Cinemagic Celebrates Roald Dahl on Film

Belfast helps mark 100 years since the children's author's birth with screenings of his much-loved adaptations and more special events in September

'Human beans' of all ages will be able to relive their most magical memories this year, as Roald Dahl’s films are brought to life on the big screen this September at Cinemagic film events in the Ulster Museum, Queen’s Film Theatre and Strand Arts Centre, Belfast.

To celebrate Roald Dahl 100 – the centenary year of the children's author's birth, Cinemagic is participating in a family-friendly film programme that will celebrate the world’s number one storyteller, born in 1916. The season launch coincides with the release of Entertainment One’s The BFG, on July 22, and culminates on Roald Dahl Day on the September 13 – the 100th anniversary of his birth.

The programme will appeal to audiences of all ages, featuring his best-loved classics like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Strand Arts Centre, September 3), James and the Giant Peach (Ulster Museum, September 17), and The Witches (Queen’s Film Theatre, September 24).

Cinemagic’s screening of Matilda, on September 10 is promising to be a far from average event, with plans for an interactive 'Scratch 'n Sniff Cinema' presentation to celebrate the film’s 20th year anniversary.

Actress Julie Dawn Cole, who played the original Veruca Salt, will attend Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory for a special Q&A about making the film and 30 lucky young people can participate in a delicious chocolate making workshop with Aunt Sandra’s candy factory.

Fans of plant life, animal life and the natural sciences can prepare themselves for James and the Giant Peach with an education workshop at the Ulster Museum prior to screening, and young animators can learn the basics of storyboarding and character design before watching The Witches, where audiences are also encouraged to come in Roald Dahl inspired fancy dress.

Claire Shaw, press and marketing officer, said: 'Cinemagic is delighted to present a season of Roald Dahl on Film events and we are kicking the season off with a Matilda inspired filmmaking workshop on July 23 and 24. We can’t wait for our special screenings in September which will be fun-filled, and interactive, inspiring a new generation of cinema-goers and celebrating one of the world’s greatest children’s storytellers.'

Hana Lewis of Film Hub Wales, said: 'We are extremely proud to be leading the UK’s national celebration of Roald Dahl on Film and look forward to working with our partners across all nine BFI Film Audience Network regions.

'We were all inevitably inspired by Roald Dahl as children and as we grow into adults, his stories remain with us. The season will offer a rare opportunity for parents to enjoy his films together with their children, on the big screen. '

The project is taking place with the support of BFI, which has awarded National Lottery funding, and in collaboration with the Roald Dahl Estate, which is marking the centenary with the Roald Dahl 100, a year packed full of exciting surprises and treats.

Find out more about Road Dahl 100 in Belfast and book tickets at www.cinemagic.org.uk. For more on the UK-wide celebration visit www.filmhubwales.org/roalddahlonfilm.