From outdoor picnic screenings to a Georgian mansion, a ProKick gym, T13 and the Giant’s Ring, Belfast Film Festival promises a summer of unique and unforgettable experiences in parks and buildings throughout the city.
1. Movie & a Picnic
Lower Crescent Park, 6-7 August
Experience the romances and adventures of all-singing, all-dancing high school kids in Grease. Or you can sing-a-long to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s cinematic treasure, The Sound of Music. Or why not fall in love with dance instructor Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing? And find out how a very ordinary man is mistaken for the promised messiah in Monty Python’s Life of Brian!
2. Romeo and Juliet
Lower Crescent Park, 6 August
Franco Zeffirelli’s acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare’s timeless love story, Romeo and Juliet, was nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award in 1967. When the now famous “star-crossed lovers” of two enemy families meet, forbidden love ensues.
3. Much Ado About Nothing
Lower Crescent Park, 6 August
Kenneth Branagh’s love for the material is contagious in his exuberant adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, a spirited, winningly acted rendition of one of the Bard’s most popular comedies.
4. Chimes at Midnight
Lower Crescent Park, 7 August
Orson Welles is at the height of his both his acting and directorial powers while reveling in the poetic force of Falstaff’s weakness in Chimes at Midnight.
5. Mean Girls
The Black Box, 13 August
Celebrate the horror and the hilarity of the Prom with Tina Fey’s brilliantly smart satire Mean Girls at the Black Box. Formerly home-schooled Cady (Lindsay Lohan) gets dropped into the sneaky, vicious world of the Plastics, three adolescent glamour-girls who dominate their public high school’s social hierarchy.
There will be classic prom movie clips before the main feature and everyone is invited to dress up in their favourite prom costumes, with cocktails and prizes available for the most plastic fantastic attire of the night.
6. Mamma Mia!
The Black Box, 14 August
The delirious sight of Meryl Streep leading a river of multigenerational women in singing “Dancing Queen” is one of the high points of the musical built around the songs of the hugely successful pop group ABBA.
7. Sense and Sensibility
Malone House, 21 August
The grounds of Malone House, a late Georgian mansion which dates from the 1820s, provides the perfect backdrop for an outdoor screening of Sense and Sensibility. Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant star in this captivating romantic comedy based on Jane Austen’s classic novel.
8. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Campbell College, 27 August
The beautiful Victorian central hall of Campbell College boarding school will conjure up associations of Hogwarts and the world of Harry Potter. The Great Hall of Christchurch College was the inspiration for Hogwarts and Campbell College has a very similar feel.
Dressing up is encouraged with prizes for the best costume at this special screening of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in association with Campbell College and Into Film.
9. Aliens and The Matrix
T13, 24 & 25 August
The industrial urban space at T13 in Titanic Quarter will help to create an edgy atmosphere for two sci-fi classics – Ridley Scott’s Aliens and The Matrix.
10. Con-Air, Ulster Aviation Society
The location for high-octane Nicolas Cage action film Con-Air, about a daring escape from a prisoner transport plane, could not be more fitting – amongst the Spitfires and other heroes of the skies in an Ulster Aviation Society hangar close to the site of the old Maze prison.
11. Enter The Dragon
Billy Murray’s kickboxing gym, 3 September
Get up close and sweaty with other action movie lovers as Bruce Lee martial-arts classic Enter the Dragon will be screened in Billy Murray’s kickboxing gym in East Belfast.
12. Pitch Perfect
Grand Opera House, 4 September
Prepare to sing-a-long at the 2008 comedy starring Rebel Wilson and Anna Kendrick that will be hitting the high notes at the Grand Opera House.
13. The Wicker Man
The Giant’s Ring, 17 September
The prehistoric circular enclosure of the Giant’s Ring near Shaw’s Bridge is the atmospheric location for classic 1973 horror flick The Wicker Man.
Edward Woodward is the conservative Christian sergeant who observes the residents’ frivolous sexual displays and strange pagan rituals, particularly the temptations of Willow (Britt Ekland), daughter of the island magistrate (Christopher Lee).
You can view the full summer programme at belfastfilmfestival.org and tickets can be booked online, by phoning 028 9024 6609, or in person at Visit Belfast Welcome Centre in Donegall Square North.