Cinema in Belfast - December 2015

The Force Awakens in Belfast this month with Northern Ireland premieres, special events and more

The Lady in the Van - Running throughout December in various venues

Alan Bennett’s funny, poignant and life-affirming adaptation of his West End hit stars Dame Maggie Smith as Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins, who ‘temporarily’ parked her van in Bennett’s driveway and continued to live there for 15 years.

Taste: What’s Going On? - December 3, 8.30pm at Strand Arts Centre - Book now

This Northern Irish premiere tells the story of Irish rockers Taste, who rose to fame in 1966, but disbanded following a short but influential career. The film focuses on the rocker’s performance at the legendary 1970 Isle of Wight Festival.

Love Takeover - Running from December 4 - 6 at Queen’s Film Theatre - Book now

Takeover presents ‘Quest for Love’ season, curated by QFT’s youth panel. Featuring a programme of quirky comedy classics which explore young love in all its forms, each screening will be presented by QFT’s youth panel in addition to VIP guests.

Cinema in Belfast - Dec 2015

Mary Meets Mohammad - December 6 at Movie House Cinema, Dublin Road - Book now

Following the impact of the arrival of Tasmania’s first detention centre on the local community, Mary Meets Mohammad explores the relationship between an opinionated elderly Christian woman, Mary, and a Muslim Afghan Hazara asylum seeker, Mohammad.

Mary Meets Mohammad is presented by Northern Ireland Housing Executive and Northern Ireland Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers, as part of the Human Rights Festival.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - In cinemas from December 17 across Northern Ireland

This year’s most eagerly anticipated film sees a new generation of heroes fighting to save the galaxy against new enemies who have risen from the ashes of the old Empire.

Hector - December 18 - 21 at Queen’s Film Theatre - Book now

For years, Hector, a friendly homeless pensioner, has wandered through motorway service stations, slept under bridges and relied on handouts to survive, however as his past life begins to catch up on him, the reasons for his solitary lifestyle become clear.