As part of the BFI’s Britain on Film Season the Queen’s Film Theatre will be hosting a series of events that showcase Belfast’s rich and varied cinematic history. Starting from the 28th January 2016 and running until the 6th February 2016, the QFT will be hosting a varied selection of film screenings that that celebrate the stories, places and people of Belfast
Film is in Belfast’s DNA; from the fascinating street scenes captured by the Lumière Brothers in 1897, through to the gripping drama of Carol Reed’s Odd Man Out (1946) or the bittersweet humour of Mickybo & Me (2004), film-makers and story tellers have been intrigued and inspired by our fascinating, often frustrating city.
Each screening will be accompanied by a short selection of archive film drawn from Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive, digitalfilmarchive.net.
This series of special events includes the following screenings.
Made in Belfast (Paul Kennedy) Fri 29th Jan – 6:30pm
The debut feature of writer/director/actor Paul Kennedy, Made in Belfast is a wry, observant tale of forgiveness and redemption with a distinctive Belfast flavour.
Followed by a Q&A with writer/director Paul Kennedy, cast and crew. BanterFlix’s very own Jim McClean with be hosting this event.
The Truth Commissioner (Declan Recks) Mon 1st Feb – 6:30pm
Henry Stanfield (Roger Allam), a career diplomat experienced in conflict resolution, has just been appointed Truth Commissioner to Northern Ireland. The PM, eager to cement her legacy as the peacemaker, urges a commission following the South African model of Truth and Reconciliation.
But though Stanfield starts bravely, he quickly uncovers some bloody and inconvenient truths about those now running the country; truths which none of those in power are prepared to have revealed.
Mickybo and Me (Terry Loane) Tue 2nd Feb – 6:30pm
The sectarian divisions and fragmented geography of ‘70s Belfast provide the backdrop for this funny, sad depiction of childhood friendship against the odds.
Two young boys from “up the road” and “over the bridge” escape the confines of a city overshadowed by hatred and fear by becoming their heroes, Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid.
Good Vibrations (Richard Dormer) Wed 3rd Feb – 6:30pm 35mm screening
The story of Belfast music legend Terri Hooley, the man responsible for discovering The Undertones and recording Teenage Kicks, the film is a perennial favourite with local audiences and is one of the most evocative, iconic representations of the city on screen, particularly in its rousing climax, filmed in Belfast’s famous Ulster Hall.
Battle of the Bone (George Clarke) 04/02/2016 6.30pm
A bloody, riotous gore-fest shot on the streets of Belfast, Battle of the Bone is billed as NI’s first (and probably last!) kung fu zombie movie and pitches three friends against the combined terrors of rival rioting gangs and hordes of marauding zombies.
For further information about this special series of events, check out the QFT’s website.