Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Unusual venues for film festival

Writer Malachy Grant recreates a scene from The Evil Dead 2 ahead of this year's Belfast Film Festival (BFF/PA)

From horror in the park to a prison classic behind bars, movie lovers are being offered the chance to watch big screen favourites at some unlikely venues during this year's Belfast Film Festival.

The famous Crumlin Road Gaol will host a screening of Paul Newman's Cool Hand Luke while Ormeau Park will provide an eerie setting to show Evil Dead 2 as part of a packed programme over the coming 11 days.

A school library provided the backdrop for the famous 1980s coming of age drama The Breakfast Club so the choice of Belfast Inst's library to screen the film during the 2013 festival was another appropriate choice.

Now in its 13th year, the festival kicks off on Thursday night with the home-grown and aptly titled new film, Made in Belfast.

Starring Enniskillen's Ciaran McMenamin, the feature from writer/director Paul Kennedy will debut at the Movie House on the Dublin Road.

Across town, St Anne's Cathedral will become a temporary cinema for a presentation of Franco Zeffirelli's version of Verdi's La Traviata. The evening will also feature a live performance by members of Northern Ireland Opera's Young Artists' Programme.

Running until Sunday April 21, the festival aims to shine a spotlight on both local and global talent. The programme includes more than 110 screenings in a range of venues across Belfast.

Festival Director Michele Devlin said: "We are very excited to be showcasing home-grown work and international film-making talent from more than 30 countries.

"The programme is packed with well established, lesser-seen and exciting first time directing talent. From Iran to Japan, from Cuba to China, the world will be at festivalgoers' fingertips.

"We are thrilled also that emerging local talent is well represented in the 53 shortlisted films from the hundreds of entries to the festival's Short Film Competition. There is a lot to look forward to."

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