Archive for September 24th, 2007

Festivals Ahoy

24th September 2007 by Maura McHugh

The Aspects of Irish Literature Festival will take place from the 26th of September – 30 of September in the North Down Museum in Bangor. It features readings, workshops, recitals, and discussions by Irish writers. Culture Northern Ireland will broadcast podcasts from the festival.

Also coming up is the 50th Dublin Theatre Festival, which runs from September 27 – October 14th, and will showcase a diverse range of theatre from international and Irish playwrights.

Knockout for Mahon

24th September 2007 by Maura McHugh

RTÉ reports that the Irish film Strength and Honour has won Best Picture and Best Actor (Michael Madsen) awards at the Boston Film Festival – the first time both awards have gone to the same feature in the festival’s history.

Written and directed by Cork filmmaker Mark Mahon, ‘Strength and Honour’ tells the story of an Irish-American boxer (Madsen) who promised his late wife he would never fight again having killed his friend in the ring.

However, when he discovers that his only son is dying of the same hereditary heart disorder that killed his wife, he is forced to go back on his promise and become a bare knuckle boxer in order to raise money for the boy’s life-saving surgery.

The film was shot in Cork over seven weeks last autumn and also stars Patrick Bergin, Richard Chamberlain and Vinnie Jones.

Commenting on his film’s festival success, director Mahon said: “This is a great honour. To win top awards at such a prestigious festival is surreal – competition was fierce this year with a large number of high profile titles competing.”