Here’s BanterFlix’s pick of some of the cine-events to look out for across Northern Ireland throughout the month of August.
Open House Festival: Citizen Kane at Bangor Courthouse
Date: Saturday 6th August
Time: 6.30pm tour of the Courthouse 7.15pm film screening
Venue: Bangor Courthouse
The stoic and formal surroundings of Bangor Court House provide the perfect setting for Orson Welles’ tale of power and hubris in the life of Charles Foster Kane, the illusive newspaper magnate. Welles’ epic and poignant storytelling transcends the film’s age, proving it be an enduring classic – repeatedly voted the best film of all time. Citizen Kane is the story of one man’s dizzying rise to power, whilst losing his grip on his own soul.
Newcastle Community Cinema Screening: Blazing Saddles
Date: Sunday 7th August
Location: Castle Park, Newcastle
NCC are going to be screening Mel Brooks’ unforgettable movie from 1974, They’ll be looking for some awesome, rootin’-tootin’ Fancy Dress from our Newcastle cowboys and cowgals – with a special prize for the very best -as we host a special “campfire cookout” screening, featuring live music, franks and beans (!) and at the centrepiece, a rare showing of one of the most notorious, hilarious, and outrageous comedy movies ever.
Belfast Film Festival’s Outdoor screening in the Crescent Park: The Life of Brian
Date: Sunday 7th August
Venue: Crescent Park
Bring your own seating, rugs, blankets and enjoy the film!
Monty Python delivers the group’s sharpest and smartest satire. Set in 33 A.D. Judea where the exasperated Romans try to impose order, it is a time of chaos and change with no shortage of messiahs and followers willing to believe them. Enter Brian; born in Bethlehem, who, by a series of absurd circumstances, is caught up in the new religion and reluctantly mistaken for the promised messiah.
Pop up Film Club: Thomas and Friends Screening
Date: Saturday 13th August and Sunday 14th August
Venue: Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, 153 Bangor Road, Holywood BT18 0EU
Times: Saturday August 13th at 5:20pm & 7:30pm / Sunday August 14th at 5:20pm
Tickets: Adult tickets £9.00, Children £5.50, Family Tickets £25.00 (2 adults and 2 children)
Come watch Thomas and his friends on the big screen at the Transport Museum while visiting the majestic locomotives in the Rail Gallery!
Thomas and his Friends come to the Transport Museum to join the majestic locomotives in the Rail Gallery. National Museums in partnership with Pop Up Film Club are proud to present this unique movie experience.
Belfast Film Festival Screening: Mean Girls Prom Night
Date: Saturday 13th August
Venue: The Black Box Belfast
Celebrate the horror and the hilarity of the Prom with the cutting wit of Tina Fey’s brilliantly smart satire.
Belfast Film Festival will be showing classic prom movie clips before the main feature and encouraging everyone to dress up in their favourite prom costumes.
Cocktails and prizes also available.
Fey wrote ‘Mean Girls’, in which a formerly home-schooled girl named Cady (Lindsay Lohan) gets dropped into the sneaky, vicious world of the Plastics, three adolescent glamour-girls who dominate their public high school’s social hierarchy.
Strand Arts Centre Event: The Big Lebowski Fest
Date: Thursday 18th August
Time: 8pm (bar open from 7pm)
Venue: Strand Arts Centre
Come and enjoy a beverage from our White Russian bar and take er’ easy.
The Other Lebowski wants money. The nihilists want money and willing to gives toes for it. Walter doesn’t want to roll on shabbas. The Dude just wanted his rug back.
Dressing up encouraged and prizes for the best outfit. White Russians bar set up by Horatio Todd’s.
Eastside Arts Festival Screening: How Can Cinema Help Us Live Better – Screening and Conversation
Date: Sunday 21 August
Venue: Strand Arts Centre
Join Gareth Higgins (founder of www.moviesandmeaning.com and author of the books Cinematic States and How Movies Helped Saved My Soul) & host, blogger Neil Sedgewick (Films and Faith) for an evening of discussion and insight into how cinema helps us not only tell a better story but live a better life.
The event will include a screening of the critically acclaimed Rams, an open-hearted life-affirming work of imagination and humour, and a special screening of one of Gareth’s favourite short films of recent years.
Open House Festival Screening: The Shining at Marine Court Hotel
Date: Wednesday 24th August
Time: 8pm (Doors 7pm)
Venue: Marine Court Hotel, Quay Street, BT20 5ED
Directed by Stanley Kubrick, starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall
Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, in a bid to cure his writer’s block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and his son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack’s writing goes nowhere and Danny’s visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel’s dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his family.
A genuinely frightening cinema experience, The Shining remains a cult classic thanks to Jack Nicholson’s electrifying performance. Ramp up the fear factor with this unique showing in this Bangor seafront hotel.
Nerve Centre Screening: Blue is the Warmest Colour
Date: Thursday 25th August
Location: Nerve Centre, Derry
Adele’s life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.
BanterFlix’s Cult Movie Nights: Assault on Precinct 13
Date: Friday 26th August 2016
Time: Doors 7.30pm (Screening starts 8pm)
Location: Belfast Film Festival’s Beanbag Cinema
COME and join the BanterFlix team for a beer, slice of pizza and a great movie at the Belfast Film Festival’s Beanbag Cinema. This month’s film has been picked by BanterFlix’s very own Jim McClean, it’s the last in our ‘Beer and A Slice’ screenings, but we’re finishing with a doozy: John Carpenter’s nail-bitingly tense pseudo-western, Assault on Precinct 13.
Forget the remake Carpenter’s 1976 original was written, directed, scored and edited by the filmmaker himself and it’s quite possibly one of his finest films. It stars Austin Stoker as a police officer who’s forced to defend his defunct precinct (Actually Precinct 9 not 13) against an attack by a relentless criminal gang. There’s heavy nods to Howard Hawk’s Rio Bravo (Hawks was Carpenter’s favourite director) and George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead within this cult classic that’s left a lasting legacy upon cinema.