Kenneth Branagh Premieres Cinderella in Belfast

Director to attend charity screening of Disney movie starring Cate Blanchett at Dublin Road Movie House Cinema in aid of NICVA and Into Film

Belfast-born actor, writer, director and all-round film industry good guy Kenneth Branagh is set to bring his new film, Disney’s Cinderella, to Belfast on March 22 for a special charity premiere at Movie House Cinemas, Dublin Road, in aid of Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action and Into Film.

'I am delighted to be able to come to Belfast to introduce the film before it opens at the end of March,' said Branagh. 'Way back in 1989 I brought my first directorial film, Henry V, to Belfast and it is always exciting to come to your home city to show your work. I am delighted too that this screening will benefit two fantastic charities, NICVA and Into Film, a film education charity that puts film at the heart of the educational and personal development of children and young people.'

Having made his name as a Shakespearan actor and one of Britain's finest theatre directors, Branaghs has, in recent years, applied his considerable talents to directing big budget Hollywood fare, namely the well-received Thor. Cinderella is his latest movie, a 21st century update of the ancient European folk tale, starring Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter and Games of Thrones' Richard Madden.

Cinderella follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. 

Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet the emergence of a dashing prince (Madden) changes Ella's life forever.

NICVA is a membership and representative umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland. With over 1,100 members ranging from household name charities to grass roots community groups, NICVA campaigns to advance the interests of the people and communities that their members support. 

Into film, meanwhile, is a film education charity that puts film at the heart of the educational and personal development of children and young people aged 5-19.

Cinderella will open in cinemas on March 27, 2015. Tickets for this special charity screening are priced £12 for adults and £8 for children, and are available from the NICVA website.