On Saturday night film lovers and music fans where enthralled by what unfolded in a derelict church at Carlisle Circus in north Belfast at our special event Uprising: Spirit of ’68.

Many did not quite know what to expect in relation to the live soundtracks but were intrigued as to what the night might bring in this unique venue!  They were not disappointed.  The screening of experimental short films from 1968 reflecting the spirit of the era, alongside live soundtracks performed by three Northern Irish bands/collectives was electrifying.

Part of a season of events across the UK supported by the National Lottery and led by Film Hub Midlands on behalf of the BFI Film Audience Network.  The evening kicked off with Isobel Anderson, John D’Arcy and the HIVE choir performing  a haunting soundtrack to ‘La Révolution N’est Qu’un Début, Continuons Le Combat’ combining the ambient tones of Anderson’s voice and the improvisational exploration of the HIVE choir using voice, loud speakers, radios and other instruments under the direction of John D’Arcy.

Robocobra Quartet then followed, with their unique combination of punk jazz stylings and use of samples creating a truly brilliant soundscape to ‘Chromo Sud’.

The evening ended with Documenta performing to ‘Rohfilm’ and ‘A Work’. Their new compositions complemented the uniqueness of both films in their psychedelic nature, layered with melodic droning sounds, murky guitar and dreamy vocals.

The powerful visuals, and original soundtracks combined beautifully, echoing throughout the stunning Carlisle Memorial Church creating a stunning and memorable evening for the audience.

Some audience feedback from #Uprising68!:

#Uprising68 was an extraordinary event. We are all extremely fortunate to have @BelfastFilmFes1 this city is a better place for the work that they do! Incredible production, film and bands. Hats off to @strangevictory also.

Documenta live in a church with experimental French films from 1968. Sure how would you want to spend a Saturday night? Excellent stuff …

Fantastic night in old Carlisle Church, thanks to @BelfastFilmFes1 and all involved for a great evening. Putting old Belfast buildings to use.

Really beautiful night of film and music at Carlisle Circus church. What an incredible place for a gig. Great job by Belfast Film Festival, Documenta, Robocobra Quarter and John D’Arcy et al.

Well that was truly excellent. Congratulations to all concerned. Thanks to @BelfastFilmFes1 for putting it on and all the artists for three incredible performances. Superb location too, hope to hear other gigs there in the future.

Out for @BelfastFilmFes1 screening in abandoned Carlisle Circus church. Atmos is fab…… This is just inspiring.


Photography by Filly Campbell.