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Jamie Dornan and Caitriona Balfe join cast of new film in Belfast ahead of Irish premiere

Jamie Dornan and Caitriona Balfe joined the cast of their new film Belfast today, ahead of its Irish premiere tonight.

Alongside Ciarán Hinds, Jude Hill and Lewis McAskie, the actors posed with the film’s director Sir Kenneth Branagh at the iconic Harland & Wolff cranes Samson and Goliath in Belfast.

The cast will walk the red carpet at the Belfast Film Festival tonight, where Kenneth will introduce his new movie at an event co-hosted by Northern Ireland Screen.

Kenneth Branagh pictured with Ciaran Hinds, Caitriona Balfe, Jude Hill, Jamie Dornan and Lewis McAskie.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Belfast is a personal and joyful story about the power of memory, set in late 1960s Northern Ireland.

At the centre of the film is Buddy, a young boy on the cusp of adolescence, whose life is filled with familial love, childhood hijinks, and a blossoming romance.

Yet, with his beloved hometown caught up in increasing turmoil, his family faces a momentous choice: hope the conflict will pass or leave everything they know behind for a new life.

The film was written and directed by Kenneth Branagh, and is based on his experiences of growing up in the Tigers Bay area of north Belfast.

Kenneth Branagh and Jude Hill | Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Ciaran Hinds, Caitriona Balfe, Kenneth Branagh, Jude Hill, Jamie Dornan and Lewis McAskie.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Marking the opening night of the Belfast Film Festival, Kenneth will introduce the movie alongside it’s star-studded cast at the Waterfront Hall this evening.

Ahead of the festival, Kenneth said: “I am fortunate to have attended film festivals throughout the world for this most personal of films, but it was always my hope that we might be invited to bring Belfast home.

“To be included as a part of the Belfast Film Festival is a great honour for us.

“This year’s festival is packed with local talent in all areas of the industry from acting and directing to producing, and shows the phenomenal strength of the film industry here.”

Belfast hits cinemas across Ireland from January 21st, 2022. 


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