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Nov
6
Sat
BFF-The Shapes Between Us: NI Dance Music Culture on Screen
Nov 6 @ 7:30 pm

The Shapes Between Us: NI Dance Music Culture on Screen
Saturday, November 6, 2021 7:30 PM GMT
The Black Box

If you have any access requirements please get in touch with the box office before booking [email protected]

Tickets include afterparty with Phil Kieran DJ set

The Shapes Between Us: NI Dance Music Culture on Screen

 

The people, places and music that shaped Northern Irish club culture from 1980-1992.

Running club nights in Northern Ireland during the 1980s and 1990s took commitment, courage, and a large record collection. In between the domineering cultures of opposing sides in a bloody conflict, the passions and styles of many young people were to be found behind the doors of the nightclubs on dark quiet streets.

The music played on turntables in clubs such as The Delta, The Plaza, Tokyo Joe’s and The Art College helped shape the fabric of a counterculture which influenced many young lives, from the mods, punks and goths to the indie kids and ravers. This is a story rarely mentioned in the historical narrative of NI.

The Shapes Between Us tells the story of the evolution of club culture in Belfast, through audio interviews recorded with key figures on the scene, curated film archive and an evocative score. Contributors include Mary Armstrong, Iain McCready, David Holmes, Greg Fenton, Solveig Simms, Keith Connolly, and many more.

The Shapes Between Us is a collaborative archive film project presented by Phil Kieran (DJ, producer, artist, and composer), Stuart Sloan (Second Chance Cinema) and Sara Gunn-Smith (Film Hub NI, part of the BFI Film Audience Network).

Nov
7
Sun
BFF-Official Selection Shorts 1-4
Nov 7 @ 6:00 pm

If you have any access requirements please get in touch with the box office before booking [email protected]

 

Nov
9
Tue
BFF-Bad News & Good Vibrations: NI on Screen
Nov 9 @ 7:00 pm

Bad News & Good Vibrations: NI on Screen

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 7:00 PM GMT
The Black Box

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A Filmmaker’s Personal History of Northern Irish Cinema.

Filmmaker Colin McKeown presents his personal history of the stories told by us and about us. He includes a selection from his new essay film: ‘Bad News & Good Vibrations: NI on Screen’ with clips from ‘Columbo’, ‘Miami Vice’ and Hollywood depictions of the troubles on screen. Hugh Odling Smee will be in conversation with Colin.

“Colin has been guru, guide and co-conspirator in all our script development endeavors over the

years, most recently on the feature films Good Vibrations and Ordinary Love.” Lisa Barros D’Sa

The Black Box

18-22 Hill Street
Belfast
BT1 2LA
November 9, 2021, 7:00 – 9:00 PM GMT
Nov
10
Wed
BFF-Sam and Mattie Make a Zombie Movie
Nov 10 @ 7:30 pm

Sam and Mattie Make a Zombie Movie

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 7:30 PM GMT
The Black Box

If you have any access requirements please get in touch with the box office before booking [email protected]

Sam and Mattie Make a Zombie Movie

Sam and Mattie, best friends who have Down syndrome, rally the entire town of Providence, R.I., to help them make a film.

Sam and Mattie have a lot in common – they both love movies, skateboarding and pro wrestling, share the same wicked sense of humour, and possess insane amounts of charisma. They also both have Down’s syndrome, although that’s never focused on in the documentary – they’re just two regular dudes who want to hang out and do something creative. Sam and Mattie Make A Zombie Movie follows what happens when Sam’s brother discovers the pair’s ambition to make their very own movie; with a bit of help from their friends and family and a successful crowdfunding campaign that attracts a generous response from the local community and a handful of notable names, their dream becomes reality and Spring Break Zombie Massacre is born…

During the first half of the documentary, we see the boys making plans, holding court during production meetings and taking advice from Hollywood stalwarts like director Peter Farrelly (Dumb And Dumber, There’s Something About Mary) and special effects wizard Tony Gardner (Zombieland, Seed of Chucky), as well as coercing Jersey Shore‘s Pauly D to take part in the final movie. The eventual premiere is a roaring success, and the finished version of Spring Break Zombie Massacre is included here in its entirety, albeit interrupted a few times with behind the scenes anecdotes and additional bits of back-story.

“This is a feel-good documentary about two best “bros” with Down Syndrome who, with the help of their family and community, make a zombie movie with lots of blood and gore.” – Brian Costello Common Sense Media

“Sam & Mattie Make a Zombie Movie is a fantastic documentary that will leave viewers feeling good and wanting to go after their own dreams the way Sam and Mattie do.” Cinema Crazed

“A bitterly sweet account of the sheer determination and drive of two friends, and their local community, to achieve the impossible dream.” THN

“Without exaggeration, I can say that I have seen “professional” horror and action movies with dialogue and situations no less disjointed, and not nearly as pungent and witty.” TCG

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18-22 Hill Street | Belfast | BT1 2LA

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Supported by

Belfast City Council ACNI & Lotto John Hewitt Department for Communities Film Hub NI BFI Cinema Children In Need