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Dar­ing docs at film fleadh

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News - By Don­ald Clarke

Greet­ings from the his­toric Gal­way Film Fleadh. The 23rd event kicked off on Tues­day with a screen­ing of Parked, Dar­ragh Byrne’s nifty first fea­ture. This poignant comic drama, star­ring Colm Meaney as a man forced to live in his car, re­ceived a stir­ring re­sponse from a packed au­di­ence.

Michael D Hig­gins, in­tro­duced as “our next pres­i­dent”, launched the fes­ti­val in char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally twinkly fash­ion. “Oh I re­mem­ber see­ing Sin­gin’ in the Rain here years ago,” he told your cor­re­spon­dent. “We all dressed up. Won­der­ful!”

The fes­ti­val also launched Lelia Doolan’s doc­u­men­tary Ber­nadette: Notes on a Po­lit­i­cal Jour­ney, which reac­quainted view­ers with a defin­ing voice of the decade. Ber­nadette McAliskey her­self was in town for a char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally feisty de­bate.

The big news story was, how­ever, the ar­rival of Keith Allen’s Un­law­ful Killing in the city. This is the ac­tor’s al­ready no­to­ri­ous doc­u­men­tary ques­tion­ing the find­ings of the in­quest into Princess Diana’s death.

“I have a no­tion what hap­pened,” Keith told us. “I am not smart enough to know how the dark forces work. There was far too much go­ing on for it to be a com­plete ac­ci­dent. I think they wanted to put the fright­en­ers on her.”

The event closes on Sun­day with the Ir­ish pre­miere of Mike Mills’s very lik­able Be­gin­ners. gal­way­film­fleadh.com

Colm Meaney in Parked

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