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

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Exclusive Film Preview: New Town Utopia

Exclusive Preview: New Town Utopia
Brownlow Library
BT65 5DP
Tuesday 6 September

We are delighted to host film maker Christopher Smith, director of New Town Utopia for an exclusive Q&A and preview of excerpts from his upcoming documentary.

Christopher is joining us as part of Capturing Craigavon - a community-led, PLACE-delivered, investigation into the history of the new town of Craigavon. This event is the final in a series of documentaries, assembled for their insights into the design history of the 20th century, with a particular focus on the post-war urban design and architecture style from which Craigavon emerged.

In preparation for the event, we asked Chris for a little background to the project.

What inspired you to make this documentary?

I grew up in Essex and spent a lot of time in Basildon as a child. It always had a sense of ‘otherness’ compared to other towns. This came from the architecture and textures and the intriguing sculptures and public art.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Archive films at Royal Victoria Hospital

Films from the NI Screen Digital Screen Archive are on show at the RVH until 19 February


A show reel including archive film footage of the Royal Victoria Hospital from the 1938 will run on a screen in the Coffee Doc, Level 2 Outpatients, RVH until 19 February. 

The show reel forms part of CITY AS A GALLERY - a Belfast City Council project, which is being programmed and delivered by local organisation PLACE, who have been working with BHSCT Arts in Health and Catering Operations.

The engaging footage is part of the NI Screen Digital Film Archive and includes:

       Royal Victoria Hospital (1938) From diagnosis to treatment, this curious film shows the daily life of the hospital.

       Land of Ulster (1950), the Governors Notebook (1955) and Charm of Ulster (1959) show the linen industry from the flax fields to the Falls Foundry and finally the shop windows in Donegall Place.

       Join the production line and watch Kennedys Bakery (1962) work their magic in Beechmount.

       Relive the magic of holidays in Portrush in Many Happy Returns (1956)

       Ride on a Tram Car through Belfast (1901)

       Enjoy the natural beauty of local landscape from the Giants Causeway to the mountains of Mourne filmed by the British Travel Association in Charm of Ulster (1959)

       Marvel at the sight of elephants parading across the bridge into Derry City in Chipperfields Circus comes to Town (c.1960) filmed by J.W. Stirling.

       Bangor Square Dancing (1957) by the Pickie Pool, filmed by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.

CITY AS A GALLERY showcases the visual arts throughout the city, making us aware of how important the arts are to the quality of our everyday life.  Venues for project activity focus on a selected route across Belfast from West to East and through the city centre which includes the Royal site.  As part of the programme, PLACE are asking for your feedback - there will be a FEEDBACK book available in the Coffee Doc for your thoughts on the show reel, alternatively you can email feedback  via this link City as a Gallery Feedback

PLACE (Planning Landscape Architecture Community Environment) is an organisation dedicated to the making of great places across Northern Ireland.  Visit for further info.

Northern Ireland Screen's Digital Film Archive is a free public access resource for anyone who has an interest in moving images. Spanning from 1897 to the present day, the films in the Digital Film Archive cover all aspects of life in Northern Ireland and includes everything from dramas to documentaries, newsreels and features, animation to amateur footage. As part of the British Film Institutes ambitious Britain on Film project, the Digital Film Archive has been working to digitise and share films from the BFI and National Museums Northern Ireland collections like the ones you can watch here in the Royal Victoria Hospital. To explore the Digital Film Archive online visit:

For further information contact Paula McHugh, BHSCT Arts in Health Manager Tel. 9504 4075

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Cinema and the City Presents: Ports & Harbours/ Places and Films

9 February - 10 May
Black Box
Hill Street

As part of their ongoing work exploring the relationship between Cinema and City, QUB research group CACity present a new film series looking at ports and harbours. 

The first screening is on 9th February at 5.30pm in the Black Box, and features four short films about Belfast by members of CACity, followed by 1966 film 'Battle of Algiers'. 

All welcome!

Places and Film Nights is a collaboration between Film and Architecture, Ulster University Belfast Schools of Architecture, Glass Eye Ciné, and CACity QUB.

Contact: [email protected]

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

EPLANI Film Screening: Trashed - Tues 28 April, 7pm

The Environmental & Planning Law Association of Northern Ireland (EPLANI) are hosting a screening of the award winning 2012 docu-feature “Trashed” on the Tuesday 28 April.

A Panel discussion will take place after the screening with experts and campaigners in the field of waste management and sustainable development.

In Trashed, produced and directed by British filmmaker Candida Brady (Madam and the Dyan Swan), which was selected to receive a Special Screening at the Cannes Film Festival, Jeremy Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destination tainted by pollution. This is a meticulous, brave investigative journey that takes Irons (and us) from scepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope. It touches on issues such as our waste-culture, on sustainable living and on the incinerator process that is often touted as a panacea to our waste management problem.

Date: Tuesday 28 April
Time: 7pm - 10pm
Venue: The Black Box, Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LA
Cost: £3
Booking: Click Here

Friday, 20 March 2015

Screening of Metropolis with live orchestra at Ulster Hall - Sat 21 March

The Ulster Orchestra present a screening of the classic film Metropolis, famed for its architectural scenes, and will perform a live score to accompany the film.

The film is a spectacular work of vision and design, and deservedly one of the most famous silent films of all time. Metropolis is set in a futuristic urban dystopia and examines a common science fiction theme of the day: the social crisis between workers and owners in capitalism. A dramatic, all-sensory experience, not to be missed.

Date: Sat 21 Mar 2015
Time: 7:45pm
Venue: Ulster Hall
Tickets: £25
Book: Click here

Thursday, 8 January 2015

'Myths of Belfast' Film Screening & Panel Discussion - Mon 26 Jan, 7pm

The urban identity of the City of Belfast has been a point of contestation for hundreds of years, arguably most acutely throughout the 20th century. Student-architect, PhD student and film-maker Andrew Molloy’s research suggests that the social identity of any city is of such complexity that it will forever evade definition and will make fools of the fundamentalists and those who claim to have absolute knowledge. Instead, identity needs to be conceived of as a process, not a product.

‘Myths of Belfast’ brings together the urban interpretations of three practitioners who have had a defining role in defining the accepted urban identity of the City of Belfast and exposes them as mere imaginative leaps, albeit ones that helped shape Belfast’s physical fabric.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on the issues raised, panel members to be confirmed.

Monday 26 January 2015, 7pm at the Black Box, Hill Street, Belfast. For more information click

Draft Event Timetable

19.00: Doors Open

19.15: Introduction

19.20: Film Screening

20.00: Short Break

20.10: Panel Discussion
Chaired by Ciaran Mackel, with Bill Morrison (former Belfast planner and former Chair of PLACE), Karen Latimer (UAHS committee member and chair of HEARTH), Declan Hill (architect and co-director of the Forum for Alternative Belfast) and Niall McBrierty (architect and tutor at University of Ulster).

21.00: End

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

El Barrio Tours is an in depth look at the phenomena of gentrification as seen through the change in the largest Puerto Rican neighbourhood in the 50 states; East Harlem. Join Congressman Charlie Rangel, Edwin Torres - writer of Carlito’s way - and a host of neighbourhood activists, residents, and small business owners, as they debate the past, present, and future of their beloved Barrio.
Dir: Andrew J Padilla
Running Time: 30mins
El Barrio Tours 
(Northern Irish Premier)
Black Box Green Room
Tuesday 6 May 7:00PM

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

ARCSOC Film Night at SARC | 17 February, 5.30pm

ArcSoc will host a Movie Night in the Sonic Arts Research Centre on 17th February, 5.30pm. Stephen Douglas (Architect, Hall Black Douglas) and Chris Corrigan (SARC Technician) will each deliver a short lecture followed by a screening of 'The Third Man'.

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Wednesday, 3 July 2013

New film by Paul G Stewart and Emmett O'Mahony on Transport House

Following our Architecture in 3 Minutes workshop back in May, participants Paul G Stewart and Emmett O'Mahony continued their film partnership to create this contemplative piece about Transport House...

Monday, 3 June 2013

Architecture in 3 Minutes - the films

On 23 May, Dublin film-maker Paddy Cahill (Liberty Hall, Cycling with...) joined us at the Ulster Hall for a day-long workshop during which participants created a short film about Belfast trade union icon Transport House.

Here are the results...

Team 1 was made up of  David Bunting, Mirko Marcato, Lise McGreevy & Andrew Molloy.

Team 2 was Emmett O'Mahony, Paul Stewart & Sean McKeown.

All edits were done "in-camera" meaning the teams had to plan their shots very carefully to make the most of the 3 minutes allocated - and no post-production software was used.

Update 17/06/13: Emmett O'Mahony and Paul Stewart got in touch last week to say they'd developed their work further. The latest version of their film now includes narration and some stunning new footage they shot of the building.

Our thanks to Jan Carson at the Ulster Hall who made this event possible, Mervyn Smyth for a guided tour of the Belfast Exposed photography archives (a great resource for community film-makers) and of course Paddy Cahill for making the journey up from Dublin to provide his expertise on the day.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Open call: Urban Exquis II - a cinematic installation in New York

A call is open for film-makers, artists and architects interested in contributing to a cinematic installation in First Park, Manhattan.

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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.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

somewhereto_ shoot a short film

Young film-maker Ian Templeton needed somewhere to shoot his first short film, entitled The Chair.

He got in touch with us and working with a local estate agent, we were able to find him an empty house which was perfect for the film he wanted to make. See the results above, or watch it on YouTube.


Ian's project was enabled by somewhereto_, a movement to liberate underused, disused and empty spaces in the UK and get everyone thinking creatively about their communities. somewhereto_ is run by PLACE in Northern Ireland, and funded by Legacy Trust UK, creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

The Past in the Present: Titanic Quarter's Journey

In this series, The Past in the Present, we explore how the historic urban character of a city can be part of a dynamic and continually evolving contemporary society, with an aim to spark debate on the topic of conservation and heritage in our cities and further afield.

Series curated by Ailish Killilea and Anna Skoura.

We are living in the year of the Centennial anniversary of Titanic, since it departed Belfast on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. The following article explores some the Titanic's history, how some of the heritage buildings are put to use today and the future development for Queen's Island.

S.S. Titanic, April 1912. (picture via The Modern History Blog)

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Film: 'Thamesmead: 21st Century Town'

A 10-minute preview of a new film by Chocolate Films telling the story of Thamesmead, "the 60’s new town in East London that became synonymous with Clockwork Orange-style violence."

Thamesmead: 21st Century Town from Chocolate Films on Vimeo.

Friday, 27 May 2011

A Crack in the Pavement: Growing Dreams

From the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), a short film from 2000 on young peoples' efforts to make their environments greener and more inviting.

From the NFB website:
This short documentary shows initiatives kids take to transform bare pavement into dream schoolyards. Some grow trees for shade, and vegetables for a food bank. Others build a greenhouse or a rooftop garden, while others yet construct a courtyard pond as an outdoor classroom and refuge for wildlife.

A Crack in the Pavement is a two-part video set that shows children, teachers and parents how they can work together to 'green' their school grounds and make positive changes in their communities.

Watch it online: NFB - A Crack in the Pavement (2000, 19 mins)


Green Veins exhibition continues until Tuesday at PLACE: From 17th - 31st May, you can explore a multi-layer, creative mapping installation; an analysis of green space types across Belfast following a "green vein". A unique installation by landscape architect Celia Spouncer is accompanied by an open invite to workshops investigating the "health" of green space in Belfast.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

SWITCH Project in Bangor starts this weekend

North Down Borough Council and the Switch project have teamed up to bring 8 international artists into an outdoor gallery of empty shop units. Click the flyer above to enlarge.

13th-21st November. Tours Sat 13th and Thurs 18th, departing 6pm from the Marine Court Hotel.

Read more:

Monday, 18 October 2010

My PLACE: Paddy Cahill

A still from Paddy Cahill's film about Liberty Hall in Dublin
In this series, we ask practitioners, experts and enthusiasts for their take on the built environment - where are we now, how did we get here, and where are going?

This week we spoke to Paddy Cahill, Committee Member of AAI and film maker

Q. Paddy, we've recently discovered you make films. What buildings or places inspire you and your work and why?

Lots of different buildings inspire me but recently the one I got most involved in was Liberty Hall in Dublin, during and after I made a documentary about it.

My interest as a filmmaker is in the communication between architecture and the public. Many of the concepts, ideas and details that go into buildings often get lost or don’t get communicated to the public when the building is finished. All too often the people have a gut reaction to new buildings, to distrust and dislike them. Very often though their opinions can be swayed with a little background to the ideas or thoughts behind the design and purpose of the building.

Television and video are great ways to communicate these ideas in a direct and simple way. More often than not the construction of, or the history and background to buildings have great back-stories full of challenges, which is a great for storytelling in tv or video.

In the past there have not been as many opportunities for the public to engage with architecture in the way they would with other arts. This is changing with thanks to organisations like PLACE and the IAF and I think film and television can play a role in this new public appreciation for architecture too.


Related: To see Paddy’s documentary on Liberty Hall, visit his website

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

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
£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:

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

'Public Places' - Best Product stores by SITE

Image via ounodesign

Public Places is a film from the early 1980s about the stores designed for now-defunct American retailers Best Products Co. by SITE (Sculpture in the Environment). The old footage is great, and some of the responses from the public show the often polarising effect of modern architectural ideas. Andrew Lewis, president of Best at the time, discusses this effect:
"If someone takes the time to write me a letter telling me that he doesn't like our building then that someone has done something very unusual in the course of his day - I mean, he's thought about architecture, he's thought about form and function and what our expectations are about commercial buildings, and I take that as our contribution to the community. If it were an easy sales gimmick a whole bunch of people would be doing it - you know, there's a lot of risk in it and there are a lot of less risky ways of promoting sales." - Andrew Lewis, President, Best Products Co.

Part one below:

Parts two, three and four.

Magellan's Log: Bye-bye Best Products - An architecture Fairy Tale
Metropolis Mag: Best Thing Going
ounodesign: Still-unsurpassed box store architecture - SITE
Website: SITE Architecture and Design