Foyle Film Festival Launches 2018 Spring Programme

Foyle Film Festival Launches 2018 Spring Programme

The Spring Programme launches on Monday 16 April in Nerve Centre with Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, the true story of the love affair between fading Hollywood siren Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening) and little-known Scouse actor Peter Turner (Jamie Bell).


A star-studded cast including, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe, Penélope Cruz, led by director Kenneth Branagh, come together for one of the smartest, gripping and stirring mysteries ever told – Murder on the Orient Express (April 18).


Record Store Day is celebrated with a week-long series of the best documentaries exploring punk rock, culminating in The Wood Burning Savages’ debut album launch party in Nerve Centre on April 21.

Here to Be Heard: The Story of the Slits, charts the career of the tough-talking all-female rockers who redefined the concept of ‘girl bands’ whilst The Clash frontman Joe Strummer is the subject of Julien Temple’s award-winning documentary. He might have divided opinions, made enemies and left a debatable musical legacy, but he was never dull, and Temple's film, Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten, is a fitting tribute to his complex personality.

Oscar®-winners Shirley MacClaine and Jessica Lang bring the laughs with their latest film, Wild Oats, a coming-of-old-age comedy. When Eva (MacLaine) wrongly receives millions of dollars in life insurance, her best friend Maddie (Lange) convinces her to jet off on a luxury holiday to sunny Spain and spend it.

Christopher Nolan’s World War II blockbuster, Dunkirk, follows soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada and France as they're surrounded by the German army and evacuated during the eponymous battle.

The festival pays tribute to Bessie Nolan, the star of Older Than Ireland, who passed away on February 28, at the grand young age of 106 with a special screening of the acclaimed feature documentary. Older Than Ireland tells the story of one hundred years of life as seen through the eyes of thirty Irish centenarians; from their birth at the dawn of Irish independence to their life in modern day Ireland.

The programme ends on May 31 with My Generation, David Batty's fascinating documentary celebrating Britain in the sixties with iconic movie star Michael Caine as the master of ceremonies.

Tickets for all screenings are priced at £3 and are on sale from the Nerve Centre’s box office.