Belfast (2021)


Belfast (2021)

A young boy and his working class family experience the tumultuous late 1960s.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
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Metacritic   78 %
RottenTomatoes  87 %
Release Date2021-11-11
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Belfast (film)

Belfast is a 2021 black-and-white coming of age comedy-drama film written and directed by Kenneth Branagh. The film stars Caitríona Balfe, Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Ciarán Hinds, Colin Morgan, and newcomer Jude Hill. The film, which Branagh has described as his "most personal film", centres on a young boy's childhood amid the tumult of Belfast, Northern Ireland, in the 1960s.

Belfast had its world premiere at the 48th Telluride Film Festival on 2 September 2021, and is scheduled to be released in the United States and the United Kingdom on 12 November 2021.


A semi-autobiographical film which chronicles the life of a working class family and their young son's childhood during The Troubles in Belfast, Northern Ireland in the late 1960s.


  • Jude Hill as Buddy
  • Caitríona Balfe as Buddy's mother
  • Jamie Dornan as Buddy's father
  • Judi Dench as Buddy's grandmother
  • Ciarán Hinds as Buddy's grandfather
  • Colin Morgan as Billy Clanton
  • Lara McDonnell as Moira
  • Gerard Horan as Mackie
  • Conor MacNeill as McLaury
  • Turlough Convery as Minister
  • Gerard McCarthy as Bobby Frank
  • Lewis McAskie as Will
  • Olive Tennant as Catherine
  • Victor Alli as Soldier
  • Josie Walker as Aunt Violet


In July 2020, Kenneth Branagh announced that he would write and direct the film. In September 2020, Judi Dench, Caitríona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Ciarán Hinds and Jude Hill joined the cast of the film.

Principal photography began in September 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Filming initially took place in and around London, before moving to Belfast. Production concluded by October 2020. The film was shot in black and white.

The film features music by Belfast native Van Morrison, including eight classic songs and a new song Morrison wrote for the film.


Belfast had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on 2 September 2021 where it became the festival's most often screened film of that year. It also screened at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival on 12 September 2021. By the end of its run, it will have screened at film festivals in Chicago, Hamburg, London, Middleburg, Mill Valley Philadelphia, San Diego and Vancouver. It will hold its Los Angeles premiere at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on 8 November 2021. The film is set for release on 12 November 2021 through Focus Features in the United States and on 25 February 2022 in the United Kingdom through Universal Pictures.


On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 86% based on 36 reviews.


At the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival, the film won the People's Choice Award. On 11 October 2021, it was announced that newcomer Jude Hill would be put forward in the Best Actor award at the 94th Academy Awards in 2022 while the remaining key cast members – Caitríona Balfe, Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan and Ciarán Hinds – have been entered into the Best Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor categories. The Best Narrative Feature award at the Middleburg Film Festival went to Belfast.