Eleven community cinemas and venues in Northern Ireland will show this award-winning documentary as part of this spring’s Film Hub NI Collective Tour, which brings the best independent films to local places across the north. The tour starts at Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre in Limavady on Thursday 2 March and finishes at The Courthouse in Bangor on Wednesday 29 March.
Directed by BAFTA-winning filmmaker Alison Millar, LYRA is a beautiful and heartfelt film about the life and death of the internationally renowned Northern Irish investigative journalist Lyra McKee.
Through a rich archive of audio recordings, field notes and interviews with those who knew her, LYRA tells the story of a life fearlessly committed to truth and justice for forgotten crimes. The result is a complex picture of Northern Ireland’s political history, bringing into sharp focus the ways in which the 1998 Good Friday agreement – with its promised end to violence for future generations – has struggled to be fully realised.
Alison Millar said “We are thrilled that audiences right across NI will have the opportunity to spend some time with the extraordinary person that was Lyra McKee during the Film Hub NI Collective tour of LYRA. It is particularly poignant that the tour will take place in the run up to the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement and against the current political backdrop but we hope that the film reminds people that our fragile peace is worth fighting for and that no more senseless and tragic deaths should happen to any family.”
Each screening on the tour will feature a live Q & A with guests including Alison, Lyra’s siblings Nicola and Andrew Corner, and Sara Canning – Lyra’s partner.
Film Hub NI is part of the BFI Film Audience Network, a UK wide project to ensure that the greatest choice of film is available to diverse audiences across Northern Ireland. This Collective tour is supported by the Department for Communities through Northern Ireland Screen.
The full list of FHNI Collective Tour dates and venues is below. For ticket information please visit: https://www.filmhubni.org/now-showing-tags/collective/
FILM HUB NI – LYRA tour
|VENUE||DATE||Q AND A GUEST|
|Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, Limavady||Thursday 2nd March||Alison Millar|
|Newcastle Community Cinema||Friday 3rd March||Nicola Corner|
|Radió Fáilte, Belfast||Tuesday 7th March||Nicola / Andrew Corner|
|Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart||Wednesday 8th March||Sara Canning|
|Portrush Film Theatre||Thursday 9th March||Sara Canning|
|Subterranean Community Cinema, Omagh||Friday 10th March||Nicola Corner|
|Ormeau Community Cinema, Belfast||Thursday 16th March||Nicola / Andrew Corner|
|Dungannon Film Club||Tuesday 21st March||Sara Canning|
|The Nerve Centre, Derry||Thursday 23rd March||Sara Canning|
|The Braid Film Theatre, Ballymena||Friday 24th March||Alison Millar|
|The Courthouse, Bangor||Wednesday 29th March||Nicola Corner|