ID Fest 2012 at Derby QUAD – we could be heroes
Most film festivals, it’s fair to say, are the same. Gather a bunch of forthcoming movies and charge a premium for people to watch ’em.
The ever innovative Derby QUAD has taken a different tack with its biennial ID Fest, which debuted in November 2010 and will return in May. As the name suggests, ID Fest is interested in issues of identity, and how cinema can provide an arena for exploring different facets of our psyche.
The 2010 festival was all about Englishness – you can read my report on the opening night debate feturing David Morrissey, and the introduction to Children Of Men I gave during ID Fest 2010. This time, the theme is heroes, obviously an apt subject given Hollywood’s current obsession with superheroes and the imminent arrival of the Olympics on our shore.
Given that ID Fest is based around a theme, the festival can cherry-pick from the entire history of cinema. For ‘Heroes,’ that means lots of interesting strands exploring the nature of heroism.
Highlights of ID Fest 2012 include a season dedicated to British director Mike Hodges, whose career extends from one of cinema’s most intriguing anti-heroes in Get Carter, the subject of the opening night Q&A, to old-fashioned heroism in Flash Gordon. The breakout star of that film, Brian Blessed, will also be appearing to introduce a screening.
Another hero of British cinema, the late Ken Russell, also gets a retrospective, while local hero and QUAD patron Paddy Considine is holding a masterclass on how to direct actors. Meanwhile, preview screenings include In Love With Alma Cogan – a film about one man’s worship of his personal hero.
That’s apt, because these days, the biggest hero worshippers of cinema exist online. Yes, I mean the bloggers. Derby QUAD has brought together several of the area’s bloggiest talents to act as a geek chorus for the weekend’s events.
And now, the inevitable disclaimer: yes, I am one of those bloggers. I’ll be attending ID Fest all weekend, attending screenings and events, posting reviews here and also reporting on my findings in a live podcast, The Heroes We Deserve, being held at 6:30pm on Sunday, 27th May. That event is free, so get yourself down there so we’re not all talking to rows of empty seats.
Of course, you’ll be wanting to make a full weekend of it, so head over to www.idfest.co.uk, have a gander at the programme and book your tickets.
See you there!