To Din­gle for the big day

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

If you want to es­cape stupid green top hats and vom­it­ing mo­rons on St Pa­trick’s Day, then head to beau­ti­ful Kerry, where the in­creas­ingly im­pres­sive Din­gle Film Fes­ti­val runs from March 17th un­til March 20th.

The open­ing film will be Geoff Won­for’s quasi-doc­u­men­tary We’ll Al­ways Have Din­gle, which trans­lates scenes from clas­sic movies into Ir­ish. Mau­reen O’Hara will be at­tend­ing a screen­ing of Sé Merry Doyle’s Dream­ing the Quiet Man, a study of her most fa­mous film, and the pres­ti­gious Gre­gory Peck Award will go to flashy French mae­stro Jean-Jac­ques Beineix.

Gnom­i­cally ded­i­cat­ing it­self to “be­ing here”, the fes­ti­val will also host a screen­writ­ing panel, fea­tur­ing a sturdy ar­ray of tal­ented scribes. Those ex­pected to share their ex­per­tise in­clude Mark O’Halloran, writer of Adam and Paul; Marc Flana­gan, the Emmy Award-win­ning tal­ent be­hind The Tracy Ull­man Show; and Lisa Al­bert, pro­ducer and writer on Mad Men.

The in­ap­pro­pri­ately named Mau­rice Gal­way founded the fes­ti­val four years ago, and in the in­terim it has grown into a busy, busy event. Pre­vi­ous guests have in­cluded Gabriel Bryne, Sarah Miles, Alan Parker, Jim Sheri­dan and Saoirse Ro­nan. The cen­tre of the fes­ti­val re­mains the his­toric Phoenix Cin­ema, a rare in­de­pen­dent venue that, some years ago, was used for screen­ing rushes dur­ing the shoot­ing of Far and Away. Don’t hold that against it.

Mau­reen O’Hara (left) on the lo­ca­tion of The Quiet Man

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