Rent I Am Belfast (2015)

2.9 of 5 from 45 ratings
1h 24min
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Synopsis:
"I Am Belfast" sees celebrated filmmaker, writer and curator Mark Cousins cast his painterly eye on his home town, the port city Belfast. Beautifully shot by Christopher Doyle (In the Mood for Love, Rabbit-Proof Fence) and with a powerful soundtrack by the great Northern Irish DJ and composer David Holmes (Ocean's Eleven,'71, Hunger), Cousins' film takes viewers on an emotional journey through the complex and sometimes tragic history of the Northern Irish capital, embodied as a 10,000 year-old woman, compellingly portrayed by Helena Bereen (Hunger, Mo).
Interspersing archive material (often detailing the horrors of the Troubles) and newly-filmed footage, 'I Am Belfast' is an impassioned and politically engaged love letter to Cousins' hometown.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
John Archer, Chris Martin
Writers:
Mark Cousins
Studio:
BFI Video
Genres:
British Films, Documentary
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
20/06/2016
Run Time:
84 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour and B & W
Bonus:
  • The Making of I Am Belfast (Timo Langer, 2015, 14 mins)
  • A Conversation with Mark Cousins (2015, 14 mins)
  • A Conversation with Helena Bereen (2015, 11 mins)
  • A Conversation with Christopher Doyle (2015, 10 mins)
  • I Am Belfast: A Cinematic Walk with Mark Cousins (takeover Film, 2016, 18 mins)
  • Original Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
20/06/2016
Run Time:
84 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour and B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • The Making of I Am Belfast (Timo Langer, 2015, 14 mins)
  • A Conversation with Mark Cousins (2015, 14 mins)
  • A Conversation with Helena Bereen (2015, 11 mins)
  • A Conversation with Christopher Doyle (2015, 10 mins)
  • I Am Belfast: A Cinematic Walk with Mark Cousins (takeover Film, 2016, 18 mins)
  • Original Trailer

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Reviews (2) of I Am Belfast

Unexpected - I Am Belfast review by EC

Spoiler Alert
06/11/2016

As a resident of Northern Ireland I was drawn to this film by its title. It wasn't at all what I expected but once I got used to the style I found it very interesting. The photography was particularly good.

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Heavy handed - I Am Belfast review by RJ

Spoiler Alert
30/03/2020

I like Mark Cousins a lot as a film journalist but I don't really get him as a filmmaker in his own right. I like his documentary The Story of Film, but primarily because it is such a treasure trove of film clips - the bits in between, filmed by Cousins himself, always looked cheap and artless to me.

This film starts promisingly enough, with some beautifully shot landscapes (I presume it is cinematographer Christopher Doyle who is primarily responsible for these parts, but I do not know exactly how the collaboration between him and Cousins, who are co-credited for the cinematography, worked) and suitably atmospheric music from David Holmes. The middle section of the film, dealing largely with The Troubles, is also moderately interesting, albeit rather inconsistent in terms of style and tone.

Unfortunately, around the 60 minute mark, this film absolutely dives off a cliff and the final twenty minutes of the film consist of two heavy handed, badly shot sequences which strive for profundity but fall well short. The first involves a dreary 'fantasy' sequence showing the funeral of the imagined figure of the last bigot in Northern Ireland. The second uses the banal story of a bus driver turning his bus around so that one of his passengers can retrieve the shopping bags she left at the bus stop, in an attempt to illustrate the basic goodness of people. It felt so amateurish and sentimental, which confuses me because Cousins can be such an astute commentator on cinema as an art form, so it's something of a mystery to me how he can produce something so saccharine and crude.

Not for me - nonetheless I am still eagerly awaiting Cousins' next epic documentary 'Women Make Film'.

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