Welcome to our coverage of day two of Derby ID-Fest. We’ll be dropping in to this blog throughout the day to update with details of what we’ve been up to. It probably goes without saying that our most anticipated event the day is our screening of F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise later this afternoon, but there’s plenty of other things going on between now and then! Stay tuned for further updates.
– The screening is about to go on. We put together some last minute programme notes on the train, which actually broke down en route to Derby, leaving us with little more than 30 minutes to get to the screening! They can be downloaded here, and feature an essay by Roger Ebert (our go-to guy for accessible introductions when stuck on trains with limited internet access!)
– As the film played a festival worker informed me that my presence was required by Sir Christopher Frayling, regarding an anecdote concerning Sunrise (Frayling is in town to deliver a lecture on Once Upon A Time In The West and had heard that we were screening Sunrise). With haste I headed to the bar and was told of a situation involving Sir Frayling, Alfred Hitchcock and the Hitchcock “theme” (Charles Gounod’s Funeral March of the Marionette). As a student a young Frayling encountered Hitch in person, who was delivering a lecture at the University Of Cambridge. Unable to speak to the great man, Frayling simply whistled Charles Gounod – Funeral March of the Marionette, to which Hitchcock simply said “Sunrise” and walked away. Some years later, and once he’d finally seen the Movietone version of Sunrise, Frayling realised that what Hitchcock was implying was that the song itself was taken from the Murnau film.
– The reaction to the film was amazing. What’s even more encouraging is that there seems to be a real demand to see more early cinema here in Derby. We announced our second event during the introduction today, more on which will be revealed here on the site in the next couple of days, but yes, for now everything is shaping up nicely. Thanks to everyone who worked to make this happen, it’s been great.
– To close the festival we took part in a live podcasting session with the other journalists and bloggers covering ID-Fest. We’re told it’ll be online shortly. The group discussed personal highlights of the weekend (Sunrise and Blessed for us, naturally) and notions of heroism, as per the theme of the festival. Next years theme is “Family”, with the mind already racing with ideas.
– And thats it! Everyone else has headed in to a screening of Once Upon A Time In The West, while we’ve had to make a dash for the train station, for a train that will no doubt be delayed (a running theme of today!). ID-Fest has been utterly fantastic, and is a real gem of a festival. We can’t wait to see how it grows and develops over the next couple of years.