Derby Film Festival programme picks from Festival Coordinator Peter Munford

Yesterday Derby Film Festival director Adam Marsh gave us his picks of the Paracinema Weekend and today Festival Coordinator Peter Munford is giving us his recommendations from across the rest of the programme.

Don’t forget – you can be in with a chance of winning a full festival pass by entering our competition on our Facebook page before noon on 2 May 2018.

Derby Film Festival programme picks

Nosferatu (PG) With Live Score at Derby Cathedral – 7.30pm, Saturday 5 May 2018

This will be our third time screening a classic of silent cinema in partnership with Derby Cathedral. This year’s film is an absolutely classic of horror and will be given fantastic accompaniment by award winning organist Richard Hills on the cathedral’s 1939 Compton Organ, one of only two cinema organs installed in a church in the UK.


That Good Night (12A) Preview + Anwen Hurt Introduction – 6.30pm, Wednesday 9 May 2018

Sir John Hurt was a friend of QUAD and visited Derby Film Festival with his wife Anwen in 2014. Following his sad death early in 2017 we held a tribute to Sir John and renamed QUAD’s cinema 1 in his honour at last year’s festival. His final leading performance in a film was in new drama That Good Night in which he plays a screenwriter facing terminal illness. We are delighted that Anwen will be returning to the festival to introduce our special preview screening.


Mandie Fletcher In Conversation – 2pm, Sunday 13 May 2018

Mandie Fletcher has been quietly busting down barriers as one of British TV’s secret weapons for over 30 years, directing many episodes of all time classic sitcoms including Blackadder, Only Fools & Horses and Absolutely Fabulous. She’s now moved into directing for film and will be at the festival to discuss her work in both mediums. She is sure to have many great behind the scenes tales to share.

Mandie Fletcher

Portrait Of A Village (Adv 12A) – World Premiere – noon, Saturday 12 May 2018

Filmmaker Mark Rivers was born and raised in Spondon and now has now returned to spend a year filming the area during a period where Brexit has inspired national upheaval and questioning of what it means to be British. Mark spends time amongst the local businesses and residents in a moving and entertaining documentary that examines modern British life in a way that becomes universal through its specificity.

Spondon Allotments

Suffering Of Ninko (Adv 18) – UK Premiere – 8.45pm, Friday 11 May 2018

In my spare time I run Satori Screen, QUAD’s monthly Asian cinema night, and it has become a tradition for me to show a preview at Derby Film Festival each year. This year we have secured a national premiere of this new Japanese film, which has been a hit at other festivals, and combines live action and animation to tell the tale of a monk nearly driven mad by persistent female attention as he is just too damn sexy. A problem I understand myself only too well.


The full programme for Derby Film Festival as well as passes and tickets are available through the festival website. To be in with a chance of winning a pass make sure you’ve entered our competition on our Facebook page by noon on 2 May 2018.

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