Top 10 Picks at this year’s Belfast Film Festival

Belfast Film Festival is getting ready for its eye-popping 11 day line-up of unforgettable movie moments from 30th March to 9th April.
Now in its 17th year, Belfast Film Festival promises over 130 other films from 35 countries featuring the best in new cinema, big movie premieres, absorbing documentaries, quirky events and a local filmmakers’ showcase.


Beam yourselves up for the Star Trek Galaxy Quest Night (30th March). A tribute to all things Trek and a screening of the film recently voted the 7th best Star Trek film, despite not actually being a Star Trek film. Fancy dress & cosplay is more than encouraged. Prizes Galore.

David Tennant stars in Mad to be Normal (31st March), the story of world-renowned Scottish psychiatrist RD Laing and his unique community at Kingsley Hall, East London, during the 1960s.

A live reading by local actors of A Fish Called Wanda (1st April) – a madcap transatlantic heist comedy, straight from ’88. Discover what’s sexy about being a barrister. Learn how not to debrief a KGB defector or bump off a witness. Hono(u)r the true specialness of the U.S./U.K. relationship.

Through the story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds, the brilliant Studio Ghibli’s The Red Turtle (3rd April) recounts the milestones in the life of a human being.

Mid-Week Gala on 5th April of Handsome Devil, a funny and observant coming-of-age tale set in a rugby-obsessed boarding school from Irish novelist and filmmaker John Butler (The Stag).

Padraig O’Malley is expected to attend a screening of The Peacemaker (6th April). For five years, filmmaker James Demo followed the international peacemaker through crisis zones from Nigeria to Iraq, and discovered an even more fractious frontline – O’Malley’s personal life.

Writer/director Ivan Sen has combined two genres uncommon to Australia in Goldstone (5th April), to deliver a masterpiece of outback noir that packs a political punch.

The Dog Film Festival (6th April) is a philanthropic celebration of the many ways that we can appreciate the human- canine bond. Short canine-themed films from around the world are screened to create a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains through documentary, animated and narrative films.

In Citizen Jane (7th April), legendary writer and urban activist Jane Jacobs battles to save historic NYC neighbourhoods from the draconian redevelopment plans of Robert Moses in the 1960s.

Whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother, you’ll want to celebrate the anniversary of one of the 1970s all-time movie greats, Saturday Night Fever (8th April) with alcoholic beverages inspired by the 1970s (Tequila Sunrise anyone?) and a live disco performance on stage prior to the screening.

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