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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Festival will not be named in critic's honour

Jason O'Brien

Jason O'Brien

THIS year's Dublin International Film Festival will not be renamed in memory of film critic and co-founder Michael Dwyer.

The organisers have stopped short of changing the name of the festival as suggested earlier this week by actor Daniel Day-Lewis at Mr Dwyer's funeral, but the event in February will be dedicated to the critic.

Festival director Grainne Humphreys said that Mr Dwyer had seen an early draft of the programme for this year's festival and had been "very excited" by many of the films.

The festival is sponsored by Jameson whiskey. Oscar-winner Day-Lewis told the large congregation at Mr Dwyer's funeral on Tuesday that Ireland's leading film festival should be renamed in his friend's honour.

"Michael was the co-founder and the life force in the creation of the International Dublin Film Festival," he said.

"I've absolutely nothing against whiskey but I would love to think that maybe from now on the festival could be renamed after him."

Industry insiders believe it is unlikely to ever happen due to the festival's need for sponsorship.

Irish Independent

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