Belfast Film Festival presents special screenings of four classic films as you’ve never experienced them before.
Blazing Saddles. Mel Brooks’ hilarious comedy starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder, with a script co-written by Richard Pryor. Enjoy this classic satire of Western movies with a bottle of Texan beer and a plate of tasty beans (but be careful of excess wind). Follow it up with a Western Hoedown with live music and a DJ set from Dusty Chaps.
The Black Box, Saturday 18 April, 8pm. Tickets £8.00
Eraserhead. King of odd David Lynch’s debut film from 1977, shot in black and white and described at the time by Variety as “a sickening bad-taste exercise”. This special screening features a pulsating live soundtrack by French ‘dark synth’ band Coffin (Cercueil).
The MAC, Wednesday 22 April, 8pm. Tickets £10.00
If… Enjoy Lindsay Anderson’s 1968 film satire of English public school life – starring Malcom McDowell in his first screen role – at this special site specific screening in Queen’s University’s Great Hall. A Palme d’Or winner at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival, If… is rightly regarded as one of the greatest British films of all time.
The Great Hall at Queen’s, Queen’s University, Thursday 23 April, 8pm. Tickets £8.00
Network. “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” screams television anchorman Howard Beale in this never more relevant satire on TV news. Directed by the late great Sidney Lumet, this site specific screening in the BBC studios at Blackstaff House should not be missed. Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Actor for Peter Finch (in his final role) and Best Actress for Faye Dunaway, as well as Best Screenplay for Paddy Chayefsky – Network is a bonafide American film classic.
BBC Blackstaff Studios, Thursday, 16 April, 8pm. Tickets £8.00
Blackstaff Studios, BBC Blackstaff House, Thursday 16 April, 8pm. Tickets £9.00