Brian Henry Martin at the movies

Best of the Film Fest

Published Thursday, 27 March 2014
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As a avid cinema-goer in the city, it's my favourite time of the year as the 14th Belfast Film Festival opens tonight.

There is something for everyone over the next 10 days with 125 events in venues right across the city, from our favourite cinemas to splendid churches and even the Great Hall at Stormont.

Here's my pick of the many marvellous must-see events

Road (Thurs 27th March / Movie House Cinemas)

With three sold out shows, Road is the hottest ticket in town and I'm expecting tears and cheers at tonight's world premiere of this stunning feature documentary. Narrated by Liam Neeson, and produced by Belfast's DoubleBand Films, Road tells the extraordinary and dramatic story of road racers Joey and Robert Dunlop, and Robert's sons William and Michael. Featuring stunning action, candid race day scenes, this is the gripping story of one County Antrim family united by both loss and success.


The Story of Children and Film (Wed 2nd April / QFT)

If you haven't experienced the mind bending cinematic imagination of Mark Cousins then now is the time to start. My favourite filmmaker from Belfast returns to the QFT with another uniquely magical documentary, the world's first movie about kids in global cinema. A Story of Children and Film is a personal exploration of what cinema tells us about childhood, and what childhood tells us about cinema. It is a passionate portrait of the adventure of adolescence as seen through 50 classic films from 25 countries.

The Art of Will Simpson (Sat 5th April / QFT)

Behind every great TV show is a great storyboard artist, so don't miss the opportunity to meet Game of Thrones storyboard artist William Simpson at the QFT. George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy drama is compulsive viewing around the world, so this is a privileged peek behind the scenes. William Simpson is not only a great artist, whose career began in comic strip art, working on iconic characters including Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper and Batman, but also a great raconteur. Prepare for a very jolly discussion.


Dial M for Murder 3D (Sat 5th April / Movie House Cinemas)

What a treat to see the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock's only 3D movie back on the big screen at the closing of the Festival. Quintessential cool blonde Grace Kelly stars as a society woman in London whose jealous husband Ray Milland plans the perfect murder, or so he thinks. However, a missing latch key may unlock the dastardly truth. First released in 1954, as the original 3D fad was fading, Dial M has been rarely seen in the format since. Hitchcock said of 3D at the time "It's a nine-day wonder, and I came in on the ninth day." However, thanks to Warner Bros, we now have a brilliantly vivid new digital restoration to enjoy.

The 14th Belfast Film Festival runs from the 27th March to the 5th April. For further information and booking details go

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B. H. Martin
B. H. Martin

Brian Henry Martin is an accomplished documentary filmmaker and UTV's resident film critic, appearing regularly on UTV Live Tonight.

No matter what the film, there's a good chance Brian has seen it.


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