QFT Screening Room: Episode 8
'We need to talk about the September/October programme at Queen's Film Theatre'
In the recent screen adaptation of Lionel Shriver's novel We Need To Talk About Kevin, troubled mother Eva (played by Tilda Swinton) stops by a road works to lose herself in the sweet, sweet sounds of a hammer drill. Her newborn son can cry all he wants: she can't hear him, and she doesn't care.
Not that new parents in Belfast and the surrounding environs need seek out potholes when the howling gets too much, because this September and October, Queen's Film Theatre is just to the place to find solace and escape from the harsh realities of everyday life and lose yourself in the weird and wonderful world of art house cinema.
We Need To Talk About Kevin is, of course, one of the stand out screenings this term. Well received by those who know at Cannes, and praised by broadsheet critics as a much-needed feminist response to the high school massacre phenomenon, it's sure to attract Shriver fans to the Queen's Quarter in September – after all, the American author taught there for long enough.
Other trailers featured in this episode of Screening Room are for the documentary Project Nim, which tells the story of a chimpanzee raised as a human in 1970s New York, Lars Von Trier's controversial drama Melancholia, starring Kirsten Dunst, and Cameron Crowe's rock-doc, Pearl Jam 20, which follows the glittering career of the Grunge godfathers. (Note: The live satellite Melancholia Q&A with Kirsten Dunst at 7pm on Sept 28 has been cancelled along with the preview)
And there's more – but that would be telling. Watch the full episode below, and log on to the Queen's Film Theatre website for more information.