If you love Irish film then don’t miss two fascinating and very different premieres taking place in the capital this weekend.
The award-winning Death of a Superhero, starring Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings) and Sharon Horgan (Pulling, Dead Boss) tells the story of Donald, a typical teenager with extraordinary artistic talents.
But when Donald is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, he retreats into a fantasy world in order to avoid confronting the painful reality of his life.
With the help of a compassionate therapist, family and friends who care for him, and a young woman who becomes his first love, Donald decides to take advantage of his remaining days and fight against the sickness that tries to claim his life.
Join director Ian Fitzgibbon at The Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn for a Q&A session this Friday night, June 29 at 8.30pm. Tickets £9.50 available from Tricycle directly: 020 7328 1000.
Sunday sees the premiere of John Ford Dreaming The Quiet Man – the story of the making of the film – at Riverside Studios Hammersmith at 6.30pm. This documentary is a must for anybody with an interest in classical Hollywood cinema and will be followed by an exclusive Q&A with director Sé Merry Doyle and bonus screening of “The Quiet Man” at 8.50pm.
John Ford: Dreaming the Quiet Man is narrated by Gabriel Byrne with contributions from well-known commentators and film makers, including Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich, Jim Sheridan and Maureen O’Hara.
Using a blend of archive from The Quiet Man, stunning location material and colourful and varied meetings with people who were intimately connected with the making of the film, this documentary offers a fascinating glimpse into Ford’s film making and life.
Tickets (£9.50) available for double bill from www.riversidestudios.co.uk
A special Irish Post 2-4-1 offer is running for both these films. All you need to do is quote ‘Irish Post’ when booking over the phone to get the deal.