Friday 22 September 2017

Star-studded line up for 13th Jameson Film Festival

Irish actors Jack Reynor (Glassland, What Richard Did), Aisling Franciosi (The Fall, Quirke ) pictured launching the programme for the 2015 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.
Irish actors Jack Reynor (Glassland, What Richard Did), Aisling Franciosi (The Fall, Quirke ) pictured launching the programme for the 2015 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Man of the moment Jack Reynor and actress Aisling Franciosi were on hand to unveil the 13th annual Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) programme last night.

Reynor and a host of Hollywood heavyweights including Dame Julie Andrews, Russell Crowe, Kim Cattrall, Vincent Perez and Alan Rickman will all flit between screenings during the course of the 11-day festival.

JDIFF Director, Grainne Humphreys, is hopeful the star-studded line-up, which "took years to assemble", will reduce any sense of snobbery or elitism surrounding the festival.

"Names like Julie Andrews bring a bigger and broader audience to the festival," she said.

"People may have thought JDIFF was for cinephiles but having people like Julie Andrews and Russell Crowe makes it inclusive and fun."

JDIFF will kick off on March 9 with the Irish premiere of Mary McGuckian's Eileen Gray biopic 'The Price of Desire' which stars Orla Brady and singer Alanis Morissette.

The festival will end with all-singing all-dancing 1965 classic 'The Sound of Music'.

Dame Julie Andrews, who will be presented with a Volta Lifetime Achievement Award, will introduce the movie and festival director Humphreys encourages attendees to sing along.

Belfast-born actor Kenneth Branagh will also receive a Volta award and will present his retelling of classic fairy tale 'Cinderella' starring Cate Blanchett and Hayley Atwell.

Cult film 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' will be screened as part of the hugely popular Jameson Cult Film Club while 'Harry Potter' star Alan Rickman will promote his feature 'A Little Chaos'.

Written by Irish screenwriter Alison Deegan, the period drama stars thinking-man's crumpet, Kate Winslet, and thinking-woman's crumpet, Stanley Tucci.

Russell Crowe will showcase his directorial debut 'The Water Diviner' which tells the epic story of a father searching for his three sons after the Battle at Gallipoli.

Acting legend Ryan O'Neal will fly in for a screening of classic screwball comedy 'What's Up Doc?' featuring Barbara Streisand.

Shot in Fermanagh, 'Miss Julie' starring Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell will be screened alongside Irish films such as Gerard Barrett's 'Glassland', Brian O'Malley's 'Let Us Prey', and Pat Murphy's 'Tana Bana'.

Over 130 films from over 38 countries, including Korea, Denmark, US, Brazil and Russia will be screened during JDIFF.

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