Hundreds attend Foyle Film Festival opening night

Pictured at the launch of the 27th Foyle Film Festival, from left to right, Patrick Simpson, Brunswick Moviebowl, James Kent, director of 'Testament of Youth'. Bernie McLaughlin, Foyle Film Festival director and programmer, Deputy Mayor Gary Middleton, Caoimhin McClafferty, Brunswick Moviebowl. Photo: Lorcan Doherty Photography
Pictured at the launch of the 27th Foyle Film Festival, from left to right, Patrick Simpson, Brunswick Moviebowl, James Kent, director of 'Testament of Youth'. Bernie McLaughlin, Foyle Film Festival director and programmer, Deputy Mayor Gary Middleton, Caoimhin McClafferty, Brunswick Moviebowl. Photo: Lorcan Doherty Photography

Hundreds of cinema lovers packed out Screen Four of the Brunswick Moviebowl for the opening night of the 2014 Foyle Film Festival on Wednesday.

The festival, which is in its 27th year, opened with the NI Premiere of the film adaptation of Vera Brittain’s First World War Memoirs ‘Testament of Youth’.

The film was given a special indtroduction by director, James Kent, who thanked the festival’s organisers for chosing to screen his film.

“It’s a real honour and a privelge to be here in Derry for the opening night of the Foyle Film Festival but what makes this night extra-special is that the organisers have chosen to screen my film.

“It took us four years to put this film together and I am delighted to be able to share it with the people of Derry tonight. I hope you enjoy it and don’t forget, if you like it, shout about it on social media but if you don’t like it, then don’t say anything at all,” he joked.

The 2014 Foyle Film Festival was launched by Festival Director, Bernie McLaughlin and Deputy Mayor of Derry, Councillor, Gary Middleton.

“I would like to thank Derry City Council, the Brunswick Moviebowl and Northern Ireland Screen for their continued support and I hope everyone really enjoys this year’s festival,” said Bernie McLaughlin.