Sunday, April 01, 2012

Titanic films screened beside the boat's dry dock - Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 April

Amongst the many different Titanic Festival events over the next couple of weeks, Belfast Film Festival have organised the screening of two Titanic-related films which will be shown inside beside the dry dock itself. (Due to “unforeseen circumstances” the film screenings have been lifted 44 feet up out of the dry dock and back onto dry land.)

Take your seats at the location where the gargantuan Olympic class liners where launched. Belfast Film Festival, in association with Belfast City Council and Northern Ireland Science Park, are hosting a unique experience whereby film goers will be physically transported back in time to Belfast’s golden age of industry as they become part of the history of Titanic watching the film projected from the location of its final departure from Belfast.

A Night to Remember film poster

Monday 2 April at 8.30pm – A Night to Remember (1958), directed by Roy Ward Baker.

A Night to Remember recounts the final night of RMS Titanic on her maiden voyage before her tragic end as through the eye’s of Titanic’s Second Officer Lightholler. This 1958 docudrama film is an adaptation of Walter Lord’s book and won a Golden Globe in 1959 for Best English Language Film. Also screening will be a short film of the launch of the RMS Titanic via Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Archive.

Saving the Titanic film still

Tuesday 3 April at 8.30pm - Saving the Titanic (UK premiere), directed by Maurice Sweeney.

Based on eye-witness accounts, Saving the Titanic tells the story of the disaster from below deck, exploring the question of what happened in the engine and boiler rooms after the collision. It follows nine men from the engineering crew – among them 18-year-old electrical engineer Albert Ervine from Belfast and Chief Engineer Joseph Bell (David Wilmot) – as they work among the huge, coal-fired furnaces and massive dynamos to satisfy the ship’s demand for power. A fascinating hybrid of documentary and dramatic reconstruction that makes use of stunning CGI effects, Saving the Titanic brings to life the last hours of the “unsinkable” ship. Director and cast members will be present.

Tickets are £8 and there is free parking in the NI Science Park close to the dry dock.

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