Young Filmmakers Hit Home Media

QFT's Takeover film club members make DVD and Blu-ray debut with special featurette included in Mark Cousins' newly-released I Am Belfast

A short film made by members of Queen's Film Theatre's Takeover film club for young people has been included on BFI's new international home media release of Mark Cousins' I Am Belfast.

Beautifully shot by Christopher Doyle (In the Mood for Love, Rabbit-Proof Fence) and with a powerful soundtrack by the great Northern Irish musician and composer David Holmes (Ocean’s Eleven, ’71, Hunger), Cousins’ film takes viewers on an emotional journey through the complex and sometimes tragic history of the Northern Irish capital, which is embodied as a 10,000-year-old woman, compellingly portrayed by Helena Bereen (Hunger, Mo).

Available as Special Feature on I Am Belfast's Dual Format Edition Blu-ray/DVD, the short film follows a walking tour of the city, led by the director, on a day of events celebrating April's theatrical release date. With 50 people in tow, Cousins used the tour to showcase various key pieces of scenery from the film and talk about what Belfast means to him.

The lap of locations was part of a BFI Programme Development Fund project, managed by Film Hub NI and delivered by Queen's Film Theatre. It included screenings at the Black Box and the Lyric Theatre, curated by Second Chance Cinema. Events also took place across the UK and secured I Am Belfast a place in the Top 10 Indie Films released that week.


I Am Belfast director Mark Cousins (right) is interviewed by the Takeover Film crew

Susan Picken, Head of QFT, said: 'I am extremely proud of the hard work by the Takeover film crew that went into the making of the film, which has been deemed suitable for inclusion on the DVD by the BFI and the filmmakers. This has been a great experience for all the young people involved and has provided an excellent platform to showcase their work alongside such an important and well received film as I Am Belfast.'

'The opportunity to take part in the documentary was truly valuable,' added a young participant in the club. 'We feel that meeting Mark Cousins and getting involved with the commercially released documentary provided a far-reaching platform for us to express our opinions. The experience has left us feeling that there is an open door to the creative careers that we strive for by providing an insight into the exciting possibilities that lie ahead of us.'

Takeover is open to 15-18 year olds and offers a brilliant opportunity to gain insight on how the film industry works, and as well as the chance to programme the annual Takeover Film Festival. From August 15 -18 there will also be a Summer Camp running for 14 - 17-year olds while weekly meetings and filmmaking workshops at Queen's Film Theatre take place during the year. For details visit

To celebrate the release of I Am Belfast on June 20, Film Hub NI are giving away a copy of the DVD and a limited edition screen print, signed by Mark Cousins. For you chance to win go to