Swap the Sunscreen For The Big Screen At Nerve Centre This Summer

Swap the Sunscreen For The Big Screen At Nerve Centre This Summer

Summer starts early at the Nerve Centre with the launch of the Foyle Film Festival bumper cinema programme of multi award-winning films, world-class documentaries and family blockbusters, running from June 9 to August 21.

The programme opens with The Irish Pub, a warm-hearted documentary on the greatest institution in Irish society - the pub, and the traditional Irish publicans who run them. The screening, which will include coverage of pubs in Northern Ireland (which is absent from the original documentary), will conclude with a Q&A with director Alex Fegan.

Cinema lovers will also get to enjoy last year’s biggest films, Gravity and 12 Years A Slave on the big screen along with a wide-range of films exploring themes of family secrets, illicit love, stylish ladies of a certain age and the Egyptian revolution.

On June 27 and 28, Outburst Arts, Northern Ireland’s queer arts festival, will present two days of LGBT and Queer film performance at the Nerve Centre. Highlights include a Cannes success Stranger by the Lake and a screening of My Prairie Home, fresh from its premiere at this year’s Sundance Festival with a live performance from its star, Rae Spoon.

In July and August, treat the whole family to a lazy summer mid-week treat. For only £2 kids will enjoy the best of animated hits including, The Smurfs 2, The Nut Job and Disney’s Frozen whilst tucking into a bucket of free popcorn.

If that’s not enough, there is the low-cost but fun and action-packed Young People's Horror Festival from August 4-8 with screenings of Daddy, I’m A Zombie!, Coraline, and hands-on workshops giving young people the opportunity to make their own horror animation, create a spooky soundtrack and star in an original live action zombie scene.

Young film-buffs will have the opportunity to enjoy a week-long filmmaking school learning to create and screen their own zombie movie in the Creative Learning Centre.

Bernie McLaughlin, Foyle Film Festival director and programmer said: ‘Film lovers will definitely not be bored this summer with the programme that we’ve put together. Every year our workshops also prove to be a huge hit with kids and young people so we’d urge you to register now to avoid disappointment.'

Moyra C. Lock, head of marketing and exhibition said: ‘The Foyle Film Festival’s flair and enthusiasm for innovative and creative programming remains undiminished and we are delighted to see another superb and eclectic programme of screenings and educational events. Through our continued core funding, supported by DCAL, Northern Ireland Screen acknowledges the Foyle Film Festival and the Cinema Initiative at the Nerve Centre as key components in our efforts to achieve our goal of making a significant contribution to film culture, education and training.’

Tickets for Nerve Centre screenings can be advanced purchase on WeGotTickets.com. See the full listings on our What's On section and register for the workshops by contacting Bernie McLaughlin on 028 7126 0562 or 7137 3456.

Foyle Film Festival is funded by DCAL through Northern Ireland Screen, and by Derry City Council.

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