Article: Film Hub NI to tour Belfast-based film Nowhere Special around Northern Ireland

A special tour of Belfast based film Nowhere Special is being organised by Film Hub NI (FHNI) as part of its Collective programme which aims to bring local films to local places.  

Filmed and set in Northern Ireland, Nowhere Special is a beautifully heartfelt drama, written and directed by award winning Italian filmmaker Uberto Pasolini, starring James Norton as a single Belfast father and introducing Daniel Lamont from Ballymena, as Michael his son. Daniel now aged 7 has just been nominated for a prestigious British Independent Film Award (BIFA) today for his breakthrough performance in Nowhere Special.

FHNI 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. The initiative is supported through National Lottery funding, distributed by the British Film Institute. Nowhere Special was filmed with support from Northern Ireland Screen.

Eleven community cinemas will be showing Nowhere Special as part of this FHNI Collective Tour which will run across Northern Ireland starting on Thursday 11 November in Belfast and Limavady and ending in Portstewart on Thursday 9 December, 2021.

Sara Gunn-Smith, Marketing and Audiences Officer for Film Hub NI says: “Film Hub NI is delighted to be able to bring this original and beautiful film to 11 venues across Northern Ireland for audiences to enjoy.  With so many brilliant community cinemas signed up for the tour, it is evident that the appetite for independent film is alive and well and that film lovers cannot wait to return to the cinema. Audiences can look forward to seeing the film, along with some special guests that will join us on a few dates.”

Uberto Pasolini, Director, Nowhere Special said: “Filming Nowhere Special in Northern Ireland was one of the highlights of my 35 years of filmmaking. The quality of the crew, the brilliance of the Northern Irish actors, the welcome we received everywhere during our shoot, and of course the amazing talents of Daniel and James enabled us to achieve what on paper appeared impossible, an honest yet moving portrait of a very special relationship, a love story between a young father and his very small boy growing through the most difficult circumstances. It is with great pride that we share our journey with your audiences.”

Chris Martin, Co-Producer, Nowhere Special said: “We are delighted that Film Hub NI has chosen Nowhere Special as the next title to tour as part of the Collectiveinitiative, so that audiences across Northern Ireland will have another chance to enjoy this special film on a cinema screen in so many places – from Newcastle to Derry/Londonderry and all those in between. Having impressed audiences across the world, it is an honour to bring Nowhere Special back to be screened in the place that it was made.”

The full list of FHNI Collective Tour dates and venues are below:

Venue Date
Ormeau Community Cinema, Belfast Thursday 11th November 2021
Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, Limavady Thursday 11th November 2021
Portrush Film Theatre Thursday 18th November 2021
Marketplace Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh Friday 19th November 2021
Nerve Centre, Derry Saturday 20th November 2021
Newcastle Community Cinema Sunday 28th November 2021
Dungannon Film Club Thursday 2nd December 2021
Subterranean Community Cinema, Omagh Friday 3rd December 2021
Braid Film Theatre, Ballymena Saturday 4th December 2021
Fermanagh Film Club Wed 8th December 2021
Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart Thursday 9th December 2021


Nowhere Special tells the story of John (James Norton) a 35-year-old window cleaner, who lives with his three-year-old son Michael (Daniel Lamont). He was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer and has decided that he will find the best family to take Michael in after his death. John cannot face telling his son the truth, taking him on visits to prospective families under the guise of visiting new friends, against the advice of the adoption agency he’s working with. But as his condition starts to worsen, he begins to ponder what his legacy should be for his son – should Michael start life anew or should John leave him with the tools that would allow him, later in life, to know the father he had?

For ticket information please visit: Film Hub Northern Ireland

Main Image: Daniel Lamont, star of Nowhere Special is pictured in his hometown of Ballymena outside The Braid, which along with ten other venues across Northern Ireland will be showing Nowhere Special as part of FHNI’s Collective tour this November and December.

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