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Cinemagic Festival Actor Workshops

Get the popcorn ready for two weeks of Cinemagic

Former EastEnders actress Brooke Kinsella and Bernie Latham from Hollyoaks will be in Belfast on Friday for the launch of this year's annual Cinemagic festival.

Cinemagic is hosting its 17-day extravaganza from November 17 to December 3, at Village Cinemas and W5 at the Odyssey.

The programme includes an impressive array of international exclusive screenings, big movie premieres, special guests, directors' discussions, competitions, masterclasses and talent labs in all aspects of television and film-making.

Among those who will attend the festival will be Lisa Henson, chief executive of the animation film group the Jim Henson Company.

Other special guests include Belfast-born Radio 1 DJ Colin Murray, who will host an anecdotal evening following a screening of his favourite movie Blazing Saddles as part of the Talking Movies season.

Keynote speaker on December 2 is Malcolm Gerrie, who is responsible for reality TV hit Big Brother, and on November 20 the speaker is film critic and Radio Five broadcaster Mark Kermode.

Cinemagic begins this year with a special preview screening of Walt Disney Pictures' new computer animated blockbuster Chicken Little, which goes on general release later in the year.

Screenings range from the Roman Polanski film Oliver Twist to the UK preview of Mirror Mask.

Other films featured during the festival are classics such as It's A Wonderful Life, The Wizard of Oz and Chicken Run, as well as cult movies like the Oscar-nominated Hotel Rwanda and Moulin Rouge.

On December 1 and 2, 18 to 25-year-olds will be able to take part in 'talent labs'.

Among the 14 visiting professionals are actors Max Beesley, Maxine Peake and Dexter Fletcher, who will be running acting workshops.

Also attending will be music director Hamish Hamilton, who has worked with Oasis, U2 and Madonna and local broadcast journalist Denise Watson, who is taking a sports presenting masterclass.

For full details log onto www.cinemagic.org.uk


Source: Belfast Telegraph
Date: 20th September 2005