Shots In The Dark: Crime, Mystery and Thriller Film Festival

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Shots In The Dark: Crime, Mystery and Thriller Film Festival


Thursday 30 May - Sunday 2 June 2019
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Broadway Cinema’s Crime, Mystery and Thriller Festival, Shots in the Dark, returns for a 2019 edition taking place from 30 May – 2 June at Broadway.

Following on from its revival in 2018, this year’s edition of Shots in the Dark will consist of four days of special screenings, discussions, and introductions – offering new perspectives on classic and modern titles.

This 2019 edition focuses on the theme of obsession, from erotic fixations to the meticulous precision of the perfect crime.

The Festival will open on Thursday 30 May with a talk from the UK’s foremost forensic pathologist Dr. Richard Shepherd, discussing his fascinating
memoir and “true crime book of the year” Unnatural Causes: The Life and Many Deaths of Britain’s Top Forensic Pathologist, in conversation with
former Senior Police Detective DCI Stuart Gibbon. Dr. Shepherd has examined evidence in some of the most high-profile criminal cases of the last
30 years, including Harold Shipman, the 7/7 bombings and Stephen Lawrence.

Broadway will also welcome legendary film producer Jeremy Thomas for a special Career Overview event on Friday 31 May. Jeremy will discuss over 40 years of filmmaking and share his memories of working with filmmakers such as Bernardo Bertolucci, David Cronenberg, Jonathan Glazer and Terry Gilliam. The Festival will also showcase a small selection of Jeremy Thomas’s work, including Dogman, High-Rise, and a rare screening of crime classic Sexy Beast, starring Ray Winstone and Ben Kingsley, presented in 35mm.

The rest of the weekend will see a further nine films, with highlights including a 70th anniversary screening of Ealing’s blackest comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets; Joseph H. Lewis’ classic 50s crime caper Gun Crazy; and William Wyler’s 1965 psychological thriller The Collector, with an introduction from Shots in the Dark founder and Broadway’s first Director Adrian Wootton.

Also showing at this year’s festival is a preview screening of offbeat comedy drama Sometimes Always Never, starring Bill Nighy, in which a Scrabble obsessed Merseyside tailor attempts to reconnect with his absent son.

Acclaimed author - and University of Nottingham alumnus - Jill Dawson will be at Broadway on Saturday 1 June to discuss her work, including The Crime Writer, inspired by the life and work of Patricia Highsmith, whose books were adapted into the films Strangers on a Train, Plein Soleil and The Talented Mr. Ripley. Jill we be joined in conversation by director of Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature Sandeep Mahal and Shots in the Dark founder Adrian Wootton. The talk is preceded by a screening of the 1960 Highsmith adaptation Plein Soleil.

Broadway is also pleased to welcome Swedish crime writer and master of Nordic noir Håkan Nesser for a Q&A following a screening of big-screen
adaptation Intrigo: Death of an Author – the film’s director Daniel Alfredson (The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the
Hornets’ Nest) will also take part in the post-screening talk.

Jules Dassin’s hugely Influential 1954 heist film Rififi screens on Sunday 2 June, as well as razor-sharp social media satire Ingrid Goes West. The
festival will conclude with a screening of Argentine mystery drama Rojo on Sunday evening.

The full schedule for the event can be found below:

6PM UNNATURAL CAUSES WITH DR RICHARD SHEPHERD, in conversation with DCI Stuart Gibbon Talk and book-signing
8.30PM SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER (12A) Preview screening
6.30PM JEREMY THOMAS CAREER OVERVIEW & LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, in conversation with Adrian Wootton – followed
by a screening of Jeremy Thomas-produced SEXY BEAST (18) + INTRODUCTION
10.30PM HIGH-RISE (15)
12.15PM THE COLLECTOR (15) + INTRODUCTION by Adrian Wootton
1PM BEHIND INTRIGO – Free documentary screening
7.45PM INTRIGO: DEATH OF AN AUTHOR (CERT TBC) + Q&A with Daniel Alfredson, Hakan Nesser and Birgitta Bongenhielm - Preview screening
7.45PM ROJO (CERT TBC) + INTRODUCTION Preview screening

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