Posted May 10, 2012 by Beth Webb - Events Editor in Features
 
 

ID Festival


Although the likes of Shane Meadows, Paddy Considine and John Hurt fostered their cinematic urges in the region, the film making talent of the East Midlands, has traditionally been rather neglected. Fortunately, the area’s passion and enthusiasm for film and film making has found a home, within the walls of QUAD cinema.

Although the
likes of Shane Meadows, Paddy Considine and John Hurt fostered their cinematic
urges in the region, the film making talent of the East Midlands, has
traditionally been rather neglected. Fortunately, the area’s passion and
enthusiasm for film and film making has found a home, within the walls of QUAD
cinema.

This unassuming and unpretentious cinema, gallery and
cafe is situated in the heart of Derby city centre and from Thursday 24th May
to Sunday 27th May will be holding the 2012
Derby ID Fest
; the second such event. ID Fest includes a host of
screenings, previews, events, professional practice and exhibitions, based
around the theme of heroes, and when you consider how prevalent the super hero
movie is at the moment, there really couldn’t be a better time to analyse the
genre.

Over the course of four days, there are a number of
showcase events designed to enlighten and entertain both film scholars and
enthusiasts. This includes an in depth interview with legendary British
filmmaker Mike Hodges which will be
immediately followed by a screening of his 1971 debut feature Get Carter. Hodges and his work has
also been recognised with ID Fest’s
inaugural Hero Of Cinema Award
and he will discuss his roller coaster
career in intimate detail with Tony
Earnshaw
from 7.00 pm on Thursday 24th May.

Other events include a Directing Actors workshop, run by QUAD patron Paddy Considine, the director of 2011’s Tyrannosaur (Main Picture), which was awarded the Outstanding Debut BAFTA earlier this
year. Considine has, of course, worked with some of the great modern British
directors in Edgar Wright, Michael Winterbottom and Shane Meadows
and will provide a unique insight into achieving great performances from each
cast member.

However one of the most eagerly anticipated allotments
of the festival is Brian Blessed – Live
In Conversation.
Blessed’s rambunctiously charming personality is a joy to
behold, live, and the various tales from his career are certain to engage and
entertain for hours. Definitely one not to be missed.

Yet ID Fest has much more to offer than these showcase
events. A varied host of cinematic delights are dotted throughout the Fest’s
eclectic schedule, each of which will take a interesting look at the hero theme
in all of its forms.

This includes screenings of Steven Soderbergh’s 1998 crime
classic Out Of Sight, To Kill A
Mockingbird, Croupier,
John Cusack’s
wonderfully morbid mid nineties comedy Grosse
Point Blank
and Ken Rusell’s poetic
musical Tommy. These are perfectly
complimented by premieres of The
Innkeepers, The Turin House
and In
Love With Alma Cogan,
as well as a screening of each of the 2012 BAFTA –
nominated short films from both the live-action and animation categories. There
are also late night double bill screenings on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday
evenings which include a double feature of Robocop
and Night of the Comet.

And, if all of the
above isn’t enough to make any rational cinephile overdose on celluloid,
there’s also a screening of Sergio Leone’s
masterpiece Once Upon a Time in the West,
preceded by a conversation with Spaghetti
Western expert Christopher Frayling
and The Five Lamps Films 24 Hour Film Challenge. All in all, it
promises to be a pretty spectacular few days and you can head over to www.idfest.co.uk to devour the full
line-up and any other information that you may need.


Beth Webb - Events Editor

 
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