The Derby Film Festival is back, baby! Spreading film goodness over a generous 10 day period starting this Friday. The theme of this year’s festival is Journeys, so there are numerous films in their extensive programme that explore physical and emotional journeys.
This will be just the third official Derby Film Festival, but it displays the polish and understanding of what makes a good festival that you might expect from a much more established event. They have 25 previews – films not on general release yet – including the much talking about Florence Foster Jenkins, which opens the festival on the Friday.
They also have some good looking special events, including actor Simon Callow in conversation, a fascinating sounding talk with the BBFC’s David Hyman about how the classification body approaches rating horror films, a screening of the classic Roman Holiday at Derby Museum and a special screening of the Hunchback of Notre Dame in Derby Cathedral featuring live accompaniment from the church organ(!).
Derby FF is giving over its second weekend to the unusual, with it’s Fantasiq line-up. This includes the aforementioned BBFC talk, Hammer films regular Barbara Shelley in conversation and a fantastically varied selection of films (including a special screening of Purple Rain on the Friday!)
We’ve pulled out some of the big ticket events, but it’s the films themselves that hold a festival together and the organisers have gone to great lengths to put to put together a selection that covers the new and the old, established and emerging filmmakers. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more enjoyable, entertaining and informative film programme.
The festival starts tomorrow and you can see the full programme and book tickets at the Derby Film Festival site. Gorilla will be stopping by a few events over the two weekends so keep your eyes peeled for our coverage.