Cinema Day is Back in Northern Ireland (and this time, it's personal)
There's magic for every type of movie fan this August Bank Holiday as Film Hub NI present special screenings and events from Belfast to Ballyclare
Sometimes there simply has to be a sequel, and following success of the inaugural Cinema Day in 2016 it was inevitable that a second instalment would arrive on screens across Northern Ireland. And so, one year on, Cinema Day returns on Monday August 28 – bigger, brasher, bolder (and with even more car chases) than before.
Presented by Film Hub NI, part of the BFI Film Audience Network and supported by Northern Ireland Screen, Cinema Day is a NI-wide day long whirlwind celebration of the silver screen with screenings and cinema-related events taking place in Fermanagh, Rostrevor, Coleraine, Maghera, Portrush, Derry~Londonderry, Ballyclare, Newtownards, and - yes - even Belfast.
Highlights in a packed Cinema Day programme include some early morning goodies at Queen's Film Theatre such as a 'Breakfast with Bill' (with screening of Groundhog Day), the Memory Box exhibition and – by way of celebrating their imminent 50th birthday bash - screenings of a string of classic films from 1968 for just 50p!
In all the cinemas in all the world, Portrush Film Theatre are screening stone-cold classic Casablanca. Ormeau Baths Gallery offers up a mini Ken Loach season including I, Daniel Blake, and the documentary Versus, with a 'pay what you can' door policy that the director would surely approve of.
The Naughton Gallery at Queen’s has a free screening of everybody's favourite indie comic book adaptation Ghost World, while Strand Arts Centre has a series of screenings including a very special showing of silent movie The Passion Joan of Arc with a unique live music score using electronica to immerse audiences in film's central trial.
Into Film will also invite little heroes to construct a Cardboard Box Office for The Lego Batman Movie at their Belfast HQ and NI Foundation will be showing NI soccer cinema treat Shooting for Socrates in the recently acquired Oldpark Carnegie Library. The Web Theatre in Newtownards will 'resurrect' C.S. Lewis himself to impart highlights from his life during The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Aurora Community Cinema in Rostrevor join proceedings this year with a very special screening of everybody's favourite Irish classic The Quiet Man to launch their film programme.
Elsewhere, the Banterflix podcast boys and girls will be hosting a discussion about cinema in the 21st Century, Second Chance Cinema continue to build on their reputation for bold and interesting programming with a mini 'Censored' season, with screenings of two infamous '80s NI documentaries At the Edge of the Unions and Death on the Rock, and the Black Box invite families to roll up to the Circus School for the original Jungle Book, back and more animated than ever.
With most events free or greatly reduced, Cinema Day is an opportunity for everybody to celebrate Northern Ireland's rich film heritage as well as celebrating the strength and diversity of all those involved with making and showing films in the present day, from epically scaled multi-screen venues to small film clubs in quirky venues and everything in between. Not to mention having oodles of film-related fun!
Sara Gunn Smith of Film Hub NI said: 'We are very proud to present this exciting and diverse programme of cinematic treats, hosted by 22 of our brilliant members, taking place across NI on bank holiday Monday. Whether you’re a film buff, love a bit of nostalgia, want to support your local community cinema or are simply looking for a fun event to bring the family to, we have it covered. It’s a bit of a cliché but there really is something for everyone so we hope to see as many people as possible enjoying big screen entertainment in some really cool places. See you at the pictures!'
Check out the events, grab some friends and indulge in a little cinema magic with Film Hub NI. Cinema Day by Film Hub NI takes place on Monday August 28 across Northern Ireland. The full programme is available from www.filmhubni.org.