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10 Sep 1998 :

The Kilkenny Irish Beer 'Cream of Irish Festival' to take place in Temple Bar form September 11th - 13th which is a unique opportunity to sample the cutting edge of Irish talent in music, film, comedy and art in one weekend. Through out the weekend the Irish Film Centre is showcasing debut feature films from Irish directors.

On Saturday 12th the Centre will show 'Pigs' directed by Cathal Black, written by Jimmy Brennen and produced by David Collins. The film is based in a deserted, wrecked, once elegant house where a group of squatters have now settled. The film focuses on the sad, day-to-day existance of the houses inhabitants. Also on Saturday 'Ailsa' directed by Paddy Breathnach, written by Joseph O'Connor and produced by Ed Guiney. 'Alisa' focuses on the life of Miles and his girlfriend Sara who discover the body of their electrocuted landlord. Miles becomes obsessed by the landlords apartment and the beautiful woman who moves in. On Sunday Martin Duffy's 'The Boy from Mercury' focuses on the life of eight year old Harry Cronin who believes he is an alien form Mars sent to study life on earth. 'Snakes and Ladders' written and directed by Trish McAdam, takes an ironic and playful view of the ups and downs in the lives of two contemporary Dublin women as they battle with the conflicting pressures of friendship, family, love, and struggle for success.

The Irish Film Centre will have an open day on Saturday, September 26. To celebrate the IFC 6th birthday, this year's special programme includes six classic films from the 60's, a masterpiece from the silent era and a sneak preview of two films involving the diabolical number six. Free admission to all screenings. Tickets are available from the Box Office at the Irish Film Centre from 10 a.m. on the day. Patrons may collect up to two tickets each per screening. No advance booking. Films will include 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang', 'Dr Strangelove', 'Goldfinger', 'Buffalo 66', 'The Exorcist', 'Le Mepris (Contempt)', 'The Quare Fellow', 'Broken Blossoms', 'Fists in the Pocket (I Pugni in Tasca)' and 'Hooligans'.

Gay-themed comedy 'Get Real' won the audience prize at this years Edinburgh International Film Festival. A Graphite Films production from director Simon Shore and producer Stephen Taylor the low budget feature debut had stiff competition from 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels'. 'Get Real' stars Bill Silverstone as a gay teenager with a crush on the head of his school and was backed by British Screen Finance, the Arts Council of England and Distant Horizon. The film is still looking for a distribution deal and hopes to secure one at the Toronto film festival. The Director's Award went to Todd Haynes for 'Velvet Goldmine' which also won best artistic contribution at Cannes. Attendance at this years festival was put at 40,000 up 25%.

A London Irish Film Festival is to be launched in February 1999 with a list of heavyweight patrons to boost its impact reports Screen International. Backers of the festival include directors Neil Jordan and Jim Sheridan and actors such as Stephen Rea, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Day Lewis. The festival will be programmed by Michael Hannigan, who has helped raise the profile of the Cork Film Festival, and will be held in the new Tricycle cinema at Kilburn's Tricycle Theatre which will be run by Nicolas Kent and is due to open in October.

Michael McMahon 10/9/98

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