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Veteran screenwriter, producer to speak at UCR Palm Desert

Noted Director Val Guest next in “Nuts and Bolts” Entertainment Speakers Series

Director of “Casino Royale” to speak Friday, Feb. 10 at UCR Palm Desert

(February 2, 2006)

Val Guest in the 1950s

Val Guest in the 1950s

Palm Desert, Calif. — — Veteran screenwriter, actor, producer and director Val Guest comes to UCR Palm Desert at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10, as part of the “Nuts and Bolts” entertainment industry speaker series. The event is free and open to the public but reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling 760-834-0597.

Professor Charles Evered, originator of the “Nuts and Bolts” series, will converse with Guest in an “Inside The Actors Studio” style format at UCR Palm Desert, 75-080 Frank Sinatra Drive.

In a long and varied career reaching back to the 1930s, Guest touched on just about every genre that the British cinema has held dear - comedy, horror, police thrillers, James Bond. He directed such films as “Toomorrow,” “The Quatermass Xperiment,” “Quatermass II,” “The Abominable Snowman,” “The Day the Earth Caught Fire,” and “Casino Royale.” As a screenwriter, he wrote “Oh! Mr. Porter,” “Good Morning Boys!” and “Ask A Policeman.” Guest’s autobiography “So You Want to Be in Pictures” details his long and fascinating career as an international filmmaker of distinction.

“Val Guest is a delightful raconteur who will draw on his experience of more than 50 years in the entertainment world,” said Evered, an instructor in UCR Palm Desert’s MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts program. “I predict a lively evening and spirited exchange of ideas.”

The “Nuts and Bolts” Speaker Series was created by Professor Evered to give UCR Palm Desert students “face time” with actual practitioners in the entertainment industry. Events will take place quarterly with different representatives from the industry presenting their experiences.

UCR Palm Desert is a satellite campus of the University of California, Riverside. UCR Palm Desert sits at the heart of the Coachella Valley offering a Master’s of Business Administration program in Entrepreneurial Management through its Richard J. Heckmann International Center for Entrepreneurial Management. The Educational Center offers a Master’s of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts. Visit or call 760-834-0800 for more information.


The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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