Hay Festival 2022 – Film

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Event 63

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Ruth Boumphrey, Dan McDougall and Jamie Chestnutt talk to Andy Fryers

Oceans Futures Series 1: Searchlight – Première

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Over 320,000 people worldwide drown every year. As long as people and vessels are on the water, search and rescue (SAR) operations are needed. Yet operating conditions are increasingly challenging and SAR teams face unprecedented new risks.

Searchlight is the third short film commissioned by Lloyd’s Register Foundation to explore the relationship between the ocean and people all around the world – people who rely on the ocean for food or their livelihood, live in coastal communities, or those who work at sea. Given the increasing demands we are placing on ocean space and the risk of working in ever more extreme environments, how can we better protect people from harm?

The première is followed by a discussion between Ruth Boumphrey, Director of Research and Strategic Programmes for Lloyd’s Register Foundation, Dan McDougall, film director, writer and British Foreign Correspondent of the Year – who has won four Amnesty International Awards for Human Rights Reporting – and Jamie Chestnutt, Director of Engineering & Supply at the RNLI. In conversation with Andy Fryers, Sustainability Director at Hay Festival.

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Ruth Boumphrey, Dan McDougall and Jamie Chestnutt talk to Andy Fryers

Event 72

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

BBC Radio 4: Screenshot with Ellen E. Jones and Mark Kermode

Venue: Marquee
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Screenshot is Radio 4’s guide through the ever-expanding universe of the moving image. Every episode, Ellen E Jones and Mark Kermode journey through the main streets and back roads connecting film, television and streaming over the last hundred years. In this live show they are joined by special guests Monica Ali, Jennifer Egan, Cressida Cowell and Jeffrey Boakye for an entertaining and sometimes surprising cinematic conversation.

Producer: Jane Long.

Unreserved seating
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BBC Radio 4: Screenshot with Ellen E. Jones and Mark Kermode

Event 93

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Lenny Henry and Monica Dolan talk to Sarfraz Manzoor

From Book to Screen: My Name is Leon

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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Executive producer Lenny Henry and members of the cast and crew discuss the BBC’s adaptation of Kit de Waal’s best-selling novel My Name is Leon, previewing clips from the film.

Set in 1980s Birmingham, it tells the moving story of nine-year-old Leon, a mixed-race boy, and his quest to reunite his family after being taken into care and separated from his blonde and blue-eyed baby brother. Following Leon’s journey, full of energy and hopefulness despite the hardships he encounters, we witness the touching relationship between him and his foster carer Maureen. Leon’s adventure teaches him valuable lessons about himself, the world, love, and what family really means.

The film is Shola Amoo’s first screenplay for television and is directed by Lynette Linton in her directorial debut on a television drama. It stars Sir Lenny Henry CBE (The Lord of the Rings), Malachi Kirby (Small Axe), Monica Dolan (A Very English Scandal), Olivia Williams (Counterpart), Christopher Eccleston (The A Word), Poppy Lee Friar (In My Skin), Shobna Gulati (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie) and Cole Martin plays the lead, Leon, in his first TV role.

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Lenny Henry and Monica Dolan talk to Sarfraz Manzoor

Event 158

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Paperchains Live

Venue: Cube
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Stories of lockdown from people with experience of prison, homelessness, addiction, and families of people in the armed forces. Stories from inside the Covid-19 storm. Powerful, often irreverent, heartfelt: words that history cannot forget. Through live performance, animation, film and voice-over, Story Machine presents an anthology of lives that step off the page to hold hands with you.

Paperchains Live is co-developed with The Outsiders Project and funded by Arts Council England through the National Lottery Project Grants programme. Story Machine brings books and artistic ambitions to life through artistic live experiences.

“There have been many amazing projects to help people during the pandemic and Paperchains is one of the very best” HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

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Paperchains Live

Event 226

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Alex von Tunzelmann, Anita Anand, Hannah Greig and Miranda Kaufmann

History on Screen with the Wolfson History Prize

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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TV adaptations such as The Crown, A Very English Scandal and Impeachment: American Crime Story have demonstrated the public appetite for stories from our past. History writing is vital in helping us understand the past and its impact on our lives today. As the Wolfson History Prize, the UK’s most valuable history writing prize, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2022, join historians Alex von Tunzelmann (shortlisted for the 2022 Wolfson History Prize), Miranda Kaufmann (shortlisted for the 2018 Wolfson History Prize), Hannah Greig and Anita Anand to explore why TV adaptations of history books are growing in popularity, and how they expand public perception of historical events.

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Alex von Tunzelmann, Anita Anand, Hannah Greig and Miranda Kaufmann

Event 228

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Mary Loudon, Nicola Moran and Harriet Walter

In The Sea There Are Crocodiles: Film, Discussion, Q&A

Venue: Starlight Stage
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In The Sea There Are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda is the true story of a refugee child. This event explores why and how author Mary Loudon, with dramatist and director Nicola Moran, created a theatre company to perform and tour the world première of this global bestseller, raising thousands of pounds for refugee charity Young Roots. Mary and Nicola share this story in a half hour discussion with one of Britain’s best-known actors Harriet Walter, followed by a showing of the film of the performance, which was shot during a live show at the Oxford Playhouse. After the film, Harriet Walter will lead a short audience Q&A.

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Mary Loudon, Nicola Moran and Harriet Walter

Event 332

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

John Altman talks to Adrian Dunbar

Hidden Man: My Many Musical Lives

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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Musician and composer John Altman’s memoir uses the title bestowed on him in a drawing by Monty Python animator Terry Gilliam to illustrate his 50-plus years in music. Among the many improbable (but true) stories about his life are: how he spent his childhood around Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole and Peter Sellers; how he came to play with Nick Drake, Peter Green, Bob Marley, Muddy Waters, Prince, David Bowie, Van Morrison, Amy Winehouse and John Legend; and why he led a band that included Sting, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Bob Geldof. He tells all to actor and director Adrian Dunbar.

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John Altman talks to Adrian Dunbar