Where do we start to describe the contribution made by Sir Kenneth Branagh to the film and theatre success in this country and abroad? Obviously, the multiple awards and accolades in the press and media would fill several pages of any biography, but in this talk we will focus on selected highlights of his long career.
Firstly, a brief look at his early life in Ireland and the UK; Secondly, Branagh as an exponent of Shakespeare; Then as Hercule Poirot in two mystery drama adaptations of Agatha Christie novels, ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (2017) and ‘Death on the Nile’ (just released).
We could not omit one of his outstanding roles, playing Reinhard Heydrich in ‘Conspiracy’ (2001). Branagh has said that this was his most chilling role as the convener of the Wansee Conference in 1942, the aim of which was the final planning of the Holocaust.
Of course, we must not forget ‘My Weekend with Marilyn’ (2011) where he played an exasperated Olivier to Michelle William’s Marilyn Monroe.
Lastly of course ‘Belfast’, based on his experience as a child during the ‘troubles’ and playing now to 5-star accolades in cinemas across the country. Please do join our presenter Rosemary Coxon (Education Officer of the Cinema) for this talk.
In the Auditorium
NB - We will also be screening 'Belfast' and 'Death on the Nile' in the Awards Season.