Summer Movie Magic with Belfast Film Festival
From outdoor picnic screenings to a Georgian mansion and a splendid Victorian hall, Belfast Film Festival promises a summer of unique and unforgettable experiences in parks and buildings throughout the city.
Lower Crescent Park, near Botanic Avenue, is the site for a movie marathon with 8 films over the weekend of 6th and 7th Aug.
Experience the romances and adventures of all-singing, all-dancing high school kids in Grease. Sing-a-long to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s cinematic treasure, The Sound of Music. Fall in love with dance instructor Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing. And find out how a very ordinary man is mistaken for the promised messiah in Monty Python’s Life of Brian.
Belfast Film Festival, in partnership with Film Hub NI and BFI Film Audience Network, is taking part in BFI Shakespeare on Film – a spectacular UK-wide series of screenings and events celebrating the enormous impact the playwright’s life, work and legacy has had on cinema.
Franco Zeffirelli’s acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare’s timeless love story, Romeo and Juliet, was nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award in 1967. When the now famous “star-crossed lovers” of two enemy families meet, forbidden love ensues.
Orson Welles is at the height of his both his acting and directorial powers while reveling in the poetic force of Falstaff’s weakness in Chimes at Midnight.
Kenneth Branagh’s love for the material is contagious int his adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, a spirited, winningly acted rendition of one of the Bard’s most popular comedies.
Kiss Me Kate is a lush MGM musical in glorious Technicolor starring Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson. Inspired by The Taming of the Shrew, Cole Porter adds the songs to Shakespeare’s witty word.
The grounds of Malone House provides the perfect backdrop for an outdoor screening of Sense and Sensibility (21st August).
Celebrate the horror and the hilarity of the Prom with Tina Fey’s brilliantly smart satire Mean Girls at the Black Box (13thAugust).
Head back to the Black Box the following evening (14thAugust) for Mamma Mia. Prepare to sing-a-long at this, or the equally harmonious Pitch Perfect which will be hitting the high notes at the Grand Opera House on 4th Sept.
The beautiful Victorian central hall of Campbell College boarding school will conjure up associations of Hogwarts at this special screening of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (27th Aug) in association with Campbell College and Into Film.
View the full summer programme at www.belfastfilmfestival.org.