Stars will come out for Quad film festival

Showcase events have been announced for iD Fest, a film festival conceived and hosted by Derby-based arts centre Quad and taking place in the city between May 10-12.

The programme will include showcase events with special guests, industry professionals - actors, directors, producers and film critics.

The programme also includes film previews, premieres, professional practice events and exhibitions. iD Fest’s patron is David Morrissey, who is currently appearing in hit US TV drama The Walking Dead.

This year’s festival will have the theme of Family. From the earliest days of film, the family has been a fertile ground for filmmakers to explore, whether it be the nuclear family unit of 2.4 children or more contemporary interpretations of non-traditional families.

Looking at brothers and sisters, parents and children, communities and all manner of collectives, iD Fest will be a fly on the wall, investigating the nuances of love, fear, resentment, fun and more that make up our sense of identity, defined by what we describe as family.

iD Fest Showcase events will welcome to Quad the following special guests: author and director Terry Jones talks about his multi-faceted career including creating The Late Show and as a founder of the legendary Monty Python’s Flying Circus; Martin Stephens will talk about his experiences as a former child actor performing in The Innocents, Hammer Studios’ The Witches and Village Of The Damned; the life and career of Derby-born Sir Alan Bates will be celebrated with a panel discussion with friends, family and contemporaries: Dame Janet Suzman, photographer Martin Bates, director Mark Woolgar and Radio 4 film journalist Scott Jordan Harris.

A veteran of stage and screen, Dame Janet Suzman will also be in conversation with Tony Earnshaw about her lengthy career; Derby actor Jack O’Connell will give a Q&A followed by a preview of his latest film The Liability.

The showcase events will be interspersed with screenings from the themed film programme and the festival will open on Thursday, May 9, with a special preview of an unreleased film, to be announced. There will also be selected screenings of shorts and features by local and international filmmakers.

Adam Buss and Adam Marsh, iD Fest directors, said: “iD Fest is a place where audiences can be inspired by events, screenings and guests from the world of film. We want to celebrate the magic of film and give audiences in Derby access to content that otherwise wouldn’t come to the city, as well as showcasing talent from all over the world with screenings of films by new film makers.”

The price for each of the iD Fest Showcase events tickets are £12 or £11 concessions. For more information about iD Fest, see www.idfest.co.uk