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Foyle Film Festival Kicks-off Spring Programme with 3D Day at Brunswick Moviebowl


The city’s leading film festival will launch its Spring programme with a special one-day event, tracing the history of 3D cinema, at Brunswick Moviebowl on Thursday, March 12.

The Innovation in Cinema: 3D Day has been curated by one of the UK’s leading film historians, Professor Ian Christie with support from Film Hub NI, the Film Audience Network and Brunswick Moviebowl.

The day begins with two screenings (10am & 2pm) of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Dial M For Murder, taking audiences back in time to 1954 when the renowned director experimented with 3D in his adaptation of the stage thriller. It has now been restored to its full three-dimensional glory.

At 7.30pm cinema-goers will enjoy the breath-taking documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams by German filmmaker Werner Herzog. By using 3D cinematography Herzog brings the world’s most ancient cave paintings to vivid life and provides a unique glimpse into the lost histories tied to them.

The event will close with a 9.30pm screening of the critically acclaimed film, Avatar. Since its release in 2009, its director, James Cameron, has been described as ‘one of the technological pioneers in modern cinema history’ and the film has prompted comparisons with the legendary Lumière brothers’ film Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat (1895). As well as marking the beginning of the three-dimensional age of cinema, Avatar completes the circle with its link back to early cinema.

Martin Melarkey, Director of Nerve centre and Programmer of the event said: “Until recently 3D has been part of the lost history of cinema. After a brief period of popularity in the 1950s when Alfred Hitchcock created one of the classics of 3D cinema, the technology was written off as a gimmick. Since the triumph of Avatar, 3D has returned with a vengeance. As well as extending the boundaries of the mainstream cinema experience in blockbusters such as Gravity, 3D is also inspiring art house filmmakers such as Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog. We hope as many people as possible will take the opportunity to see some of the best 3D films on the big screen at Brunswick.”