It’s hard to contain our excitement about the news that John Cusack, the Hollywood star of such films as High Fidelity and Say Anything will be a very special guest at this year’s Belfast Film Festival!
John, a Golden Globe, BAFTA nominated actor, producer, and screenwriter has built a highly successful career starring in movies that include such cult classics as Grosse Pointe Blank, Being John Malkovich and Better Off Dead, to name only a few from a career that spans 34 years.
A native of Evanston, Illinois, he is well known for his work as an actor, but is also actively involved in social and political causes, speaking out about issues of human rights, government transparency and accountability. He is on the board of directors of The Freedom of the Press Foundation.
Due to his overwhelming popularity, tickets for this outstanding actor, producer and writer’s “In Conversation” event in the Movie House on Dublin Road have already sold out, but you can still catch him at two additional venues that have been added to events. John has agreed to take part in not one, but two additional Q&A sessions with audiences on 1st April following screenings of High Fidelity in Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast and Max at Strand Arts Centre.
While tickets for other events are already on sale, these additional tickets will go on sale on Tuesday 7th March at 1.00pm on the festival’s website, by phoning (028) 9024 6609 or at the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre. John’s visit to Belfast is supported by Movie House Cinemas, Film Hub NI and Tourism Ireland.
This will be the 17th year of the Belfast Film Festival. This year they bring an 11 day movie marathon that will run from 30th March to 9th April. In addition to old favorites, premieres and documentaries, the festival will include a variety of industry events, special guests and local filmmakers showcasing their work in Belfast.
Taking place across the city at various venues, the festival will afford attendees a look at some of the fantastic experiences our cinematic venues have to offer. Previous guests have included Julie Christie, Michael Fassbender, Martin Sheen and Stephen Fry.
Some additional highlights of this year’s festival include Oscar® nominated comedy, A Man Called Ove; World War II comedy drama, Their Finest, starring Gemma Arterton; and Studio Ghibli’s tropical island adventure, The Red Turtle to name only a few.
Of course, there will also be plenty of special events such as a live read of A Fish Called Wanda and a concert film about rhythm and blues singer, Miss Sharon Jones, which will be followed by soul and funk DJs playing into the early hours.
Belfast Film Festival is funded by Northern Ireland Screen, the BFI, Belfast City Council and Tourism Northern Ireland.