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Sunday 24 September 2017

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Look, at this point there's just no use fighting the festive onslaught, so to quote Slade: "Iiiiiiit's Christmas!"

To help get you in the mood, the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin has a season of Christmassy movies over the next few weeks, starting next Wednesday (Dec 4) with National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (also showing Dec 6 and 7).

The rest of the rota is: Mary Poppins (Dec 7 and 8), Die Hard (Dec 11 and 13), Hollywood Babylon: Wake In Fright (Dec 14), Home Alone (Dec 14 and 15), Little Women (the Winona Ryder/Claire 'Cry-Face' Danes version and also doubling as the cinema's book club choice, Dec 16), It's A Wonderful Life (see it before the mooted sequel retroactively spoils the experience of watching this FOREVER, Dec 17, 22 and 23), Bad Santa (Dec 18 and 20), Gremlins (Dec 19 and 21), Elf (Dec 20 and 22), The Muppet Christmas Carol (Dec 21 and 23) and the Bolshoi Ballet: Sleeping Beauty (Dec 22). See lighthousecinema.ie

Q Tickets are now on sale for next year's Digital Biscuit festival, which will be held in Dublin's Science Gallery from January 22 to 24.

Organised by the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, the festival specialises in the creative side of the film industry, serving as a kind of expo for new technologies.

There are presentations, talks and seminars planned by the likes of Carlos Velasco (CEO, Neurosketch), Christian Fonnesbech (director of the online feature Cloud Chamber), Jack Reynor (rising star of What Richard Did, Delivery Man and Transformers: Age of Distinction), Philip Einstein Lipski (who has collaborated with Lars Von Trier on the . . . erm . . . coming Nymphomaniac) and The Secret of Kells director, Tomm Moore, who will be giving an exclusive sneak peek into the making of his upcoming feature, Song of The Sea.

This year's honorary guest director is Alan Taylor, whose credits include Mad Men, Game of Thrones and, most recently, Thor: The Dark World. See www.digitalbiscuit.ie

Q You might have heard that there is a biopic in the works on The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien, but did you know that Limerick-born writer and director David Gleeson is the guy working up the script?

Gleeson, best-known for his well-received 2003 comedy Cowboys & Angels that starred a pre-Downton Allen Leech, is something of a Tolkien nerd, and the planned project will cover the writer's early years at Oxford University, his time as a soldier in World War One and Bletchley Park code-breaker in World War Two, and how those experiences impacted on his work.

Q Lastly, 21-year-old Swords native Sean Burke has been making a name for himself as an impressionist on what Reel Life's mother calls "the internets". His Family Guy impersonation video has clocked up 700,000 views on YouTube, and earlier this year Simon Cowell invited him to London to do a promo video for the YouGeneration online talent competition.

In order to publicise Sightsavers Ireland's new campaign, Snap A Sight, Sean has come up with a new video of himself impersonating Robert De Niro. Check it out by searching for DeNiroSightsavers2 on YouTube.

Irish Independent

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