Local film-makers in the frame at Nenagh Film Week

the_phantom_of_the_opera_bd21Nenagh film-makers Robin Wallace and Tom Ryan present new work at the forthcoming Nenagh Film Week (April 21st – 24th). Wallace who last year produced the well-regarded ‘Nenagh – A Town Forever Changing’ which screens at the Festival, has also completed a new documentary on the Silvermines which will receive its first public showing. In the film, local historian Eamonn De Stafort traces the history of mining in the Silvermines mountain range noting the cost both human and environmental that came with jobs and the industrialization of the area. Tom Ryan’s new film is a short comedy called ‘Can’t Stand Losing You’ and features Sean Birrane as a man attempting to get over the break-up of his relationship. Both films screen in a special evening of short films on Wednesday 21st of April.

Waterford-based composer Eric Sweeney comes to the Festival on Friday 23rd of April to perform his score to the classic 1925 silent film ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ before a live audience. Sweeney is well known as a composer and is a member of Aosdana and gave a similar performance in Christ Church Cathedral, Waterford at the end of July 2009 and both nights were booked out.

kells-nenagh-film-festivalThe Festival is delighted to present a big screen showing of the Oscar-nominated animation ‘The Secret of Kells’ for children on Saturday 24th April in the Ormonde Cinema. The film about a young boy and his influence on the making of the Book of Kells is exceptionally beautiful and was made by Kilkenny animators Cartoon Saloon.

Other showings during the Festival include the intriguing Italian political drama ‘Il Divo’, Austrian director Michael Hanneke’s acclaimed ‘The White Ribbon’ and two films for schoolgoers; ‘Food Inc.’ which takes a scabrous look at food production in the western world and ‘Moon’ the science fiction film which recently won a BAFTA award for a first-time director – Duncan Jones. The Festival concludes on the Saturday with a workshop on music video-making. Tickets can be booked from Nenagh Arts Centre, Town Hall Nenagh on 067 34900. More details on the full programme at Nenagh Film Week on www.nenaghfilmweek.com

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