Belfast: Branagh’s Autobiographical Movie

Kenneth Branagh’s Autobiographical movie, Belfast

Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh has written and directed a new film, Belfast. The award-winning star, who spent his early years in Tigers Bay, said the movie pays tribute to the city and its people.

It is set in Northern Ireland and England, where some of the story unfolds.

“I have written and will direct a new film called Belfast. It is partly set in the city and is a very personal movie about a place and people I love,” he said.

With the local film industry severely impacted by coronavirus lockdown restrictions, Richard Williams, the CEO of Northern Ireland Screen, welcomed the news of the star’s latest production.

“Film-making in the time of Covid is challenging, but we hope this humorous and tender tale will find its way safely to the big screen,” he said.

“The production intends to film partly in Belfast and partly in England, where some of the story is set

His most recent project, Artemis Fowl, which was filmed partly on Northern Ireland’s north coast, began streaming exclusively on Disney+ last month.

Branagh was born in Belfast in 1960, but his family moved to England when he was nine years old.

His first starring role was in the Graham Reid-penned Billy trilogy, which was broadcast on BBC Northern Ireland during the 1980s.

The actor, writer and director, whose films include Hamlet, Dunkirk, My Week With Marilyn and Murder on the Orient Express, to name but a few, was given the Freedom of Belfast Award in 2018.

He said: “You can take the boy out of Belfast, but you can’t take Belfast out of the boy.”