Mark Cousins’ I Am Belfast receives a UK-wide release on April 8 boosted by a programme of screenings and special events across Belfast and inspiring people across the UK through a special I Am… programme, designed to creatively engage people in all things magical about their home cities.
Made possible by Film Hub NI with support from the BFI’s Lottery funded Programme Development Fund, screenings of I Am Belfast will be supported by special events hosted by QFT (Belfast), BFI Southbank (London), Home (Manchester), Tyneside Cinema (Newcastle), Filmhouse (Edinburgh), Watershed (Bristol) and a special Hull-based screening.
Celebrated cinephile Mark Cousins writes and directs this dreamlike evocation of Belfast, beautifully shot by Christopher Doyle. Go on an emotional journey through the rich, complex and often tragic history of the Northern Irish capital – accompanied by a powerful soundtrack by DJ and film composer David Holmes. I am Belfast is backed by the BFI in development, production and distribution.
The release of I Am Belfast in Northern Ireland sees Film Hub NI celebrate the city of Belfast in a special way. From April 8, the QFT offers an enhanced programme of films inspired by Mark Cousins’ and Christopher Doyle’s celebration of colour in film.
The programme of events will also offer people an opportunity to experience the city in a unique way, when Film Hub NI, QFT and the Black Box, invite the audiences of Belfast to go on a Sunday walk, inspired by locations in the film, on April 10.
Spend time with the charismatic filmmaker himself, as the city is revealed through a series of surprises – such as the Ruby Murray soundbench, the gold wall (perfect for selfies!), Rosie and Maude’s favourite coffee shop and more. Finish up at a special celebratory party at the Black Box with music from David Holmes and Stuart Watson.
Alongside the QFT programme, Takeover Film will see the young people of the city create their own city film in response to I Am Belfast, Second Chance Cinema will showcase other short films inspired by the city of Belfast including work by local filmmakers and artists such as Seamus Harahan and Glass Eye Cine at the Maple Leaf Club in East Belfast will host screenings of films that inspired Mark in the making of I Am Belfast.
The I Am Belfast walking map will be available soon via www.iambelfast.tumblr.com and you too can share your videos, images, gifs and memes of the city on all social media platforms, joining the conversation with the rest of the UK via #MagicHere
For more details on the events visit www.filmhubni.org