Film Hub NI announce Shakespeare events


Film Hub NI announce Shakespeare events

FILM HUB NI announce NI events to celebrate Shakespeare 400 in association with BFI (FAN) and Film London


‘All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts…’  - As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII

William Shakespeare died 400 years ago, yet has inspired more films than any other writer. His influence on cinema has been profound, and in turn cinema has wholly transformed access to his work. From May to September 2016, Film Hub NI members, supported by the BFI and Film London, will be exploring the many and varied ways the Bard’s words and vision have been seen on screen

From Belfast to the North Coast, from the traditional to the experimental, 21 screenings by Film Hub members will bring to the Northern Irish public of all ages the ‘Sweet Thunder’ that only Shakespeare can conjure.

Beginning on 27th May with hometown boy Sir Kenneth Branagh in conversation with Film London CEO Adrian Wootton at the QFT being beamed across 80 sites in the UK including the Movie House in Coleraine, and ending in Vincent Price’s Theatre of Blood at the Harbour Commissioners building in Cooperation Square

This collaboration will also include:

QFT in association with the Queen’s University School of Creative Arts  –Screenings through May and June including Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Hamlet, My Private Idaho and Kiss Me Kate with accompanying live music from Megan McKinney.

Cinemagic – the Little Bard season from Ireland’s premier children’s film festival sees a ‘Script to Screen’ filmmaking workshop for 8-12 year olds, an animation workshop for 12-16 year olds and screenings of ‘Bill’, ‘the Lion King’ and ‘Gnomeo and Juliet’.

Strand Arts Centre – The jewel of East Belfast hosts the 1961 version of West Side Story with live dancers from NiStars, a family friendly immersive screening of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a 20th anniversary screening of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet.

The Braid Film Theatre take over the Galgorm Report and Spa in Ballymena to screen Branagh’s Henry V accompanied by a medieval themed buffet, and then they’ll be joined by the composer Patrick Doyle who composed the music for Henry V and has worked with Sir Kenneth on many of his films.

Belfast Film Festival – Belfast’s finest purveyors of the spectacular will bring the Bard to their famous big screen, showing Henry V, Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing in Crescent Gardens in South Belfast, followed by a collection of the best of Silent Shakespeare in Dunluce Castle. The Festival will also bring the weirder side of the Stratford master to the Beanbag Cinema with rarities from the back catalogue. The Festival finish the season with a screening of the Vincent Price classic, Theatre of Blood from 1973 in the opulent surroundings of the Harbour Commissioner’s Office.

It’s a tremendous line up, with a film for every occasion and we are delighted to be presenting an infinite variety of ways to enjoy the greatest of writers. 

For a full list of film screenings and more detail, please visit 

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