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27/02/2003

Take three for the Belfast Film Festival

If three is the magic number then the omens are looking good for the third Belfast Film Festival, which recently announced its programme line-up at Belfast City Hall.
This year’s celluloid celebration takes place at venues across Belfast from March 20–28, screening more than 70 films over nine days. Audiences can look forward to a host of Irish premieres, an exhilarating mix of screenings and discussion based around the main festival theme of ‘Filming Women’, and a range of award winning films and guests from around the world.
According to Festival Director Michele Devlin: “It’s not only the date that’s new about this year’s festival which has traditionally been held in September, but also our relationship with long standing partner Orange, who we’re delighted to announce have stepped up to become title sponsor in 2003.
“Orange are no strangers to the world of film as seen in their support of the recent BAFTA awards and we’re confident that their involvement will not only add value to the Festival experience but also help to bring the nine day cinematic extravaganza to a much wider audience.”
This year’s festival will open with the brand new 'Goldfish Memory', starring Flora Montgomery (When Brendan met Trudy), Stuart Graham (As the Beast Sleeps) and Jean Butler (River Dance). Goldfish Memory is set to make a big splash with worldwide audiences, premiering in Belfast before crossing the Atlantic to be screened in the New York Film Fleadh. The film takes a light-hearted look at the dangers and delights of dating in contemporary Ireland. Members of the cast, producer and director will join us on the Opening Night Gala.
Closing the festival will be the Irish premiere of 'Black and White', the new film starring Robert Carlyle, Charles Dance and Kerry Fox. Based on a true story David O’Sullivan (Robert Carlyle) defends an Aboriginal man who has been arrested for the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl. This is a wonderfully compelling story, which wowed audiences at the Sydney Film Festival.
Information and tickets for Festival events are available by calling the Orange Box Office on +44 (0) 28 9032 5917.
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