Foyle Film Festival Brings Five Days Of Cinematic Best To Derry~Londonderry

Foyle Film Festival Brings Five Days Of Cinematic Best To Derry~Londonderry

Exclusive film premieres, gala screenings and special cinematic events are coming to Derry~Londonderry later this month as the Foyle Film Festival launches its diverse annual programme, running from November 19 to 23.

The festival, a flagship project of the Nerve Centre, opens on November 19 at the Brunswick Moviebowl, with the Northern Ireland premiere gala screening of Testament of Youth. Hotly tipped director James Kent will be in attendance to introduce his debut feature film that documents the famed pacifist Vera Brittain’s memoir from the time of the First World War. Starring Dominic West, Emily Watson and Miranda Richardson, the film has received rave reviews after opening at the London Film Festival earlier this month.

In keeping with this year’s festival theme of ‘Secret Lives’, the critically acclaimed documentary Finding Vivian Maier, will be screened on Thursday, November 20 exploring the work of one of the finest street photographers of the 20th century. It is among the nominees for the year's best documentary at the prestigious International Documentary Associations (IDA) Awards and is hotly tipped for an Oscar® nomination.

The lives of renowned Northern Irish trade union leader and human rights campaigner Inez McCormack and much-loved broadcaster Gerry Anderson will be celebrated with screenings of Inez – A Challenging Woman in Nerve Centre on Saturday, November 22 and A City Dreaming in the historic Guildhall on Friday, November 21.

Families will enjoy the premiere of Walt Disney’s latest superhero-comedy animation, Big Hero 6, in Brunswick Moviebowl, nearly two months before its UK release and family favourite E.T. on the big screen. Also, in Brunswick Moviebowl, sci-fi fans will be taken into dystopian worlds involving time travel, teleportation, and ultra-violence, with midnight screenings of The Terminator, The Fly and A Clockwork Orange as part of the BFI and Film Hub NI’s season, Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, presented together with O2.

Other highlights include: the Northern Ireland premieres of What We Do In The Shadows, The Priest’s Children, Me, Myself And Mum and One Rogue Reporter – a film made by former Daily Star journalist Richard Peppiatt, where he turns the cameras on some of the most powerful figures in the British press.

The closing night gala on November 23, Electricity is a British drama about a young woman whose epilepsy brings extraordinary hallucinations as she searches for her long-lost brother. The film is the feature debut of model Agyness Deyn and stars English actress and writer Alice Lowe. Alice, known for her role in Channel 4 cult comedy Garth Marenghi's Darkplace in which she plays Dr Liz Asher, will be in attendance at the closing night. She recently appeared in the BBC's internationally acclaimed Sherlock and is currently writing her second feature, Lily, for Film4.

Bernie McLaughlin, Foyle Film Festival director, said: 'Film can transport the viewer to new places and into other people’s secret lives. In this year’s programme, audiences will be taken on a cinematic journey through the lives of Vivian Maier, Vera Brittain, Inez McCormack and Michael White, among others and, to key times in our history. We’re really encouraging our audience to try something different – you’ll be surprised at what you’ll discover.'

The 15th year of the festival’s prestigious Light in Motion (LIM) awards, sponsored by City of Derry Crystal, will be celebrated with a free ‘From Shorts to Features’ conference (Friday 21-Saturday 22), hosted in association with Honeycomb – Creative Works and NI Screen. Oscar®-winning director Andrea Arnold and BAFTA-winning producer Andrew Eaton will be among the film industry luminaries taking part in the two-day event, which is designed to give filmmakers the knowledge and skills required to make the transition from short film production to making their first feature film.

The Foyle Film Festival is the only Oscar® affiliated festival in Northern Ireland and, in addition to the conference, will offer an exciting programme of in-competition documentaries, short films and animations from across the world. The 2014 winners will be announced on the closing night at Brunswick Moviebowl.

For the third consecutive year, the festival welcomes the support of Brunswick Moviebowl, a state of the art seven-screen entertainment complex. Caoimhin McClafferty, operations manager, said: 'Everyone at Brunswick Moviebowl is absolutely thrilled and honoured to be hosting the prestigious Foyle Film Festival for the third consecutive year and we would like to wish Bernie McLaughlin, Festival Director & Programmer, and all her team, every success with this year’s festival. We look forward to welcoming you all to our centre and would encourage everyone to come out and support this wonderful something for everyone to enjoy.'

The Foyle Film Festival is supported by Northern Ireland Screen and Derry City Council.

Mayor Cllr Brenda Stevenson said Derry City Council was extremely proud to be associated with the Foyle Film Festival. 'The festival is hugely successful with an amazing programme that provides film lovers and those within the creative arts industry with access to high quality films, competition screenings, animation, workshops and special events. The Festival continues to be one of Derry’s most talked about and successful festivals showcasing our creative talent and encouraging audiences to try something different. I am really impressed with the programme and look forward to another hugely successful event for the city.'

For programme and booking information visit www.foylefilmfestival.org or call the festival box office on 028 7126 0562.

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