Thursday 29 September 2016

Dame Angela Lansbury to receive prestigious Volta Award at Audi Dublin International Film Festival

Published 23/12/2015 | 12:01

Dame Angela Lansbury poses in the winners room at The Olivier Awards at The Royal Opera House on April 12, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
Dame Angela Lansbury poses in the winners room at The Olivier Awards at The Royal Opera House on April 12, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

Screen legend Angela Lansbury will be jetting in to Dublin to receive the prestigious Volta Award at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival.

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The 90 year old star's career has spanned 75 years in which she has starred in more than 60 movies and the longest running detective drama series in TV history, Murder She Wrote.

Lansbury also has five Tony awards to her credit as well as six Golden Globes.

“It's a huge delight to welcome Dame Angela Lansbury to Dublin to discuss her life and career on stage and to accept our Festival Tribute Award, the Volta" said Festival Director Gráinne Humphreys.

”A legend whose first films were the classics Gaslight and The Picture of Dorian Gray, from the chilling The Manchurian Candidate to Disney favourites Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Beauty and the Beast and Anastasia, Dame Lansbury has created an indelible impression on world cinema.”

The actress will take part in a public interview hosted by Aedín Gormley from RTÉ’s Movies and Musicals at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, where she will also be presented with the Festival Tribute Award, the Volta, by President Michael D Higgins.

The interview will start at 3pm, on Sunday 21st February, followed by an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

No stranger to these shores, Angela now spends most of her time in her home in Ballycotton, Co Cork.  She has said that Ireland was a ‘sanctuary’ for her family following a fire in her Malibu home.

The annual Volta Awards are named after Ireland's first dedicated cinema, the Volta Picture Theatre on Mary Street in Dublin, which was opened on 20th  December 1909 by James Joyce.

Previous recipients of the Volta Awards include Dame Julie Andrews, Al Pacino, Daniel Day Lewis, Kristin Scott Thomas, Martin Sheen, Paolo Sorrentino and Thierry Frémaux.

Tickets for the public interview are available through Ticketmaster on 0818 719 377. Ticket prices:  €42.50, €36, €32, €20. Group bookings (10+) please call 01 677 7770.

The 2016 Audi Dublin International Film Festival takes place from 18th – 28th February. The full lineup for the Festival programme will be launched at the end of January.  For more information check out www.diff.ie

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