Outdoor setting for film classics

Calke Abbey and Kedleston Hall will be the setting for outdoor spectacular film screenings in August.

Derby-based arts centre Quad will be presenting outdoor screenings of three different films over four days; The Innocents at Calke Abbey, The Duchess at Kedleston Hall, and The King’s Speech, which will screen at both venues.

An ‘enhanced’ screening of The Innocents (12A), featuring multi-media elements ‘to make the audience jump’, will screen at Calke Abbey on Friday, August 12, at 8.40pm. The Duchess (12A) will screen at Kedleston Hall on Friday, August 26, at 8.15pm and The King’s Speech (12A) will screen at Calke Abbey on Saturday, August 13, at 8.40pm and at Kedleston Hall on Saturday, August 27, at 8.15pm.

Adam Buss, Quad’s director of audience engagement, said: “The screenings will be held in the spectacular grounds of two of Derbyshire’s most beautiful stately homes, providing an added atmosphere of grandeur to these world class films making these not-to-be missed events.”

The Innocents is a classic 1961 British horror film based on the novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. This adaptation was written by William Archibald and Truman Capote and stars Deborah Kerr and Michael Redgrave.

The film is set in Victorian England, where the uncle of orphaned niece Flora and nephew Miles hires Miss Giddens as governess to raise the children at his estate with total independence and authority. Soon after her arrival, Miss Giddens comes to believe that the spirits of the former governess Miss Jessel and valet Peter Quint are possessing the children.

Filmed at Kedleston Hall and Chatsworth, The Duchess is a period drama telling the life story of Georgiana Cavendish, the 18th century Duchess of Devonshire, played by Keira Knightley. Reviled for her extravagant political and personal life, Georgiana is trapped in a loveless marriage and seeks solace with the dynamic and passionate reformist, Charles Grey (Dominic Cooper).

The King’s Speech looks at the fascinating relationship between an unconventional speech therapist (played by Geoffrey Rush) and King George VI (played by Colin Firth). George’s stammer made public speaking an ordeal, but when his brother Edward abdicated the throne and he became King of England, public speaking became a necessity.

The King’s Speech was a major box office and critical success and was nominated for 12 Oscars, winning four: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay.

Ticket prices for these special screenings tickets are £10 and available from Quad’s box office by calling 01332 290606.