Full Moon Film Festival to light up dark nights in County Down

Newcastle Community Cinema presents its biggest and brightest programme yet launching this weekend with a special live music and screening double bill

The Full Moon Film Festival will light up screens for a fourth time at Newcastle Community Cinema in County Down this autumn, with 18 screenings packed into one long weekend from November 9 - 12.

With Newcastle named as Northern Ireland's first 'autism-friendly' town earlier this year, the beautiful and life-affirming documentary A Life, Animated is the perfect choice of film to open the festival on Thursday, November 9. It tells the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child, until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. The emotional, coming-of-age tale follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood, and takes his first tentative steps toward independence.

Elsewhere across the weekend there is a goldmine of bespoke cinematic selections for for everyone to enjoy. Eighties classics such as The Lost Boys and The Breakfast Club sit comfortably alongside alongside cutting-edge documentaries and hard-hitting Irish features like The Journey, concentrating on the 2006 Northern Ireland peace talks between Sinn Fein leader Martin McGuinness and Democratic Party leader Ian Paisley.

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There's also animated exclusives with Japanese anime Your Name, feted indie films as Casey Affleck haunts Rooney Mara in A Ghost Story, brand new horror comedy Dave Made a Maze alongside foreign language films including modern classic Jean de Florette and classic family entertainment in Disney’s Robin Hood and Speilberg’s ET: The Extra Terrestrial.

Other highlights of a rich and varied programme, which has been compiled after much deliberation and debate between passionate volunteers, including Irish filmmaker Emer Reynolds who introduces her documentary The Farthest which celebrates the men and women who built the Voyager spaceship. 

The humanitarian crisis in Syria is powerfully presented, with the critically acclaimed City of Ghosts, and on the final day of the festival you can catch the tale of the Dunlop family and their domination of motorcycle road racing, in the adrenaline-fuelled Road. And what would Full Moon Film Festival be without a midnight screening? Described as 'David Lynch meets John Waters via Beavis & Butthead', The Greasy Strangler is perfect fare for the Friday night.

Newcastle Community Cinema will officially launch Full Moon 2017 on Saturday, September 30 with a rare screening of the award-winning 2016 music documentary The Sad & Beautiful World of Sparklehorse – a feature length retrospective chronicling the life and work of troubled alt-icon and American indie hero Mark Linkous, lovingly made and curated by filmmakers Bobby Dass and Alex Crowton.

A hugely influential figure in the alternative music scene, the critically-acclaimed Linkous had a hugely turbulent personal life that saw him battle with many demons. This tender film is a worthy testament to this incredibly talented, but ultimately damaged indie figurehead. The exclusive screening will be followed by a special live performance; ‘A Night of Sparklehorse’, featuring talented musicians Tom McShane, The Mad Dalton, Heliopause, Pixie Saytar and more.

This incredible blend of musical talent will be faithfully recreating the work of the enigmatic artist and band, in a one hour stage show that has been performed to many sold-out audiences across the UK since the documentary's release. The festival hopes the captivating double bill of music and film will be the start of the road to the biggest and brightest Full Moon yet.

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For more information about the programme and ticket booking visit www.newcastlecinema.org.