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22 Oct 1998 :

Irish Film Institute - Hollywood Genres Course

The Film Institute of Ireland Adult Education Programme has commenced with a six week course exploring classical Hollywood Cinema. Moving chronologically from the gangster films of the early 1930's to the science fiction of the early 80's, the course will explore the conventions of the major genres, including film noir and the musical. Screenings will include 'Double Indemnity' and 'The Wild Bunch'. The course runs on Tuesday evening from 7 p.m. at the IFC. Course fee 50, including the screening of a key film in Cinema Two. Reductions available. For further information and availability, please contact the Education Department, IFC. Tel 01 679 5744 email: info@ifc.ie

Irish film Archive

The Irish Film Archive presents three films by Vivienne Dick on the 29th of October at 6.30 p.m. in Cinema 2, Irish film Centre. Vivienne Dick was a key figure in the "no wave" avant-garde film scene in New York in the late 1970's and early '80's. Her short, experimental films fuse the various traditions of urban reality, confessional psychodrama and home-movie 'ordinariness' into an original style which is marked by political overtones and a strong feminine sensibility.

Although Dick's work has been widely seen in the US - a retrospective of her work was held in the Whitney Museum of American Art last year - opportunities to view the work in her native Ireland have been rare. The Irish Film Archive and the Film and Video Department of the Museum of Modern Art, New York have just preserved one of Dick's important, early films 'She Had Her Gun All Ready' (1978), by having a 16mm blow-up made from the super-8mm original. Because in experimental work a single small guage print is all that exists preservation and copying are imperative to ensure the long term survival and availability of the work.

Much of Vivienne Dick's work can be seen as a metaphor for women struggling to find their own voices. 'She Had Her Gun All Ready' Embodies a struggle between two opposite feminine types, and the film has been variously interpreted as a feminist re-working of film noir; an expression of women's hatred of women; and a study in mother/daughter symbiosis. Prints of two of Dick's other films, 'Rothach' (1985) and 'London Suite' (1989) have also been struck by the Irish Film Archive. Vivienne Dick will be present to introduce all three films on October 29. For further information, please contact Luke Dodd at 01 679 5744 email: info@ifc.ie Tickets for this free event may be obtained from the IFC box office.

The 1998 Guinness Film Ball

The date for The Guinness Irish Film Ball has been fixed for Friday 11th December. The big change this year is that the ball will be held in the RDS Concert Hall instead of Ardmore Studios, and Guinness will be continuing their sponsorship of the event. The format of the Ball remains largely unchanged. A pre-Ball drinks reception has been organised for the RDS Library, and the Ball itself will be held in the adjoining Concert Hall, which will be 'themed' especially for the night. Towards the end of the meal, the Film Awards will be presented followed by music into the early hours. Ticket prices remain the same, at 100, and the proceeds from the 1998 Ball will go to the Irish Film Archive, which is engaged in the ongoing preservation and conservation of our national film heritage. To ensure the 1998 Ball will be as successful as the last four, the committee have enlisted the services of an independent company, Event World, to help with the organisation and staging. For further information and pre-booking of tickets for this years Ball please contact Luke Dodd Tel: 01 6795744 email: info@ifc.ie

Michael McMahon 22/10/98



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