Release date for Kenneth Branagh's 'Belfast' film revealed - and where to watch

By Jane Corscadden

Kenneth Branagh's upcoming film 'Belfast' is set to hit the big screen later this year.

The movie's trailer was released recently, giving us a glimpse into the semi-autobiographical film following Branagh's upbringing in the city at the dawn of The Troubles in the late 1960s.

A star studded line-up is expected, with Northern Irish actors Jamie Dornan and Ciarán Hinds joining Judi Dench, Caitriona Balfe, and newcomer Jude Hill.

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.

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.

Balfe and Dornan play the boy's "glamorous, working-class" parents, with Dench and Ciarán Hinds playing his grandparents.

Filming for Belfast took place in the city last summer, with daily Covid testing, cast bubbles and vigilance from everyone involved - with 50 percent of the scenes taking place outdoors.

Speaking virtually to film students at the QFT last year as part of the Belfast Media Festival, Branagh said: “It’s a very personal film, set partly in Belfast and partly elsewhere, partly set in the past and partly set in the present.

"I hope that there is humour and I hope that it’s emotional. It’s a look at a people and a place in tumult through the eyes of a nine-year old movie-mad kid."

When is 'Belfast' set to be released?

The film had its world premiere at Telluride Film Festival on September 2 and will also be shown at Toronto Film Festival on September 12.

It's set for general release on November 12 through Universal Pictures.

Where can you watch 'Belfast' in Northern Ireland?

'Belfast' can be viewed at cinemas across Northern Ireland after its release date of November 12.

The film is currently listed on the Movie House Cinemas website with no details of screening times available yet.

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