Cinemagic celebrate Roald Dahl centenary

A young Mara Wilson in the 1996 film Matilda

WITH the new BFG film currently in cinemas, fans of Roald Dahl can see more of his colourful characters brought to life on the big screen this September as Cinemagic host a series of special screening celebrating Roald Dahl 100 – the centenary year of Roald Dahl's birth.

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

Actress Julie Dawn Cole (aka the original Veruca Salt – see our interview elsewhere in today's Review) 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.

The screening of Matilda (Sept 10) promises a far from average event, with plans for an interactive Scratch ‘n Sniff Cinema presentation to celebrate the film's 20th anniversary, with audience members receiving a scratch card with 10 exciting odours which will bring Matilda to life.

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.

"Cinemagic is delighted to present a season of Roald Dahl on Film event," says Cinemagic's Claire Shaw.

"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."

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