Sunday 28 December 2014

'Braver' film industry taking on Hollywood

Published 21/01/2014 | 02:30

Actress Pollyanna McIntosh with Actors Hugh O Connor (Left) and  Andrew Scott  (Right)  pictured at The Merrion Hotel Dublin when details were announced of The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2014 which will take place from 13th to 23rd February 2014.

The 12th annual Jameson  Dublin International Film Festival
features over 135 films, including gems that will receive their Irish Premiere: a strong strand of music-themed films:the best in short filmmaking with 16 shorts films screening:27 intriguing Irish and International documentaries: and 13 sta- studded galas of must see films. 17 new Irish feature length films have also been selected to screen at the prestigious festival.

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Actress Pollyanna McIntosh with Actors Hugh O Connor (Left) and Andrew Scott (Right)

IRISH film is experiencing a "renaissance" with a big impact at Sundance and the Oscars this year, according to the director of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.

Grainne Humphreys said she thinks Irish filmmakers have become much "braver".

"I have been working in film in Ireland for 20 years, and when I started out, there were maybe five big actors and three renowned directors - Pat O'Connor, Neil Jordan and Jim Sheridan. Now there are a huge number of directors making outstanding films.

"We have films opening in Sundance, there are going to be some films in Cannes, we're nearly disappointed if we're not nominated for an Oscar. We are standing shoulder to shoulder with Hollywood."

She was speaking as the 12th annual festival was launched at Smithfield's Lighthouse Cinema.

The festival, which runs from February 13-23, will open on February 13 with a screening of John Martin McDonagh's 'Calvary'.

Meanwhile, 'Sherlock' actor Andrew Scott, who was speaking at the festival's launch, says the "doors to Hollywood have opened up" since he landed a role with Daniel Radcliffe in the new 'Frankenstein' movie.

The Dublin actor, who has become a household name playing evil Professor Moriarty in the BBC's hit series 'Sherlock', is in the middle of shooting the horror feature.

"I'm filming 'Frankenstein' at the moment for 20th Century Fox - which is really exciting. I play Turpin - who is the counterpoint to Frankenstein," he explained.

'Frankenstein' will hit cinema screens in 2015; and also stars James McAvoy as Victor Frankenstein and Daniel Radcliffe as Igor.

Irish Independent

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