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STEPHEN KING 22 WED 20 SEP SUN 24 SEP 20:30 NFT3 17:30 NFT3 SAT 16 SEP MON 25 SEP 18:20 NFT1 20:30 NFT1* Image: Park Circus-Paramount SUN 3 SEP WED 13 SEP SAT 23 SEP 20:35 NFT1 18:30 BFI IMAX 21:00 NFT2 book online at bfi.org.uk Image: Orion Pictures The Dark Half + intro by Michael Blyth, season curator* USA 1993. Dir George A Romero. With Timothy Hutton, Amy Madigan, Julie Harris, Michael Rooker. 121min. 35mm. 18 Following his unsuccessful attempts to bring both The Stand and Pet Semetary to the screen, George A Romero turned instead to King’s novel about a writer pursued by the pseudonym he had recently laid to rest. The book was originally published after the author’s own nom de plume, Richard Bachman, became public knowledge, and this classy adaptation continues to explore King’s obsession with the writing process and the transformative powers of literature. THU 14 SEP FRI 29 SEP 18:10 NFT3* 20:30 NFT2 Sleepwalkers USA 1992. Dir Mick Garris. With Brian Krause, Mädchen Amick, Alice Krige. 89min. 35mm (courtesy of the Academy Film Archive). 18 The only feature based on an original Stephen King screenplay, this loopy tale of a shapeshifting mother and son looking to feed on the lifeforce of young virgins is preposterous stuff perhaps, but boy is it fun. Marking King’s first partnership with frequent future collaborator Mick Garris, the film is also notable for cameos from several horror legends including Tobe Hooper, Clive Barker and Joe Dante. Misery + intro by Anna Bogutskaya, BFI Events Programmer* USA 1990. Dir Rob Reiner. With James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth, Lauren Bacall. 107min. 35mm. 18 Having embraced King’s softer side with Stand by Me, Rob Reiner’s second adaptation of the author’s work saw him plunge headlong into much darker territory. After a near fatal car crash, a bestselling novelist finds himself at the mercy of his ‘number one fan.’ Expertly blending agonising tension with jet-black humour, it remains one of the most successful cinematic distillations of King’s writing. Pet Sematary USA 1989. Dir Mary Lambert. With Dale Midkiff, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby, Miko Hughes. 103min. Digital. 18 King initially feared his tale of a doctor turning to the supernatural in the wake of a devastating family tragedy was too upsetting to be published. Years later, Pet Sematary remains one of his bleakest novels, and in turn, one of the most unsettling film adaptations. The author’s own screenplay effectively balances the aching sadness of the original text with a generous measure of nasty scares. INTRO INTRO


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