Film Hub Fortnightly – August 2022

26th July 2022 3 Minute Read

During these summer months there are plenty of events and screenings happening right across the Film Hub NI membership.

This July and August, you can experience a rich array of events as part of Eastside Arts, a festival celebrating art and the culture of East Belfast. The festival’s film programme, at the Strand Arts Centre, includes the John Travolta starring remake of Hairspray (2007), showing on the 4th of August with a live, introductory dance perform from the Ni Stars. Showing on the 7th with a Q&A featuring its cast and crew, Earth to Alice (2022) is a fantastical short comedy; on the 9th you can see the ensemble drama Crash (2004), and on the 11th, there will be a special screening of the classic Burt Reynolds vehicle Smokey and the Bandit (1977). And on the 14th, at the Vault Art Studios, there will be a screening of the work of Ken Fanning, an independent filmmaker and circus artist.

At the Queen’s Film Theatre, the Film Feels Curious season continues, as does their retrospective of the work of experimental filmmaker John Smith, with a second volume of shorts showing on the 27th of July. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992), David Lynch’s feature-length curtain call to the original series of Twin Peaks, will show on the 28th, while on the 29th the season’s LGBTQ+ themed sidebar Queerious will conclude with Passion (2021), a Swedish documentary about love and BDSM. Ida Lupino’s classic thriller The Hitch-hiker (1953) will get its 2nd screening on the 30th, along with a double bill of 1986 John Hughes classics, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Pretty in Pink. The season will conclude on the 31st with a SCREEN/PRINT presentation of another 80s pop legend, Jim Henson’s Labyrinth (1986), a dark fantasy starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly.

There are some great re-releases coming soon to the QFT. The Wim Wenders retrospective will bring the German director’s most iconic and American film, Paris, Texas (1984), starring Harry Dean Stanton as a mysterious, heartsick drifter. It will show from the 29th to the 4th. The retro will conclude with a screening of his 3-hour epic Kings of the Road (1976) on the 6th, and with a more recent work, his documentary on the acclaimed photographer Sebastião Salgado, The Salt of the Earth (2014), showing on the 7th. Also running from the 9th to the 4th, Mahanagar or The Big City (1963) is a drama about an independent woman in a freshly independent India, from one of the greatest filmmakers, Satyajit Ray.

There are also plenty of new releases on the horizon. Playing from the 29th to the 4th, Joyride (2022) is an Irish buddy comedy and road trip movie starring Olivia Colman and directed by Emer Reynolds. Playing from the 5th to the 11th, Hit the Road (2021) is the acclaimed debut from Panah Panahi, the son of the legendary Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, and Fire of Love (2022), which recently featured in this year’s Docs Ireland, is a documentary about a pair of star-crossed lovers, filmmakers and volcanologists. From the 12th, you will also be able to see Nope (2022), a new science-fiction horror from Jordan Peele, starring Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun.

Over at the Ulster Museum on the 30th, it will be a big movie day, courtesy of Cinemagic, with screenings of Pixar classics Monsters, Inc. (2001) and Inside Out (2015), as well as the animated and animal themed heist comedy The Bad Guys (2022). At the Strand, and in addition to the Eastside Arts film programme, you can see new releases such as Pixar’s Lightyear (2022), Elvis (2022) and from the 3rd, Bullet Train (2022), a thriller starring Brad Pitt. At Movie House Cinemas, you will also be able to see Lightyear, Elvis, from the 3rd, Bullet Train and from the 12th, Nope. Newcastle Community Cinema will also be pulling from the Disney/Pixar Canon with a screening of the latter’s 2021 film Encanto on the 31st, and a special ‘relaxed screening’ of the original The Lion King (1994) on the 4th.

By Ruairí McCann

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