Reel Lives | Cinematic Breakfasts
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Reel Lives | Cinematic Breakfasts

Nerve Centre

Admission: £6 + booking fee


£6 + booking fee


Run Times & Intervals

1hr 58mins

Age Guidance


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Sit back and relax with a coffee and croissant watching some all time classic films on the big screen. No better way to spend your weekend. Please ensure to book in advance due to catering requirements.

Carol — 11am, Saturday 1 April

Dancing At Lughnasa — 11am, Sunday 2 April

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When Carol, played by Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (Tár, Elizabeth) walks into a New York City department store and meets Therese, played by Rooney Mara (Her, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) an unlikely friendship sparks.

Carol is an elegant socialite going through a bitter divorce while Therese is just starting out in life; unsure of who she wants to be. Mesmerised by each other, they face a choice: deny their hearts desires or defy society's conventions but in doing so, risk life as they know it. From director Todd Haynes (I'm Not There, Far From Heaven) and based on the best-selling novel, Carol is a powerful romance fuelled by the danger and exhilaration of forbidden love.

Nominated for 6 Oscars®.

“Playing out with episodic inevitability, the plot feels schematic and obvious until the viewer realizes how expertly Haynes has drawn the viewer into Therese and Carol’s feelings and desires[…]Carol possesses the same quiet, catlike powers of its magnetic title character: It swirls around to ambush you — “I like the hat” — and make you swoon.” Ann Hornaday, Washington Post.

2014. UK/USA/Australia. Director: Todd Haynes. Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson. Duration: 1hr 58mins. Cert: 15

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Dancing At Lughnasa

It is the summer of 1936 and Europe is on the verge of terrible change. But far removed from the frightening violence, the Mundy family are sheltered in their close-knit home in Ballybeg, Donegal. Michael, the illegitimate son of the youngest sister, feels the joy and security of his family.

But when his father comes home, the cracks begin to show. Secrets and sorrows break through the happiness and repressed passion is unleashed. Lingering below the surface lie concealed anxieties which will tear the wold apart and change the Eden of Ballybeg forever.

Winner of IFTN award for Best Actor in a Female Role (Brid Brennan)

Nominated for Golden Bear at 1998 Venice Film Festival

“Whatever the material loses in claustrophobic tension and foreboding, it benefits immeasurably from the glorious, untamed vistas and the quaint ambiance of the little Irish village seen here.” — Janet Maslin, The New York Times.

1998. Ireland/UK/USA. Director: Pat O’Connor. Cast: Meryl Streep, Michael Gambon, Kathy Burke. Duration: 1hr 35mins. Cert: PG.

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Foyle Film Festival presents... Reel Lives

This event is part of Foyle Film Festival presents Reel Lives, a new short programme aiming to showcase different lives on screen, shining a light on alternative, lesser known perspectives, inspiring stories and people and communities on the margins seeing themselves on the big screen.

Reel Lives will host a series of public screenings, a primary and post primary education programme and some Foyle Film Festival favourites such as Cinematic Breakfasts and Dementia Friendly screenings.

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