Film-maker Mark Cousins discusses the top five locations that inspired his film I Am Belfast which hits the big screen this month.

McGurk’s Bar

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So many Belfast streets have stories to tell of atrocities. The paintings here visually tell the story of McGurk’s Bar. They are a fresco. 45 years later, Paddy McGurk still leans in his doorway.

Hopewell Crescent

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One of the great mural sites in the city.  The Eleanor Roosevelt painted quotation here is inspiring.

Downing Street

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An old gentleman walks past a mural painting of the Titanic and the Giant’s Causeway. He pauses. It’s an ordinary day, but the moment is beautiful, the kind of thing you see in Belfast if you have your eyes open.

Jennymount Mill

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This beautiful red brick palace has survived when many of its kind in Belfast have been knocked down. It made linen, which helped make Belfast. Women chatted here, women toiled here, women were exploited here.

Dargan Road

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Where the sweet water of the river meets the salt water of the loch, along with bursts of colour from wildflowers.

Where to catch the film

There will be two screenings of I Am Belfast on Sunday April 10 in Black Box at 1pm and QFT at 6pm followed by a Q&A with Mark Cousins.

That same day you can also take a cinematic walk of locations used in the film between 12-6pm

Visit www.Iambelfast.tumblr.com to see a map of the tour and share your photos and comments on the site. Join in the social media convo #MagicHere

You might also be interested in joining the after-party in Black Box at 8pm with the legendary DJ David Holmes.

I Am Belfast is on general release from April 8-14 at QFT.

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