Fans of all ages will be able to relive their most magical memories this year, as Roald Dahl’s work is brought to life on the big screen this September at Cinemagic film events in The Ulster Museum, Queen’s Film Theatre and Strand Arts Centre, Belfast. To celebrate Roald Dahl 100 – the centenary year of Roald Dahl’s birth, Cinemagic is participating in a family-friendly film programme that will celebrate the world’s number one storyteller, born in 1916. The season launch coincides with the release of Entertainment One’s The BFG, on the 22nd July, and culminates on Roald Dahl Day on the 13th September – 100 years since Dahl’s birth.

The programme will appeal to audiences of all ages, featuring his best-loved classics like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory(Strand Arts Centre, 3 Sept), James and the Giant Peach (The Ulster Museum, 17 Sept),  and The Witches (Queen’s Film Theatre, 24 Sept)

Cinemagic’s screening of Matilda, on 10th September is promising a far from average event, with plans for an interactive ‘Scratch ‘n Sniff Cinema’ presentation of Matilda to celebrate the film’s 20th year anniversary.

Actress Julie Dawn Cole (aka the original Veruca Salt) will attend Cinemagic’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory screening for a special Q&A about making the film and 30 lucky young people can participate in a delicious chocolate making workshop with Aunt Sandra’s candy factory.

Fans of plant life, animal life and the natural sciences can enjoy an educational workshop at The Ulster Museum before a screening of James and the Giant Peach, and young animators can learn the basics of storyboarding and character design at a workshop before the screening of The Witches, where audiences are also encouraged to come in Roald Dahl inspired fancy dress!

Claire Shaw, Cinemagic said “Cinemagic is delighted to present a season of Roald Dahl on Film events and we are kicking the season off with a Matilda inspired filmmaking workshop on 23rd and 24th July. We can’t wait for our special screenings in September which will be fun-filled, and interactive, inspiring a new generation of cinema-goers and celebrating one of the world’s greatest children’s storytellers”

Hana Lewis of Film Hub Wales, said: “We are extremely proud to be leading the UK’s national celebration of Roald Dahl on Film and look forward to working with our partners across all nine BFI Film Audience Network regions.“We were all inevitably inspired by Roald Dahl as children and as we grow into adults, his stories remain with us. The season will offer a rare opportunity for parents to enjoy his films together with their children, on the big screen”.

The Roald Dahl on Film season is taking place with the support of the BFI (British Film Institute), awarding funds from the National Lottery and in collaboration with the Roald Dahl Estate, which is marking the centenary with the Roald Dahl 100, a year packed full of exciting surprises and treats.

To find out what’s on at Cinemagic in Belfast and how to buy tickets visit the calendar page on the homepage of the website or click titles below

23/24 July, The Ulster Museum, Roald Dahl’s Matilda inspired filmmaking workshops (email

3 September, Strand Arts Centre, Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory and Q&A with Julie Dawn Cole aka Veruca Salt. (Note there are limited places on a pre-film chocolate making workshop) 2 ticket options.

10 September, Queen’s Film Theatre, Scratch ‘n Sniff Cinema present Matilda.

17 September, The Ulster Museum, James and The Giant Peach. (Note there are limited places on a pre-film Animal/Plant, Natural Sciences workshop) 2 ticket options.

24th September, Queen’s Film Theatre, The Witches, with storyboarding and character design workshop.

The BFG opens on 22nd July for a special two week run at QFT Belfast especially to mark the Roald Dahl on film season launch.

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For more information, please contact Cinemagic Press and Marketing Officer, Claire Shaw on 028 90 311 900 or email

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Film Hub Wales aims to bring more films, to more people, in more places around Wales. Along with its independent member venues, FHW regularly develops inventive ways for people in Wales to go to the cinema.
Film Hub Wales (FHW) is one of nine UK wide ‘hubs’ funded by the BFI (British Film Institute) to form the Film Audience Network (FAN), with Chapter appointed as the Film Hub Lead Organisation (FHLO) in Wales. We aim to develop the exhibition sector through dedicated research, training and audience development project support. Since Film Hub Wales set up in 2013, we’ve supported over ninety exciting cinema projects, reaching over 100,000 audience members.
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