Sir Kenneth Branagh visits the Model


On Tuesday 30th January, star of film and theatre, Sir Kenneth Branagh visited Belfast Boys’ Model School to introduce a screening of his £150 Million film "Thor". Over 300 pupils from Belfast Boys’ Model, Belfast Model School For Girls, Hazelwood College and Mercy College attended the screening as part of the ‘Branagh In Belfast’ festival, celebrating Branagh being awarded the Freedom Of Belfast later that evening.

The school was one of the many locations selected by Belfast City Council and their partners as a ‘pop-up’ cinema, screening his films across Belfast. Branagh himself was a native of North Belfast, growing up in Mountcollyer Street before moving at the age of 9 to Reading in England.

Mr McManus, Head of Media Studies at the school said, “It was such a privilege for the Belfast Boys' Model to play a part in the 'Branagh in Belfast' event, and a fantastic experience for both pupils and staff of the schools to meet and listen to such a genuine star of film and theatre.”

Branagh was made Freeman of the City of Belfast in an evening celebration of his work in the Ulster Hall on Tuesday night, which was followed by a civic reception at Belfast City Hall.