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Quad in Derby is hosting a film season during September featuring a selection of rare and eclectic cinematic gems.

These will be screened for the first time in years, or in some cases, for the first time ever.

Scalarama - A Celebration Of Cinema will be screened across the country with hundreds of film organisations round the UK joining together to celebrate cinema in all its forms.

One film in particular will be putting Derby on the map, as the film Sleepwalker has the distinction of being rediscovered and brought back to critical awareness and the big screen by Derby film historian and author Darrell Buxton.

Darrell explained: “After reading a review hazily recalling the film, I was intrigued by the mention of a title new to me, and thrilled by the description of the plot, but the cast seemed a most unlikely gathering and the Play for Today meets Friday the 13th concept seemed too outré to be true.

“I erred on the side of caution, concluded that Sleepwalker may actually be a hoax, and - crucially, as it turned out - even said as much on my website. In response to this, Saxon Logan emailed me, amused by the claims that he and his film may not exist! He confirmed his presence, and that of Sleepwalker, and we found ourselves at a preview theatre in Oxford Circus watching the first screening of Sleepwalker in some 17 years.”

Sleepwalker and The Insomniac (certificate 18) are screened as a Fright Club Double Bill on September 27, from 8.30pm and will be introduced by Darrell Buxton. All tickets are £3.

The pioneering and much-imitated Ikarie XB-1 is a Czechoslovakian film from 1963, onsidered one of the cornerstones of contemporary sci-fi cinema. It screens on September 13 at 8.45pm and September 14 at 6:20pm.

Variety is a pioneering indie narrative about voyeurism from a female perspective set in New York. It screens on September 21 at 6:15pm and September 22 at 8:15pm.

Call 01332 290606 for more details.