Killruddery hosts third film fes­ti­val

OS­CAR WIN­NER BROWN­LOW AP­PEARS

Bray People - - NEWS - MARY FOG­A­RTY

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.

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