Successful fourth outing for Limerick's Richard Harris festival

Over 70 films are screened across five days of event

Fintan Walsh

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ORGANISERS of this year's Richard Harris International Film Festival in Limerick will meet over the next few days to reflect on the success of the Bank Holiday festival.

The weekend line-up included an exclusive performance by world-renowned singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb at the Lime Tree Theatre, numerous workshops, the annual monologue competition and a long-list of short film screenings on Saturday.

It was the fourth outing for the film festival in Harris' honour, which has strong support from the late actor's family, including his son, Mad Men star Jared Harris, who spent the weekend in Limerick for the third consecutive year.

Speaking on his last day in Limerick, Jared said that the festival team was "passionate about it and not stopping".

"We are already kicking around some ideas about what happens next year, things aren't ready for next year but we can get ready for years to come," he said.

"We will sit down, not long after this, within a week and start thinking about what worked, what didn't work, what can we do better and what can we add to next year to keep building it up."

Family members spoke to the Limerick Leader after Jimmy Webb's solo piano performance on Saturday night, saying that the rendition of Richard Harris' famous MacArthur Park single was an "emotional" experience.

Actors Stephen Rea and Fionnula Flanagan were also in Limerick for for various events, which also saw over 70 films screened across the weekend and awards ceremony take place.

“We could never have expected how quick we could grow in the matter of three to four years,” festival director Zeb Moore said.

“We have this year, nearly doubled our list of events from last year."

The festival ran from Thursday to Monday, with events at the Belltable, the Lime Tree, Dolan’s, Curragower and Savoy and George Boutique Hotels - a fact which was “broadening our programme,” according to Zeb.

“These collaborations in the city are incredibly important for us, for expanding. What we are trying to do is to bring this to the city - it is a festival that is open to everybody. There is something most definitely for everybody in Limerick to appreciate and come and enjoy.”

The festival, which was represented at Cannes earlier this year, boasts a strong link to Newport Beach film festival in California. Zeb said it was “now recognised on an international level, because of those connections”.

- For full coverage on the festival, pick up this weekend's broadsheet edition of the Limerick Leader.