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Film director Frears to join Greg Dyke at Schull festival

May 19th, 2017 11:03 AM

By Southern Star Team

Meryl Streep as Florence Foster Jenkins in the film of The same name, which will be introduced by director Stephen Frears.

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DIRECTOR Stephen Frears, whose latest movie features actors Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, will screen the film, along with his Lance Armstrong documentary, at Schull’s Fastnet Film Festival later this month.

The screenings will be followed by a Q&A with former BBC director general and former FA chairman, Greg Dyke.

The Fastnet Film Festival will take place in Schull from Wednesday May 24th until Sunday May 28th and is a major showcase for short film production.

Other guests taking part this year include David Puttnam, Juanita Wilson, Jim Sheridan, Joan Bergin, Lenny Abrahamson, Joan Bergin and Kevin Brownlow.

Stephen Frears made his name in TV drama for the first 15 years of his career, turning to cinema, shooting The Hit starring Terence Stamp, John Hurt and Tim Roth, then, My Beautiful Laundrette for Channel 4, which crossed over to the big screen. 

He later began working in Hollywood, on Dangerous Liaisons and The Grifters.   

Returning closer to home, he directed The Snapper, The Van, Dirty Pretty Things and Mrs Henderson Presents. Nominated for a second Oscar with The Queen in 2006, he had four Oscar nominations for Philomena

On Friday May 26th at 8pm, the ‘Palace Cinema’ will screen The Program, telling the true story of the meteoric rise and fall of one of sport’s most controversial men, Lance Armstrong. Tickets are €5.

At the same cinema, on Sunday May 28th at 3pm, viewers can watch Oscar-nominated Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. The film tells the improbable story of a real-life New York socialite, who pronounced herself a coloratura soprano, despite a distinct lack of talent. It’s an affectionate portrait of the elderly heiress, her aspirations and her illusions as singer and lover.

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