Young Film Programmers Are Picking Up 'Good Vibrations' for Cinema Day

Young Film Programmers Are Picking Up 'Good Vibrations' for Cinema Day

A group of young film enthusiasts are bringing the spirit of punk back to the big screen this Bank Holiday Monday, August 28. As part of Cinema Day 2017, the Nerve Centre will host a free screening of BAFTA nominated biopic Good Vibrations from 6.30pm followed by a live music performance.

Presented by Film Hub NI, Cinema Day is a Northern Ireland-wide celebration of film exhibition which returns after its successful debut last year.

Good Vibrations charts the life story of Terri Hooley, a record shop owner who became known as the Godfather of Northern Irish Punk for his part in launching the careers of The Undertones and others in the 1970s. Playing Hooley is Richard Dormer, who can currently be seen in Game of Thrones, alongside newly named star of Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker.

Bassist for The Undertones Michael Bradley will be there to introduce the film and speak about his experience of what was a pivotal moment in music history.

The screening will be followed by live music from local punk heroes Lost Avenue, fresh from playing the award-winning Stendhal Festival. The band will perform a stripped back, ‘unplugged’ set of well-known punk anthems plus original songs.

Encapsulating the genre’s do-it-yourself ethos, the event has been designed and delivered entirely by 16-24 year olds and will mark the launch of the Nerve Programmers project which allows young people to plan and promote their own film screenings.

Michael Bradley said: ‘I’m delighted to be coming along for the start of this great new opportunity for young people in the city, and for local musicians to be a part of it too. I look forward to sharing some insight into what it was really like at the time and hopefully adding to a fantastic choice of film.’

Sara Gunn-Smyth from Film Hub NI, said: ‘We believe that cinema is about bringing people together to celebrate, debate and enjoy films together and Good Vibrations is the perfect choice for this. It is quite an undertaking to deliver an event like this so it is very impressive that the Nerve Programmers have worked together to coordinate all aspects of the screening. One of Film Hub NI’s key priorities is to work with 18-30 year olds and this is a brilliant example of how young people can engage and develop through film. We are very proud to have this event take place as part of the Cinema Day celebration of film across NI.’

Speaking on behalf of the event organisers, Oisín Tomás Ó Raghallaigh said: ‘The Nerve Programmers initiative is an amazing opportunity to be involved in programming cinema events here at the Nerve Centre and as part of Foyle Film Festival. We're really excited to present our first event for Cinema Day. We've had a brilliant time organising it and hopefully you can join us at the launch!’

The event is free to attend with doors opening at 6.30pm, screening from 7.30pm followed by live music from Lost Avenue.

Cinema Day is an initiative presented by Film Hub NI (part of the BFI Film Audience Network) and supported by Northern Ireland Screen.

Stay up-to-date with Nerve Programmers at www.nervecentre.org.

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