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QFT exhibition adds colour to Belfast Film Festival

Some of the biggest names in cinema will be appearing at Belfast's Queen's Film Theatre next week - thanks to two Belfast artists.

Portraits of stars including Natalie Portman, Javier Bardem and Heath Ledger will be on display for the duration of the 11th Belfast Film Festival , Thursday 31st March - Thursday 14th April.

Shauna McGowan and Mark Reihill will each display 12 cinematic icons as part of the '24 Frames Per Second' exhibition, which both artists say has been inspired by a mutual love of film.

Shauna, who is already well-established as an emerging talent, has had work exhibited throughout Ireland, China and Finland. She said Stanley Kubrick's classic horror The Shining proved to be a big inspiration:

"We both adore the work of Stanley Kubrick so we decided to tackle an illustration each from The Shining to show our contrasting approach when illustrating. The Shining is a masterpiece on every level, from casting, location to set design and the soundtrack. I picked characters that are quirky and who stand apart for the creative energy they bring to a performance."

The new exhibition is just one of a number of projects Shauna is currently working on.

"I currently have a screen-printed hooded leather cape on exhibition at the F.E McWilliam Gallery in Banbridge as part of Seacourt Print workshops exhibition Another Dimension. This exhibition continues until May 14th. During April I will be undertaking a residency at the Cill Rialaig Project in Kerry. I will also be exhibiting at the Irish Furniture Fair, RDS Dublin as part of the Refound Collective," said Shauna.

Digital illustrator Mark's clients have included Coca-Cola and the BBC.

He said staging the new exhibtion has given him the chance to push the boundaries of his artistic and software skills:

"I'm a total film-buff, so the hardest thing really was to narrow my list actors down to just 12! I tried to create a body of work which featured different genres, decades and cinematic icons, as well as including as many of my favourite films and actors as possible," said Mark.

"It doesn't matter if it's an actor, musician, or member of the public, it's the energy, presence, charisma of the person that I want to capture in my illustrations. But I have to say, it was a real treat getting stuck into some of my onscreen heroes!"

Mark has already received much critical praise for previous work, including his album covers for Lurgan band Cat Malojian .

"I'm working on the new Cat Malojian album artwork at the moment, which is exciting! I'm also busy with images for the next issue of AU Magazine as well as other editorial illustrations."

The festival begins with a gala screening of Killing Bono, which was filmed in Belfast last year.

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