We’ve been pretty busy here in the office! The summer was jam packed with meetings and events as we set up our outreach department and continue to bring you special events and one off screenings.
Our Documentary with the St Matthew’s Special Needs Group on the Short Strand is finally complete. (Can I have a huzzah?!) It’s been re-titled All Biz and we hope to be able to post a clip up on the website soon. We also showed films around the north as well in Belfast itself, including a screening with New Lodge Arts in the New Lodge Youth Centre’s community youth garden.
One hit with the public was a screening of an old 70’s Doc about the Markets area in Belfast- a screening that had people standing up & pointing at the screen, laughing, crying- it was a real joy for us to be able to facilitate that! We took The Belfast Experience (Dir: Manfred Hattendorf), a film that documented 24 hours in the life of this city in 1984, to Helmsworth Nursing Home with Creative Connections and Craigavon Brownlow Community Hub.
We hosted two drive-ins in a spooky forest as part of the Eargail Arts Festival and went Back to The Future with Armagh City & District Council at The Shambles Yard. And who can forget The Warriors?
We’ve a rake of exciting screenings lined up for you; Mad Max at T13, a spooktacular (sorry) feast of William Shatner and Hairy Kiss Horror and the totally underrated (Honest!) Halloween III and Space Team. Not to metion a Special screening of ’71, the new film starring Jack O’Connell (Starred Up, Skins) as a young British soldier accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971 – more info & tickets here. Director Yann Demange, Writer Gregory Burke, Producers Angus Lamont and Robin Gutch, and David Holmes (who composed the original score) will take part in a Q&A after.
And for the young un’s : The MADE festival at the MAC is swinging into action tonight. There’s loads to do for 14-18 year olds- it’s well worth a look. We’ll be there tomorrow at the Self Made Film night and looking forward to Sunday’s Depp Vs DiCaprio Film Night. If you’re there, say hello!