The reel deal

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Áilín Quin­lan For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the fes­ti­val pro­gramme see www.fast­net­film­fes­ti­val.com/ wp-con­tent/up­loads/2018/04/ F F F - 2 0 1 8 - p ro g r a m m e WEB.pdf and to book tick­ets go to fast­net­film­fes­ti­val.com/ tick­ets-book­ings/

Ten is a magic num­ber for Fast­ney Film Fes­ti­val.

It’s the Fast­net Film Fes­ti­val’s 10th birth­day, and next week the for­merly small vil­lage event in West Cork cel­e­brates its decade of growth into an in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned event at­tract­ing top movie names.

The or­gan­is­ers of the fes­ti­val, which runs from We d n e s d a y , M a y 23, to Sun­day, May 27, in the pic­turesque vil­lage of Schull, are de­ter­mined to en­sure that every­body knows about the fes­ti­val’s land­mark birth­day, so every­thing is to be run in 10s, ac­cord­ing to fes­ti­val spokes­woman Hi­lary McCarthy.

There will be 10 feat e films, 10 work­shops, 10 sem­i­nars, and 10 pop-up cin­e­mas. and, as it hap­pens, even the trip to one of the fes­ti­val’s most pop­u­lar events, the Long Is­land Cinema, the most iso­lated cinema in Irel d, re­quires a 10-minute ferry ride to Long Is­land.

The 10 fea­ture films will be screened in 10 cinema venues around Schull, in­clud­ing the newly re­fur­bished Road­House mo­bile cinema.

A po creen­ing Q&A ses­sion will also be held with var­i­ous film ex­perts in­volved in the mak­ing of each of the films.

In the open­ing gala per­for­mance, Carl Davis will con­duct the Trio Apachés in a live per­for­mance of his score of

Lady Win­der­mere’s Fan (1925) as the film plays out on the screen. Lady Win­der­mere’s

Fan is based on Os­car Wilde’s clas­sic play set in Lon­don in the 1890s.

The fol­low­ing day, Thurs­day, May 24, will bring the screen­ing of Song of Gran­ite, di­rected by Pat Collins, which is Ire­land’s sub­mis­sion for the

For­eign Lan­guage Film Os­car 2018.

Fri­day week brings T he

Drummer and the Keeper di­rected by Nick Kelly, which de­picts a friend­ship between two teenagers — one a young rock drummer with bipo­lar dis­or­der and the ot r a goalkeeper with Asperger’s syn­drome.

Fans can also en­joy War of

the But­tons in which two ri­val of school­boys in West Cork en­ter into an epic bat­tle that in­cludes run­ning around in the nip, danc­ing on ta­bles, and cut­ting but­tons off clothes.

Satur­day, May 26, brings

Michael In­side, di­rected by Frank Berry, which tells the story of an im­pres­sion­able 18-year-old who lives with his grand­fa­ther Fran­cis in a Dublin hous­ing es­tate. Af­ter be­ing caught hold­ing a bag of drugs for his friend’s older brother, he is sen­tenced to three months in prison.

Sun­day, May 27, sees the screen­ing of Black 47, di­rected by Lance Daly, the first Ir­ish film to tackle the dark­est pe­riod of Ir­ish his­tory, the Great Famine.

There will be more than 60 par­tic­i­pat­ing guests in this year’s line-up in­clud­ing ev­ery­gangs one from David Put­tnam, Jim Sheri­dan, and Rebecca Daly to Lenny Abra­ham­son, Ros Hub­bard, Ken Wardrop, Frank Berry, and Lance Daly.

The fes­ti­val will fea­ture in ex­cess of 400 screen­ings, lo­cal in­ter­est films, and world cinema pro­grammes.

“The Fast­net Film Fes­ti­val is a ma­jor show­case for Ir­ish and in­ter­na­tional short film pro­duc­tion, fo­cus­ing on the craft of fi , held in high re­gard on a nati al and in­ter­na­tional level for sev­eral years now,” said Ms McCarthy.

This year’s fes­ti­val will run a se­ries of sem­i­nars, mas­ter­classes, and work­shops cov­er­ing top­ics such as stunt act­ing, screenwriting, cast­ing, au­di­tion­ing, cre­at­ing con­tent on your mo­bile, shorts to fea­ture, cos­tume, spe­cial ef­fects, fund­ing, dis­tri­bu­tion, and other is­sues of im­por­tance to any­one in the film world.

Fringe events in­clude the Film­mak­ers Hub, live mu­sic ses­sions, as well as drama per­for­mances, book read­ings, a movie quiz and high-qual­ity, free fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment for all.

Trio Apaches, which fea­tures soloists Matthew Trusler, Thomas Car­roll, and Ash­ley Wass, will be ap­pear­ing at the Fast­net Film Fes­ti­val.

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