fun playing with a Oiuja board. She accidentally opens a portal to hell and allow the spirit of a serial killer to take control of ventriloquist’s dummy! 

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