Around Belfast the Hills are Alive!

Monty Python and the Princess Bride under the stars

Belfast Film Festival and Celebrate Belfast join together at Belfast Castle on September 7 and 8 with one of the most unique outdoor film events Northern Ireland has ever seen.

For over 120 years, Belfast Castle has been a familiar landmark in the city of Belfast. Situated 400ft above sea level, it offers one of the most panoramic views of Belfast Lough and the greater Belfast area.

The Hills are Alive! will see Belfast Film Festival erecting a giant screen within the castle grounds where a programme of films will be screened to an audience sitting in the castle grounds, tuning into the action on their own personal radios kindly provided by media sponsor Cool FM.

On Thursday September 7, come and see the comedy masterpiece that is Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the film which dragged the Grail hunt kicking and screaming to the 20th Century long before the Da Vinci Code.

Then, on Friday September 8, don't miss The Princess Bride - one of those rare films that effortlessly walks the thin line between adults’ and children's humour - a swashbuckling adventure filled with heroes, pirates, giants, princesses, rodents of an unusual size and a cameo appearance by Columbo.

Councillor Bernie Kelly, Chair of Belfast City Council’s Arts Sub-Committee commented 'Going by past Belfast Film Festival events, from drive-in screenings in Cathedral and Titanic Quarters, to classics at the Strand Cinema, musically accompanied film at Clonard Monastery and even screenings on the Lagan boat – the Belfast Castle screenings are sure to be a highlight of the Celebrate Belfast programme.'

Each evening, the screenings will start with a look back at key moments in Belfast’s history from the Digital Film Archive including the building of the Titanic 1912, 1950’s floods in Belfast and the DeLorean Car in the 1980’s.

North Belfast and its occupants are the stars of a special short film commissioned by the festival as part of this event. A film crew have been filming throughout the North Belfast community this summer and the short film produced will premiere just before the main feature each night.