Classic movie car to launch University film night

Kedleston Road campus 504x257 Classic movie car to launch University film night

Date posted: 27 May 2014

An editor for the world's biggest movie magazine and one of cinema's most iconic cars will help launch this year's Degree Show by University of Derby film students.

Guest of honour Nev Pierce, Editor-At-Large for Empire magazine, will greet University Vice-Chancellor Professor John Coyne as he arrives at the CINE 14 film night at the QUAD Derby cinema, at 7pm on Monday June 2, in a replica of the time-travelling DeLorean car from the blockbuster Back to the Future films.

Tales of horror, suspense and human drama will be premiered at the University of Derby's annual film Degree Show; staged by final year students on the BA (Hons) Film Production course. University film-related courses will be extended from September (2014) to also include degrees in Production Design, and Visual Effects & Post-Production.

Films being screened for the CINE 14 night include Butterfly, which tells the story of a 16-year-old competitive swimmer whose future career is threatened by epilepsy. The film's producer, Ciall Kennett, has a mild form of epilepsy similar to that of the main character.

The film's crew raised more than £2,100 to help make the film through crowd-funding website IndieGoGo. As this was more than expected they have donated the remainder to the charity, Epilepsy Action.

Ciall said: "We hope our film can shed even a small light on what it means to suffer from epilepsy.

"As swimming is a sport requiring great determination, and one in which losing consciousness or lucidity means a life-threatening situation, it emerged naturally as the ideal backdrop for Butterfly, bringing with it both the wonder and fear that the water can inspire."

Fear of a very different kind is tackled by another of the evening's short films, The Copy-Writer. It is inspired by the works of American horror writer HP Lovecraft (1890-1937), best known for his stories involving a race of monstrous 'Elder Gods' who threaten humanity.

The film's tale of an author trying to decipher mysterious notes left by an unknown writer, only to find himself threatened by other-dimensional beings or possibly his own madness, is to be submitted for screening at HP Lovecraft film festivals in Los Angeles and Oregon, in the USA, later in the year.

Other films being screened on the night include:

Fixer - A dark detective drama, in which a policeman chases missing persons' cases tied up with an urban myth, 'The Cotsby Cameraman'.

The 1,000Colors - This psychological thriller tells the story of an artist who tries to recover his lost inspiration with a mysterious drug, which may not be all it seems.

Without You - Pensioner Edna deals with a drama in her family.

Doug - A comedy mockumentary, or mock documentary, following a naïve young man's attempts to track down his lost dog.

Nightmare - A little boy obsessed with knights and dragons has to face up to a sinister world revealed when his night light breaks.

Rose - A realistic drama about a young woman left wondering whether to keep her baby, when she unexpectedly finds she is pregnant and is abandoned by her boyfriend.

Neutral - A separated couple are brought back together by the death of a friend.

A limited number of free tickets to the CINE 14 screening are available to the public - on a first come, first served basis - through the Derby QUAD box office on 01332 290 606 or online via web page

Empire magazine's Nev Pierce added: "It's a pleasure to be invited to the CINE 14 film night. It sounds like there will be a wide variety of films screened and I'm really looking forward to seeing the students' work."

Tom Craig, Programme Leader for the University's BA (Hons) Film Production course, said: "Our annual film night is not just an enjoyable event to complete the students' degree courses but a valuable learning experience, with film crews having to raise production money and organise the premiere event.

"We're pleased to have Nev as our special guest and speaker. I'm sure everybody will get a kick out of seeing the Back to the Future car."

More information on the University's CINE 14 film night at the QUAD Derby cinema can be found on Facebook page

The film night on June 2 is part of the University of Derby's annual Degree Shows for this year, which are open to the public for free. Called 'The Big Show' it features the final year projects of students working in the creative areas of crafts, fashion, textiles, fine art, film, design, theatre, visual communications, architecture, music technology, creative expressive therapies, art therapy and many others.

All displays will be open to the public at the University's Markeaton Street and Britannia Mill sites in Derby, between Saturday May 24 and Friday June 13.

For further press information please contact Alice Oliver, University of Derby Head of News, on 01332 592032 or email:

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