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2010 Bradford International Film Festival: Packed With Underground Greatness

The 16th annual Bradford International Film Festival, which will run March 18-28, is a total celebration of all forms of cinema, from classic films to modern world cinema to a tribute to Cinerama and more. But, most excitingly, is a bombastic collection of some of the best, most exciting underground films being made today.

From Bad Lit’s perspective, the most thrilling screening of the entire 10-day affair is the new film by British filmmaker Peter Whitehead, Terrorism Considered as One of the Fine Arts. In the U.S., Whitehead is a “lost” filmmaker from the underground’s heyday in the ’60s, being left out of most histories of the underground movement. Whitehead directed several influential films, including Wholly Communion and The Fall, before dropping out of filmmaking in the mid-’70s.

Film historian Jack Sargeant wrote extensively about and interviewed Whitehead for his wonderful book on Beat cinema, Naked Lens.
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John Hurt to be honored at Bradford Film Fest

John Hurt to be honored at Bradford Film Fest
London -- John Hurt is scheduled to pick up a lifetime achievement award during this year's 16th edition of the Bradford International Film Festival, organizers said Wednesday.

Hurt is expected in town to receive the award, take part in an on-stage interview at the National Media Museum and also to host a retrospective of his work.

Ten films will be programmed from his career spanning almost 50 years, will play during the festival which runs March 18 through 28 in the northern English city.

Titles include John Huston's "Sinful Davey," "10 Rillington Place," Alan Parker's "Midnight Express," David Lynch's "The Elephant Man," Jim Sheridan's "The Field" and Ridley Scott's "Alien."

Previous Bradford honorees include Ken Loach, Richard Attenborough and the late Jean Simmons.

Hurt said Biff is a festival "I have long admired for its eclectic mix of films and innovative programming and am very much looking forward to
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