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STEPHEN KING 21 FRI 8 SEP FRI 15 SEP 20:30 NFT3 18:20 NFT3 Stand By Me USA 1986. Dir Rob Reiner. With Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell. 89min. Digital. 15 The first non-horror King adaptation, Rob Reiner’s wistful coming-of-age movie came as a surprise to many expecting another tale of terror. Yet this much-loved account of four young boys on a journey to locate @BFI Firestarter USA 1984. Dir Mark L Lester. With Drew Barrymore, David Keith, Martin Sheen, George C Scott. 114min. Digital. 15 Stephen King returned to one of his favourite themes – a child with special powers – in his tale of a young girl with pyrokinetic abilities, the result of shady government experiments once performed on her parents. Originally offered to John Carpenter, who dropped out due to unexpected budget cuts, the resulting adaptation may well be a work of compromise, but still contains a wealth of iconic images. Maximum Overdrive USA 1986. Dir Stephen King. With Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington, Christopher Murney. 97min. 35mm. 18 Stephen King’s only stint in the director’s chair was deemed an unqualified disaster by many, not least the man himself, who flippantly described it as a ‘moron movie.’ Looking back now, King’s unruly adaptation of his short story Trucks, about a army of homicidal lorries, is a hell of a lot of fun. Wickedly amusing, unapologetically campy, and with a killer AC/DC soundtrack, this is a true cult classic. SAT 9 SEP TUE 12 SEP 18:10 NFT3 18:20 NFT3 SAT 16 SEP FRI 22 SEP SAT 30 SEP 20:45 NFT1 18:15 NFT2 15:45 NFT2 the dead body of a missing local still displays many recognisable King tropes – the small-town setting, a writer protagonist, and a fascination with mortality, to name but a few. Image: Columbia Pictures Industries Inc


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