Development & Alumni Relations Office 


07 November 2018

La leggenda del pianista a Maghaberry (‘The Legend of the Pianist in Maghaberry’) – a documentary film shot and edited by award-winning Queen’s graduate Zoe Tweedy (BA Film Studies 2017, MA Film Studies 2018) – is set to receive its premiere at the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast on 2 December.    

Produced by Dr Federica Ferrieri, the Honorary Consul of Italy in Northern Ireland, the documentary is co-funded by the Italian Cultural Institute in Edinburgh, HMP Maghaberry and the Ulster University – Restorative Practices.

The project started in late February 2018, when Dr Ferrieri began to teach Italian to a group of inmates in Maghaberry prison, near Lisburn, in County Antrim.

At the end of September 2018, she was joined by Italian actor Stefano Panzeri, film graduate Zoe Tweedy and filmmaker Krizzah Policarpio for an intensive one-week Italian and drama workshop, where the inmates acted some scenes from the book Novecento (1994) by Italian author Alessandro Baricco.

Participants, who were exposed to the story of Novecento, a baby born on an ocean liner who became the greatest ever jazz pianist without ever leaving the ship, through acting and discussions about topics relevant to their own lives.

The one-week workshop was filmed by Zoe (winner of the Best Short Documentary, Belfast Film Festival 2017) and Krizzah, and edited by Zoe to achieve a powerful insight into the inmates' thoughts and sensitivities.

Attending on the night – and joining Dr Ferrieri, Professor Tim Chapman (UU) who supervised the project, Maghaberry Prison Governor Amanda Wood who helped make the project possible, Stefano Panzeri, Zoe Tweedy and Krizzah Policarpio – will be Fabio Monaco, the Italian Consul General to Scotland and Northern Ireland and Director of the Italian Cultural Institute, co-funders of the project.  

The event which will be partly in Italian (with English subtitles) and partly in English (with Italian subtitles), is open to all and entry is free; donations towards the next Italian and Drama project will be most welcome. Tickets are available from the Crescent Arts Centre website.

Full details: Sunday 02 December 2018; 7pm-8:30pm; doors open 6.30pm; Creative Direction by Stefano Panzeri; Produced by Federica Ferrieri; Documentary Direction and Cinematography by Zoe Tweedy; Sound by Krizzah Policarpio. Co-Funders: Italian Cultural Institute, HMP Maghaberry, Ulster University – Restorative Practices.

General enquiries about this news story to Gerry Power, Communications Officer, Development and Alumni Relations Office – tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5321.


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