RARA-AVIS: CrimeScene2001:London

From: AKarim1462@aol.com
Date: 20 Apr 2001


This maybe of interest to London Crime Fans, last year Lehane, Connolly and Pelacano's turned up. This year looks Kindda fun..........


The annual festival of crime literature and film, Crime Scene 2001 returns to the National Film Theatre 12-15 July 2001 with a packed programme of discussions, special preview screenings, personal appearances, signings, rare archive television, and a book fair, adding up to an unmissable 4 day event for fans of crime fiction.

The festival launches on Thursday 12 July with Steve Buscemi taking part in The Guardian Interview following a special preview screening of his latest film as director, Animal Factory, a gripping prison drama scripted by Eddie Bunker, with a stellar cast including Willem Dafoe, Seymour Cassell, Edward Furlong, Tom Arnold, Mickey Rourke and Buscemi himself.

Adrian Wootton, head of Crime Scene 2001 said,
"It is wonderful to have as our special guest of honour such a prestigious American actor and director as Steven Buscemi to launch our second Crime Scene festival with The Guardian Interview and special preview of Animal Factory."

"Steve Buscemi is one of the leading lights of American independent cinema of the last decade and has appeared in some of the most inventive films in the crime and thriller genre".

We are very pleased to welcome TCM - Turner Classic Movies - as Main Sponsor of Crime Scene 2001.

TCM General Manager, Tina McCann said,

"Turner Classic Movies are delighted to be supporting Crime Scene 2001. TCM features many of the all-time great crime movies and we look forward to working together on the festival"

Official Media Partners for Crime Scene 2001 are LBC 1152AM and ITN News Direct 97.3FM.

More than 40 crime authors will be taking part in a wide range of discussion events including UK writers such as Jake Arnott, Iain Sinclair, Martina Cole, John Connolly, Lindsey Davis and Mark Timlin. Also visiting from the US are Tami Hoag and Steve Hamilton. All of the authors will also participate in Vox 'n' roll, a continuous series of readings from their own crime fiction during the afternoons of Sat 14 and Sun 15 July.

A panel of publishers will discuss what they are looking for in crime fiction; a panel of crime fiction reviewers will reveal their likes and dislikes; and a group of radio scriptwriters will discuss the issues of adapting crime for radio drama. More than 50 writers will be taking part in a range of other discussion events. We wil have the London premiere of a new play Drella and the McGuffin, written and staged by film writer Michael Eaton. There will also be a star-studded staging of a little known Agatha Christie radio play, Butter in a Lordly Dish produced by Simon Brett.

This year's festival has a special focus on Agatha Christie, the undisputed queen of British crime fiction, marking 25 years since her death.

Agatha Christie's grandson, Mathew Prichard who is also chair of Agatha Christie Ltd will take part in an event discussing the Christie legacy along with a number of distinguished members of the crime-writing community including film-maker Chris Petit, Russell James, Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association, HRF Keating, President of the Detection Club and other eminent specialists.

The early history of Agatha Christie and the cinema is revealed in a selection of rarely screened works including German silent Die Abenteurer GmbH (1928) (based on The Secret Adversary), Alibi (1931) (based on The Murder of Sir Roger Ackroyd), an early Poirot mystery starring Trevor Austin who took up the role again in Lord Edgware Dies (1934), and Spider's Web (1960) (based on an original Christie play).

Exploring contemporary Christie adaptations there will be an on-stage event with the Poirot production team behind ITV's much-loved, long-running Poirot series plus a visit by two members of the cast.

The film programme offers a range of great previews including Before the Storm (2000) a high-powered Swedish drama in which political assassination and personal loyalties collide, Leak
(2000) is a Dutch action thriller following a rookie cop implicated in a dangerous information leak, The Woman Chaser
(1999) is a lurid 60s pulp given a film noir treatment and Ed Gein (2001) is another take on the cinema's most popular real-life killer.

An added bonus complimenting Crime Scene throughout the month of July will be a season of rare classic crime films from the glory years of film noir including The Blue Dahlia (1946) and The Glass Key (1942), This Gun for Hire (1942) and Phantom Lady (1944)

Booking dates for members by post from 10 June Telephone and personal booking from 21 June website: www.bfi.org.uk/crimescene

NFT Box Office tel:020 7928 3232 lines open daily 11.30am - 8.30pm Box Office window open Mon - Thu 5pm - 8.30pm & Fri - Sun 11.30am - 8.30pm

Press contact: Brian Robinson or Ian Cuthbert NFT Press Office tel:020 7815 1327 or 1330

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