Film Hub Fortnightly – October (part 2)

12th October 2020

If you're interesting in getting back to the cinema, then there is plenty of choice of screenings and events coming up from our members over the next few weeks.

Route 66

This 15th October sees the opening of the 2020 edition of the Belfast International Arts Festival. Spread over 16 days, across multiple venues and many different arts, this year also includes a robust film programme. On the 13th, it opens with a free, online screening of One Day Pina Asked… (1989), a documentary from the great filmmaker Chantal Akerman about the legendary choreographer Pina Bausch. On the 15th at the Strand Arts Centre, you can see Sarafina! (1992), a musical set in South Africa and starring Whoopi Goldberg as a teacher and activist determined to put on a production about Nelson Mandela. Route 66 (1985), a documentary about the road and its music, by John T. Davis, will also be showing online, for free, via the QFT Player from the 16th to the 18th. While on the 17th at the Queen’s Film Theatre, you can see another documentary about musical americana, inspired by the Davis film, called Southern Journey (Revisited) (2015). The concert film André Rieu: 70 Years Young (2020), will be showing on the 25th at the Strand, while Asunder (2016), an archival documentary that recreates life in Sunderland during the First World War, will be showing at the QFT on the 1st of November. More information about the film programme and other events can be found at the festival website.


Meanwhile, the BFI London Film Festival continues its stay at the Queen’s Film Theatre. On the 14th, you can see Another Round (2020), an alcohol fuelled, Danish comedy drama starring Mads Mikkelson. David Byrne’s American Utopia (2020), a concert film directed by Spike Lee about the legendary musician’s Broadway musical, will screen on the 15th while on the 16th you can see Nomadland (2020), which stars Frances McDormand as a lone wanderer. The festival will conclude with two British films. Ammonite (2020), starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan in a period love story, will screen on the 17th while on the 18th you can see After Love, which stars Joanna Scanlan as a recent widow who discovers that her late husband might have been holding a secret.

Cinemagic have also been throwing their own festival, in conjunction with the QFT Player. Available until the 16th, you can see a series short film programmes. From highlights from the Oska Bright Festival to shorts that are nautical themed or are about deafness, disability and difference. From the 16th to the 1st of November, they will be showing the shortlist of this year’s Young Filmmaker contest, with films organized by theme. More information can be found at the QFT Player or at the Cinemagic website.

There are many other films showing at the QFT this month. Playing until the 15th, there is the horror film Saint Maud (2019) and Kajillionaire (2020), which starts Evan Rachel Wood, Debra Winger and Richard Jenkins as a family of con artists. Between the 16th and 22nd, you can see I Am Greta (2020), a documentary about climate activist Greta Thunberg, and Rebecca (2020), a new adaptation of the Daphne Du Maurier novel starring Armie Hammer and Lily James and directed by Ben Wheatley. There will be another Exhibition on Screen with a filmed showing of Frida Kahlo’s works running from the 20th to the 22nd. While this time the critic Mark Kermode will be presenting his regular movie night remotely and showing Bait (2019), the distinctive Cornish drama, on the 24th. Drama Poster Boys (2020) will be showing on the 25th, followed by a virtual discussion with its director. While from the 25th through into November, there will also be a run of Wolfwalkers (2020), the new film from acclaimed Irish animators Cartoon Saloon. This month’s listings conclude with some Halloween inspired programming as the Dark Hedges Film Festival will be showing vampire classic Fright Night (1985) on the 30th and Host (2020), a Zoom set horror film, on Halloween night.


The Strand Arts Centre will also be showing Kajillionaire (2020) and I Am Greta (2020) and are still showing Tenet (2020), Bill and Ted Face the Music (2020), Memories of Murder (2003) and Airplane! (1980). There are a few family friendly events this month with new releases The Elfkins (2019) and Cats and Dogs 3: Paws Unite! (2020) showing until the 15th and regular strand Minors Club will be presenting another round of screening + workshops with The Borrowers (1997) and the  drama class on the 17th. Followed by Brother Bear (2003) and leaf printmaking on the 24th. There will be two silver screenings of Three Coins in the Fountain (1954) on the 15th and 22nd and two of the concert film Michael Ball and Alfie Boe: Back Together (2020) on the 17th and 18th. Banterflix will be down at Strand Arts Centre, with the Dark Hedges Film Festival, which includes Christian Bale starring slasher American Psycho (2000) on 35mm which will show on the 24th  and on the 31st you can see Vivarium (2019), an Irish sci-fi starring Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots. Full listings for the festival are here.

If you want more horror on your Halloween, the Black Box will be screening the classic horror film An American Werewolf in London (1980) as a festival finale.

By Ruairí McCann

More details about booking, social distancing measures and complete listings can be found at each cinema’s website, details of which are collated here as part of Film Hub NI's #backtocinemaNI campaign.

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