Glenn Patterson Curates Film Season at QFT

Queen's Film Theatre show a series of films chosen by the author of The Mill For Grinding Old People Young

Belfast novelist Glenn Patterson takes a brief break from the whirl of One City One Book literary events for his new novel to curate a short season of films for the Queen's Film Theatre. Patterson, who also co-wrote the screenplay for the Terri Hooley biopic Good Vibrations, knows the the impact seeing a movie at the cinema can have.

'The three cinemas closest to where I lived were bombed out of business before I was thirteen. Before that there had been Saturday-morning clubs at the Majestic, matinees (invariably a Carry On) at the Gaumont. After that there was just TV,' Patterson said. 'Some of the films here I saw only once growing up but despite, or because of, this they made more of an impression than much of what I have seen in the multi-screen years since.' 

Patterson's selections for the short season include:

The Third Man

From its waltzing zither theme tune to its desperate chase through the Viennese sewers for the elusive anti-hero Harry Lime, The Third Man is an iconic film noir that is still fresh despite its familiarity. On May 25, 6:30.

Pandora's Box

Very few films encapsulate the magic of cinema as effectively, or unforgettably as Pandora’s Box, a tale of sexual obsession that is erotic, nihilistic and utterly decadent. Starring the incomparable Louise Brooks, the film established her as one of the silver screens most iconic stars. May 26, 6.30pm

No-One Knows About Persian Cats

The spirit of rock and roll is alive and well…in Tehran at least. An outright ban on secular music by the Iranian authorities has spawned a thriving, and illegal, music scene in the country, as explored in this drama-documentary. May 28, 6.30pm

Little Big Man

History is rewritten from a decidedly idiosyncratic perspective in Arthur Penn’s revisionist take on the Battle of Little Big Horn and on the Western genre in general. Part sly comedy, part social commentary with a clear anti-War message it is very much a product of the Vietnam War era. May 30, 6.30pm


As chilling and unsettling a depiction of madness as one will ever encounter, Polanski’s claustrophobic psychological chiller charts the descent of Carol into insanity as the lines between reality and hallucination become increasing blurred. May 31, 6.30pm

Other films in the programme are A Million Bricks, End of The Century: The Story of the Ramones and Saturday Morning Club: Safety Last.

Glenn Patterson: One City One Book runs at the QFT from May 25 to 31. During the week QFT, in association with ReFound, will transform part of the foyer into a cosy ‘reading room’ with a selection of books for people to dip into and enjoy.

One City, One Book is an Arts Council initiative celebrating contemporary writing and Northern Ireland’s rich literary heritage. The aim is to encourage as many people as possible to read and discuss the same book this May. It is supported by Belfast City Council, Libraries NI and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.

For details of events, talks, and tours taking place as part of the 2012 programme visit: or check out Literary Belfast's What's On Guide.