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Premiere: Red carpet rolled out for I Am Belfast movie

City hosts world premiere of director's cinematic portrait of home town

By David Young

A heady cocktail of over 250 cinephiles and celebrities graced the red carpet at Belfast's MovieHouse cinema last night as they headed for the world premiere of I Am Belfast, film-maker Mark Cousins' love letter to his home city.

Politicians and pop stars mingled with actors, writers and fans at the launch event of this year's Belfast Film Festival.

Writer/director Mark Cousins was thrilled that his film was having its world launch in Belfast.

"Our original idea was to release the film at the end of this year - but when we were offered the chance to premiere it in the opening slot at the Belfast Film Festival, we simply couldn't resist. Belfast is my home, and Belfast is the heart and soul of this film."

And it was a big night for first-time film stars Maude Bell and Rosie McKee, two peppy pensioners who feature in Mark's film, talking about their lives.

"I didn't know I was being filmed," said Maude. "I don't know what I said. I was cursing and everything. Do you think he'll have put that in the film? I hope they'll not be throwing tomatoes and that at us!" Rosie, who's chummed with Maude for half-a-century , added: "I just had to sit and sit and chat to Maud about the way things were years ago. There was a lot of effing and blinding!"

As the glitzy crowd settled down to watch the premiere, festival director Michele Devlin was feeling upbeat: "We're really excited - we've lots home-grown films in the festival, including Shooting for Socrates, which brings the World Cup trophy to Belfast for the first time, and The Survivalist, which is having its European premiere here in Belfast.".

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