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Showing posts with label Belfast Film Festival. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Belfast Film Festival. Show all posts

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

An Urban Feast at the Belfast Film Festival




Let me introduce myself, I'm Ailish Killilea, an urban designer who has been experiencing the benefits of PLACE through volunteer work for over the last year.


What has excited me most recently are the up and coming films PLACE has selected for the Belfast Film Festival over the next couple of weeks - films which I have been helping to curate.


First to take the screen will be Urbanized at the MAC theatre this Thursday 31st May at 7pm. Urbanized is a review of how urban design practice is responding to global forces driving city development. Commentary from Ricky Burdett explores the largely accelerating complexities of human circumstances that is unfolding within our lifetime. Opening introduction will be given by Mark Hackett, director of Forum for Alternative Belfast and designer of the MAC theatre.


Next to follow is The Pruitt-Igoe Myth at the the BFF Beanbag Cinema this Saturday. A story based on the decline of the city in St. Louis, Missouri after World War II. The film looks at the rapid downfall of the city, how the appeal for suburbanisation, an escape left cities idol to mischief hands. The Pruitt- Igoe Myth seeks to set the record straight, to examine the interests in Pruitt- Igoe’s creation, the rumours and the stigma, to implode the myth. Declan Hill, director of Forum for Alternative Belfast will set the scene for the film with an opening introduction.


To finish, The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces will be shown in the appropriate outdoor setting of Commercial Court, behind The Dark Horse. This film is based on the studies of William "Holly" Whyte, Urbanist and Journalist. Through time-lapse observation of how people interact with one another and with public areas, the film shows surprising revelations on how people actually use the urban landscape - like people watching, but on a whole new level. A great film to experience in these settings, perhaps completing your evening of Late Night Art in Belfast on the 7th.


These films are an urban feast and a wonderful contribution to the diverse programme of the Belfast Film Festival. 


See you at the popcorn stand.  


Urbanized Film Trailer

Urbanized, Thursday 31st May 2012, 7pm, MAC.
Tickets £6.50




The Pruitt-Igoe Myth Film Trailer

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, Saturday 2nd June 2012, 5pm, BFF Beanbag Cinema.
Tickets £5


Film Clip from The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces

The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, Thursday 7th June 2012, 9:30 pm, Commercial Court.
Tickets £2

Tickets available online and at The Belfast Film Festival box office.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

UPCOMING EVENTS - Film screening, Photography tour and Architecture debate


Our colleagues at the Forum for Alternative Belfast and Belfast Exposed have some interesting events happening in the next few weeks...

// THURS 22ND APRIL: FILM SCREENING
Change of Address
The Spectrum Centre - Shankill Road
Thursday 22 April
8.00pm
£4.50 & £4.00

This documentary made in 1975 by BBC Northern Ireland follows the housing problems in Belfast and the proposed development of the Belfast Urban Motorway. The Belfast Urban Motorway was the name given to an ambitious scheme to build a continuous free-flow motorway around the city centre. For various reasons the scheme never went ahead.

The Documentary looks at the problems of the Divis flats development on the Falls Road and the difficulty of the living environment. It also looks at the depopulation of the Shankill Road as people moved to the outskirts of the city to housing schemes such as Springmartin. People talk about the difficulty of this move because of the poor conditions and isolation from their original communities.

Following the screening Jackie Redpath alongside Declan Hill and Mark Hackett (Forum for Alternative Belfast) will talk about the issues raised in the films.

To book your tickets online click here. (Tickets also on sale on the night).

A Special Event with the
10th Belfast Film Festival and Forum for Alternative Belfast


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// SUN 25th APRIL: PHOTOGRAPHY WALKING TOUR
YOU ARE HERE
Sunday 25th April (exhibition runs 26 April - 23 May)
2-4pm

A site-specific exhibition of images sourced from the Belfast Exposed archive, placed in sites around the city centre. The images and their role as historical document are given a new context by positioning them in on-street advertising panels.

Meet at Belfast Exposed at 2pm before embarking on walking tour of the exhibition sites, led by one of the original photographers, who can give a unique first-hand account of each photograph.

Tour will finish up at The Dark Horse on Commercial Court for a drinks reception.

More info via belfastexposed.org

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// FRI 30TH APRIL: ARCHITECTURE DEBATE
Architecture Debate at Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
The Dark Horse
Friday 30 April 6.00pm
£3.00 - Buy Tickets here

"Belfast has had nothing of any architectural merit built in the past 50 years."
BBC Northern Ireland: Good Morning Ulster: 26/02/10: 8.38am.

Following comments by Environment Minister, Mr Edwin Poots that he was going to radically reform the Planning Service, BBC presenter Karen Patterson read the above anonymous text message.

Chaired by Finola Meredith, a group of leading architects, planners, community activists, academics and journalists will debate the subject. Ten well known Belfast Buildings will be presented. Both panel and audience will have the chance to vote.

More info via cqaf.com

Thursday, 18 March 2010

The Prisoner and Change of Address at the 10th Belfast Film Festival

News from the Belfast Film Festival:

10th Belfast Film Festival in Partnership with Ulster Architectural Heritage Society & the Forum for Alternative Belfast present...


The Prisoner
First Church of Christ, Scientist
2 - 4 University Avenue, Belfast
Thursday 29 April
Doors 8.00pm - event starts at 8.30pm
£6.00

So you might ask yourself, why are we screening the classic TV show The Prisoner in a Church in Belfast?

The architect Clough Williams-Ellis designed the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Belfast, which was built in 1936-7. But his work in the village of Portmeirion in Wales is well known in popular culture as it was used as the set for the cult 1960’s TV show The Prisoner.

We will be showing a classic episode of the series and afterwards there will be a talk about Clough Williams-Ellis’ work and the importance of architectural heritage in Belfast.

Book tickets online here.


Change of Address
The Spectrum Centre - Shankill Road
Thursday 22 April
8.00pm
£4.50 & £4.00

This documentary made in 1975 by BBC Northern Ireland follows the housing problems in Belfast and the proposed development of the Belfast Urban Motorway. The Belfast Urban Motorway was the name given to an ambitious scheme to build a continuous free-flow motorway around the city centre. For various reasons the scheme never went ahead.

The Documentary looks at the problems of the Divis flats development on the Falls Road and the difficulty of the living environment. It also looks at the depopulation of the Shankill Road as people moved to the outskirts of the city to housing schemes such as Springmartin. People talk about the difficulty of this move because of the poor conditions and isolation from their original communities.

Following the screening, Jackie Redpath alongside Declan Hill and Mark Hackett (Forum for Alternative Belfast) will talk about the issues raised in the film.

Book tickets online here.


More on the festival: belfastfilmfestival.org