Season of films to boost FORMAT

Coastline by Zhang Xiao, part of the 2011 Format Photo Festival at Quad in Derby.
Coastline by Zhang Xiao, part of the 2011 Format Photo Festival at Quad in Derby.

Derby-based arts centre Quad will be showing a season of films in March to coincide with the FORMAT International Photography Festival.

FORMAT is a major event that is taking place in and around Quad and throughout Derby from March 4 until April 3.

To coincide with this, the venue is running a FORMAT Hits The Streets season, which includes a selection of five films that have influenced or have been influenced by street photography.

FORMAT Hits The Streets is a chance to explore the cities depicted on a journey from the streets of LA, through the Midwest and onto the autobahns of West Germany.

The films being screened are:

• Point Blank (15), John Boorman’s 1967 feature film based on the Richard Stark novel, on March 7 and 8.

• Gun Crazy (PG) from 1949, an electrifying love-on-the-run classic, on March 14 and 15.

• The American Friend (15), Wim Wenders’s 1977 adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel Ripley’s Game, takes the story and transforms it into a gripping film noir. Professional frame maker Jonathan (Bruno Ganz) has been diagnosed with a terminal blood disease. A chance encounter with the enigmatic Tom Ripley (Dennis Hopper) offers him a way to ensure a stable – in fact highly dubious – future for his family. The American Friend (15) can be seen on March 21 and 22.

• The Asphalt Jungle (PG) from 1950 sees director John Huston uses the genre of film noir to craft one of the best heist movies. It can be seen on March 28 and 30.

• Everybody Street (E) is a new documentary about the legendary photographer Alfred Stieglitz’s influence on contemporary New York street photography. It can be seen on April 2 at 6.30pm.

FORMAT International Photography Festival Right Here, Right Now: Exposures from the Public Realm has been curated around the theme of street photography through a wide variety of approaches. The festival celebrates the wealth of contemporary practice in international photography and is an opportunity to see an incredible range of new work alongside some of the best-known practitioners in the world,

For more information, see www.formatfestival.com or call 01332 290606.