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Ballygowan Irish Film Festival at the Tricycle
19 Apr 2001 :
The Tricycle Cinema is delighted to announce its third annual Irish Film Festival, this year sponsored by Ballygowan Pure Irish Water, Friday 27th April to Thursday 3rd May 2001.

This year’s line-up boasts premieres of Irish films in this country, groundbreaking shorts, documentaries, animation and classic Irish Films.

The Festival kicks off with Declan Lowney’s wry comedy Wild About Harry starring Brendan Gleeson and Amanda Donohoe, a story of a wayward celebrity chef who gets an unexpected second chance at life. The Ballygowan Gala screening On The Nose is a bizarre comedy starring Robbie Coltrane, Dan Aykroyd, Brenda Blethyn… and a golden goose with an uncanny knack for picking the winning horse.

Other feature film highlights are: fresh from its fantastic reception at the Sundance festival, Songcatcher a lyrical tribute to the Celtic migrants to America, whose music and poetry are rediscovered in early 20th century Appalachian Mountain district; Rat, starring Pete Postlethwaite and Imelda Staunton, a Kafkaesque tale of a wayward husband who wakes up to find he has turned into a rat; Co. Kilburn, a comic and touching story of the eccentricities, ravings and antics of the regulars in a Kilburn pub; The Most Fertile Man In Ireland, a romantic, libidinous ride through the sexual politics of a funky, new Northern Ireland; Conamara, a haunting tale of love’s mistakes revisited, set against the stunning landscape of Galway; Country in which prejudice, old rivalries and hidden love are brought to the fore when a group of travellers arrive in a small town; love and chaos follow when a teacher meets a thief in When Brendan Met Trudy; Accelerator is a joy riding ‘Romeo and Juliet’; and in Mad About Mambo, a school student finds love when he tries to perfect his football timing by practising dance.

The documentary package includes films about some of Ireland’s most famous and infamous figures, including the previously unseen Rory Gallagher: Irish Tour ’74. The programme also includes new Irish language films.

The Shorts selection covers the whole spectrum of film-making genres and includes a special screening of Beckett’s Play directed by Anthony Minghella.

The festival sponsor, Ballygowan Pure Irish Water is another Irish classic sourced from the south west coast of Ireland. Ballygowan has also sponsored a short film competition for student filmmakers the UK and Ireland, the best of which will be screened on the opening gala night and throughout the festival.

Friday 27th April
Opening Gala: Wild About Harry – directed by: Declan Lowney 7.30pm

Saturday 28th April
Into The West – directed by Mike Newell 1.00pm
UK Premiere: Songcatcher – directed by Maggie Greenwald 6.45pm

Sunday 29th April
Carnivale (animation) – directed by Deane Taylor 2.30pm
Mad About Mambo – directed by John Forte 6.45pm
Conamara – directed by Eoin Moore 8.45pm

Monday 30th April
English Premiere: The Most Fertile Man in Ireland – directed by Dudi Appleton 6.45pm

Tuesday 1st May
English Premiere: Country – directed by Kevin Liddy 8.45pm

Wednesday 2nd May
English Premiere: Accelerator – directed by Vinny Murphy 6.45pm
Ballygowan Gala UK Premiere: On The Nose – directed by David Caffrey 8.45pm

Thursday 3rd May
The Field – directed by Jim Sheridan 2.30pm
When Brendan Met Trudy – directed by Kieron J Walsh 5.00pm
English Premiere: Co. Kilburn – directed by Elliot Hegarty 7.00pm
UK Premiere: Rat – directed by Steve Barron 8.45pm

Sunday 29th April 1.00pm
Filleann an Feall
Ostan na gCroithe Briste
An Leabhar
Inion an Fhiaclora

Saturday 28th April
Brian Friel – directed by: Sinead O’Brien
Michael Harnett: Necklace of Wrens – directed by David Power
Amhairghn – directed by Tom Collins
A Fall From Grace – Sarah Share

Monday 30th April
Aiden Walsh – Master Of The Universe – directed by Shimmy Marcus 8.45pm

Tuesday 1st May
Rory Gallagher – Irish Tour ’74 – directed by Tony Palmer 6.45

Venue: Tricycle Cinema, 269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6

Box Office: 020 7328 1000
Film Information line: 020 7328 1900
Festival Pass offering unlimited entry to all screenings (excluding Opening Gala) £32.00

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