Bugs 2: Food, films and fun in latest Plymouth Insect Film Festival at Plymouth University

By Matthew Beech | 02 March 2012
A photo of a woman holding a slug in her hand
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Festival: Bugs 2: Plymouth Insect Film Festival, Plymouth University, Plymouth, March 3 2012

The world of creepy crawlies is set to hit the big screen again at the second Plymouth Insect Film Festival, offering films, animations, workshops and even insect cuisine for all ages.

This year’s festival will see Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach screened, along with David Cronenberg’s The Fly.

Alongside these well-known bug-inspired movies, there will also be two short family films, Miniscule and Small Talk Diaries.

The festival will also give visitors the chance to watch Jessica Oreck’s documentary, Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo, before being able to chat to the director via Skype.

“I have always been fascinated by both insects and films,” says organiser Peter Smithers, from the University’s School of Biomedical and Biological sciences.

“The festival is about celebrating the fact insects can be curious, fun and terrifying all at the same time.

“The idea of having a talk before each film is to set it in context, so it enables the viewer to connect with the natural world from a constructive viewpoint.

“The insects in our films are humorous, heroic characters. I hope that may help people to overcome their fears.”

Celebrity chef Peter Gorton will also be on hand to cook up a number of insect treats in his Ento Café, and there will also be stalls from Lymouth City museum, Dartmoor Zoo, the British Science Association and the Immersive Vision Theatre.

  • Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University. Runs 11am-8.45pm. Admission £5/£3.
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