The return of Shots In The Dark

John Baird
Mon 25 Jun, 2018

Broadway Cinema and Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature bring back the International Crime, Mystery and Thriller Festival Shots in the Dark.

Throughout the 1990s Nottingham was the place to be for fans of the crime genre. Broadway Cinema organised a successful international crime, mystery and thriller festival called Shots In The Dark. Running between ‘91 and ‘99 Shots welcomed renowned filmmakers to Nottingham for a programme of special screenings, talks, workshops and panel discussions. Quentin Tarantino, who presented a screening of Reservoir Dogs, was so impressed with the event that he returned the following year to host the first UK showing of Pulp Fiction.

Shots In The Dark spawned Britain’s first major crime writing festival, Shots On The Page, which ran alongside the film festival and attracted many top authors including Sara Paretsky, James Crumley and Evan Hunter (AKA Ed McBain). Shots paved the way for Nottingham to host the world’s premier crime writing festival - known as Bouchercon - in 1995. Authors James Ellroy, Colin Dexter and Ruth Rendell were all honoured in Nottingham, the last time Bouchercon crossed the Atlantic.

Shots In The Dark has now been revived. Taking place between Thursday 28 June and Sunday 1 July, Shots In The Dark 2018 proudly presents a top quality line up of films, talks, and special events.

Selected highlights include:

Charles Peace

Sunday July 1st

Michael Eaton, author of Charlie Peace – His Amazing Life and Astounding Legend will entertain visitors with an illustrated talk charting the evolution of the Victorian master criminal, and former Narrow Marsh inhabitant, Charlie Peace, from truth to legend. The event includes a showing of The Case of Charles Peace (1949) PG cert. (pictured above).


Friday June 29th

Dr. Ian Brooks from the University of Nottingham will introduce the film Scarface (1932) 15 cert. (pictured above). Dr. Brooks teaches in the Department of Culture, Film and Media, where he has taught film noir courses for several years.

Electric Mist

Friday June 29th

Shots’ founder Adrian Wootton - now CEO of Film London and the British Film Commission – will be in discussion with French director Bertrand Tavernier who is receiving the Inaugural Shots in the Dark Lifetime Achievement Award. There will also be a showing of Tavernier’s The Electric Mist (2009) Cert 15 (pictured above), featuring Tommy Lee Jones as James Le Burke’s Louisiana detective Dave Robicheaux.


Sunday July 1st

And don’t miss C. J. Tudor(pictured), author of the international bestselling novel The Chalk Man. Tudor will be in conversation with John Baird (member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the editor of Crime Thriller Hound).

CJ Tudor’s debut thriller is a dark and creepy affair set in both the 1980s and 2016 in which a group of children get caught up in a dangerous game. The author will reflect on the popularity of her psychological thriller and discuss the kind of novels she reads for inspiration.

The Chalk Man sparked a furious bidding war. Stephen King said of the book, "If you like my stuff, you'll like this".

For more information, including all the times, dates and booking information, please visit the Broadway Cinema website.

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