The reel deal
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.