High profile film festival to honour Richard Harris

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Harris' star turn in This Sporting Life, which saw him nominated for an Academy Award
RICHARD Harris once said he felt “most alive when I’m working on a film” and the hell raising actor will be brought back to life with a prestigious new film festival in his honour.

RICHARD Harris once said he felt “most alive when I’m working on a film” and the hell raising actor will be brought back to life with a prestigious new film festival in his honour.

The inaugural Richard Harris international film festival will take place in the city of his birth in December, to celebrate the famed actor’s life and career and his “love of Limerick”.

Harris’ three sons Jamie, Damian and Jared - now a star himself with roles in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Mad Men - will attend the opening night of the festival, which will take place from December 6-8 in the arts centre at 69 O’Connell Street.

“We will have screenings of new feature films from the Irish film-making Diaspora currently working abroad as well as a retrospective screening and discussion of one of Richard’s most critically acclaimed films,” explained Rob Gill, part of the organising team which also includes Eleanor McSherry and Zeb Moore.

“Richard’s sons will be in attendance, with hopefully a number of other names from the film industry at the gala opening night,” he added.

Full details of the festival are to be revealed in the coming weeks.

Mr Gill said he was “delighted” that Clohessy’s Bar had come on board as a sponsor for an event on the Saturday night of the festival, the eve of Munster’s clash with Perpignan, and also pointed out that there would be a “strong educational element to the festival”.

“We will be running a competition for young film makers,” he explained.

The tenth anniversary of Harris’ death was marked in the city last October 25.

Harris passed away a matter of weeks before the premiere of his second turn as Dumbeldore in the Harry Potter series, a role he was certain would overshadow his glittering career, which included stellar turns in The Guns of Navarone, Mutiny on the Bounty, Camelot, Gladiator and Oscar nominated turns in This Sporting Life and The Field.