TRANSFORMERS star Jack Reynor and his Limerick fiancée Madeline Mulqueen are among a starry line-up of guests flying in for the Richard Harris film festival this weekend.
What Richard Did star Reynor will join the legendary actor’s son 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.
See www.richardharrisfilmfestival.com for full details of the programme.