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InRealLife, with a Q&A featuring director Beeban Kidron and Jon Snow

In Real Life is one of the oldest internet acronyms, IRL, used to denote everything that happens away from the internet.  Yet as this documentary shows, for young people growing up now that really might not be much, as the internet and phone technology has taken over communication and friendship at speed.  I’m 30 and my smartphone rarely leaves my side, but my job also involves supporting young people online, so this documentary was a must-see.  In parts terrifying, but also at times warm and sweet, I feel like it should be a must-watch for parents and youth workers alike!

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Holy Smokes! at Déda, featuring Tetsuo, the Iron Man with soundtrack by NASDAQ

If you’d asked me what I thought Tetsuo, The Iron Man was a couple of weeks ago I would have guessed that it was about a giant robot stomping about and battling beasties in miniature Japanese cities. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Last Saturday’s Holy Smokes! night at Déda featured as its main event the film shown with a live soundtrack by post-rock band NASDAQ, organised in part by Satori Screen, QUAD’s monthly Asian cinema night. Continue reading

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Secret Cinema in London

A location, a dress code, a role, some items to bring, and cryptic clues via social networking. When you sign up to experience Secret Cinema that is essentially all the information you receive. As a result you never quite know what to expect, other than that it is going to be an unusual experience. Essentially, you are paying not just to watch a film, but to experience it by stepping into its world for a while.  Continue reading

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Five Lamps Films’ 24 Hour Film Challenge at Derby QUAD

The Five Lamps Films’ 24 Hour Film Challenge. In a mere 24 hours 12 groups of Derby Locals put (/threw) together films of varying quality to be screened on the Sunday of Derby QUAD’s iD Fest.

Hosted by one exhausted but still wise-cracking Carl Bryan (abandoned by his usual co-host Sam Jordan who had some foresight and wisely choose a holiday over a sleepless, stressful 24 hours), the 24 Hour Film Challenge is as it sounds… contestants are given one full day to put together a short film which is then slapped on the big screen for us all to judge. If that 24 hours doesn’t sound long then that’s because it isn’t…  Coming from Carl himself, the unofficial tag line of the event appeared to be: ‘we want frayed friendships, frayed people and black eyes.’  Continue reading

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Jack O’Connell Q&A and The Liability at Derby QUAD

Cool guys don’t look at explosions

Over the course of Derby QUAD‘s iDFest I saw a number of films, but also two Q&A sessions. At his Q&A session prior to the screening of The Innocents former child star Martin Stephens was thoughtful, erudite, and generated a scholarly atmosphere. By contrast Derby born and bred Jack O’Connell’s Q&A the next day was breezy and fun and what the Q&A lacked in insight it made up for in entertainment. Continue reading

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Eat My Shorts! Short Film Showcase at Derby QUAD’s iD Fest

There’s something inherently moreish about the short film format: bitesize chunks of movie goodness that flip you through the spectrum of emotions like a pharmaceutical test subject. If you’re not into a film – doesn’t matter! Hold out for ten minutes and you’ll be thrust into something wholly different. Eat My Shorts! is a collection of short movies from around the world – and presented by id Fest at Derby QUAD – that run the gamut of genres and themes; from a film about a break-up in the style of a John Lewis ad to an advert for Instagram in the style of a documentary; from a poignant story about child labour to a dark comedy about bumping off your wife. Continue reading

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Von’s Sunday at iD Fest including Five Lamps Films’ 24 Hour Challenge

I’m getting early-onset nostalgia for iD Fest already, it was a fantastic weekend. A great reason to spend four days at QUAD (one of my favourite places to be anyway) with ever-rotating groups of friends watching favourite classics, films I knew I should have seen, as well as discovering new treasures I’d never even heard of.  A fantastic program exploring the idea of family in a multitude of forms, here are my thoughts on Sunday. Continue reading

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