Killruddery hosts third film festival
OSCAR WINNER BROWNLOW APPEARS
THIS YEAR'S Killruddery Film Festival is making a welcome return this year, taking place from Thursday March 10 until Sunday March 13. The purpose of the annual festival, now in its third year, is to bring lost, overlooked and forgotten cinema to Irish audiences.
Music will once again be a strong feature of this year's Killruddery line-up, along with an expanded focus on Irish material, including a close look at the New York-based Kalem Film Company.
The Kalems were a travelling film company responsible for the first fiction films shot in Ireland. This event includes a screening of a recently produced documentary devoted to the subject ‘Blazing The Trail - The O Kalems’ in Ireland. Produced by Tony Tracy and directed by Peter Flynn, the film will be introduced by the filmmakers. The event will also include two original Kalem films-‘ The Lad from Old Ireland' and ‘ Come Back to Erin' one of which was only recently rediscovered and hasn't been seen for almost a century.
Special guest film historian Kevin Brownlow will return to the festival this year, fresh from his recent Oscar win last Sunday (Kevin was also presented with a ‘ Volta' award at the Jameson Dublin Film Festival the evening before). Kevin will be introducing several silent films he has specially selected for the programme, many of which will be accompanied by world renowned silent film accompanist, Stephen Horne.
To celebrate his win, Killruddery will also be looking back to the first ever Academy Awards ceremony in 1929 and two of the big winners that year, ‘Seventh Heaven’ and ‘White Shadows in the South Seas’.
The unique Gala Closing Event this year is a dramatic recreation of a 19th Century Magic Lantern Performance by Joss Marsh and David Francis, the likes of which hasn't been seen in Ireland for a long time.
For further information or to purchase tickets for the Killruddery Film Festival, please visit www.mermaidartscentre.ie or call 01 272 4030.
Ticket prices range from €6 to €16 depending on the selected film. A full festival pass is also available at €85.
7th Heaven, one of the older films that featured last year at the festival.