Film Hub Fortnightly – Sept 21 (part 1)

31st August 2021

Since reopening their doors, The Black Box has been busy cooking up a diverse line-up, including hosting many Docs Ireland events.

They have more cinema on the horizon, including fielding the film section of the upcoming Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, which will be running from the 2nd to the 12 in its 21st edition.

As of this date, there are still tickets available for Don’t Go Gentle – A Film About IDLES (2021), a documentary about the Bristol punk band screening on the 6th. On the 10th they’re showing Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021), which revives the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival. This screening will be followed by a performance from NI based soul artist Manukahunny.

Summer of Soul

On the 11th, there will be a family-friendly, morning screening of the Jack Black, Richard Linklater classic School of Rock (2003), followed later by Without Getting Killed or Caught (2020) which profiles the iconoclastic American folk and country musician Guy Clark. While on the 12th, Gay Chorus Deep South (2019) tracks a tour of the Deep South by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus.

Details and tickets for CQAF can be explored here.

Also throwing open their doors are Fermanagh Film Club, who return to screening at a new home at Ardhowen Theatre in Enniskillen, opening their autumn season with the Oscar winning Nomadland (2020). Tickets for that event can be booked here. Details of their excellent selection of forthcoming screenings can be found here.

One of the mainstays of the Queen’s Film Theatre’s online programme during lockdown has been the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen's. On the 2nd, they will be presenting a night of poetry, written and performed by students from the Seamus Heaney Centre and the Trinity University in Texas. This event will be held simultaneously online on the QFT Player and in-person at the QFT itself.

Nora-Jane Noone and Nika McGuigan in Wildfire (Pic: Aidan Monaghan)

There is a diverse range of highly anticipated new titles this month. Wildfire (2020), the award-winning feature debut from Irish filmmaker Cathy Brady, will be showing in a special preview screening on the 1st with a Q&A attended by Brady and the film’s star Nora-Jane Noone. Followed by a run lasting from the 3rd up until the 9th. On the 2nd there will be a screening of Ryan McMullan: DEBUT (2021), a profile of the singer-songwriter from local filmmaker Brendan J. Byrne. The 3rd to the 9th will also play host to Annette (2021), a surreal and moving musical starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard and a long-gestating collaboration between the band Sparks (who wrote the script and music) and legendary director Leos Carax (with his first film in 9 years).

Our Ladies (2020) will also be playing during this period. It is an Edinburgh-set comedy about a group of girls on an alcohol-fuelled school trip to a singing competition. And then from the 10th to the 16th, Herself (2020) is a drama from the makers of Mamma Mia! about a single mother building a house with her friends while recovering from an abusive relationship.

From the 3rd at the Strand Arts Centre, you can see the newest Marvel movie, Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings (2021) starring Tony Leung, Michelle Yeoh and Awkwafina. September will also see a more complete return of the Strand’s live broadcast programme, with a Mick Fleetwood concert showing on the 7th and the 12th and Dangerous Liaisons – Northern Ballet showing on the 14th.

Movie House Cinemas will also be showing Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings, from the 3rd, and Herself, from the 10th. The 10th will be an especially busy day for their site since it will mark the opening of two other new titles; Respect (2021) a biopic

Franco Nero and Casper Leinen, in The Collini Case.

of Aretha Franklin starring Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker and The Collini Case (2021), a German-Italian drama based on a true story about the murder of a wealthy industrialist and the resulting trial.

Any information on social distancing guidelines, subtitled screenings, accessibility and carer’s tickets in relation to any of these venues can be found by consulting their respective websites.

By Ruairí McCann

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