Calling all movie buffs and film fans! Northern Ireland’s very own Cinema Day returns on 27 August with a whole range of mostly free events taking place right across the cinematic six counties.
The theme of this year’s (the third) Cinema Day is “Home”, and from Portrush to Fermanagh and Belfast to Ballymena, Northern Ireland will be calling “action” as it celebrates the silver screen with a series of mostly free weird, wonderful, homely and heroic screenings, happenings and events!
Ahead of the event, organiser Sara Gunn-Smith of Film Hub NI has offered her insider’s Top 10 Cinema Day tips:
- All Movie House Cinemas across Northern Ireland (Cityside, Dublin Road, Glengormley, Coleraine and Maghera) will be screening Disney classic Lady and the Tramp at 11am. Each site will have fun activities that are perfect for your litter – including cheek painting and dog-themed arts & crafts!
- Join Cinemagic for a morning of film & fun at the Crescent Arts Centre as audience members watch the amazing fantasy adventure COCO before being transformed into spooky skeleton characters and travelling to the ‘Land of the Dead’ in our special SFX Make-Up Workshop.
- Black Moon Film Club in the Black Box, Belfast presents an autism-friendly screening of the Wizard of Oz (Sing-A-Long) as part of the Full Moon Festival for and by people with learning disabilities.
- A special screening of Maeve in the QFT, in association with Revolt She Said: Women and Film after ’68. A rare opportunity to see Pat Murphy’s foundational, home-grown, film.
- Come see Eddie Murphy at the drive-in at Ballymena’s Ecos Centre for the 30thanniversary screening of the blockbuster Coming to America.
- Portrush Film Theatre are celebrating Cinema Day with Cake! There’s a screening of the delightful homegrown film ‘Cup Cake’ plus a Q and A and a cupcake competition!
- The Strand Cinema are showing the Belfast slasher film Braxton.
- Step aboard HMS Caroline for a special screening of Stephen Spielberg’s sci-fi stunner E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial!
- Subterranean Film Club presents the toe tapping musical gem Sing Street in the Basement in Omagh Community House.
- Fermanagh Film Club presents a FREE screening of homehrown coming of age classic Mickybo & Me at Fermanagh House.
Cinema Day by Film Hub NI takes place on Monday 27 August, across Northern Ireland.
The full programme is available from www.filmhubni.org