Star of MATILDA THE MUSICAL film launches at Film Festival in South Belfast

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The 13-year-old star of the highly anticipated Mathilde the musical The film officially opened the 2022 Into Film Festival in South Belfast today. (8 Nov 2022)

Dublin actress Alisha Weir kicked off the UK’s biggest free film festival for schools and educators at the film’s ‘pupils premiere’ at the Queen’s Film Theatre.

Alisha said, “It’s amazing to open the biggest free festival for kids. I feel so grateful. It’s like a dream come true.

The film is an all-new take on the Tony and Olivier award-winning musical and boasts a stellar cast, including Emma Thompson as the evil Mrs. Trunchbull, Lashana Lynch as Miss Honey, Stephen Graham and Andrea Riseborough as the role of Matilda’s parents. The film will be released in theaters only on the 25th.e November followed by release on Netflix next year.

“Matilda the Musical is a moving film for all ages and you can bring the whole family to see it. The message is that even if you’re young, you can do as much as an adult can and you have to stand up for yourself no matter what. ‘it happens,’ she said.

Alisha welcomed young audiences and their teachers to this first special screening for students of Roald Dahl’s iconic story. .

Michelle McAlonan, a teacher at Cliftonville Integrated Primary School, who attended the event, said: ‘It was such an exciting surprise for our students. Meeting Alisha and hearing her story really inspired the kids. We use the film as an educational tool in the classroom and today’s premiere really brought them to life.

Matilda the musical by Roald Dahl is an inspiring musical tale of an extraordinary girl who discovers her superpower and shows remarkable courage, against all odds, to help others change their stories, while taking charge of her own destiny. Standing up for what is right, she has achieved miraculous results.

But Matilda is just one of the films on offer at the Into Film Festival, organized by Into Film, a leading film education charity. There are 57 screenings and events in 13 cities across Northern Ireland until November 25.

A total of 8,500 free seats are on offer throughout the festival to help educators bring learning to life and inspire their students aged 5-19. Into Film has also created many educational resources and curriculum-related film guides to help teachers and their students attend the Festival.

Sean Kelly, Into Film’s Delivery Manager for Northern Ireland, said: “We are delighted that Alisha has officially launched the festival here in Belfast. At Into Film, we use film to inspire children and bring out their creativity not just during the 17 days of this fabulous free festival, but throughout the year through our work in classrooms across the North Ireland.

The education charity, Into Film, is supported by the BFI through National Lottery funding, National Lottery players, and the UK film industry through Cinema First. The National Lottery raises £36million every week for good causes across the UK.

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