Between January and June of 2015, QFT screened a series of films, events and panel discussions that explored the wider cultural, human and socio-political implications of conflict and the countless ways these have been presented through film, both historically and in contemporary cinema.
Beginning with Testament of Youth in January 2015, the programme delivered a wide range of films that offer an alternative look at how we interpret conflict and the repercussions that come with it. Along with a number of viewings, the QFT organized panel discussions that engaged audience reaction, inciting debate around the issues at hand.
The ranges of films illustrated the effects of conflict both on a local and international scale. In our March programme, a special 35mm screening was organized of Yann Demange’s thrilling account of 1970s Belfast in the film ’71. A Q&A followed in order to discuss the themes around the movie. Participants included ex-Sinn Féin member Danny Morrison and ex-British Paratrooper Glenn Bradley in what was a thoroughly engaging debate, detailing the period according to both men’s accounts and experiences.
In May, the programme included a screening of the award winning documentary, No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka, followed by a panel discussion with the film's director, Callum Macrae. The following discussion incited emotive debate around the Sri Lankan governments culpability in the killing of over 70,000 civilians in the period ending the war in 2009.
In June the programme concluded with the screening of one of Irish cinema greats, the 1961 film, Saoirse?. The film documents the period between 1919-1922 in Ireland's history, covering the war of independence against the British and the civil war that followed using archive footage from the time, including original newsreel footage. The film’s director George Morrison, who at 91 years of age has given a lifetime to Irish cinema, presented the film.
This programme was curated by Séan Murray as part of the Conversations about Cinema project, which was created by Watershed in partnership with the University of Bristol.
It was a Film Audience Network initiative and QFT was delighted to work with Watershed and Chapter on delivering this idea to open up issues, debates and discussions through film.
Find out more about the programme here.