Paracinema programme picks from Festival Director Adam Marsh

Kicking off Derby Film Festival is the Paracinema weekend – bringing the best of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy as well as other genres outside of the mainstream. It’s the first edition of the focus on different genres, running over the May Bank Holiday weekend, and Derby Film Festival director Adam Marsh has give us his picks from the programme.

Don’t forget – you can be in with a chance to win a full pass for Derby Film Festival by entering our competition. Head over to our Facebook page and leave a comment on the competition post before sharing – you’ve got until noon on Wednesday 2 May 2018 to take part!

Paracinema Weekend 2018 – Programme Highlights

Toyah Willcox In Conversation – 5pm, Saturday 5 May 2018

When we were looking at potential guests for the first Paracinema, we were looking for someone whose career embodies the eclectic nature of Paracinema. Toyah fits the bill to a T. From her roles in Derek Jarman movies; working alongside Lawrence Olivier; appearing in Quadrophenia and more recently in Steve Oram’s Aaaaaaahhh! Toyah’s acting career has shown her range. And that is before we even get to her pop career!


Attack Of The Adult Babies – 7.45pm, Friday 4 May 2018

Again, when we were looking for flagship titles that embody the ethos of Paracinema, we were keen on getting Attack Of The Adult Babies. Horror, Comedy, Thriller….all of the above blended together. Director Dominic Brunt (Paddy in Emmerdale) has stepped outside the box for this brilliant film. Dominic and actress Joanne Mitchell will be appearing at the festival to talk about the making of the film with fellow film director Jake West (Doghouse).


Introduction To Pink Cinema + rare 35mm screening of The Glamorous Life Of Sachiko Hanai – 1pm, Sunday 6 May 2018

Paracinema is all about exploring the fringes of cinema, playing in the side streets and alleyway less frequented. To highlight this we have brought Japanese Film expert Jasper Sharp to the festival to talk about the uniquely Japanese genre of Pink Cinema. Pink Cinema is a combination of the steamy, the subversive and the strange that gave many notable Japanese directors their break in the industry. The Glamorous Life Of Sachiko Hanai is the tale of a call girl who shot in the head after an altercation between two men in a café. This injury gives her extra-sensory perception, an increased sex drive, the ability to understand all languages, advanced mathematical knowledge and the cloned finger of George W Bush….it’s bonkers!


Ouijageist – World Premiere + Screenwriters Q&A – 2pm, Monday 7 May 2018

We’re delighted to be showcasing local screenwriters at Paracinema with the world premiere of this film written by Steve Hardy and Paracinema advisor Darrell Buxton. A young single mum adds to her real world woes with some supernatural ones when she and her friends dabble with a Ouija board.

Read our interview with Steve Hardy and Darrell Buxton on Storge here.

Images Of Apartheid – World Premiere + Director Q&A – 5.45pm, Friday 7 May 2018

This historical documentary explores the weird and wonderful, and largely unknown period of South African B-Movies. Made under the apartheid regime this movement spawned gangster thrillers, home invasion horrors, spaghetti westerns and more. A eye opening window on a world of cinema. Director Calum Waddell will be joining us to talk about the period and how he came to make a film about it!

Derby Film Festival runs from 4 to 13 May 2018 and a full programme and tickets are available through the festival website. To be in with a chance of winning a full festival pass enter our competition through our Facebook page by noon on Wednesday 2 May 2018.

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