The Heart Desires (Dil Chahta Hai )

Original Language: Hindi Director: Farhan Akhtar 3h 3m

Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna play loyal friends that overcome various obstacles of life in a film that captures college life and the transition into adulthood like no film before it.

Three friends, Akash (Aamir Khan), Sameer (Saif Ali Khan) and Siddharth (Akshaye Khanna), discover that post-collegiate life will test their tight-knit bond. As sweet Sameer falls for Pooja (Sonali Kulkarni), an unavailable beauty, Siddharth risks everything to pursue an older divorcée named Tara (Dimple Kapadia) whom his friends and family find unworthy of him. Meanwhile, brash Akash travels to Australia, where he reconnects with Shalini (Preity Zinta), a girl he’d previously wronged.

‘The voice that rings loudest and clearest is Farhan Akthar’s, fearlessly answering the call to forward Bollywood cinema into a bright, hopeful future’ – THEMOVIEREPORT.COM

All Points presents: Ai Messiah & Friends

Ai Messiah (live)
Seaplanes (live)
Deadman’s Ghost (A/V Screening)
Timmy Stewart (Ambient DJ set)

All Points is an audio-visual project showcasing emerging talent in venues of historical and cultural significance, blending the rich architectural heritage of Belfast with some of the finest new voices in Northern Irish music.

Ai Messiah’s sci-fi inspired debut LP ‘Sentience & Sapience’ was hailed as “an undulating tapestry of rousing strings, glimmering synths and cutting edge sound design.”(If Only UK) In a live setting, the album’s ambient soundscapes are reconfigured into dynamic and energetic arrangements, with FX-laden guitar & synth textures augmented by propulsive, jazz-inflected drumming.

Seaplanes is brothers Graham & David Ginty. The pair started to send musical ideas back and forth during lockdown, with nothing to do but run samples through a rake of guitar pedals to see what would happen. The sound they’ve created draws from electronica, post-rock and drone, with fierce crescendos and lulling ambience regularly appearing side by side in the same track.

Deadman’s Ghost presents re-scores for two experimental short films, exploring the worlds of isolated characters seeking to free themselves from repressive forces. Gothic chants, ominous synth drones and clattering percussion enliven the decayed visuals, implying narratives not originally intended by their directors.

Timmy Stewart is one of the resident DJs & promoters at the Night Institute in Belfast. He’s also one half of crate-digging DJ and production duo Black Bones, signed to Touch Sensitive records. He’ll be leaving the kick drums to the side for the evening and playing a set of atmospheric electronics curated especially for the occasion.

Ghouls On Film Presents: Beyond The Black Rainbow at the Freemasons Hall

We at the Arboria Institute welcome you to our state-of-the-art research facility at The Freemasons Hall at Arthur Square, where our dream is your happiness™.

Our head of research, Dr Barry Nyle, using therapeutic and physical tools, will submerge himself into the crevices of your mind and activate the pathways towards true inner peace. 

Please don’t be alarmed by the appearance of our Sentionaut healers; they are merely here to guide you down a path towards complete and utter annihilation, and we can assure you that any rumours you may have heard of malpractice, psychic interference, mind-wiping or neurological black holes are entirely unsubstantiated. 

This will be an experience like no other. 


Ghouls on Film is a feminist horror film club, showing films that challenge the representations of women within the genre. Expect cult classics, independent releases and rare lesser-known films that explore how women can find agency in the world of horror. We are proud to be connected with our partner organisation, The Black Box.

This event is open to all genders and strives to be inclusive in its film screenings.

Please be aware, this film features scenes with strobe lighting and may be disruptive to those with photosensitivity, as well as sequences of a graphic nature – viewer discretion is advised.

Freakscene: The Story of Dinosaur Jr

Dir. Philipp Reichenheim, Germany/U.S.A, 2021, 82 mins.

FEATURING: J Mascis, Lou Barlow, Kim GordonHenry Rollins, Bob Mould, Thurston Moore and many others.

Freakscene: The Story of Dinosaur Jr is a feature documentary homage to one of the most influential bands on the American East Coast, which greatly inspired the burgeoning alternative rock scene – including Nirvana and Sonic Youth – in the 1990s.

Their unique style and unmistakable sound, later referred to as Grunge, laid the foundation for the entire “Slacker” culture of Generation X. It’s also the story of the eloquent and eccentric guitarist and bandleader J. Mascis, the bassist Lou Barlow and drummer Murph and a band that funnily does not talk to each other.

Communication takes place exclusively through music. Director Philipp Reichenheim nevertheless skilfully encourages the three introverted and shy icons to shoot the breeze and unpack their fascinating story.

The film offers exclusive rare insights into the crazy everyday life of the band across three decades, and illuminates the inner workings of a cult band from its embryonic beginnings in the 1980s and 90s to the present day subculture icons.

Doors 7.30pm | Unreserved Seating

Supported by Film Hub NI, part of the BFI Film Audience Network, awarding funds from National Lottery.

Keyboard Fantasies (Screening)

As a sci-fi obsessed woman living in near isolation, Beverly Glenn-Copeland wrote and self-released Keyboard Fantasies, seven tracks of years-ahead-of-its-time curious folk-electronica hybrid.

Three decades on, the musician – now Glenn Copeland – began to receive emails from people across the world, thanking him for the music they’d recently discovered.

Keyboard Fantasies is a beautiful coming of age story; a timely lullaby to soothe those souls struggling to make sense of the world.

Doors 7.45 | Unreserved Seating

Supported by Film Hub NI, part of the BFI Film Audience Network, awarding funds from National Lottery.

Roadrunner: A Film about Anthony Bourdain

A documentary about the uncommon life of the late storyteller, explorer and chef, Anthony Bourdain, who exploded onto the scene in 2000 with the publication of his restaurant memoir Kitchen Confidential.

From there it was an unstoppable rise to episodic fame, first with No Reservations, followed by Parts Unknown.

Bourdain’s passion for food, travel, and culture tapped into a deeper humanity that resonated with viewers who felt that they knew him. And to those who did know him, “Tony” was an uncommonly sensitive and insightful soul whose friendship left a lasting impact.

Monty Python & The FOLEY Grail

Compass Presents an expanded screening of cult comedy film ‘Monty Python & The Holy Grail’ with audience-participation live foley.

Grab your coconuts and go on a quest for the Holy Grail.. (or Foley Grail, if you will!) Upon your arrival, you will be handed a package of foley-delights. Follow your cue-master to add live sound effects – en masse – and make one of the most laugh-out-loud films of all time even funnier!

Released in 1975, Monty Python’s Holy Grail is a comedy masterpiece and cult classic. King Arthur, King of the Britons, faces a multitude of obstacles including the tenacious Knights of Ni, a rude Frenchman and a killer rabbit on his quest to find the Grail.

This is a silly screening for silly people. We encourage you to dress for the occasion, shout out your favourite lines and arrive at upon your invisible horse.

Occupying the space between cinema curation, art, event production and interactive theatre Compass Presents has been creating mixed-artform events and shows since 2006. Inspired by the immersive power of cinema and the spine-tingle of live performance, we reimagine cult treasures and offer them to audiences afresh, mixing film with live elements, and to be experienced in strange locations.

Allergy Warning: The foley kit contains food items. Please inform Compass Presents if you have a food allergy beforehand by contacting:

Supported by Film Hub NI, part of the BFI Film Audience Network, awarding funds from National

Love in Bright Landscapes – The Story of David McComb and The Triffids

Love in Bright Landscapes is the inspiring, tragic and intimate life story of David McComb, cult Australian singer/songwriter and driving force behind one of the greatest Australian bands, The Triffids.

Love in Bright Landscapes reveals the man behind the music; and McComb’s status as a quintessentially Australian artist.

Doors 7.30pm | Unreserved Seating

The Incredible Journey (Dog Friendly Screening)

We’re delighted to present this very special CQAF cinematic doggie treat.

The Incredible Journey is the timeless tale of Luath the Yellow Labrador, Bodger the elderly English Bull Terrier and Tao the Siamese Cat, as they embark on a long trek through the rugged wilderness of the Sierra Nevada mountains in a quest to reach home and their beloved owners.

We invite you and your four-legged friend to join us for this Disney classic!

Doors  10.30am | Unreserved Seating

Comfort and Joy

This is one of our very favourite films from Bill Forsyth – one of our very favourite directors.

After his girlfriend walks out on him, Glasgow DJ Alan “Dicky” Bird witnesses an ice cream van being attacked and destroyed by an angry competitor. He becomes embroiled in the struggle between two Italian families, the Bernardis and the Rossis, over the carve up of ice cream distribution in the city.

Featuring an incredible cast including Bill Patterson, Alex Norton and Clare Grogan, Comfort and Joy is a darkly funny treat.

We’re thrilled that CLARE GROGAN will also be nipping over from sound-checking with Altered Images to talk about her experience working on this minor classic.

Supported by Film Hub NI, part of the BFI Film Audience Network, awarding funds from National Lottery.

Wattstax (Screening)

The legendary ‘black Woodstock’ finally gets its due when a newly restored and digitally remixed Wattstax,Mel Stuart’sdocumentary of the epochal 1972 concert at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, receives its first-ever cinema screening in Belfast.

Featuring incendiary performances byIsaac Hayes, Albert King, Rufus and Carla Thomas, the Staple Singers, the Emotions, the Bar-Kays, and other greats of soul, R&B, and gospel – plus biting humour from a then little-knownRichard Pryor— Wattstax is more than just a concert film.

It also captures a heady moment in mid-1970s, “black-is-beautiful” African-American culture, when Los Angeles’s black community came together just seven years after the Watts riots to celebrate its survival and a renewed hope in its future.

Doors 2.45pm | Unreserved Seating

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