He has been a patron of CINECITY since 2004 when he curated a season of Berlin-set films for the 2nd edition of the festival. He has regularly taken part in Q&As after festival screenings and is a big fan of the Duke of York's Picturehouse - he has described it as "one of Britain's truly great independent cinemas, the jewel in the crown of Brighton." In 2012 he received a Doctor of Letters from the University of Brighton in recognition of his international standing in the arts and his patronage of CINECITY.
Ben Wheatley is the award-winning British director of Down Terrace, Kill List, Sightseers, A Field in England, High Rise, Free Fire and many more.
In 2009 he directed his feature debut Down Terrace in eight days in his hometown in Brighton. The film screened at CINECITY 2009 and also won prizes at Fantastic Fest and Raindance.
Barry Adamson played the bass in legendary post punk band Magazine and after their split in 1981, spent six years with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds appearing on the albums From Her to Eternity, The Firstborn Is Dead, Kicking Against the Pricks, and Your Funeral, My Trial. After his stint in the band, he went solo, releasing an EP, The Man with the Golden Arm in 1988, and his first solo album, Moss Side Story, the following year, the soundtrack to a non-existent film noir.
Adamson’s second album was the soundtrack to the 1991 film Delusion. With admirers such as David Lynch, who employed Adamson to work on the soundtrack to Lost Highway, he has gone on to contribute to the soundtracks to Gas Food Lodging, Natural Born Killers, The Beach and many others. He most recently composed the soundtrack for Carol Morley’s Dreams of a Life. His debut film, Therapist, which he wrote, scored and directed, screened in Cincecity 2010.
Adamson’s third album, Soul Murder , was shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize in 1992. He has built up an impressive body of cinematically-oriented solo work with albums Oedipus Schmoedipus, Stranger on the Sofa, Back to the Cat, As Above So Below and The King of Nothing Hill. His latest album released earlier this year is I Will Set You Free.