Phoenix teams up with DMU students to host a festival celebrating film adaptations
Leicester’s Phoenix cinema is offering lovers of film and books the chance to enjoy a short festival of great British films which have been adapted from novels.
The ‘Book to Screen’ film festival will run from Thu 3rd to Sat 5th April at Phoenix and has been produced in collaboration with film studies students from De Montfort University .
Inspired by the British Film Institute’s recent gothic season, the festival will delve into the ‘darker side’ with some classic Hammer horror, silent Sherlock Holmes short films – complete with live musical accompaniment – and a Stanley Kubrick double bill of The Shining and A Clockwork Orange.
The films will each be introduced by expert guest speakers who will talk about the films and their adaptations. There will also be a Q&A and screening with Nottingham-based McGibney Productions who have successfully adapted Shakespeare’s Richard III and Austen’s Pride and Prejudice into short films.
As part of the festival, Phoenix is also holding a schools screening of Frankenweenie – the perfect introduction to the world of gothic literature for children.
“Since the Oscars began in 1928, more than three quarters of the ‘Best Picture’ awards have gone to films which were adaptations of novels,” said Laraine Porter, film festival director and senior lecturer at DMU. “This festival has enabled DMU’s film studies students to work with Phoenix to programme and manage their own mini-festival.”
For full information about the festival, visit the Phoenix website at www.phoenix.org.uk. Tickets can be booked online or via the Phoenix box office on 0116 242 2800.