Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 481

Andrew Ruhemann introduces

Screening: Searching for Sugar Man

Venue: Richard Booth's Bookshop Cinema, 44 Lion Street
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We start this special documentary series with the 2013 Oscar-winning documentary by Malik Bendjelloul.

In the late ‘60s, a musician was discovered in a Detroit bar by two celebrated producers who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. They recorded an album that they believed was going to secure his reputation as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. Despite overwhelming critical acclaim, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, it became a phenomenon. Two South African fans then set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation led them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez. This is a film about hope, inspiration and the resonating power of music.  

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Event 482

The Gatekeepers

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Venue: Richard Booth's Bookshop Cinema, 44 Lion Street
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For the first time ever, in Dror Moreh’s Oscar-nominated documentary, six former heads of Israel’s domestic secret service agency, the Shin Bet, share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions.

Since the Six Day War in 1967, Israel has failed to transform its crushing military victory into a lasting peace. Throughout that entire period, these heads of the Shin Bet stood at the center of Israel's decision-making process in all matters pertaining to security. They worked closely with every Israeli prime minister, and their assessments and insights had – and continue to have – a profound impact on Israeli policy.

The Gatekeepers offers an exclusive account of the sum of their successes and failures. In the process it sheds light on the controversy surrounding the Occupation in the aftermath of the Six Day War.

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Event 480

An Audience With Terence Stamp

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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Our chance to talk to the legendary actor and icon, in a wide-ranging Q&A with the Hay audience. He is the star of cult movies Billy Budd, Far From The Madding Crowd, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Wall Street and The Limey, and the massive franchises Star Wars and Superman. His books include Stamp Album, Coming AttractionsDouble Feature and The Perfect Gentleman: The Pursuit of Timeless Elegance and Style in London
Chaired by Francine Stock.
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Event 483

Sarah Gavron introduces

Screening: Village at the End of the World

Venue: Richard Booth's Bookshop Cinema, 44 Lion Street
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Fascinated by the resilience of the few remaining polar communities, Brick Lane director Gavron and her cameraman partner Katznelson spent almost three years filming in Niaqornat, a remote Inuit hamlet in northern Greenland with just 59 inhabitants. Under government threat of relocation if their numbers fell below 50, the locals were determined to reopen a local fish factory in order to stem the slow exodus of their youngsters, and vowed to battle on against an unsympathetic bureaucracy “until the last man’s left standing”. The stark beauty of their harsh landscape and their equally harsh way of life – they rely entirely on hunting and fishing, and the long winter months are totally without daylight – contrast with their quirky humour and robust traditions. A revealing and moving little gem.

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Event 473

Johnny Vegas, Andrew Lynch and Ricky Tomlinson

Sky Arts Playhouse Presents: Ragged

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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Vegas has directed and co-written Ragged with Lynch, for the Sky Arts Playhouse Presents Series. They discuss their collaboration and screen the half-hour film exclusively ahead of its broadcast at 9.30pm, 6 June on Sky Arts 1 HD.

Starring Ricky Tomlinson, this story is based on Ricky’s true experiences campaigning for justice in an effort to overturn a verdict which sent him to jail for two years in the early 1970s. During his time in prison and on hunger strike, Ricky’s life is changed forever by a prison governor who encourages him to read Robert Tressel’s book The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists.

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Event 484

Bill Emmott and Annalisa Piras introduce

Screening: Girlfriend in a Coma

Venue: Richard Booth's Bookshop Cinema, 44 Lion Street
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Italians have slept their way into moral, political and economic decline over the past 20 years, and other Western democracies risk the same. That’s the message of this ground-breaking, campaigning documentary directed by Annalisa Piras, former London correspondent for L’Espresso, narrated by ex-editor of The Economist Bill Emmott, and inspired by Bill’s book Good Italy, Bad Italy. 98'.

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Event 485

A Summer Hamlet

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Venue: Richard Booth's Bookshop Cinema, 44 Lion Street
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In April 2011, eight actors, two stage managers and one wardrobe manager set out to tour a production of Hamlet around the UK and Europe. This is their story.

Following the company and their director, Dominic Dromgoole (Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe), we glimpse rehearsal room mayhem, pre-show high jinx and backstage nerves. A Summer Hamlet tours Europe from Margate to Malta, from London to Hamlet's own home in Elsinore. Battling with the elements and a temperamental Ford Escort, a company of actors become friends.

A rare and hilarious insight into acting, touring and the highs and lows of life on tour. Directed by Helen Lawson.


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Event 474

Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory

The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour - The Romantics

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The husband and wife actors read a programme of Byron, Keats and Shelley. McCrory’s credits include Charles II: The Power And The Passion, The Queen,the Harry Potter movies and Skyfall. Lewis’ screen work includes Band of Brothers, The Forsyte Saga and Homeland. Josephine’s commentary will be read by Lisa Dwan.

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Event 486

5 Broken Cameras

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Venue: Richard Booth's Bookshop Cinema, 44 Lion Street
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An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later given to Israeli co-director Guy Davidi to edit. Structured around the violent destruction of each one of Burnat's cameras, the film-makers' collaboration follows one family's evolution over five years of village turmoil. Burnat watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify, and lives are lost. "I feel like the camera protects me," he says, "but it's an illusion."

The film won the Best Documentary prize at Sundance and Jerusalem and was nominated for an Oscar.

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Event 487

Kon-Tiki

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Venue: Richard Booth's Bookshop Cinema, 44 Lion Street
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The story of legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300 miles crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times. Directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, and produced by Jeremy Thomas (see event 476). 118'. Norway, 2012.

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Event 476

Jeremy Thomas talks to Francine Stock

Kon-Tiki

Venue: The Cube
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The great Oscar-winning producer (The Last Emperor, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, Crash, Bad Timing) discusses and screens clips from his new film based on Thor Heyerdahl’s epic 1947 journey across the Pacific Ocean on a balsa-wood raft.

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Event 488

Norma Percy talks to Alex Holmes

The Iraq War: Screening and interview

Venue: Richard Booth's Bookshop Cinema, 44 Lion Street
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The Iraq War introduces you to Saddam Hussein’s foreign minister, his intelligence chiefs, the general who had charge of destroying his Weapons of Mass Destruction – plus Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, Tony Blair, Jack Straw and more. A preview of the BBC2 series from Orwell Prize-winner Norma Percy and Brook Lapping, the team that made Iran & The West. Norma Percy talks to Alex Holmes, writer and director of House of Saddam.



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Event 477

Jeremy Irons

The Four Quartets

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The actor reads TS Eliot’s great masterpiece comprising Burnt Norton, East Coker, The Dry Salvages and Little Gidding. 

 
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Event 489

Jeremy Irons introduces

Screening: Trashed

Venue: Richard Booth's Bookshop Cinema, 44 Lion Street
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In the new docu-feature Trashed, a Blenheim Films production, produced and directed by British filmmaker Candida Brady (Madam and the Dying Swan), which was selected to receive a Special Screening at the Cannes Film Festival, Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution. This is a meticulous, brave investigative journey that takes Irons (and us) from scepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope. Brady's narrative is vividly propelled by an original score created by Academy Award winning composer Vangelis.

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