Put down that remote control, and get up off the sofas, movie lovers – it’s Film Fest time again! Newcastle Community Cinema are delighted to announce the arrival of their 4th annual Full Moon Film Festival!  

Thursday 9th - 12th November 2017 - Newcastle, County Down, N.Ireland

This November NCC will be showcasing 18 screenings across 1 long weekend, kicking things off on Thursday 9th November with a beautiful and life-affirming documentary, A Life, Animated. In light of Newcastle being awarded the title of NI’s first “autism-friendly” town, this is a perfect opener for FMFF17, an inspirational tale of one family’s journey as they use film to cope with their growing son’s condition. It tells the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child, until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This emotional coming-of-age documentary follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood, and takes his first tentative steps toward independence.

Elsewhere across the weekend, there will be a fantastic bespoke selection of cinema gold for everyone to enjoy; so 80’s classics (The Lost Boys & The Breakfast Club) sit comfortably alongside cutting-edge documentaries and hard-hitting Irish features (The Journey, concentrating on the 2006 Northern Ireland peace talks between Sinn Fein leader Martin McGuinness and Democratic Party leader Ian Paisley), along with exclusive animations (Japanese Anime Your Name), feted Indie Films (Casey Affleck haunts Rooney Mara in A Ghost Story)brand new horror comedy (Dave Made a Maze), and foreign language films (including the modern classic Jean De Florette),  alongside some classic Family entertainment with Disney’s Robin Hood and Spielberg’s ET: The Extra Terrestrial. For every year's FMFF, the passionate volunteers spend many hours deliberating and debating, endeavouring to compile a rich, varied, & exciting film programme. Other highlights to look out for this year include filmmaker Emer Reynolds, who will join us to introduce her Irish-made documentary The Farthestcelebrating the men and women who built the Voyager spaceship. The humanitarian crisis in Syria is powerfully presented, with the critically acclaimed City of Ghosts, and on the final day of the Festival you can catch the tale of the Dunlop family and their domination of motorcycle road racing, in the adrenaline-fuelled Road. And not forgetting the unmissable Full Moon Midnight Screening (The Greasy Strangler) on Friday Night!

NCC will officially launch Full Moon 2017 on Saturday 28th September by hosting a rare screening of the award-winning 2016 music documentary The Sad & Beautiful World of Sparklehorse – a feature length retrospective chronicling the life & work of troubled Alt-icon and American indie hero Mark Linkous, lovingly made and curated by filmmakers Bobby Dass & Alex Crowton. A hugely influential figure in the alternative music scene, the critically-acclaimed Linkous had a hugely turbulent personal life that saw him battle with many demons. This tender film is a worthy testament to this incredibly talented, but ultimately damaged indie figurehead.  

This exclusive screening will be followed by a very special live performance; ‘A Night of Sparklehorse’, featuring talented musicians Tom McShane, The Mad Dalton, Heliopause, Pixie Saytar and more. This incredible blend of musical talent will be faithfully recreating the work of this enigmatic artist and band, in a one-hour stage show, that has been performed to many sold-out audiences across the UK since the documentary's release. We are so incredibly blessed to have this captivating double bill of music and film to launch what we hope will be the biggest and brightest Full Moon EVER!

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