Stars gather to honour Limerick’s Richard Harris at festival

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Alan Owens

Jared Harris and his wife, Allegra Riggio, will be attending the film festival in his father's name this weekend
A GLITZY line-up of movie stars and Richard Harris’ family members will fly into Limerick for a film festival in the great actor’s name this weekend.

A GLITZY line-up of movie stars and Richard Harris’ family members will fly into Limerick for a film festival in the great actor’s name this weekend.

Transformers star Jack Reynor and his Limerick fiancée Madeline Mulqueen are among the line-up of guests for the Richard Harris film festival, which will be attended by sons Jared and Jamie.

What Richard Did star Reynor will join Jared Harris, star of Mad Men, at a reception in 69 O’Connell Street this Friday night.

Also attending over the three days of the film festival are Richard’s son Jamie, Jared’s wife Allegra and Harris’ granddaughter Ella, plus Noel Pearson - producer of The Field - Bill Whelan, film composer Patrick Cassidy, Jon Kenny and Keith Wood.

Creative director of the festival Eleanor McSherry said Jack Reynor would be receiving a breakout artist award and was keen to attend the festival.

“It is fantastic. We wanted Jack. I know he is a big Richard Harris fan and to be able to give him an award, the first one, is going to be really good,” she said.

“They are coming specially in for it so we are delighted and he is really chuffed.”

It was confirmed at the launch of the festival recently that a three-year contract with the Harris estate had been signed to guarantee representation from the family at the October 24-26 festival, a fact Ms McSherry said was “essential” to its success.

“They are completely 100% behind it,” she explained. “We will always have a Harris which is fantastic and we are delighted. We were working with them last year, but now this is on a more sure footing.

“There would be no Richard Harris festival without that tie-in,” she added.

The festival - which has an Irish film making Diaspora at its core theme - boasts a link up with the Newport Beach film festival in LA this year.

Included among the three-day festival will be screenings of The Field, What Richard Did, Starred Up and a short film competition. The winners of the short film competition will go forward for screening in Newport Beach.

A ‘pay what you can’ showing of The Field will take place in 69 O’Connell Street on Sunday.

See richardharrisfilmfestival.com for full details of the programme.