What’s the nicest cinema you’ve ever been in? The Lighthouse? The IFI? Well, we’re moving up a gear this weekend, as the Killruddery Film Festival is being staged in the beautiful confines of Killruddery House. This building dates back to 1680, and the Film Festival will take place in the Library.
The programme has a heavy emphasis on silent movies, some introduced and some with live accompaniment. There are also some modern classics such as Miller’s Crossing and The trail of ’98. Check out the full details on their site here.
8.00pm Come On Over – Killruddery Film Festival in collaboration with The Irish Film Institute present a gem from the Irish emigrant canon. Come On Over – is a lively silent comedy which accompanied live by Stephen Horne.
10.00pm The Burden of Dreams – Daniel Fitzpatrick will present this late night showing in The Orangery. Les Blank, who sadly died earlier this year directed this astonishing documentary telling the story of the making of Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo.
10.30am The Thief of Bagdad – Daniel Fitzpatrick, will be on hand to present this classic family fantasy loosely based on The Arabian Nights. It is a film possessed of great exuberance and joie de vivre.
12.30 Film Accompaniment Masterclass with Stephen Horne – For music lovers both amateur and professional we present a unique opportunity to watch as renowned film accompanist Stephen Horne takes some music students through the processes of live accompaniment.
2.30pm The Informer – Based on a novel by Liam O’Flaherty, in 1922 Gypo Nolan is banished from the IRA for refusing to shot a deserter. After this act of kindness he finds him self mired in poverty, unemployable and with nothing but a desire to escape to America with his girl Mary (Heather Angel).
4.30pm The Iron Horse – The Iron Horse (1922) was one of the first films with which John Ford found major success. This early western set out a distinct romantic, nation building mythology that became a formula emulated by many later films in the genre. It will be accompanied live by Stephen Horne.
7.00pm Pauline Bewick: Yellow Man, Grey Man & Fallen Angels – In Pauline Bewick: Yellow Man Grey Man artist Maurice Galway examines the hugely successful series of work by Pauline known as The Yellow Man. The Yellow Man represents an ideal life style and philosophy and is widely known and much loved all over the world.
9.00pm South – Photographed by Frank Hurley, South is the film record of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s heroic but ill-starred attempt to cross Antarctica in 1914-16. Carefully restored and collated by the BFI and the British National Archive, this wonderful historical record will be accompanied live by Stephen Horne.
11.00pm Miller’s Crossing – Maurice Galway will be introducing this Coen Brother’s classic as a late night screening in The Orangery. Bring along a blanket for what will be a unique viewing experience.
11.00am Irish Film Archive Children’s Programme – IFI National presents a medley of short silent films from the IFI Irish Film Archive . The programme will enthrall younger audiences as they experience silent film with live music – perhaps for the first time.
1.00pm Propaganda: Looking at the World Askew – Filmmaker Andrew Legge and Film Historian Kevin Brownlow will introduce a selection of shorts and excerpts that explore the way that film can be used to mold public opinion for ill and for good.
3.00pm Rin-Tin-Tin – Rin-Tin-Tin was one of the biggest box office draws of the 1920′s. Rescued from war torn France when his owner brought him back to the US, he became a movie star as did some of his progeny. This will be a wonderful family friendly event.
5.00pm Stolen Ranch & Driected by William Wyler – A double bill showing one of Wyler’s early silents, and a documentary made by his daughter. The Stolen Ranch is very rarely seen and we are grateful to Grapevine Video for their support of this event.
7.00pm Nightdancers – The film is about a group of Ugandan breakdancers who decide to explore a powerful traditional spirit who has the power to possess the living and resurrect the dead. This unique work by Irish Filmmaker Emile Dineen is a must see.
9.00pm The Trail of ’98 – The Trail of ’98 is a silent epic telling the story of the Klondike gold rush in 1898. It was an extremely difficult shoot and while reports vary, there is some agreement that there were casualties during shooting. This will be shown in The Orangery under the cover of darkness so bring along a blanket for your knees. There will be live muiscial accompaniment from Stephen Horne.
Image above by Marcello Bigllio