Branagh In Belfast: Film Festival

Branagh In Belfast: Film Festival

Belfast City Council in partnership with Film Hub NI have devised a one-day mini film festival as part of celebrations to mark Sir Kenneth Branagh being made a Freeman of the City on Tuesday 30 January. Taking place right across the city, free screenings of some of Sir Kenneth’s impressive back catalogue of work will offer a great opportunity for the public to join in and celebrate one of the city’s most favourite sons.

Branagh In Belfast: Film Festival

Along with the pop up festival, Into Film and Cinemagic are coordinating a series of screenings in selected schools right across the city so children and young people can have an opportunity to enjoy some of Sir Kenneth’s work.

Programme and tickets
Murder on the Orient Express (12A)
Queen’s Film Theatre, 20 University Square, Belfast BT7 1PA
Dir: Kenneth Branagh, 2017
This star-studded adaptation (written by Michael Green) of the iconic Agatha Christie work sees Branagh as the legendary detective Hercule Poirot. The supporting cast includes Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, and Daisy Ridley. Branagh also directs this classic mystery. Tickets >>

Dunkirk (12A)
e3 Belfast Met, 398 Springfield Rd, Belfast BT12 7DU
Dir: Christopher Nolan, 2017
The film tells the story of the Dunkirk evacuation, which took place at the beginning of World War II. Branagh plays a British Navy commander responsible for the lives of thousands of soldiers. This lavish production features an ensemble cast including Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan, and Mark Rylance. The film has been acclaimed for the Hans Zimmer score as well as Nolan’s screenplay and direction. Tickets >>

My Week With Marilyn (15)
Lyric Theatre (Naughton Studio), 55 Ridgeway St, Belfast BT9 5FB
Dir: Simon Curtis, 2011
Based on the diaries of Colin Clark (played here by Eddie Redmayne), My Week with Marilyn depicts Clark’s brief love affair with the world’s most famous woman, Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Wiliams). The film focuses on a week during the shooting of the 1957 film The Prince and the Showgirl; Branagh plays the director and star Laurence Olivier.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (PG)
Spectrum Centre, 331 Shankill Rd, Belfast BT13 3AA
Dir: Chris Columbus, 2002
As Harry Potter enters his second year at Hogwarts, danger comes to the school: the Chamber of Secrets has been opened. To save Hogwarts, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) will need magic, courage, and friendship. Richard Harris makes his final appearance as Dumbledore, while Branagh is memorable as the hilarious fraudster Gilderoy Lockhart. Tickets >>

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (PG)
Belfast Castle, Antrim Rd, Belfast BT15 5GR
A second screening of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, this time at Belfast Castle. Tickets >>

Rabbit-Proof Fence (PG)
An Culturlann, 216 Falls Rd, Belfast BT12 6AH
Dir: Phillip Noyce
Molly, Daisy, and Gracie (Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury and Laura Monaghan) are aboriginal children from Western Australia. Branagh plays the government-appointed ‘Protector of Western Australian Aborigines’, A.O. Neville. Neville, or ‘Mr Devil’ as the girls refer to him, orders the children to be taken from their families and placed in an institution. Here, they are to be re-educated as members of white Australia. The girls escape and begin an arduous journey home, following the rabbit-proof fence. From a screenplay by Christine Olsen, based on the novel ‘Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence’ by Doris Pilkington Garimara. Tickets >>

Cinderella (U)
Belfast Castle, Antrim Rd, Belfast BT15 5GR
Dir: Kenneth Branagh, 2015
Branagh directs this live-action version inspired by the fairytale and the 1950 Walt Disney animation, with a screenplay by Chris Weitz. Ella (Lily James) is a sweet and innocent girl mourning her mother’s death. When Ella’s father (Ben Chaplin) dies, too, she finds herself at the mercy of a cruel stepmother (Cate Blanchett). Fortunately, an eccentric fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter) is on hand. Tickets >>

In the Bleak Midwinter (15) with Belfast Film Festival
Rosemary Street Church, 41 Rosemary St, Belfast BT1 1QB
Kenneth Branagh, 1995
Branagh directs this rarely exhibited romantic comedy. A depressed actor (Michael Maloney) and his friends (Richard Briers, Hetta Charnley, Joan Collins, Nicholas Farrell, Mark Hadfield, Gerard Horan, Celia Imrie, Jennifer Saunders and Julia Sawalha) stage a production of Hamlet on Christmas Eve, in an attempt to save the village church. Where better to watch this lovely small film than in a local church? Tickets >>

Dead Again (15)
Carnegie/NI Foundation, 46 Oldpark Rd, Belfast BT14 6FR
Kenneth Branagh, 1991
A private detective (Branagh) is hired to help a mysterious amnesiac (Emma Thompson) who has lost her own identity, but is plagued by nightmares that seem to belong to a woman murdered years before. Branagh directs and stars in this stylish romantic thriller. Tickets >>

Dunkirk (12A)
HMS Caroline, Alexandra Dock, Queens Rd, Belfast BT3 9DT
A second screening of Dunkirk, this time in the historic setting of HMS Caroline. Tickets >>

Henry V (12A)
Strand Arts Centre, 152-154 Holywood Rd, Belfast BT4 1NY
Dir: Kenneth Branagh, 1989
Director Branagh’s second film, this critically acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare’s play is also a moving historical drama. Set during the Hundred Years’ War, the young King Henry V of England – played by Branagh himself – sets out to conquer France. Branagh is supported here by a stellar cast including Paul Scofield, Derek Jacobi, Ian Holm, Emma Thompson, Alec McCowen, Judi Dench, Robbie Coltrane, Brian Blessed, and Christian Bale. Tickets >>