Hollywood stars dazzle in Dingle as fourth film festival kicks off
HOLLYWOOD stars are flocking to the wilds of Kerry this weekend where they will muse over the future of film in Ireland.
Now in its fourth year, organisers of the Dingle Film Festival are counting on two big draws -- Cillian Murphy who introduced his new film 'Perrier's Bounty' last night, and Oscar-nominated director Stephen Frears who will receive an award.
While the event was established to mark the peninsula's history of film-making -- its greatest movie claim to fame is being the location for 1970 classic 'Ryan's Daughter' -- it has its sights firmly set on the horizons ahead.
Industry insiders and movie-buffs are invited to take part in a public discussion on 'The Future of Film in Ireland' while a number of technical innovations will be used throughout the four-day festival.
English director Frears, a BAFTA winner who has directed six women to Oscar nominations, including Helen Mirren in 'The Queen', will receive this year's Gregory Peck Award for excellence in the art of film.
He will be presented with the gong at the Phoenix Cinema on Saturday.
The award was established in conjunction with Gregory Peck's family. His grandmother, Catherine Ashe, was from the Dingle peninsula.
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