Opening Night event

RHIFF Opening Night

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Date: Thursday, October 24th
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Venue: Dance Limerick, St. John’s Square
Ticket Cost: €8.00

A Man Called Harris imageExtended Preview of upcoming documentary A Man Called Harris
Produced & Directed by Brian Reddin
Documentary Preview will be followed by a Panel Discussion

Richard Harris was celebrated as much for his colourful life off screen as for his many memorable roles on screen, and his was a life well lived. He made over 70 movies, won a Golden Globe and an award at Cannes for Best Actor.

He also won a Grammy and had an international hit with his 1968 rendition of “MacArthur Park”, lamenting how “someone left the cake out in the rain”. He was an actor who dominated any film he was in and held his own against Brando in Mutiny on the Bounty and Eastwood in Unforgiven.Between those two career highs he starred in Camelot, A Man Called Horse, The Field, and played Dumbledore in the harry potter series.

Mr. Harris wore his Irish heritage as a badge of pride and talked of Ireland in general and Limerick in particular every chance he got. He laid the groundwork for everyone who came after him such as Gabriel Byrne, Liam Nelson and Colin Farrell. Before anyone did anything, Harris did everything. He led the way and paved the path for all of them. His was a career that Irish actors wanted to emulate and his life off screen appeared just as desirable.

Featuring exclusive interviews with some of Hollywood’s elite, including Clint Eastwood, Daniel Radcliffe, Robert Duvall, Ridley Scott, Jim Sheridan, Gabriel Byrne, Patrick Bergin and Steven Rea, this documentary explores Harris’ fascinating and colourful life both on and off the screen.

Directed by Jack Reynor

Jack Reynor’s Bainne is a supernatural short based in the time of the Irish famine. Starring Will Poulter, Kelly Thornton, Toni O’Rourke, Steve Wall. Set during The Great Famine of 1845-1852. It is inspired by ancient Irish mythology and traditional Japanese legends, as recorded by the Irish writer Lafcadio Hearn at the end of the 19th century.

Reception + GaelScoil Presentation
The Opening Night event begins with the annual presentation of “Gradam Richard Harris” by the Drama Department of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh.

Since 2012 Ógie Ó Céilleachair has been head of drama & theatre in Gaelchloláiste Luimnigh (or GCL as it is known locally). Proficient in both languages, the GCL Transition Year Students perform an annual show for the English language public in the Millennium Theatre, LIT. The performance is staged with an original script and two separate casts on two different nights.

Ógie is an experienced writer, having published a novel & a book of short stories for teenagers. This year, both boooks have been placed on the Irish curriculum for the new Junior Certificate (Junior Cycle). He also has recently been appointed as a board member of An Taidhbhearc, The National Theatre for the Irish Language.

Under Ógie’s guideship the Transition Year students get a taste of writing a script from the very beginning to the final curtain call. This year the theme of the show was The Limerick Soviet of 1919. The story revolved around the main character, Peggy Ryan, who is torn between her secret lover, James McAllister, a British Soldier stationed in Limerick, and her long lost love,Christy Collins -an ex British Soldier who defected from the British Army on the Eastern Front and took part in the Petrograd Soviet of 1917. Collins, a Limerick man, comes home to fight with the IRA flying columns and turns up at the wake of Bobby Byrne, whose death sparked the Limerick Soviet.

Set against the major incidents of the Limerick Soviet (the stand-off at Sarsfield Bridge, the armoured tank at Thomond Bridge, the influx of foreign journalists) Peggy must negotiate her way through a challenging time in Limerick City which is under military cordon & the wider War of Independence that was raging at the time.

In recognition of the acting excellence of the students Ógie negotiated via the late, great, Frank Prendergast (former Limerick Mayor & TD) to get permission to name a trophy in honour of the late, and very great, Richard Harris. Having liaised with the committee of the International Richard Harris Film Festival, GCL is extremely delighted that these wonderful students are given the chance of tasting some of the activities in the film industry. A major thank you must go to Zeb, Sylvia & their team for never forgetting our younger generation.


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