Festival film promises something very special

John Benny Moriarty (left) with Beatles Anthology Director Jeff Wonfor, writer Diane Namm and artistic director of the Dingle Film Festival Maurice Galway with his daughter Lila in Dingle on Tuesday. Credit: Photo by Ted Creedon
John Benny Moriarty (left) with Beatles Anthology Director Jeff Wonfor, writer Diane Namm and artistic director of the Dingle Film Festival Maurice Galway with his daughter Lila in Dingle on Tuesday. Credit: Photo by Ted Creedon

TED CREEDON

WHEN the Director of the Beatles Anthology series, Jeff Wonfor, was in Dingle for last month's film festival he told the organisers that he would love to make a documentary about the festival.

This week Mr Wonfor, along with American writer Diane Namm, was back in Dingle to dicsuss the project with the film festival's Artistic Director Maurice Galway.

"I came back over to Dingle from England as quickly as I could because I just couldn't stop thinking about the idea of making a film here. When I was here last month I was extremely impressed with the beauty of the area and the people here have so much passion and energy about everything they do. I looked at what Maurice is doing in this financial climate and it's absolute lunacy. But he nails it and he gets away with it. He's a very, very talented man and I'm looking forward to working with him on this," Mr Wonfor told The Kerryman on Tuesday.

"We're going to do something very, very special. It will be an hourlong documentary and we're going to do it in a sort of filmic way. Hopefully, every shot will mimic a great film. So I can be Scorcese or Hitchcock or Spielberg for 30 seconds. It's not a new idea but if you're going to use an idea like that then this is the place to do it. The people here and the people who work with Maurice are real people, not hangers-on. I'm gagging for it. I just can't wait. We will do something very special here," he said.

Maurice Galway said that he hopes to talk to funding agencies about support for the project.

Diane Namm said the proposed documentary would be a 'magnificent film'.

"Part of the reason that Jeff decided to do this film is that Dingle has a magic about it and this seems to be the central place where the heart of film belongs in Ireland. We've come here to show that," she said.

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