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Film Festival to Celebrate ‘Branagh in Belfast' As Part of Freeman of the City

11th January 2018
Belfast actor Sir Kenneth Branagh in the acclaimed 2017 film Dunkirk which is to shown on board HMS Caroline, a WW1 light battle-cruiser berthed as a major visitor attraction in Belfast Harbour. Belfast actor Sir Kenneth Branagh in the acclaimed 2017 film Dunkirk which is to shown on board HMS Caroline, a WW1 light battle-cruiser berthed as a major visitor attraction in Belfast Harbour.

#BelfastLough - A pop-up film festival will form part of Belfast City celebrations to mark Sir Kenneth Branagh being made a freeman of the city on Tuesday January 30.

The ‘Branagh in Belfast’ programme of events reports The Irish News will be delivered in partnership with Film Hub NI (see filmhubni.org) and will be staged in venues across the city.

Fans will also have the opportunity of being in the audience at a special ceremony in the Ulster Hall that evening, when the Belfast-born actor will officially receive the honour. Applications can be made online via the council website belfastcity.gov.uk/branaghinbelfast – free tickets will be allocated to Belfast residents via computerised draw. The deadline to apply for tickets is 5pm on Friday January 19.

Festival highlights include screenings of Cinderella at Belfast Castle – where the audience is being encouraged to dress up as their favourite princess – and Dunkirk, which is being shown onboard the HMS Caroline.

Into Film and Cinemagic are also coordinating screenings in schools across the city so children and young people can enjoy some of Branagh’s work.

The actor and director has described being made a freeman of his home city as an “incredible honour".

For more on the film-director actor click here.

In addition to Afloat's coverage of an Irish Sea ferry with an on board Orient Express Lounge Bar following the release last year of Branagh's film 'Murder on the Orient Express'. 

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