Strand to Screen 'Nazi Titanic'

The once-banned 1943 film about the ill-fated liner was commissioned by Joseph Goebbels as a piece of wartime propaganda

Belfast Titanic Society in association with Strand Arts Centre are to host a rare screening of Titanic, commissioned in 1943 by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels.

Showing at noon on Saturday, April 2, the film depicts the famous disaster as a result of the greed of British imperialism. It was banned shortly after completion by Goebbels himself, believing the scenes of people in peril at sea would not be helpful to German morale.

Some of the recreations of the sinking were re-used in the 1958 film A Night to Remember, produced by Bangor-born William McQuitty.

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Accompanying the screening will be a talk by German Titanic Association President, Malte Fiebing-Petersen, in which he will explain the context of the film and provide further insight about its production.

Belfast Titanic Society chairman, Dr Aidan McMichael said: 'I am delighted that Malte Fiebing-Petersen, the recognised world expert on this highly unusual and intriguing film is coming to Belfast to help us understand why it was made. This really is a must see for those interested in the wider Titanic story and those interested in cinema.'

Tickets are priced £7 and are available to book at the Strand Arts Centre on Belfast's Holywood Road or online www.strandartscentre.com. Enter for your chance to win a pair over on our competitions section.