Tuesday 26 September 2017

There's no problem with Maria at launch of Jameson film festival

Actress Aisling Francios
Actress Aisling Francios

It's 50 years since nun-turned-governess, Maria Von Trapp, waltzed through the Austrian hillside, belting out musical numbers and fashioning day dresses out of old drapes.

And, according to Grainne Humphreys, director of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, Maria's popularity hasn't waned one jot.

"The reaction to Dame Julie Andrews coming to the festival has been incredible," she said at the official launch in The Academy on Abbey Street. "I can't get over it."

Seems that there's no need to solve a problem like Maria after all. Having recovered from a high-octane Oscar duet with Lady Gaga, Dame Julie will close the 13th annual JDIFF festival with a special screening of classic 1965 flick The Sound of Music.

As if that isn't enough excitement, she will be joined by a load of other shiny and shimmery movie stars, including brooding Aussie Russell Crowe, the ever so eloquent Alan Rickman, Kenneth Branagh and Sex and the City siren Kim Cattrall.

Ryan O'Neal will also chit chat about sharing the screen with Barbara Streisand.

We may have to wait a good few weeks before all the A-listers touch down, but that didn't stop movie buffs from making the most of the launch party.

Guests were treated to Jameson and ginger ale cocktails and chunky chips as programmes were doled out.

Jack Reynor made a fleeting appearance with pal and Glassland director, Gerard Barrett. The Fall actress Aisling Franciosi discussed the possibility of moving stateside, while models Emily McKeon and Hazel Kaneswaran posed for snappers.

- KBK

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