Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Michael Moore to visit Belfast
Date Posted: June 10, 2016
Belfast Film Festival will welcome Academy Award®-winning filmmaker and political provocateur Michael Moore to Belfast on 15th June for two sold-out events at the Movie House that include a screening of his latest film, Where to Invade Next.
Tickets for both a Q&A, and a second screening with an introduction by the filmmaker, were snapped up with 24 hours of going on sale. There are still tickets remaining for this Friday’s event at the Queen’s Film Theatre at 6.30pm (10th June) when a screening of ‘Where to Invade Next’ will be followed by a Q&A with Michael Moore broadcast live via satellite from the opening night of Sheffield Doc/Fest.
Moore is the Oscar and Emmy-winning director of the ground-breaking, record-setting films ‘Roger & Me’, ‘Bowling for Columbine’, and ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’, which also won the top prize at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and went on to become the highest grossing documentary of all time. It became the first documentary ever to premiere No. 1 at the box-office in its opening weekend. Film Comment called it “The Film of the Year”.
His 2007 documentary, Sicko is self-described as “a comedy about 45 million people with no health care in the richest country on Earth”. Moore investigated American health care horror stories, focusing on large American pharmaceutical companies, the corruption in the Food and Drug Administration, and even brought injured 9/11 rescue workers to Cuba to receive treatment.
Moore also earned the label of America’s No. 1 selling nonfiction author, with such books as ‘Stupid White Men’, ‘Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation’ and ‘Dude, Where’s My Country’. No other author has spent more weeks on the New York Times hardcover non-fiction list from 2002-04 than Michael Moore. Stupid White Men was also awarded Britain’s top book honour, “British Book of the Year”, the first time the award has been bestowed on an American author.
Festival Director Michele Devlin said: “Michael Moore is without question the greatest living documentary filmmaker. His body of work has made a global impact and his films are highly illuminating and hugely entertaining. Few filmmakers have succeeded in pricking our collective social conscience in quite the same way as Michael Moore and we are very excited to be hosting him in Belfast.”
Honoured by festivals and critics groups alike, ‘Where to Invade Next’ is an expansive, hilarious, and subversive comedy in which the Academy Award®-winning director confronts the most pressing issues facing America today and finds solutions in the most unlikely places. An epic movie that’s unlike anything he has done before – an eye-opening call to arms to capture the American Dream and restore it in, of all places, America.
Michael Moore in Conversation is presented in association with the Movie House and Dogwoof. For more information visit www.belfastfilmfestival.org