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Monday 21 April 2014

Secret cinema in Tralee courthouse

TRALEE courthouse has seen many scenes of human drama but there was drama of a different sort at the historic building on Thursday night when the district courtroom was transformed into an improvised cinema.

The court's change of use came about thanks to Kerry's Secret Cinema Club, a part of the Kerry Film Festival company, which organises screenings of classic and cult films in unusual venues that are somehow suited to the movie on screen.

As the club's name suggests the locations, and even the identity of the films that are to be screened, are kept secret until the last minute with members given clues and hints about the location of the venue and title of the film though Facebook and other social media.

On Thursday night an audience of well over 50 people packed into the courtroom to watch Steve McQueen's 2008 film 'Hunger', which stars Kerry's own Michael Fassbender and tells the tale of the 1981 Long Kesh IRA hunger strike.

The organisers of the screening couldn't have picked a better location with the bleak, white surroundings of the courtroom providing an appropriate backdrop for the harrowing historical film.

It was an inspired choice of location and the Secret Cinema Club's many fans and members will doubtless be awaiting the next screening with bated breath.

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