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Terence Davies honoured with Outstanding Contribution to Cinema award

Film aficionados gathered at the Queen’s Film Theatre last night to honour British director and screenwriter Terence Davies and see him receive the Belfast Film Festival’s inaugural Outstanding Contribution to Cinema award, supported by the BFI. The Liverpool born Davies, director of films such as Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988), The Long Day Closes (1992), … Read Article →

Terence Davies in Conversation

Terence Davies is the recipient of the Belfast Film Festival Outstanding Contribution to Cinema Award. He was in conversation with Belfast Film Festival about his life, work and influences in a special event in the Queen Film Theatre. Arguably the greatest living British filmmaker, Terence Davies (b. 1945) is a member of the distinctive generation… Read Article →

Sympathy for the Devil: Interview with Neil Edwards and John Harvey

The Belfast Film Festival caught up with ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ director Neil Edwards and John Harvey, one of the Process’ members. Formed in 1960s in England, many of its members were drawn from wealthy families and aristocracy. Newspapers branded them the “Mindbenders in Mayfair” and “The Devil’s Disciples”. Ever since, members of The Process… Read Article →

Q&A Swangsong: Douglas Ray and Antonia Campbell-Hughes

  Director Douglas Ray and the actress Antonia Campbell-Hughes took part in a Q&A following the screening of ‘Swansong’ at the QFT. The public participant could talk with them about this brilliant film, which shows the effect of an affair and how people can self-destruct in the face of deceit.

Day 4: Swansong

Sunday at the Belfast Film Festival featured a matinee screening of Swansong at Queen’s Film Theatre. The screening was followed by a Q&A with director Douglas Ray and starring actress Antonia Campbell-Hughes. This film explores the intricacy of human relationships and jealousy, zooming in on two relationships: one at its beginning and one at its… Read Article →

Day 4: Sympathy for the Devil

The Belfast Film Festival caught up with Sympathy for the Devil Director Neil Edwards and former member of The Process, J. Harvey “The Process Church of the Final Judgement” are associated with a long list of lurid conspiracy theories. The cult has been accused of being the inspiration for Charles Manson’s ‘crimes of the century’,… Read Article →

Day 4: Fractured City

Fractured City was projected at the Movie House on Dublin Road, and was introduced by the director, Sean Murray. Not only was the director present, but also starring members of the cast attended the screening of this short film about Belfast youth in the 1980s.  

Day 4: When David Met Carlo

Sunday evening featured When David Met Carlo, a unique event in which filmmaker David Barker and novelist Carlo Gebler discussed how they met in a cold kitchen in Fermanagh, how they each came to documentary filmmaking, and how they progressed together in their work. Their conversation was complimented with clips from films that influenced their… Read Article →

Day 4: Elephant

Richard T Kelly was talking about Clarke’s Films in Northern Ireland before the screening of ‘Elephant’. ‘Elephant’ is without question Alan Clarke’s bleakest film. Filmed on location in Belfast, it is essentially a compilation of eighteen murders on the streets of this ciyy, without explanatory narrative or charactersitaion and shot in a dispassionate documentary style.… Read Article →

Day 3: The Conversation

Tonight at SARC, Frances Ford Coppola’s The Conversation was introduced by Brian Henry Martin, local documentary filmmaker and film critic. SARC’s Sonic Laboratory features 48 loud speakers strategically placed around the room – and under the audience’s feet! This was the perfect environment in which to see and hear this film and its unique audio… Read Article →

Day 3: Mairead McClean

The award-winning filmmaker Mairead McClean was in the QFT to share a survey of her work. More than 25 years of films in which Mairead experiments with film form and creates a dialogue between fiction, non-fiction and documentary, leading the viewer to reflect on different modes of representation, subjectivity and the constructed nature of memory.… Read Article →

Day 3: PR!CK

A theatre play is an unusual event in a cinema festival. A lot of people didn’t want to loose this particular event in the evening of the third day of the Festival.     One of the most funny evenings of the Festival took place in the Black Box. Laughs are the main theme in… Read Article →

Blade Runner Night at the Black Box

The Black Box was transformed into an immersive club night set in the futuristic dystopian streets of downtown LA for Bladerunner night. Soup DuJor dropped some sci-fi exspired dance moves to sounds of alternative pop and visual from Die Hexen.  

Day 1: Opening Night

The 16th Belfast Film Festival kicked off last night with a selection of films suited to various tastes, including the powerful opening night Gala screening of Mustang at Movie House, Dublin Road, where film lovers from across the city and beyond were in thrall to Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s brilliant, affecting Academy Award-nominated film. Meanwhile at… Read Article →