Archive for August 4th, 2009

Irish Films Worldwide

4th August 2009 by Maura McHugh

According to Variety Conor McPherson’s film The Eclipse will open the Los Angeles Irish Film Festival on September 23 at the Linwood Dunn Theater.

After the screening there will be a reception hosted by the Irish Film Board, with a performance by musical trio the Henry Girls.

This news follows the announcement last week that six Irish films were selected for the Toronto International Film Festival (September 10-19):

  • Ondine, written and directed by Neil Jordan
  • Perrier’s Bounty, written by Mark O’Rowe, directed by Ian Fitzgibbon, and starring Cillian Murphy and Brendan Gleeson
  • Triage, written and directed by Danis Tanovic, and starring Colin Farrell
  • Colony, the feature documentary directed by Ross McDonnell and Carter Gunn
  • Cracks written by Ben Court and Caroline Ip, directed by Jordan Scott, and starring Eva Green
  • Eamon, written and directed by Margaret Corkery

Byrne Highlights Theatre

4th August 2009 by Maura McHugh

Last week The Irish Times reported that broadcaster Gay Byrne and actor Gabriel Byrne were in Dublin to mark their appointment as honorary directors of the new Grand Canal Square Theatre in Dublin.

Construction of the theatre – designed by award-winning architect Daniel Libeskind – is expected to finish by St. Patrick’s Day next year. It will seat 2,100, making it the largest theatre in Dublin.

Gabriel Byrne, who was recently nominated for an Emmy for his role as a therapist in In Treatment , highlighted the importance of the new theatre for Dublin.

“Every village, every city, needs a theatre. It’s not just a building; it’s about being exposed to new ideas. Theatre changes the way we view society and connects us to global ideas. In the past, we’ve suffered from being closed off.

“The theatre is seriously important for who we are. In the past, the most important building in a village was a church,” the actor added. “A theatre can be as powerful as a church, but without being as controlling.”