Sunday 24 September 2017

Director Lenny Abrahamson leads Irish charge at Sundance Film Festival

Scoot McNairy, director Lenny Abrahamson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Francois Civil attend the 'Frank' premiere during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Utah
Scoot McNairy, director Lenny Abrahamson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Francois Civil attend the 'Frank' premiere during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Utah

Laura Butler and Emma Jane Hade

IRISH film director Lenny Abrahamson led the charge at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival at the weekend as he celebrated the premiere of his latest movie 'Frank'.

Abrahamson, who is best known for his movies 'Adam and Paul' and 'What Richard Did', walked the red carpet alongside the film's star Maggie Gyllenhall at the premiere of the comedy at the American festival.

'Frank' also stars Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender and it is understood to have generated more than €5m for the Irish economy when it was filmed in Wicklow and Dublin last year.

PRESENCE

There was a strong Irish presence at the Utah event with Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly and Isaach De Bankole were all in attendance at  as well as the director John Michael McDonagh.

Brendan Gleeson had been expected to attend but couldn't make it due to illness.

The black comedy was filmed in Sligo and Dublin and is John Michael McDonagh's first project since 2011's 'The Guard', which was a firm favourite with cinemagoers and saw Gleeson nominated for a Golden Globe award.

'Calvary' will have its Irish premiere next month, and is lined up as the opening gala for the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival on February 13.

Gleeson, who has enjoyed roles in box office hits including 'Harry Potter' and 'Braveheart', has spent the past few weeks performing with Irish musicians Francis Gaffney, Dirk Powell and Mike McGoldrick around the country as a fiddle player. The Sundance Festival runs until January 26.

Irish Independent

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