Cinema City Brings Stellar Names To Derry~Londonderry

Cinema City Brings Stellar Names To Derry~Londonderry

Some of the biggest figures in international cinema including Oscar winning director Danny Boyle, BAFTA winner Paul Greengrass and Pulitzer Prize winning writer and actor Sam Shepard will be arriving in Derry~Londonderry in November for a month-long programme of film screenings and special events, entitled Cinema City.

Cinema City is presented by Culture Company and the Nerve Centre, in association with the University of Ulster, BFI, BAFTA, Film Hub NI, NWRC and the Foyle Film Festival. With venues including Brunswick Moviebowl, the Nerve Centre, Ebrington Square, St Columb’s Hall, the Masonic Hall, the Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall, the Rath Mor Centre, Foyle Theatre as well as local community centres and libraries, Derry~Londonderry will truly become a city of cinema throughout November.

Four key themes will be woven through the programme for Cinema City: GOTHIC , Portrait of a City, Legacies of Conflict, and Art in Cinema. The eclectic month-long programme which also takes in the 26th Foyle Film Festival from November 20-24, will include special seasons on the films of Danny Boyle, Sam Shepard and Stephen Rea.

Oscar winning director Danny Boyle and BAFTA nominated screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce will be In Conversation at St Columb’s Hall during the Foyle Film Festival on Saturday, November 23.

Presented by Culture Company and BAFTA, this event will mark the return of Danny Boyle to the city after 17 years, during which he achieved international acclaim with films such as Trainspotting, 28 Days Later and Slumdog Millionaire.

BAFTA winning director Paul Greengrass will attend a special screening in Brunswick Moviebowl of his new film, Captain Philips, on Thursday, November 14. Later that evening he will be In Conversation with Professor Martin McLoone of the University of Ulster.

Oscar winning actor and screenwriter Sam Shepard and acclaimed German director Wim Wenders will attend a screening of their classic movie, Paris, Texas in Brunswick Moviebowl on Friday, November 22, as part of the Foyle Film Festival.

Following a screening of his debut feature film, Angel, in the Nerve Centre on November 19, Oscar nominated actor Stephen Rea will discuss his long standing collaboration with Irish director Neil Jordan.

Director Julian Temple will present his new documentary, London Babylon in Brunswick Moviebowl on Sunday, November 24, as part of the Foyle Film Festival.

An audio visual highlight will be a screening of Psycho at the Venue on November 22 with the film’s visceral soundtrack performed live by the Ulster Orchestra.

Director and screenwriter Peter Kosminsky and film producer Andrew Eaton will be just two of the speakers at the Teaching Divided Histories conference on November 18-19. The conference, organised by the Nerve Centre and the British Council, will explore the role of film, television and digital media in conflict education in the classroom.

Cinema City is supported by Film Hub NI. Film Hub NI is led by Film Hub Lead Organisation QFT as part of the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN) and funded by the BFI through National Lottery Funding.

Cinema City Themes

GOTHIC Cinema City will incorporate the BFI’s blockbuster project GOTHIC  exploring the macabre in movie history. Local audiences can enjoy horror classics such as Don’t Look NowThe Night of the Hunter and The Shining as well as three different versions of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Outdoor screenings will take place at Ebrington and pop-up venues across the city, of shockers such as American Werewolf in London and 28 Days Later.  These outdoor screenings will build up to the Lumiere festival commencing on November 28.

Shakespeare Gothic will feature a number of film versions of Macbeth as well as a unique opportunity to see local director Steven Cavanagh’s stylish adaptation of Hamlet, set entirely on location in Derry.

A highlight of the GOTHIC season will be the premiere of a new short film based on the  poem ‘The legend of Stumpies Brae’ by Cecil Francis Alexander. Stumpy’s Brae is a 30-minute Gothic horror in the Ulster Scots language, written for BBC Northern Ireland, by Derry school teacher, Darren Gibson which will open Cinema City on November 1 at 12 noon.

BT Portrait of a City

Cinema City will celebrate the creativity of our local film-makers with the premiere of a number of new films, commissioned by Culture Company, exploring aspects of city life.Throughout November, Cinema City will bring film to local communities through a touring package of new archive footage donated by the public to the BT Portrait of a City project in 2013. The films will be screened in community centres and libraries throughout the city allowing audiences to revisit aspects of their history that have been captured on film.

Director Desmond Bell, a native of the city, will screen a number of his documentaries about the loyalist culture of the city on November 23 followed by panel debates. The documentary Picturing Derry, which inspired the City of Culture photographic exhibition, will also be screened on the same day with the film-makers in attendance.

A unique screening will take place on November 20 of a film that was last shown in Derry in 1914. The Photo-Drama of Creation is an incredible multi-media presentation that used lantern slides, films from many sources and audio recordings to proclaim the millennial vision of Charles Russell, founder of the International Bible Students Association, from which the Jehovah’s Witnesses would later emerge.  The screening in the Nerve Centre will be introduced by Ulster born film scholar and broadcaster, Professor Ian Christie.

The undoubted highlight of the BT Portrait of a City film programme will be the premiere of Gerry Anderson’s new feature length documentary, A City Dreaming. The screening will take place on December 6 in St Columb’s Hall.

Legacies of Conflict

The legacy of conflict in Northern Ireland and other countries will be explored at the Teaching Divided Histories Conference at the Masonic Hall with special guest Marianne Pearle, the subject of the 2007 film A Mighty Heart.

Willie Doherty will discuss the influence of cinema on his artwork in a special event at the Nerve Centre on November 13, before introducing a screening of Alan Clarke’s film, Elephant. This searing drama about sectarian violence is one of the most controversial films about the Troubles.

The Digital Arts Studio (newly named The Hive) at the Rath Mor Centre in Creggan will host a retrospective of the three Northern Ireland documentaries made by the late Mike Grigsby: Too Long a Sacrifice, 1984; The Silent War, 1990; Rehearsals, 2005.  The three films will screen on November 20 and 21.

There will be a special screening of the documentary, The Officer’s Wife, revealing the story of the massacre of Polish officers in World War Two. This event, organised in partnership with the Polish Embassy, will engage the city’s Polish community in a debate about their history.

Art and the Cinema

Art and the Cinema is a programme of movies about artists complementing the Turner Prize exhibition and other visual art exhibitions in the city such as Willie Doherty ‘Unseen’. Films on the life of Caravaggio, Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Francis Bacon and Tarkovsky’s classic, Andrei Rublev, will be screening weekly at the Nerve Centre.

CCEA are running an exhibition of the best contemporary approaches to GCE art and design at the Void Gallery from November 22 to November 29. Admission is free.

CCEA and the Foyle Film Festival will present a special celebration of the 10th anniversary of Moving Image Arts in Brunswick Moviebowl on November 26. German Director Claudia Handel will screen her short film Lucky Seven, which was filmed in Derry last year and discuss the film-making process. In the afternoon, a screening of the best Moving Image Arts short films of 2013 will take place and prizes awarded, sponsored by City of Derry Crystal.

Cinema City will begin on November 1 with a weekend of horror movies, including a pop-up screening in the Nerve Centre of Shaun of the Dead.

Cinema City is supported by Film Hub NI. Film Hub NI is led by Film Hub Lead Organisation QFT as part of the BFI Film Audience Network and funded by British Film Institute through National Lottery Funding.

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