Saturday 17 March 2018

Stars of Jameson closing film 'The Stag' show support for Miss Panti Bliss

Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

There was plenty of support for Miss Panti Bliss at the closing gala of the Jameson Dublin Film Festival last night.

All the cast of the closing film ‘The Stag’ arrived wearing ‘Team Panti’ badges pinned to their lapels. “I am supporting the cause,” ‘Sherlock’ star Andrew Scott told the Irish independent.

“It’s a modern Irish film and she’s a modern Irish heroine. We are all very proud of her and what she stands for. We stand beside her.”

“I believe in basic human rights and freedom of speech,” director John Butler added. But actor Peter McDonald, who plays the character of ‘The Machine’ in the comedy, was in a more irreverent mood. “I just like pants,” he said. 

The 12th Annual Jameson Dublin International Film Festival drew to a close last night with the Irish premiere of the light hearted comedy.

Amy Huberman unable to make the screening due to work commitments. According to festival organizers, Huberman was in the States attending a variety of meetings with TV and film producers.

But Peter McDonald said that was simply not the case. “Amy is in a high security prison in California at the moment. I can’t say too much but everything will come out eventually,” he joked. 

Huberman expressed her disappointing regarding missing the premiere. “So sad to be away for the gala screening of The Stag at JDIFF tonight,” she said. “My nude-but-for-sport-socks red carpet moment will now have to wait.”

Over 750 Irish fans crowded into the Savoy to watch the film which recently secured US distribution. “There is no tougher crowd then an Irish crowd. I don’t think I have ever felt worst or more horrified about what’s about to happen,” Butler said.

Speaking at the closing gala, Festival Director Gráinne Humphreys deemed the 12th JDIFF a resounding success.

Over the course of the 11 day festival, 135 films were screened; there were 13 red carpet galas and over 100 international and national guests flying in for the occasion.

Humphreys said movie buffs and cinema goers were integral to the success of the festival. “The support of our audiences this year at the festival has been extraordinary,” she said.

“They have welcomed new cinematic discoveries, remembered classic films, and had the opportunity to meet with some of the most influential people in world cinema,” she said.

“What an absolute pleasure it is to be able to be able to wrap up an incredibly successful 11 day long festival with the Irish premiere of another Irish film.  The Stag is the perfect closing film, something that will leave our audience with a smile on their faces for days to come.”

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