UK, Ireland

Synopsis

Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Kenneth Branagh, Belfast is a poignant story of love, laughter and loss in one boy’s childhood, amid the music and social tumult of the late 1960s. The cast stars Golden Globe® nominee Caitríona Balfe, Academy Award® winner Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Ciarán Hinds, and introduces 10 year old Jude Hill. Dornan and Balfe play a passionate working-class couple caught up in the mayhem, with Dench and Hinds as sharp-witted grandparents.

Director's Biography

Kenneth Branagh is one of the world's most consistently acclaimed filmmakers, directors, and actors, whose work is trademarked by quality, truth, and passion. He has been nominated for five Academy Awards (in five different categories), and five Golden Globes; he has won three BAFTAS and two Emmys.In addition to the 2021 release of BELFAST, Branagh will star in Michael Winterbottom’s five-part drama THIS SCEPTRED ISLE for Sky Atlantic and Disney will be releasing his Death on the Nile, a follow-up to his hugely successful MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. He directs and also plays Hercules Poirot.He has continued to juggle acting and directing for both screen and stage, shooting a string of box-office and critical hits, including CINDERELLA (2015), MARVEL'S THOR (2011), and playing critically acclaimed roles in Christopher Nolan’s TENET (2020), Dunkirk (2017), and an Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated performance as Laurence Olivier in MY WEEK WITH MARILYN (2011).His love of Shakespeare has always been front and centre, and he is often credited with bringing the Bard to the multiplex with Henry V (1989), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Hamlet (1996), Love’s Labour’s Lost (2000), and As You Like It (2006).The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company (formed 2015) held a year-long residency at London’s Garrick Theatre; a sold-out season that included The Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet, Red Velvet, The Painkiller and The Entertainer with Branagh in the lead role in the latter. Other theatrical endeavours include The Play What I Wrote, and five-star performances on the British stage in Richard III, Mamet's Edmond, Ivanov, and the comedy Painkiller at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast, Branagh’s hometown.On the small screen, Branagh’s successes include the BAFTA-winning series Wallander; Shackleton for Channel 4; and Conspiracy, among many others.A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where he won the Bancroft Gold Medal, Branagh succeeded Lord Attenborough as President of RADA in the summer of 2015. He continues to mentor young actors and received a Knighthood in 2012 for his services to drama and the community in Northern Ireland.

FILMOGRAPHY:
2022 - DEATH ON THE NILE, Feature
2020 - ARTEMIS FOWL, Feature
2018 - ALL IS TRUE, Feature
2017 - MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, Feature
2015 - CINDERELLA, Feature
2014 - JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT, Feature
2011 - THOR, Feature
2007 - SLEUTH, Feature
2000 - LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, Feature
1996 - HAMLET, Feature
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Cast & Crew

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh

Written by: Kenneth Branagh

Produced by: Kenneth Branagh, Laura Berwick, Tamar Thomas, Becca Kovacik

Cinematography: Haris Zambarloukos

Editing: Úna Ní Dhonghaíle

Production Design: Jim Clay

Costume Design: Charlotte Walter

Make-Up & Hair: Wakana Yoshihara, Sian Wilson

Original Score: Van Morrison

Sound: Simon Chase, James Mather

Visual Effects: Matthew Glen

Casting: Lucy Bevan, Emily Brockmann

Cast: Jude Hill (Buddy), Caitríona Balfe (Ma), Jamie Dornan (Pa), Judi Dench (Granny), Ciaran Hinds (Pop)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2022