Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Ey up... 7th Bradford Fantastic Films weekend

The always-excellent Fantastic Films weekend takes place in June, oop North in Bradford. Which gives me the opportunity to do my joke...

Did you hear about the new drug craze in Bradford? They're grnding up ecstasy tablets and injecting them direct into their mouths.
Yes! It's called "E by gum".


Anyway, sorry about the lack of posts recently, I've just swapped from Tiscali to Sky and... you don't want to hear this. Suffice to say, I'm back after more than a fortnight off. What do you mean, you didn't notice?

Here's the press release...

Classics from the vaults, cult guests, rare TV treats and an exhibition direct from the Hammer Horror archive – all at the 7th Fantastic Films Weekend at the National Media Museum
7th Fantastic Films Weekend, Friday 13 - Sunday 15 June 2008
National Media Museum, Bradford
0870 7010200
The 7th Fantastic Films Weekend at the National Media Museum promises three packed days of thrills, chills and unique treats for horror and sci-fi fans from across the UK from Friday 13-Sunday 15 June. FFW this year announces The Wicker Man director Robin Hardy as Patron, joining The League of Gentlemen member Jeremy Dyson.
This year’s guest highlights will include an exclusive pre-recorded introduction to The Thing by John Carpenter – followed by a screening of the film in glorious 70mm widescreen, and live interviews with guests including Peter Duffell (director of The House that Dripped Blood), Robert Fuest (director of the Dr. Phibes films), Harry K├╝mel (Belgian director of 1971 classic Daughters of Darkness) and Piers Haggard (director of Blood on Satan’s Claw).
Classic film screenings will include An American Werewolf in London and Poltergeist in 70mm, the original Hammer Dracula, restored and screened in digital and Black Christmas, a forgotten gem from the NMeM archive. I Am Legend will screen on the Museum’s giant IMAX screen, and contemporary treats will include the original Tarantino/Rodriguez Grindhouse double-bill, Spine Tingler – a tribute to schlock horror maestro William Castle, and Vampire Diary, a fresh take on the lesbian vampire tale. In TV Heaven the chills will continue with rarely seen treats not available on DVD including the1984 version of Frankenstein starring Robert Powell and Carrie Fisher, the classic 1979 Omnibus teleplay Schalcken the Painter, and 1984 Play for Today Z For Zachariah about global terrors and personal dramas.
Hammer horror fans will have the opportunity to explore a unique display of original Hammer make-up direct from the Roy Ashton/Phil Leakey archive at the National Media Museum. The exhibition in the Museum’s Insight archive will include the original fangs worn by Christopher Lee in the Hammer Dracula films.
“The Fantastic Films Weekend is now firmly established as one of the UK’s premier horror, sci-fi and fantasy events,” said Artistic Director Tony Earnshaw. “Housed under one roof at the National Media Museum, it presents a unique line-up of classic films rarely seen on the big screen and gives aficionados the chance to meet and speak with the filmmakers who made them.”
For festival passes, day passes or individual tickets visit www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/fantastic or call the NMeM box office on 0870 7010200. Weekend pass £40 (£35 concs), day pass £20 (£15 concs) (passes do not include Imax titles). Grindhouse/Dr. Phibes double-bills £10 (£7 concs). Single tickets £5.50 (£3.70 concs), Imax DMR £8 (£6 concs).

1 comment:

Maxim de Winter said...

Robert Fuest. Blimey. I'm sorry I missed that, but - Bradford? I've been to Bradford once but I was being paid to be there...