BELFAST now on Netflix

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Kenneth Branagh‘s award-wining film, BELFAST, can now be streamed on Netflix. A poignant coming-of-age film set in the turbulent backdrop of 1960s Northern Ireland, BELFAST follows the story of a young boy named Buddy as he navigates the complexities of family, love, and sectarian strife. Against the backdrop of escalating violence, Buddy’s childhood innocence is both a refuge and a vulnerability. Director Kenneth Branagh beautifully captures the essence of community, resilience, and the enduring power of hope in the face of adversity with incredible performances by Jamie Dornan, Caitriona Balfe and Ciaran Hinds.

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Ciaran Hinds on The Troubles

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Oscar-nominated BELFAST actor Ciaran Hinds has said he was lucky to avoid the violence of the Troubles and admitted he could have got involved in a “bad way”. Speaking on BBC Radio Ulster’s podcast Red Lines, the actor, who has starred in films such as THERE WILL BE BLOOD, MUNICH and the final HARRY POTTER entry and comes from a middle class Catholic background, said he was living in Belfast at the time when violence broke out. Born to a GP father and a mother who was a teacher, Hinds, who was involved in Irish dancing until he was 19, said when the Troubles broke out, he was aware of people joining the IRA.

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Branagh in A HAUNTING IN VENICE

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Belfast-born Kenneth Branagh’s follow-up to MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS and DEATH ON THE NILE opens in cinemas September 15. A fresh trailer has been unveiled for A HAUNTING IN VENICE, revealing the eeriness that awaits audiences this fall and features Kenneth Branagh, Jamie Dornan and Jude Hill of BELFAST. The film is set in post-World War II Venice where Poirot, now retired and living in his own exile, reluctantly attends a séance. 

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BELFAST stars to re-unite

Stars of 2021’s hit film BELFAST are reuniting on the big screen for an adaptation of Agatha Christie novel A HAUNTING IN VENICE. Kenneth Branagh is reprising his role as Hercule Poirot for his third outing, with Jamie Dornan and Jude Hill, both of whom were in Belfast, also joining the cast for the murder mystery. Branagh is also returning to the director’s chair, with other cast members including Tina Fey, Michelle Yeoh and Kelly Reilly.

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Laura Donnelly in WEREWOLF BY NIGHT

A Belfast-born actress who stars in the HBO science fiction drama THE NEVERS has revealed she would love to return to the city’s Lyric Theatre. Laura Donnelly was speaking ahead of the release of WEREWOLF BY NIGHT, a TV special based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name and the first Marvel Halloween special on Disney+.

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Roisin Gallagher to star in THE LOVERS

A darkly comic romantic drama about a love-struck odd couple begins filming in Belfast at the end of this month. THE LOVERS, an original new drama for Sky, was written by David Ireland and stars local actors Roisin Gallagher and Conleth Hill, and South African-born musician and actor Johnny Flynn.

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Kenneth Branagh’s BELFAST Oscar

Branagh wins Best Original Screenplay! Thirty-two years after receiving his very first Academy Award nominations for 1989’s HENRY V, actor-director Kenneth Branagh has officially won his first Oscar. Branagh took home Best Original Screenplay for his latest film, BELFAST, during yesterday’s Oscars ceremony. Branagh wrote and directed the semi-autobiographical Belfast, which stars Jamie Dornan, Caitriona Balfe, and the young Jude Hill. The film follows a working-class family and the son’s childhood during the late 1960s in the Northern Ireland capital. 

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Ciaran Hinds on playing “Pop”

A veteran stage and screen actor who has been working onscreen since 1977, Hinds has appeared in more than 60 films, including Road to PERDITION, MUNICH, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, TINKER TAILER SOLDIER SPY, and the final HARRY POTTER film, among others. But it was the role of the sweet and sage grandfather in Branagh’s semi-autobiographical film that brought him the closest he’s been to his home, BELFAST, in a long time.

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