Film festival to be staged at arts centre

Derby arts centre Quad joins forces with the Scalarama Film Festival in September to offer a selection of feature films, including a Scatch ‘N’ Sniff ‘Oderama’ screening, a mini Jim Jarmusch season, a Cine Kids double Bill, a Director Q&A and a film written by Quad’s own film programmer.

Four films directed by Jim Jarmusch start with Mystery Train from 1989. The film features a Japanese couple obsessed with 1950s America who check into a Memphis hotel which links three separate stories to the spirit of Elvis Presley. Mystery Train (15) screens on Saturday, September 13, at 1pm and 7pm, and Sunday, September 14, at 2.30pm. The screening on Saturday night will be followed by a ‘Jim-Jam’ in Quad Café with DJ Flatbush City Limits, as he pays tribute to Jarmusch’s wonderful choices of music in his films.

Down By Law, from 1986, stars musicians Tom Waits and John Lurie, playing Zack and Jack, two laid back slackers who are framed for a crime they didn’t commit, and screens on Monday, September 15, at 12 noon,6.15pm and 8.40pm and Thursday, September 18, at 3.45pm and 6.20pm.

Dead Man (18) from 1995 is a meditative western starring Johnny Depp as accountant William Blake, and screens on Friday, September 26, at 12noon, 6.20pm and 8.55pm, Saturday, September 27, at 3.40pm and 6.20pm and Sunday, September 28, at 5.30pm and 8pm.

Stranger Than Paradise (15), from 1984, is the tale of a self-styled hipster being visited by his younger cousin from Budapest. Their bonding takes them from New York to the wastelands of Cleveland and onto Florida. It can be seen on Tuesday, September 30 at 3.30pm and 6pm on Wednesday, October 1 at 6.30pm and Thursday, October 2. The screening on Wednesday 1st October will be preceded by a 30 minute talk on Jim Jarmusch by Daryn Shepherd (aka DJ Flatbush City Limits).

A highlight of the season is a preview screening of the locally-made film Devil’s Tower. Directed by Derbyshire filmmaker and former Quad projectionist Owen Tooth and written by Quad Cinema Programmer Adam J Marsh, Devil’s Tower stars Jason Mewes (Clerks), Roxanne Pallett (Wrong Turn 6) and Frances Ruffelle (Eponine in the original cast of Les Misérables). Devil’s Tower (certificate 15) screens on Sunday, September 14 at 7:30pm and the film will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

A ‘Cine Kids’ double bill includes two great British family friendly titles, The Glitterball, from 1977, and The Boy Who Turned Yellow from 1972. They screen as a double bill on Saturday, September 27, at 3.30pm and Sunday, September 28, at 1.30pm. Tickets are £3.50 for Cine Kids Club members, or regular ticket prices for non-Cine Kids members.

Cinema tickets are £7.80, £7.00 concessions and booking is available through box office on 01332 290606 or

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