Derry~Londonderry’s month-long celebration of local and international filmmakers continues as the Foyle Film Festival announces its packed programme of gala premieres, screenings and special events, running from November 20 – 24.
A host of Hollywood names will join the line-up for this year’s festival, including, Oscar® winning director Danny Boyle in conversation with BAFTA nominated screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce while Pulitzer Prize winning writer and actor Sam Shepard will attend a screening of his classic movie, Paris, Texas in Brunswick Moviebowl on Friday November 22. Academy® Award winning actor Jeremy Irons will also present his new environmental documentary feature film, Trashed.
The annual festival, a flagship project of the Nerve Centre, launches on November 20 in Brunswick Moviebowl, with the premiere gala screening of Big Bad Wolves, described by Quentin Tarantino as, ‘The best film of the year’. Other highlights include; a special 40th anniversary, never-before-seen in UK cinemas, screening of The Wicker Man. Featuring brand new extras and the soundtrack, this is every movie fan’s perfect ending to a much mythicised search for the most complete version of the cult-classic film.
Former Eastenders star, Martin Kemp, will present and discuss, The Best Years, written and directed by Galliagh man Danny Patrick. Set in Derry~Londonderry following the Peace Process, the plot centres around a group of gangsters who set out to use the Apprentice Boys march to further their own get rich quick scheme.
An exciting new element to the Foyle Film Festival will undoubtedly be the screening of Psycho with the original score played by the Ulster Orchestra. Film fans will experience a powerhouse of driving rhythms and eerie menace as the Ulster Orchestra performs Bernard Herrmann’s chilling score, while Hitchcock’s cinematic classic is shown above on the big screen.
The role of music in film will be examined in a series of free industry-led workshops. Portmanteau, the UK music agency, which has placed music in box office hits such as, The Fast and The Furious and The Iron Lady together with Ian Neil, music supervisor on Snatch, Kick Ass and 127 Hours, will share their experiences of music placement in films. Aspiring film-makers will also want to avail of the Directors Masterclass with Lenny Abrahamson, described by the Financial Times as ‘may be the best thing that ever happened to Irish cinema’.
Bernie McLaughlin, Foyle Film Festival director, said: ‘The Foyle Film Festival is preparing to treat film fans to another exciting programme of great films- from the latest releases to cult classics. We are also thrilled that many internationally renowned filmmakers will be in attendance to screen their work and speak to festival audiences, including Danny Boyle, Jeremy Irons and Gerry Gregg among others – providing unique opportunities for people to learn from the best in business. Check out the full programme at www.foylefilmfestival.org ’.
For the second consecutive year, the festival welcomes the support of Brunswick Moviebowl, a state of the art seven-screen entertainment complex. Operation manager, Caoimhin McClafferty said: ‘Firstly, I would like to congratulate Bernie Mc Laughlin, Festival Director & Programmer, and all her team, on the fantastic programme of features, shorts and documentaries, from around the world, being screened at this year’s Foyle Film Festival.
‘Secondly, I would like to say, on behalf of everyone here at Brunswick Moviebowl, what a terrific honour and privilege it is to be hosting the Foyle Film Festival for the second consecutive year. Since the opening of our new, state-of-the art, 7 screen cinema, back in August 2011, Brunswick Moviebowl has gone onto to establish itself as one of the leading exhibitors in Northern Ireland. It seemed only fitting then, that Northern Ireland’s premie cinema be part of Northern Ireland’s premier film festival – and so our partnership with the Foyle Film Festival was formed and is one which we hope to build upon long into the future.
‘I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to come out and support this wonderful festival which has skilfully crafted a programme of events to suit absolutely everyone.’
The Foyle Film Festival is one of only a handful of Oscar® affiliated festivals, and this year’s prestigious Light in Motion (LIM) awards, sponsored by City of Derry Crystal, will offer an exciting programme of documentaries, short films and animations from across the world. Previous winners include Grant Orchard’s, A Morning Stroll, which went on to receive an Academy Award nomination last year. The 2013 winners will be announced on the closing night at Brunswick Moviebowl.
The Foyle Film Festival is supported by Northern Ireland Screen and Derry City Council.
Richard Williams, CEO, Northern Ireland Screen said: ‘Foyle Film Festival has put together a breathtakingly rich programme of screenings and events this year. It’s a real treat and illustrates brilliantly why Derry~Londonderry warranted City of Culture status.’
Mayor Cllr Martin Reilly said: ‘Derry City Council is delighted to be associated with a festival of this calibre. The Foyle Film Festival has since its inception been pivotal in putting Derry on the map as a hub for creative talent. The Council believes that this year’s programme is outstanding. Every effort has been made by the Nerve Centre team to pull out all the stops during this City of Culture year, to make the festival the biggest and best ever’.
For programme and booking information visit www.foylefilmfestival.org or call the festival box office on 028 7126 0562.
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