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Wednesday 5 August 2015

Belfast Film Festival revs up with premiere of Dunlop roadracing movie Road narrated by Liam Neeson

BY AMANDA FERGUSON

Published 27/02/2014 | 05:04

Liam Neeson narrates Dunlop film Road
Liam Neeson narrates Dunlop film Road

A film about the roadracing dynasty of the legendary Dunlops narrated by Hollywood star Liam Neeson is to get its world premiere at the 14th Belfast Film Festival.

Road, a documentary film that tells the extraordinary story of two sets of roadracing Dunlop brothers, will be shown at the Dublin Road Moviehouse on the opening night of festival.

Above: Joey Dunlop
Above: Joey Dunlop

Produced by DoubleBand Films, it is a dramatic recounting of two generations of a family united by loss and success.

The homage to roadracing and its quiet local heroes, Joey and Robert Dunlop, and Robert's sons William and Michael, features stunning action and candid race-day scenes.

Festival director Michele Devlin said: "Over the last 25 years local company DoubleBand have produced an amazing body of work.

"We are delighted that their new film Road will be premiering at this year's Belfast Film Festival.

"This film is destined for international success – intense interest in the sport and the legendary Dunlop family guarantee it will be a sure-fire hit with both local and global audiences.

"Road skilfully captures the visceral excitement of the sport, and sensitively depicts the tragedies and triumphs experienced by the families."

The 10-day festival runs from March 27 to April 5. It will host 125 films and events and bring stories from 38 countries to 16 venues across Belfast.

Screenings will be shown at both inside and outside cinemas, with local churches and schools hosting special events.

Included in the line-up is a live score to Dawn Of The Dead by rock legends Goblin and a chance for Hitchcock fans to see Dial M For Murder as it was originally intended – in 3D.

There will also be a celebration of the music of Patrick Doyle, a longtime collaborator of Kenneth Branagh, and Mark Cousins and David Holmes present a 'work in progress' event about the making of their upcoming film I Am Belfast.

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