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WHAT’S ON / FEBRUARY 2016

YOUTH MICHAEL CAINE AND HARVEY KEITEL HEAD AN ALL-STAR CAST IN THE SUMPTUOUS NEW FILM FROM PAOLO SORRENTINO.

THIS ISSUE:

TRUMBO THE SURVIVALIST BONE TOMAHAWK


BOOKING AND VENUE INFORMATION

OUEEN’S FILM THEATRE

THE HOME OF INDEPENDENT CINEMA IN NORTHERN IRELAND

JOIN US AT THE JAMESON BAR QFT is the only cinema in Northern Ireland with a fully licensed bar, serving up a range of local and international beers, wine, spirits, tea and coffee. It’s the perfect place to catch up with friends before catching a film. FEBRUARY’S BEER OF THE MONTH

SIERRA NEVADA PALE ALE (330ml) £3.00

FREE PARKING

ACCESS

TICKET PRICES

QFT offers free on-site parking every night from 5.30pm, and all weekend, in the main Queen’s University site.

QFT is wheelchair accessible. We endeavour to host access screenings when possible. Access screenings include audio enhancement, audio description and on-screen captioning. See the website for more details.

Standard admission: £6.70

BOX OFFICE The Box Office opens 30 minutes before the first screening of the day.

QFT IS KINDLY SUPPORTED BY:

Senior Citizens, Disabled Users (Carers’ tickets are free), Unwaged, QUB Staff: £5 QFT Film Card, Students (aged 16 and over in full-time education), Children (under 16 years): £4 *ID required for discounted prices Mondays £4 for every film*

Skip the queue by booking online at queensfilmtheatre.com and printing your tickets at home.

The ticket price for uncertified films includes a one-day QFT membership.

Box Office: 028 9097 1097 (after 6pm only)

*Certain exclusions may apply, check website for details


02/03

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IMPORTANT UPDATE TO ONLINE BOOKING

OFT FILM O CARD Get £2.70 off every film you see plus invitations to special events, exclusive meal deals, free tea and coffee refills and much more. Buy online at www.queensfilmtheatre.com

At the beginning of February QFT will be switching to a brand new website and ticketing system which will mean a quicker, smoother booking experience that will be far easier to use. There are bound to be some hiccups in the changeover so please bear with us! We will be emailing current website users with details of how to re-register on the new system. This also means that screenings happening on and after Friday 5 February will not be on sale until Monday 1 February via queensfilmtheatre.com.

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When it’s up and running and you’ve had a chance to use it we would love to know what you think - what is working well? What is annoying? What could be improved? Your feedback will really help us make sure the system works for you. Just drop us an email to qftboxoffice@qub.ac.uk and we will take it from there.

Throughout the QFT programme you will see this symbol accompanying specific films. The F-Rating highlights films made by and featuring women. Any film that answers ‘yes’ to one of these questions is awarded the F-Rating stamp of approval. 1. Does it have a female director? 2. Is it written by a woman? 3. Are there significant female characters on screen in their own right? Visit f-rated.com for more information.


NEW RELEASES

YOUTH FRI 29 JAN – THURS 11 FEB

DIR: PAOLO SORRENTINO • ITALY/FRANCE/SWITZERLAND/UK 2015 • 2 HRS 4 MINS

Two old friends (Michael Caine screenplay. Together they and Harvey Keitel) reflect on their muse sympathetically and with past, present, and the beauty curiosity at those that surround and absurdity of the world in the them; including their children’s lovely and heart-warming new confused love lives, Mick’s film from the director of The Great enthusiastic young writers, and Beauty. the hotel guests. Set largely in a luxury Swiss spa, Youth is a deliciously bittersweet drama from acclaimed Italian director Paolo Sorrentino. It focuses on the friendship between Fred (Michael Caine, in scintillating form), a curmudgeonly retired composer and elderly film director Mick (Harvey Keitel). Fred is resisting attempts to revive his greatest work, while Mick is rushing to complete a

Sorrentino demonstrates his complete mastery of storytelling by skilfully weaving the various narrative strands into a moving, funny and affecting whole. Stylish, witty and emotionally resonant, Youth also features sharp and smart references to pop culture – including a cameo by Paloma Faith – as well as movies past and present. Throw Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and

Jane Fonda into the mix and you will soon see why this film made such an impression at Cannes last year. It offers further evidence, if any were needed, of Sorrentino’s position as one of contemporary cinema’s finest filmmakers. “Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel bring lifetimes of depth to Paolo Sorrentino’s most tender film yet.” – VARIETY ACCESS SCREENING The 6.30pm screening on Tues 9 Feb will include audio description and on-screen captioning.


NEW RELEASES

04/05

TRUMBO FRI 5 – THURS 18 FEB

DIR: JAY ROACH • USA • 2015 • 2 HRS 4 MINS

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) gives a stellar performance as Dalton Trumbo, the Hollywood screenwriter who was blacklisted after refusing to testify in the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1947.

The absurdity of the situation is not lost on director Jay Roach or writer John McNamara, whose engrossing script takes plenty of dramatic (and comedic) license with the potent historical subject matter. Together they have created a thoroughly One of the so-called ‘Hollywood entertaining biopic that ripples Ten’ - blacklisted entertainment with a palpable love of Hollywood industry figures, consigned to the in its heyday, whilst revealing the margins due to their supposed hypocrisies and moral turpitude (and actual) Communist leanings of the time. - Dalton Trumbo refused to be cowed by the indictment Bryan Cranston plays Trumbo that blighted his career. The with all of the necessary verve screenwriter of many Hollywood of a man who did the majority of classics (some written openly, his composition inside the bath, mostly under pseudonyms after cigarette in hand and Scotch within he was excluded by the studios), reach. Diane Lane is superb as his work included uncredited Trumbo’s loyal wife Cleo, with Elle Academy Award-winning Fanning equally captivating as the screenplays for Roman Holiday feisty elder daughter who inherits and The Brave One.

her father’s political conviction. Amongst the film’s many pleasures are truly memorable performances from Helen Mirren as the infamous gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, John Goodman as an unscrupulous B-movie producer and Louis C.K. as the film’s most poignant and affecting character, a friend and fellow writer who refuses to compromise his principles. A wry story of resilience that has pace and wit, Trumbo also has historical heft and resonance on its side. ACCESS SCREENING The 9.00pm screening on Tues 16 Feb will include audio description and on-screen captioning.


NEW RELEASES

SPOTLIGHT FRI 12 – THURS 25 FEB

DIR: TOM MCCARTHY • USA • 2015 • 2 HRS 9 MINS

Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Michael Keaton star in this true story about a team of Boston Globe reporters who uncovered a massive scandal of child abuse and cover-ups within the Catholic Church.

Robinson (Michael Keaton) leads the Globe’s investigative unit, which includes Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams), and Matt Carroll (Brian d’Arcy James). They have their work cut out for them. Despite repeated allegations — An urgent procedural concerning decades’ worth — of misconduct one of the most painful scandals against minors under its care, in recent memory, the latest from the Church has long made a habit writer-director Tom McCarthy of simply moving the accused (The Station Agent, The Visitor) priests from parish to parish tells the true story of how the rather than allowing them to face Boston Globe revealed the Catholic justice. As the Globe’s team finds Church’s cover-up of widespread layer after layer of cover-up, their child molestation within the investigation becomes a quest Massachusetts priesthood. that goes on for months, pushing their psychological endurance to The year is 2001. Walter “Robby” the limit.

Fusing the newsroom politics and investigative momentum of All the President’s Men with the thematic heft of Sleepers, Spotlight traces the workings of the journalistic exposé that garnered the Globe a Pulitzer. Despite the absolutely stunning cast (easier to ask which top American talent is not involved), the film eschews glitzy mechanics and flashy performances, instead respecting the harrowing real life situation that it depicts. Already anticipating multiple awards, this film deals with a disturbing subject matter with a searching intensity and a rare sensitivity.


06/07

NEW RELEASES

BONE TOMAHAWK FRI 19 FEB – THURS 3 MAR

DIR: S. CRAIG ZAHLER • USA • 2015 • 2 HRS 12 MINS

Kurt Russell heads an all-star cast in this unpredictable and sometimes shocking fusion of horror and western.

turned upside down when his wife Samantha (Lili Simmons) is kidnapped. A disparate vigilante posse is quickly assembled, headed up by the town’s sheriff The Western is one of the core Franklin Hunt (Kurt Russell), genres that have proved infinitely and together they venture off in adaptable across the history of pursuit of Arthur’s wife and her film. In quick succession, cinemas abductors. Unfortunately for will receive the latest revisionist our intrepid heroes, they have version of the Old West, in the no idea just who or, more to the shape of Quentin Tarantino’s The point, what is waiting for them Hateful Eight and Bone Tomahawk, when they reach their fateful both finding a starring role for cult destination. hero Kurt Russell. Equal parts The Searchers Late one night in the Wild West and The Hills Have Eyes, town of Bright Hope, Arthur this gloriously imaginative O’Dwyer’s (Patrick Wilson) life is genre hybrid is an original,

unpredictable beast, filled with enough surprises to satisfy even the most jaded of horror hounds and western fans. An impressively assured directorial debut of writer/musician S. Craig Zahler, Bone Tomahawk is a visual feast and boasts some great performances from its all-star cast, notably Richard Jenkins as a sweetly bumbling deputy. But take caution, as one might expect from an unpredictable horror/western exploitationer, the threat of violence is never far away. Don’t say you weren’t warned...


NEW RELEASES

THE SURVIVALIST FRI 5 – THURS 18 FEB

DIR: STEPHEN FINGLETON • UK • 2015 • 1 HR 44 MINS

Exclusive to QFT ahead of its UK cinema release on 12 February, we are delighted to present this important new film from Northern Ireland.

CERT TBC

Survivalist is a spare, tense thriller set in a post-apocalyptic Ireland where organised society has collapsed.

A paranoid loner (Martin Winner of The Douglas Hickox McCann) lives in a cabin in the Award (Debut Director) at the woods, scratching a subsistence recent British Independent Film level living from the land and Awards, and now nominated for carefully managing even the the BAFTA Award for Outstanding smallest resource. His paranoia Debut by a British Writer, Director is justified when a pair of starving or Producer, The Survivalist marks women, mother and daughter, director Stephen Fingleton as a find his forest hideaway and significant new voice in cinema and upset the precarious equilibrium a promising Northern Irish talent. of his day to day existence… Demonstrating a sensibility that is evocative of classic European arthouse cinema such as Tarkovsky’s Stalker, The

Like survival itself The Survivalist is lean, pared to the bone. Dialogue is spare and functional, sound and vision

are spartan and naturalistic and, while superb, the acting is low key. In spite (or perhaps because) of this, less is definitely more – the film has a profound emotional impact and lingers in the memory long after watching. Life is about much more than survival after all and without fundamental human qualities – love, trust, compassion – is it even worth living? Q&A SCREENINGS Fri 5 Feb – Director Stephen Fingleton and lead actor Martin McCann. Sat 6 Feb & Sun 7 Feb – Director Stephen Fingleton and key crew.


08/09

NEW RELEASES

NIE YIN NIANG

THE ASSASSIN FRI 29 JAN – MON 1 FEB

DIR: HOU HSIAO-HSIEN •TAIWAN CHINA/HONG KONG/FRANCE • 2015 1 HR 46 MINS • SUBTITLED

The first film in eight years by Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien is an extraordinary comeback and the best film of 2015 according to the Sight & Sound critics’ poll. Set during the Tang Dynasty in the 9th century, a young woman (Shu Qi) abducted and trained as an assassin must kill her childhood love. With a mastery of the medium few directors could match, Hou Hsiao-hsien reinvents the Wuxia martial arts epic with a mysterious and beautiful cinematic tour de force.

DOCUMENTARY

INNOCENCE OF MEMORIES MON 22 – WED 24 FEB

DIR: GRANT GEE • UK • 2015 1 HR 37 MINS

The subject of Grant Gee’s (Joy Division) latest project has been described by the art historian Simon Schama as “the single most powerfully beautiful, humane and affecting work of contemporary art anywhere in the world.” Orhan Pamuk – Turkey’s Nobel laureate for Literature – opens a museum in Istanbul. A museum that’s a fiction: its objects trace a tale of doomed love in 1970s Istanbul. The film takes a tour of the objects as the starting point for a trip through love stories, landscapes and the chemistry of the city.


NEW RELEASES/SPECIAL EVENTS

HRÚTAR

RAMS FRI 12 – THURS 18 FEB

DIR: GRÍMUR HÁKONARSON ICELAND/DENMARK/NORWAY/POLAND 2015 • 1 HR 33 MINS • SUBTITLED

In a remote Icelandic farming valley, two estranged brothers must come together in order to save what’s dearest to them their sheep. The surprise winner of Un Certain Regard at last year’s Cannes, this desolately beautiful film follows Gummi (Sigurður Sigurjónsson) and Kiddi (Theodór Júlíusson), brothers who live on neighbouring sheep farms but haven’t spoken to each other for forty years. Then disease threatens their beloved rams - and the brothers are forced to communicate once again. Full of wry, deliciously mordant humour, Rams is a real treat.

DOCUMENTARY

ADDICTED TO SHEEP SUN 7 FEB, 3.45PM

DIR: MAGALI PETTIER • UK • 2015 1 HR 26 MINS

In the North Pennines, tenant farmers Tom and Kay spend their days looking after their flock of prized sheep, and hoping that this will be the year they breed the perfect one. Director Magali Pettier, herself a farmer’s daughter, follows a year in their lives, capturing both the stark, stunning beauty of the landscape, and the brutally hard graft it takes just to survive. A treat for the senses, Addicted to Sheep allows us to experience life on a hill farm – without having to get mucked in ourselves.


To mark the 25th anniversary of this classic film we have a special free screening at the QFT. Visit the Jameson Whiskey NI Facebook page to win a pair of tickets.

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AT A GLANCE

Times are subject to change. Please check www.queensfilmtheatre.com for up-to-date information.

JANUARY DATE

EVENT

TIME

Fri 29

Youth Made in Belfast + Q&A The Assassin

6.20pm/8.50pm 6.30pm 9.15pm

Sat 30

Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain + Q&A Youth Odd Man Out The Assassin

3.00pm 3.45pm/6.20pm/8.50pm 6.30pm 9.15pm

Youth The Assassin Belfast Shorts

3.15pm/5.50pm/8.20pm 3.45pm/8.10pm 6.00pm

Sun 31

Sun 14

Spotlight Trumbo Rams The Survivalist

3.40pm/6.20pm 4.00pm/9.00pm 6.30pm 8.35pm

Mon 15

Spotlight Rams The Survivalist Trumbo

6.20pm 6.30pm 8.35pm 9.00pm

Tues 16

Spotlight Rams The Survivalist Trumbo (Access screening)

6.20pm 6.30pm 8.35pm 9.00pm

Wed 17

Medfest 2016 Spotlight Rams The Survivalist Trumbo

2.30pm for 3pm 6.20pm 6.30pm 8.35pm 9.00pm

Thurs 18

Spotlight Rams The Survivalist Trumbo

6.20pm 6.30pm 8.35pm 9.00pm

Fri 19

Bone Tomahawk King Jack Janis: Little Girl Blue Spotlight

6.20pm 6.30pm 8.50pm 9.00pm

Sat 20

Privilege of Choice Fresh Dressed Bone Tomahawk Ayanda Janis: Little Girl Blue Spotlight

2.15pm 3.30pm 6.20pm 6.30pm 8.50pm 9.00pm

Sun 21

Manga Masterclass Speed Sisters + Q&A Grave of the Fireflies Bone Tomahawk The Case of Hana and Alice Janis: Little Girl Blue Spotlight

2.15pm 4.00pm 4.15pm 6.20pm 6.30pm 8.50pm 9.00pm

FEBRUARY DATE

EVENT

Mon 1

6.20pm/9.00pm Youth The Truth Commissioner + Q&A 6.30pm 9.15pm The Assassin

Tues 2

Youth Mickybo & Me Cry of the City

6.20pm/8.50pm 6.30pm 9.00pm

Wed 3

Youth Good Vibrations Cry of the City

6.20pm/8.50pm 6.30pm 9.00pm

Thurs 4

Youth Battle of the Bone Cry of the City

6.20pm/8.50pm 6.30pm 9.00pm

Fri 5

Trumbo The Survivalist + Q&A Youth

6.20pm/9.00pm 6.30pm 9.15pm

Sat 6

Belfast on Film Trumbo Youth The Survivalist + Q&A Lee Scratch Perry’s Vision of Paradise

2.30pm 3.45pm/6.20pm/9.00pm 4.00pm 6.30pm

Trumbo Addicted to Sheep The Survivalist + Q&A Youth

3.00pm/5.35pm/8.15pm 3.45pm 5.45pm 8.30pm

Mon 8

Trumbo Youth The Survivalist

6.20pm/9.00pm 6.30pm 9.10pm

Tues 9

Trumbo Youth (Access screening) The Survivalist

6.20pm/9.00pm 6.30pm 9.10pm

Sun 7

TIME

9.15pm

Wed 10 – Trumbo Thurs 11 Youth The Survivalist

6.20pm/9.00pm 6.30pm 9.10pm

Fri 12

Spotlight Rams The Survivalist Trumbo

6.20pm 6.30pm 8.35pm 9.00pm

Sat 13

Trumbo Spotlight Rams The Survivalist Jameson Film Club: The Silence of the Lambs

2.00pm/9.00pm 3.40pm/6.20pm 4.30pm 6.30pm 8.45pm

Mon 22 – Bone Tomahawk Wed 24 Janis: Little Girl Blue Innocence of Memories Spotlight

6.20pm 6.30pm 8.45pm 9.00pm

Thurs 25 Bone Tomahawk

6.20pm 7.00pm 9.00pm

NT Live: As You Like It Spotlight


12/13

SPECIAL EVENTS

WED 17 FEB RECEPTION FROM 2.30PM EVENT FROM 3.00PM-5.00PM

Medfest is a medically themed film festival run by UK Psychiatry trainees. It aims to increase interest in Psychiatry and to inspire others through the use of film. Each spring, Medfest screens short films and film extracts to audiences across the UK, and it is now established as an internationally recognised event with forty-six events held globally last year. This year’s event considers the depiction of conflict-related trauma in film and its relationship with mental healthcare and medicine. Since WW2, psychiatrists and mental health practitioners have become increasingly aware of the emotional consequences of war, consequences that can be long-lasting, difficult to treat, and inter-generational.

Excerpts will include: Declan Keeney’s Theatre of Witness production, We Carried Your Secrets; the Academy Awardnominated documentary, The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer); Laurent Bécue-Renard’s criticallyacclaimed Of Men and War; and Jan Haaken’s Mind Zone: Therapists Behind the Front Lines. Sir Simon Wessely (President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists) will join a group of panelists to discuss some of the issues provoked by these films.   Free admission – book online at queensfilmtheatre.com.   For more information see medfest.co.uk or contact medfest2016@gmail.com.


SECOND SIGHT/SPECIAL EVENTS

SECOND SIGHT

CRY OF THE CITY TUES 2 – THURS 4 FEB

DIR: ROBERT SIODMAK • USA • 1948 1 HR 35 MINS

Robert Siodmak’s fast-paced crime thriller, a tale of law and disorder shot mainly on location, is a great noir classic awaiting rediscovery in this new restoration. Anticipating the films of Martin Scorsese, it offers a vivid depiction of life in New York City’s Little Italy. Adapted from the novel The Chair for Martin Rome by Henry Edward Helseth, the film tells the story of a charismatic criminal (Richard Conte) and his nemesis, Lieutenant Candella (Victor Mature), a one-time friend from the same immigrant Italian community – who is chasing him down with obsessive determination.

COMING SOON FROM NT LIVE

National Theatre Live is the National Theatre’s groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre live from the London stage to cinemas across the UK and around the world. AS YOU LIKE IT THURS 25 FEB, 7PM SUN 6 MAR, 2PM (ENCORE)

HANGMEN THURS 3 MAR, 7PM NT Live will broadcast the Royal Court Theatre’s acclaimed production live from the West End. Written by Olivier and Academy Award-winner Martin McDonagh (In Bruges).

TICKETS Live: £15 (£12.50 concessions and Film Card holders) Encore: £12.50 (£10 concessions and Film Card holders)


SPECIAL EVENTS: TAKEOVER FILM FESTIVAL

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TAKEOVER FILM FESTIVAL 2016

QFT’s youth group presents the 7th Takeover Film Festival from 19-21 February. The festival includes previews of new feature films, documentaries, live music, shorts and a day of anime events. The programme, curated and introduced by the Takeover Film youth group, explores youth and identity and is supported by the Community Relations Council NI. Tickets for students for all screenings only £4 (this excludes workshops). For more info and to book go to takeoverfilm.com. OPENING NIGHT PREVIEW

TAKEOVER SHORT

KING JACK

PRIVILEGE OF CHOICE

FRI 19 FEB, 6.30PM DIR: FELIX THOMPSON • USA • 2015 • 1 HR 21 MINS

SAT 20 FEB, 2.15PM CERT TBC

Tribeca-awarded debut King Jack is a tough and powerful coming of age story exploring the pain of growing up. Lonely 15-year-old Jack (Charlie Plummer) is trapped in a violent feud with a cruel bully. When his younger cousin comes to stay he discovers friendship over a summer weekend. With exceptional performances from his young cast, Felix Thompson’s assured direction and evocative sense of place juxtaposes lyrical cinematography with moments of great brutality. Recommended age 15+ for some strong language and violence.

DIR: THOMAS POLLOCK • UK • 2015 • 24 MINS

Coming of age drama set in Belfast about a young man who falls for the same girl as a gang bully. A 2015 Takeover Film production, directed by Thomas Pollock. Recommended age 12+. Free admission – book online at queensfilmtheatre.com.


SPECIAL EVENTS: TAKEOVER FILM FESTIVAL DOCUMENTARY

FRESH DRESSED SAT 20 FEB, 3.30PM

AYANDA SAT 20 FEB, 6.30PM CERT TBC

DIR: SACHA JENKINS • USA • 2015 • 1 HR 23 MINS

DIR: SARA BLECHER • SOUTH AFRICA • 2015 • 1 HR 45 MINS

Fresh Dressed is the fascinating chronicle of hip-hop and urban fashion.

This moving drama about family and relationships refreshingly highlights the similarities between the struggles of youth in South Africa and the western world without dealing with politics, war or racial stereotypes.

This music-drenched history draws from a rich mix of archival materials and in-depth interviews with rappers, designers and industry insiders Pharrell Williams, Damon Dash, Karl Kani, Kanye West, Nasir Jones and Andre Leon Talley. The result is a passionate telling of how the reach for freedom of expression and a better life by a culture that refused to be squashed, would, through sheer originality and swagger, take over the mainstream. Followed by a free, live hip hop set in the QFT foyer coffee bar, 5.15pm-6pm, by Belfast Music Hub. DOCUMENTARY

SPEED SISTERS SUN 21 FEB, 4.00PM DIR: AMBER FARES • PALESTINE/USA/QATAR/UK/DENMARK CERT CANADA • 2015 • 1 HR 20 MINS • SUBTITLED TBC

This award winning documentary follows the first all-woman race car driving team in a maledominated sport in Palestine. Their dedication and love of racing is the driving force in this film whilst exploring the individual struggles they experience both on and off the track. And with the indie music soundtrack audiences will be in for a thrilling ride. Recommended age 15+. Followed by an audience discussion chaired by Belfast based filmmaker Seán Murray.

Ayanda spends her time in her late father’s garage re-inventing used car parts to make furniture. However, when her mother and father’s best friend decide to sell it, Ayanda takes on the responsibility of running the garage, leading to a journey of personal growth and coming to terms with the past. Recommended age 15+.


16/17

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ANIME DAY

HOTARU NO HAKA

GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES SUN 21 FEB, 4.15PM

MANGA CHARACTER MASTERCLASS SUN 21 FEB, 2.15PM

DIR: ISAO TAKAHATA • JAPAN • 1988 • 1 HR 29 MINS SUBTITLED

DURATION: 3 HRS

Set in Kobe, Japan, and based on the 1967 semiautobiographical novel by Akiyuki Nosaka, two siblings, Seita and Setsuko, struggle to survive during the final months of WWII.

Find out how to draw your own anime character in a hands-on workshop led by Scottish illustrator Richard McGilvray, who will help you to create your own Manga drawings. Suitable for all levels of ability, materials provided.

“5 stars - This animated Japanese masterpiece is Tickets £8. For ages 12-17 only. Participants a war story as wrenching as any live-action movie” must complete and bring a signed parental The Guardian consent form before the workshop which can be downloaded from the QFT website. HANA TO ARISU SATSUJIN JIKEN

THE CASE OF HANA AND ALICE SUN 21 FEB, 6.30PM DIR: SHUNJI IWAI • JAPAN • 2015 • 1 HR 40 MINS • SUBTITLED CERT TBC

Alice has just moved to a new house with her recently divorced mother. She becomes a transfer student at a school where she hears mysterious rumours of a classmate’s disappearance. When she starts to investigate she meets Hana, her young strange neighbour who is convinced that he’s still alive. This film uses rotoscoping, which uses live action footage played by the original actors and traces it frame by frame to make animation. Recommended age 12+. The film will be preceded by Takeover’s short music video of Belfast Music Hub (5 mins).


SPECIAL EVENTS: MADE IN BELFAST

In recent years Belfast has firmly established itself as a prime location and a distinctive setting for a burgeoning local film and television production industry. This is however just the latest chapter in the story of Belfast and film, a story which dates back to the earliest days of cinema.

have been intrigued and inspired by our fascinating, frustrating city.

Film is in Belfast’s DNA. The city has a rich and varied cinematic history; from the fascinating street scenes captured by the Lumière Brothers in 1897, through to the gripping drama of Carol Reed’s Odd Man Out (1946) or the bittersweet humour of Mickybo & Me (2004), film-makers and story tellers

Each programme will be accompanied by a short selection of archive film drawn from Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive, digitalfilmarchive.net.

Celebrating the stories, places and people of Belfast, this season will explore Belfast’s film past and consider the present and potential future of film in the city.

Presented as part of BFI Britain on Film.


18/19

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MADE IN BELFAST FRI 29 JAN, 6.30PM DIR: PAUL KENNEDY • UK • 2013 • 1 HR 25 MINS

CERT TBC

What better way to launch a season of films made in Belfast than with a film called…Made in Belfast. The debut feature of writer/director/actor Paul Kennedy, Made in Belfast is a wry, observant tale of forgiveness and redemption with a distinctive Belfast flavour. Successful author Jack (Ciarán McMenamin) returns home to Belfast after an 8-year selfimposed exile. He finds a city that has moved on… and some unfinished emotional business that clearly hasn’t. Followed by a Q&A with writer/director Paul Kennedy, cast and crew.

ODD MAN OUT SAT 30 JAN, 6.30PM DIR: CAROL REED • UK • 1947 • 1 HR 56 MINS

‘This story is told against a background of political unrest in a city of Northern Ireland.’ Unnamed in the film, the setting for Carol Reed’s classic British film noir is indisputably Belfast, from the shots of the famous Albert Clock to the recreation of the interior of the iconic Crown Bar (the actual set was located in Buckinghamshire). Based on a novel by Belfast based author F.L. Green, James Mason plays Johnny, leader of an IRA type group (although the group is never named), a fugitive on the run through the backstreets of Belfast. Showing with The Death of a Projectionist DIR: JONATHAN BEER • UK • 2015 • 14 MINS

Gerry is a projectionist. He loves his job, his colleagues and the joy that cinema brings. But is he ready for the change that’s coming?

BELFAST SHORTS SUN 31 JAN, 6.00PM

QFT in collaboration with Northern Ireland Screen present a selection of short films shot or set in Belfast. Titles are to be confirmed at the time of going to print. Check queensfilmtheatre.com for updates.


SPECIAL EVENTS: MADE IN BELFAST

THE TRUTH COMMISSIONER

MICKYBO & ME

MON 1 FEB, 6.30PM DIR: DECLAN RECKS • UK/IRELAND • 2016 • 1 HR 39 MINS

TUES 2 FEB, 6.30PM CERT TBC

A special preview of a new political thriller adapted from David Park’s 2008 novel. Henry Stanfield (Roger Allam), a career diplomat experienced in conflict resolution, has just been appointed Truth Commissioner to Northern Ireland. The PM, eager to cement her legacy as the peacemaker, urges a commission following the South African model of Truth and Reconciliation. But though Stanfield starts bravely, he quickly uncovers some bloody and inconvenient truths about those now running the country; truths which none of those in power are prepared to have revealed. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with cast and crew.

DIR: TERRY LOANE • UK/FRANCE • 2004 • 1 HR 35 MINS

The sectarian divisions and fragmented geography of ‘70s Belfast provide the backdrop for this funny, sad depiction of childhood friendship against the odds. Two young boys from “up the road” and “over the bridge” escape the confines of a city overshadowed by hatred and fear by becoming their heroes, Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid. Showing with Boogaloo and Graham DIR: MICHAEL LENNOX • UK • 2014 • 14 MINS

This BAFTA-winning short is set in ‘70s Belfast and follows the story of two young boys who discover the facts of life with the help of their pet chickens.


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GOOD VIBRATIONS WED 3 FEB, 6.30PM

BATTLE OF THE BONE THURS 4 FEB, 6.30PM

DIR: LISA BARROS D’SA & GLENN LEYBURN • UK/IRELAND 2012 • 1 HR 43 MINS

DIR: GEORGE CLARKE • UK • 2008 • 1 HR 30 MINS

If ever a film embodied the anarchic, irreverent spirit of Belfast then Good Vibrations is it.

There are many ways to make films and George Clarke’s Belfast based Yellow Fever productions have flown the flag for ultra-low budget ‘guerilla’ film-making here since 2007.

The story of Belfast music legend Terri Hooley, the man responsible for discovering The Undertones and recording Teenage Kicks, the film is a perennial favourite with local audiences and is one of the most evocative, iconic representations of the city on screen, particularly in its rousing climax, filmed in Belfast’s famous Ulster Hall. 35mm screening. Showing with Shellshock Rock (extract) DIR: JOHN T. DAVIS• UK/IRELAND • 1979 • 10 MINS EXTRACT

Newly restored version of John T. Davis’ masterful documentary about the music and mayhem of 1970s’ Northern Irish punk.

BELFAST ON FILM SAT 6 FEB, 2.30PM 1 HR APPROX.

See Belfast as you have never seen it before! This presentation features a unique selection of films from Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive. Experience the rich heritage of Belfast’s cinematic history in this fascinating glimpse into the city’s film past. Recommended age 8+. Free admission – book online at queensfilmtheatre.com.

A bloody, riotous gore-fest shot on the streets of Belfast, Battle of the Bone is billed as NI’s first (and probably last!) kung fu zombie movie and pitches three friends against the combined terrors of rival rioting gangs and hordes of marauding zombies. Recommended age 18+. Showing with Introducing Brian DIR: NICHOLAS KEOGH • UK • 2015 • 14 MINS

Meet Brian, a storyteller and dreamer, for a trip down memory alley.


NEW RELEASES

JANIS: LITTLE GIRL BLUE FRI 19 – WED 24 FEB

DIR: AMY J. BERG • USA • 2015 • 1 HR 43 MINS

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Amy J. Berg (West of Memphis) delves into the life of late rock legend Janis Joplin.

CERT TBC

Yet her on-stage bravado and uninhibited sexual persona hid hurt and insecurity stemming from her childhood in conservative Texas. On Janis Joplin is one of the most relocating to San Francisco and revered and iconic singers of all discovering the blues, Janis time, she electrified and thrilled found an outlet for her pain millions of listeners with her and loneliness and fell into a powerful, soulful voice and blazed community that would embrace new creative trails before her and celebrate her talent. death in 1971, aged just 27. With massive hits including “Me and Janis: Little Girl Blue brings Bobby McGee” and “Piece of My to life Janis the paradox, both Heart,” and such classic albums insecure and brazen, with as Cheap Thrills and Pearl, Joplin interviews from old band was one of the performers who members, unseen audio and embodied the musical and cultural video footage (some shot by revolution of the 1960s. legendary filmmaker D.A.

Pennebaker), and readings from Janis’s letters home to her parents voiced by musician Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power). Janis: Little Girl Blue offers new understanding of a bright, complex woman whose surprising rise and sudden demise changed music forever. “Amy Berg’s deeply sympathetic documentary on Janis Joplin—a singer whose shredded wail tapped reservoirs of pain—gets so much right, it feels like a major act of cultural excavation.” – TIME OUT


SPECIAL EVENTS

22/23

DOCUMENTARY

SLEAFORD MODS: INVISIBLE BRITAIN SAT 30 JAN, 3PM DIR: NATHAN HANNAWIN & PAUL SNG • UK 2015 • 1 HR 25 MINS

Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain, part band doc, part look at the state of the nation, follows the Nottingham band on a tour of the UK in the run up to the 2015 General Election. It shows the most exciting and uncompromising British band in years sticking two fingers up to the zeitgeist and articulating the rage and desperation of those without a voice in austerity Britain. Recommended age 15+ Followed by a Q&A with the film’s directors, Nathan Hannawin and Paul Sng, hosted by BBC Radio Ulster’s Steven Rainey.

DOCUMENTARY

LEE SCRATCH PERRY’S VISION OF PARADISE SAT 6 FEB, 9.15PM DIR: VOLKER SCHANER • GERMANY UK/SWITZERLAND/JAMAICA/ETHIOPIA • CERT TBC 2015 •1 HR 40 MINS

A visionary record producer and pioneer in reggae and dub, Lee Scratch Perry’s life has been an ongoing quest for spiritual liberation through sound. Filmed over a 15 year period, we are invited into his legendary Black Ark studio in Kingston, where Perry recorded Bob Marley and The Wailers, and into his home today in the Swiss Alps. Enlivened by animation and the colours of his Jamaican homeland, this is a rare opportunity to step into the personal world of a true musical maverick.


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