Between March 3rd and March 24th, the University of Hertfordshire will be screening four classic Sherlock Holmes films. Hosted and organised by Danny Graydon (http://www.dannygraydon.com/) as part of the UHArts department, the season brings key moments in the career of Holmes to the attention of both students and the general public in an exhilarating and easy to attend manner.
The season highlights corner stone works such as The Hound of the Baskervilles, the delightful celebration of Holmes in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, a modern take of his long standing adversary in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and a reflected look of the aged detective in the wonderful Mr. Holmes. Each film provides an insight into the character and the attributes that have captured our attention and made him a lynch pin in popular culture. The first two events also bring with them spectacular guest speakers, including renowned Sherlock Holmes expert, David Stuart Davies (http://www.davidstuartdavies.co.uk/) and the incredible writer, Ian Edginton (https://twitter.com/ianedginton).
Each film will be screened on the College lane campus, in the FMM building, B01.
Films and dates:
March 3rd – The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959). dir. Terence Fisher.
Starring Peter Cushing, Andre Morell, and Christopher Lee. This Hammer Horror classic, sees a nobleman, threatened by a family curse of his newly inherited estate, employs the help of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in an attempt to solve the case and save his life.
– Opening speech by David Stuart Davies.
March 10th – The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970). dir. Billy Wilder.
Starring Robert Stephens, Christopher Lee and Colin Blakely. A bored Sherlock eagerly takes the case of Gabrielle Valladon, after an attempt on her life. A search for her missing husband becomes a quest for Loch Ness and the legendary creature.
– Opening speech by Ian Edginton
March 17th – Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011). dir. Guy Ritchie.
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, and Jared Harris. In a modern take on the lives of Holmes and Dr. Watson, the pair take on their arch-nemesis, Professor Moriarty, along with the help of by Holmes’ older brother Mycroft and a gypsy named Simza.
March 24th – Mr. Holmes (2015). dir. Bill Condon.
Starring Ian McKellen, Laura Linney and Hiroyuki Sanada. The film portrays an aged Holmes, struggling with dementia and reminiscing on his final case. Showing both Holmes at his strongest and his darkest hours, while imparting his slowly decaying wisdom to a young fan and son of his housekeeper.
Tickets are £4 and are available both on the door and through the University website. http://www.herts.ac.uk/about-us/arts-and-galleries/whats-on/film