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Free films for you to watch at home. Shorts, features, documentaries, director Q&As, contemporary musical theatre, literary events - some will appear here for a limited time, some will stick around for a while.

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  • It Stays With You: Use of Force by UN Peacekeepers in Haiti

    A documentary produced and directed by Cahal McLaughlin and Siobhán Wills exploring the UN’s deadly legacy in Haiti.

    Between 2005 and 2007 UN peacekeeping troops carried out several raids on Cité Soleil, an economically-depressed neighbourhood of Port-au-Prince in Haiti. The raids were targeted ...

  • The Lifeboat: Two Readings by Kevin Breathnach & Leontia Flynn

    The Lifeboat Press, in partnership with the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen's, presents a film in two parts to coincide with the publication of two pamphlets of new work by Leontia Flynn and Kevin Breathnach.

    Recorded during lockdown in the grounds of Belfast City Hall, Leontia read from Slim New ...

  • This Land - a short film exploring cultural identity in Ireland

    Showing as part of Film Feels Connected, This Land is a short film about Ireland's relationship with race, identity and immigration, directed by Zithelo Bobby Mthombeni.

    The film explores different ways of experiencing Irishness, via discussions with chefs, artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, jou...

  • Up Next - the growth of rap culture in Ireland

    Up Next is a short documentary produced and directed by Zithelo Bobby Mthombeni about the current growth of rap culture in Ireland.

    The documentary features some of Ireland’s up and coming artists, such as Why-Axis, Nealo, Flynn Johnson, Dena Anuk$a, Nonzus Magnus and many more, with music by Ha...

  • Down With Jazz - a short documentary about jazz in Ireland

    Down With Jazz is a short documentary about the state of jazz music in Ireland, created by students from the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown, in 2017.

    Directed by & Edited by: Zithelo Bobby Mthombeni
    Produced by: Mikaela Egan, Zithelo Bobby Mthombeni, Paulina Macierzyńska, Tobi Ilori, Al...

  • Becoming Cherrie - Matthew Cavan's HIV Story

    The film tells the story of actor and performer Matthew Cavan, aka Belfast’s most-loved drag artist, Cherrie Ontop.

    Diagnosed HIV-positive aged 20, Matthew struggled to find acceptance in conservative Northern Irish society. Coming from a religious family in Carrickfergus, Matthew was kicked out...

  • Mental Abuse Matters - a short animation by Lucy Baxter

    How do you translate a complex and turbulent inner state into a visual medium like film, animation or virtual reality? Mental abuse is a widespread but often hidden phenomenon that is extremely difficult to articulate. But it is a challenge the Mental Abuse Matters project (MAM) embraces, aiming ...

  • The Curzon Project - the story of an iconic Belfast cinema

    The Curzon Film Centre was not just a cinema, it was many different things to different people. A family heirloom, a place for inspiration, relaxation and above all a safe space in a divided community where there were few.

    The Curzon Project is a short documentary, which tells the story of the C...

  • Furloughed - a short film by Dominic Curran

    A dog accompanies his owner through the highs and lows of quarantine. A short film by Dominic Curran with music by Chris W Ryan.

    Dir: Dominic Curran | 2020 | UK | 8 mins

  • Trouble Q&A with Mariah Garnett & Eoin Dara

    Artist and filmmaker Mariah Garnett discusses her debut feature Trouble with curator Eoin Dara.

    Mariah Garnett’s intimate and inventive biographical portrait of her artist father recounts in his own words his past as a political activist in Belfast and his daughter’s unlikely influence on his li...

  • In Conversation: Catherine Heaney and Glenn Patterson

    Catherine Heaney discusses 'Seamus Heaney and the music of what happens' with Glenn Patterson, Director, Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen's.

    'Seamus Heaney and the music of what happens' is a poignant insight into the life and work of one of Ireland’s greatest poets. It is available to watch worldw...

  • Seamus Heaney First Collection Poetry Prize

    Join us on Thursday 2 July for one of the highlights of the Seamus Heaney Centre calendar, the annual Seamus Heaney First Collection Poetry Prize.

    We’ll hear short readings from each of the shortlisted poets before Nick Laird, chair of the judges panel, announces and introduces the winner.

    The ...

  • Changing Views - Virtual Pamphlet Launch

    In late 2019 to early 2020, poetry students from the Seamus Heaney Centre were invited to make new works in response to the Changing Views exhibition at the Ulster Museum.

    In place of a pamphlet launch and gallery tour, we invite you to join us for a free virtual tour and poetry reading.


  • The Seamus Heaney Centre Presents... HELP!

    With their regular nights in the Crescent Arts Centre on hold, the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s are taking the show online for a special virtual get-together, with special guests Joe Holtaway and Robyn Hitchcock.

    Featuring poetry, prose, and song from far-flung Fellows and friends, joining u...

  • Following the Iron Compass - exploring John T. Davis' passion for model aircraft

    Following the Iron Compass is a documentary about filmmaker John T. Davis and his passion for flying model aircraft, and the connection between the creative and the spiritual.

    John T. Davis is Ireland’s most internationally respected documentary filmmaker, a reputation established with films lik...

  • Heart on the Line - John T. Davis' celebration of Nashville songwriters

    John T. Davis' 1990 documentary offers a rare insight into the lyrics, lives and attitudes of Nashville’s songwriters, the largely unknown men and women whose art is the lifeblood of the country music industry.

    The film features performances and commentary by major songwriters such as Harlan How...

  • Power in the Blood - Vernon Oxford's mission to save souls in Northern Ireland

    Power in the Blood documents country gospel singer and preacher Vernon Oxford’s journey from his home in Franklin, Tennessee to Belfast on a mission to bring the healing power of Jesus back to Northern Ireland.

    John T. Davis follows Vernon into drinking dens, mission halls and the Prison Officer...

  • Dust on the Bible - a visual poem about Belfast's charismatic street preachers

    On the street corners, in the tabernacles, at the cattle fairs and in large convention centres, the people of Ulster are warned by pastors and preachers about the last days of the Apocalypse.

    Dust on the Bible is a lyrical, visual poem about these latter day prophets. Focusing on Belfast’s chari...

  • The Uncle Jack - a vivid portrait of cinema architect John McBride Neill

    The Uncle Jack is at once a portrait of John T. Davis’ maternal uncle John McBride Neill, the cinema architect who from the 1930s to the 1960s designed 18 of Northern Ireland's most cherished cinemas, and a self-portrait of Davis himself.

    It was ‘the uncle Jack’ who catalysed Davis’ passion for ...

  • Self Conscious Over You - The Outcasts' 1980 Ulster Hall gig

    Witness The Outcasts at their incendiary best in this thrilling concert film from John T. Davis.

    Organised by Terri Hooley's Good Vibration Records, this legendary gig found almost 1800 people cramming into The Ulster Hall to see local band The Outcasts. The events depicted here were later immor...

  • Shellshock Rock - John T. Davis' legendary Northern Irish punk doc

    All the raw energy and excitement of the 1970s punk scene in Northern Ireland is on display in John T. Davis' legendary 1979 documentary.

    Derry heroes The Undertones and the uncompromising Belfast band Stiff Little Fingers both feature, as do Rudi, The Outcasts, The Idiots, Protex, Parasites, Vi...