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Sunday 20 October 2019

Kenneth Branagh, Russell Crowe, Orla Brady hit town for film festival

Actor Orla Brady at the screening of
Actor Orla Brady at the screening of "The Price of Desire" which opened The 13th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival at the Savoy Cinema Dublin, The festival continues until 29th March. Picture:Brian McEvoy
Bill O Herlihy and wife Hilary at the screening of "The Price of Desire"
Ireland Rugby player Mike McCarthy and wife Jessica at the screening of "The Price of Desire"
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Better have those autograph books and biros at the ready.

A flurry of Hollywood icons and heartthrobs will be touching down in Dublin over the coming days as the 13th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival takes flight.

Julie Andrews, Ryan O'Neal, Russell Crowe and Kenneth Branagh will flit between screenings and pose for selfies with film buffs and movie goers.

Last night, after weeks and months of planning, the festival kicked off with a glitzy opening gala and the Irish premiere of Mary McGuckian's stunning biopic about modernist Eileen Gray, 'The Price of Desire'.

McGuckian and Orla Brady, who plays the lead role, both walked the red carpet at Dublin's Savoy Cinema.

"It was a huge role to take on," Brady said. "When you play a person who lived and breathed, there is a responsibility to get it right.

"Like most people, I didn't know a huge amount about Gray before I started working on this project but she was such a strong Irish woman and a wonderful person to play."

The actress, who made her name in 1999 film 'A Love Divided', admitted she was suffering from nerves at the premiere.

"You always feel a little anxious at these things but I suppose that is to be expected."

The film chart's Gray's life from her thirties until her death - and stars Catriona Balfe, Vincent Perez and singer Alanis Morissette.

The festival will run until March 29 and will screen 130 films from 38 countries including Korea, USA and Denmark.


Both Julie Andrews and Kenneth Branagh will be presented with Volta Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Tonight, Russell Crowe will show his directorial debut, 'The Water Diviner'.

"It's really appealing to a broad range of audiences - and that's what is at the heart of it all,' said festival director Grainne Humphreys, adding there was a "very excited buzz" about it.

Kenneth Branagh's magical fairytale adaptation 'Cinderella' will screen tomorrow, with Branagh present for a special Q&A.

Also tomorrow, Stanley Kubrick's epic film 'Barry Lyndon' will be shown with star Ryan O'Neal and producer Jan Harlan in attendance.

Kim Cattrall's new TV series will screen exclusively to an Irish audience next week.

Founded in 2003, the festival has hosted more than 500 stars over the years.

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