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Final preparations underway for Clones Film Festival, 24 - 27 October
17 Oct 2019 : News Desk
Ann Skelly and Jamie Dornan in Death & Nightingale.
Clones Film Festival will return for its 18th year to Clones Arts Studios at the Old Post Office.

Having undergone massive refurbishment, this unique venue will host the box office, festival café and a new 50-seat theatre in the old sorting office.

The festival will once again install an intimate screening venue, ‘The Safe House’, in the old Ulster Bank Building, kindly made available by Eamon and the McCaughey family.

And the Courthouse will have a full programme of events all weekend including our short film competitions. The quality and quantity of films submitted this year was phenomenal. The committee had the difficult task of selecting the finalists, which will be screened on Sunday 27 October at 1 pm.

Special Event: Death and Nightingales
One of the highlights on this year’s programme will be a special screening of the BBC production of Eugene McCabe's 'Death and Nightingales' on Saturday 26 October at 6.30pm in Clones Courthouse.

Join CFF for this very special evening, a rare opportunity to see the BBC’s recent lavish production on the big screen. The film is based on Eugene McCabe’s book, hailed by many as one of the great Irish novels of the 20th century.

Set over a tense 24-hour period across the beautiful, haunting countryside of Fermanagh in 1885, when all of the country is an undivided province of the British Empire, Death and Nightingales is a haunting tale of love and deception. Charles Stuart Parnell and his Home Rule Movement and the agitation for tenant rights have become a powerful political force. It’s amid these rising tensions of class and religion that our story takes place.

At the heart of the piece are two extraordinarily rich characters. Beth is intelligent, well-read and passionate yet fearful, capable of cold-hearted revenge and vindictiveness. Her stepfather Billy Winters is a towering figure, bigoted yet benign and even-handed, drunken and duplicitous yet straight and honourable, kind, loving and charming yet brutal and cruel. The two of them are bound together by circumstances and a sense of shared tragedy.

It is into this intense and complex relationship that Liam Ward intrudes. Thirty-two years old, Catholic, Republican, well-traveled, good-looking, it is Ward that proves to be the catalyst that sets in train the devastating events this dramatisation depicts.

The film’s running time is 3 hours and 21 minutes; refreshments will be served in the foyer of the Courthouse during a prolonged interval after approximately 2 hours.

Writer / Director Allan Cubitt and members of the cast and crew will attend on the evening. This screening is presented with kind permission from the BBC.

Other programme highlights include Woman at War, Leto, Ash is Purest White, Ray and Liz, Booksmart, Diego Maradona and Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Tickets for all screenings are now available to purchase online via the festival website: www.clonesfilmfestival.com or on the Clones Film Festival Facebook page. 

Book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets can also be purchased at the box office in the Old Post Office building on the Diamond during the weekend. Printed programmes will be available shortly in all local outlets.

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