Review – The Truth Commissioner – can he deliver truth, healing and closure?

The Truth Commissioner had its world première screening in front of a paying audience in the Queen’s Film Theatre on Monday 1 February as part of their Made in Britain season. The adaptation of David Park’s award winning book (reviewed) examines some of the complexity of the legacy issues Northern Ireland has yet to fully grasp. Henry Stanfield is a serial peace-builder, a career diplomat who flies in to heal wounds and build bridges in conflicted regions of the world. …

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Exploring the impact of conflict on everyone through film #ConvoCinema at the QFT

Rather than telling stories about wars, we’re also interested in exploring how conflict has impacted on displaced people, refugees, women, those who are left behind and the soldiers as well … We’re trying to broaden it out from a purely historical perspective into something that is a little bit more about the actual people and feelings and how it has impacted on people’s real lives. That’s how Queens Film Theatre‘s head Susan Picken described the new Conversations about Cinema: Impact …

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Testament of Youth (QFT 16-29 January) – powerful on-screen adaptation of Vera Brittain’s extraordinary WW1 memoir

Most war films focus on the lives of those who join up, concentrating on the action at the front. Yet many more people are left behind at home than enter the military. Testament Of Youth quite brilliantly captures the life of Vera Brittain (played by Alicia Vikander), an intelligent and boundary-pushing young woman who in 1914 dreamt of becoming a writer and fought with her father (Dominic West) in their rural middle-class Buxton home to be allowed to sit the …

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Tony Benn: Will and Testament – a reflective politician not afraid to say he made mistakes

What kind of politicians do we want? Those who can admit mistakes? Or those who believe to the end that their actions were justified and appropriate? What was missing in Ian Paisley’s interviews with Eamonn Mallie screened on BBC One NI earlier this year was any kind of self-reflection, any kind of realisation that he’d made mistakes and that Northern Ireland would have been better-served by different decisions and actions. I’ve made a million mistakes in my life – I’m …

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Tony Benn: Will and Testament (showing in QFT from 3-5 Oct)

This weekend, the Queen’s Film Theatre is screening Tony Benn: Will and Testament. The film is described as “an intimate and personal reflection on life, work, love and loss from one of the UK’s most influential and charismatic political figures”. It’s autobiographical with the “political firebrand, prolific diarist, writer, charismatic anti-war campaigner, husband and father [presenting] his own personal reflections on his childhood and youth, marriage and family, political career and retirement”. Retiring from the House of Commons aged 74 …

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POTD – Little and Large

at the Waterfront Hall yesterday as part of the ‘On your Bike’ event. A day of free films and cycling related frolics for all the family. It was the first time the event has been held and despite the weather being less than kind there was a steady stream of people down. The musical highlight was for me Stephen Randall Hall who never fails to entertain Moochin PhotomanPhotographer and visual artist based in Belfast. I have facilitated community based workshops …

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Photograph of the Day – Jeff Lindsay

Oh and a season of Kurosawa movies starts today Moochin PhotomanPhotographer and visual artist based in Belfast. I have facilitated community based workshops with groups as diverse as visually impaired individuals in Dungannn, Travellers across Northern Ireland, Young Offenders and many community groups across Belfast. My work has exhibited extensively here in Northern Ireland in group and individual shows and has been shown in North America and i had my first solo international exhibition in New Zealand. I have been …

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