Richard Harris film festival in Limerick hailed as a huge success

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Pictured at the Richard Harris film festival were Kerry Fox, Jamie Harris, Zeb Moore and Moe Dunford

Pictured at the Richard Harris film festival were Kerry Fox, Jamie Harris, Zeb Moore and Moe Dunford

MORE than 110 independent movies were shown across the weekend as the Richard Harris Film Festival marked its fourth year in the city.

Set up in 2013 as part of the Gathering, Limerick’s main film festival has gone from strength to strength, with 13 films being shown in the first year to 116 now.

Launched in the Limerick Institute of Technology’s Millennium Theatre on Thursday evening, the festival attracted a number of stars and film personalities including Jamie Harris, who attended on behalf of his late father.

He was on hand to introduce the Richard Harris retrospective screening Cry the Beloved Country, shown at the Belltable on Sunday.

The festival also featured a live script read in the same venue, with Marina Donhonue’s ‘For the Love of the Child’ being shot as a feature film in the new year.

A live performance of Goldenhair, a film based on the life of James Joyce also took place.

Aoife Danagher, public relations assistant, said this year’s Harris festival was the most successful ever.

“There were so many highlights. I couldn’t just pick one. We had film-makers here from Spain, South Africa, and the USA. I’d say it was probably the best festival we had in terms of the number of entries, in terms of the numbers travelling from overseas.”

Metropolitan mayor Sean Lynch got it all under way in the Millennium Theatre on Thursday night.

Dressed in a golden bow-tie and tuxedo, he paid tribute to the world famous actor, who died in 2002: “He had that acting style that was fabulous to watch. When you meet a star, and they don’t disappoint you – that’s Richard Harris.”.