Magic Lantern Film Society: Viva Maria

This coming Thursday, 17th May Magic Lantern Film Society will be
tantalising and teasing you with an intriguing and delectable Italian
classic Viva Maria. The screening will take place at 7.30 pm at the
Nerve Centre in Magazine Street and admission is £4

Maria Fitzgerald O’Malley (Brigitte Bardot) is the daughter of an
Irish political dissident who has travelled to Latin America with her
father to take part in an anarchist political uprising. When her
father was killed, Maria left to her own devices, where she became
friends with one of the performers of the circus, also named Maria.
She decided to stay with the circus. On her debut as a singer, she
accidently invented strip-tease that made the circus famous. This
satire of political revolutions is visually spectacular, pairing
France’s two most popular stars: Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau.

We would also like to remind people that there are still a range of
attractive and good value memberships which are available and valid
until the end of 2012. For more information on this, and all our
screening and membership please visit or website at, become our friend on facebook, or pick up
a copy of the current programme at the Nerve Centre.


March Magic Lantern Film Society: ‘Last Tango in Paris’

This Thursday 15th March Magic Lantern Film Society will be marking the start of a special season of films that were either banned or heavily censored since they were made. The season starts with the 70’s classic Last Tango in Paris starring Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider. The film starts at 7.30pm at the Nerve Centre in Magazine Street, Derry and admission is £4.


Last Tango in Paris, the film that took the world by storm with its strategy of sexual frankness and a towering performance by Marlon Brando. A man, whose wife committed suicide, moves toParisin the grip of an irresistible melancholy. A chance encounter with a young middle-class girl and their instant chemistry and explosive sexual connection will change both their lives. The film was banned or cut throughout the entire world, considered as ‘self-serving pornography’ and ‘obscene’; in Italy Bertolucci was served with a four month suspended sentence in prison and had his civil rights revoked for five years. The film is a torrid masterpiece about love and grief not to be missed.


Magic Lantern would also invite you to take advantage of two new membership schemes. For £25 members can get into all the films for free, including special screenings, for £70 members can take out a family membership. This will allow not only them but also up to four members of their family into all the screenings. For further information you can visit Magic Lantern Film Society’s website at, pick up a programme at the Nerve centre, as well as a selection of other key venue’s around the town.


You can also visit our facebook page and become or friend, or follow us on twitter # MagicLanternFS. This is one of a number of special seasons, which Magic Lantern have specialised in over a number of years and we look forward to seeing you there


Magic Lantern Film Society return to the Nerve Centre in Derry

Magic Lantern Film Society is delighted to anounce it’s long awaited
return to the Nerve Centre in Derry with it’s new programme of
classic, contemporary and special screening. The opening film of the
comming season will be Wim Wender’s latest Oscar nominated offering
PINA. There will be a wine reception at 7.00 and the film will
commence at 7.30.

Words are the enemy in WimWenders’s mysterious, submersive and tribute
to German dance pioneer Pina Bausch, who died in 2009 just as Wenders,
the director of ‘Buena Vista Social Club’ and ‘Wings of Desire’, was
beginning to make this film. Some will come to this film full of
knowledge of Bausch. For others, it will be as fresh and novel as
Wenders’s approach to turning dance into cinema.
A stunning film, a glorious homage to modern dance.

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‘Chico and Rita’ at the MLFS

This Thursday, the Magic Lantern Film Society in Derry brings a Latin feel to the programme with a screening of animated feature Chico and Rita – the winner of Best Animated Feature at the Spanish Academy Awards in Cuba,1948.

Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey – in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero – brings heartache and torment. Chico and Rita is an artfully made romantic drama that captures the hearts and imaginations of its audience through its storytelling as well as its animation.

The film commences at 7:00pm at the Nerve Centre, Magazine Street and admission is £3. For more information on all screenings and membership you can drop into the Nerve Centre; follow them on Facebook or Twitter; or email



'I cento passi' screening at MLFS

This Thursday 15th April, the Magic Lantern Film Society will be screening Mafia film, I cento passi (One Hundred Steps).

The title refers to the precise distance between the family home of Peppino Impastato and the local mafia boss, Tano Badalamenti. A story of betrayal, murder and intrigue, the film is set in Cinisi, a small Sicilian town, giving a precise and shocking insight into the Italian Mafia.

The screening will take place at 7pm shap at the Nerve Centre on Pump Street and admission is £3 at the door. For more information contact Alessandro on 07821130533, or visit


‘Noone Knows about the Persian Cats’ screening

On Thursday 10th March, the Magic Lantern Society will be screening an intriguing tale about Persian Cats. The film will be screened in Magic Lantern’s home of the Nerve Centre on Pump Street and commences at the regular time of 7:00 pm.

Noone Knows about the Persian Cats tells the tale of two young political activists in Iran. Recently released from prison, two young musicians decide to form a band in their native Tehran. Together they search the underworld searching every seedy corner for colorful characters. Forbidden by the authorities to play in Iran, they plan to escape from their clandestine existence, and dream of performing in Europe.

Admission is £3 at the door. For more information contact Alessandro on 07821130533, or visit


Coco at the Magic Lantern Film Society

This week the Magic Lantern Film Society will be screening Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky, this Thursday 3rd March at the Nerve Centre on Pump Street, commencing at 7pm sharp.

Set in Paris in the 1910s, Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky tells the story of the passionate, intense love affair between the two fascinating creative giants.

Admission is £3 at the door. For more information contact Alessandro on 07821130533, or visit


'East of Bucharest' screenings in Nerve Centre, Derry

This Thursday, 3rd February Magic Lantern Film Society will be continuing its programme of unique and imaginative films with a screening of 12:08 East of Bucharest at 7.00pm in the Nerve Centre, Derry.

Corneliu Poromboiu’s debut film, and a first for Derry audiences, offers a human insight into the failed hopes of Eastern Europe after the Cold War. 16 years after the Revolution a local television in Bucharest invites several guests to share their moments of glory, as they allegedly stormed City Hall, chanting “down with Ceasescu!” before the Romanian dictator fled the presidential palace by helicopter so many years ago. An alcoholic history teacher and a lonely retiree are forced to answer questions from dubious viewers who aren’t overly convinced that the Revolution ever took place in their city. This compelling documentary is not to be missed!

Membership of Magic Lantern Film Society for this season is £20 for a Friend of Magic Lantern membership, each screening is then free and you will not have the hassle of paying each time. Basic membership is £10 which will get you into each screening for £1, alternatively should you want to go along and pay at the door each time, this will cost £3. For more information on all screenings and membership you can drop into the Nerve Centre. Alternatively, if you have internet access you can email: or visit us on facebook.