Seaside town set to celebrate Charlie
A FESTIVAL dedicated to one of the pioneers of on-screen comedy is to take place in the same Kerry seaside village where he loved to holiday 50 years ago.
The first Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival will run from August 25-28 in Waterville.
The tourist spot was a favourite among the Chaplin family and patron for the festival, his daughter Josephine, now lives there.
A crowd of between 5,000 to 10,000 people are expected to attend the festival which will include premieres, parades, workshops and 1920s themed parties.
Other attractions include 'Chaplin -- The Waterville Picture', the story of his discovery of the Co Kerry resort, and a screening of Chaplin's film 'The Circus' in a big top. The festival received a boost recently with the announcement of contributions from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Kevin Brownlow and Chaplin biographer David Robinson.
Festival director Marita Hitmiangsong said: "We are delighted to have such a comprehensive and packed programme for the inaugural year of the festival.
"We are privileged to have events that will appeal to Chaplin admirers, film enthusiasts and families."
Speaking in Waterville yesterday, Chaplin's grandson Arthur Gardin said: "It's not just a festival to get to know Chaplin but also to get people interested in cinema.
"The festival is a great way for people to realise their own connections," he added.