It’s an age-old adage but the Cinema City programme really does have something in it for everyone!
From the 1922 silent German classic ‘Nosferatu’ to Danny Boyle’s ‘Trainspotting’, from Paul Greengrass’ ‘Captain Phillips’ to Sam Shepard’s ‘Paris Texas’, local film lovers will be spoilt for choice for the next four weeks.
Martin Melarkey is Senior Programmer with the Culture Company 2013 and has been heavily involved with the planning of Cinema City.
“I suppose you could say that we have been extremely fortunate in the sense that people like Danny Boyle, Paul Greengrass, Sam Shepard and Jeremy Irons are all able to come to Derry at the same time - I think it’s going to make for one brilliant celebration of cinema.
“We will be screening films onto the side of buildings in Ebrington next weekend. Nosferatu will be screened next Friday - don’t miss that one.”
The Cinema City programme champions the work of Stephen Rea, Danny Boyle and Sam Shepard and it will also tie in with the British Film Institute’s Gothic Season.
When asked what film he’s looking forward to the most Martin thought for a moment and then proceeded to recount the most amazing story.
“There was a film called ‘The Photo Drama of Creation’ shown in Derry 99 years ago.
“It had a very Christian theme to it and you also have to remember that this was a time when many people, including those with a devout faith, were very sceptical about the medium of cinema.
“Professor Ian Christie, who will introduce the film on the opening night of the Foyle Film Festival, told me about how his father always used to go on about this film ‘The Photo Drama of Creation’. And his father was from Derry and that’s where he saw the film.
“I just think it’s amazing that a film that was originally screened in Derry 99 years ago will have a local link at the festival - that’s what I am looking forward to the most.”
For full details on Cinema City and this year’s Foyle Film Festival visit www.cinema-city.co