#WeAreQFT: Stephen Hackett

30 March 2020

This edition of #WeAreQFT is the first in a series celebrating our friends at Belfast Film Festival. Up first, Head of Programming Stephen Hackett, who reminisces about cinematic ice lollys, why he wants Michael Bay to remake Holy Mountain and which film character seems like a top bloke.

WeAreQFT Stephen Hackett

weareqftstephenhackett.jpgYou are stuck at home and your favourite cinema is closed. What five films do you

All Lav Diaz films, interspersed with the works of Neil Breen.

What three words would you use to describe QFT?

Meaty, cuddly, nyctophilic.

What is your earliest cinema-going memory?

Watching an ice lolly slide down the screen (slowly) in an over capacity screening of Herbie Goes Bananas (1980) in Omagh. It got to the bottom as the credits rolled.

What film do you dislike that everyone else loves?

Oeuvre of Christopher Nolan.

What film character would you love to meet and why?

Mr Hulot, seems like a top bloke.

Who is your favourite film villain?

Reverend Harry Powell – The Night of the Hunter (1955).

What film do you think justifies a remake?

Holy Mountain (1973), as long as Michael Bay is directing. Give it a bit of structure.

What is your favourite movie quote?

'O pointy birds, o pointy pointy, anoint my head, anointy-nointy'. – The Man with Two Brains (1983)

Saturday 4th April is now officially known as Belfast Film Festival Sofa Shorts Day! You hit the sofa and the festival will bring the shorts…..films that is. What you wear is up to you!

This is how it works. For one day only (Saturday 4th April) you will be able to view all 14 ‘in competition’ shorts and 7 ‘official selection’ shorts. Simply visit between 10am and midnight to view all 21 films at your leisure.

Join Belfast Film Festival on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram throughout the day on Saturday 4th April to share your thoughts about the films, meet the filmmakers and share in a collective experience using the hashtag #bffsofashorts.

The winner of the ‘in competition’ programme will be announced by the judging panel on Sunday 5th April at midday and will receive a prize of £500. The winning film will then be available to watch for a further 2 hours from midday to 2pm.