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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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  • Kelly

    A short film written and directed by Solène Guichard.

    Kelly (Jamie O'Herlihy) comes back to her childhood house after many years abroad to help her sister tidy for the estate agent. Tension is tangible as Andrea (Lucy McConnell) still hasn’t come to terms with who her big brother, Dylan, has bec...

  • Behind a Performance: Tufo da Mafalala

    Behind a Performance: Tufo da Mafalala is an experimental documentary exploring the rituals of Tufo, a traditional Mozambican dance. The film is a collaboration between the Grupo de Tufo da Mafalala, the Associação IVERCA, and researchers in the field of sonic arts and ethnography from Queen’s Un...

  • Evergreen

    A short film set in present day Northern Ireland from writer/director Dominic Curran (Furloughed).

    Nathan (Paddy Rocks) begrudgingly visits his infirm childhood friend Edgar (Shane McCaffrey), still living in his dilapidated childhood home on the estate they grew up in, but their lives have dive...

  • Lean Logic - Safe in a Dream

    Safe in a Dream (Extended Version)

    Lean Logic is a collaboration between Queen's University alumnus Nick Carlisle (Peepholes/Bamboo/Katy and Nick) and Rose Keeler-Schäffeler (Keel Her) which began last year with Rose offering to remix a Bamboo track, and ended with a completely new project and a...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • A Sign (Un Signe, Un Geste)

    It wasn’t until she lost her faith in God that Rosaline started seeing miracles… A Sign (Un Signe, Un Geste) is an enigmatic and compelling short film by Don Duncan, which explores hope, despair and signs.

    Rosaline (Sophia Leboutte) is in the middle of a spiritual crisis. Her longing to be saved...

  • In Conversation: Terrance Hayes & Nick Laird

    The Seamus Heaney Centre's Professor Nick Laird joins US poet Terrance Hayes, in conversation with students from Queen's University Belfast. Their conversation took place in December 2020, and it is the second in a series of online events with Nick and other internationally renowned poets.

    Born ...

  • In Conversation: Caoilinn Hughes & Garrett Carr

    Queen's Alumni and the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen's are delighted to present Caoilinn Hughes in the second edition of The Book Club.

    The book under discussion each time, will be a recent publication from a writer associated with the Seamus Heaney Centre's creative writing programme. The event...

  • In Conversation: Sharon Olds & Nick Laird

    The Seamus Heaney Centre's Professor Nick Laird, joins US poet Sharon Olds, in conversation with students from Queen's University. Their conversation took place in November 2020, and is the first in a series of online events with Nick and other internationally renowned poets.

    Pulitzer Prize-winn...

  • John T. Davis: His Own Trail

    John T. Davis: His Own Trail is a poetic portrait of the enigmatic filmmaker, artist and musician from Holywood, County Down.

    John is Ireland's most internationally respected documentary filmmaker, a reputation established with films like Shellshock Rock, Route 66 and Hobo. This film explores th...

  • 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...

  • In Conversation: Susannah Dickey & Glenn Patterson

    Queen's Alumni and the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen's are delighted to present The Book Club, a new series of online author events. The book under discussion each time, will be a recent publication from a writer associated with the Seamus Heaney Centre's creative writing programme. The event wil...

  • Ulster Gaeilge: Gail

    Gail McCune, a Protestant from East Belfast, tells her story of discovering the Irish language.

    Ulster Gaeilge: It's Yours Too! is a series of short animations that aims to show the many and different ways in which people in East Belfast and beyond are engaging with the Irish Language. Each anim...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • In Conversation: Catherine Heaney & 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. The film screened worldwide on ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

    Featur...