The little festival that can
Now in its sixth year, Guth Gafa documentary film festival, in Co Donegal, is making an international name for itself. As an antidote to loneliness, the annual gathering of international documentary filmmakers in the tiny Gaeltacht village of Gortahork beats most. In any given year, a clutch of the latest and best film-makers bounce from festival to festival around the world. Mostly, they wash up in teeming cities, surrounded by thousands but meeting none. Then they arrive at Guth Gafa, and within the tiny pubs and temporary cinemas they come face to face not only with each other but also with their audience….
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Is the stage now set for theatre to offer solace?
Fintan O’Toole has gathered an impressive team to explore the role art can play in Irish life, writes Darragh McManus. ‘The whole question of art and society, it seems, gets pushed to one side during times of economic crisis. We can’t afford culture, the argument goes, when that money needs to be spent on jobs and hospitals and education. The counter-argument, though, insists that art is even more important when times are tough: it offers solace, helps us make sense of what’s happening, and lets us see a higher, more rarefied plane of human existence, something soaring above the worries of economics and politics…’
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One cool pirate
When Johnny Depp thinks about what it is he does for a living and how well he’s paid for it, he has to laugh. Currently starring in the fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, which will ironically be screened at Cannes this year, Depp was paid somewhere between $32m and $35m (€22.2m-€24.3m) for this film alone. ‘To an outsider standing around watching this going on, it’s ludicrous. I mean it’s really an insane thing,’ he says, laughing…
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Scorsese ‘to direct Taylor and Burton biopic’
Director Martin Scorsese is set to direct a film based on the tempestuous relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, reports say. The couple married and divorced twice over a 13-year period, after meeting on the set of Cleopatra in 1963. Paramount Pictures are said to be in negotiation with Scorsese, after buying the rights to the book Furious Love. Released in 2010, the book received little interest from studios until Taylor’s death earlier this year. The Hollywood couple, both British, appeared in 11 films together, including the 1966 film Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, for which Taylor won the second of two best actress Oscars…
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Girl with Dragon Tattoo trailer released
The first trailer for the eagerly-awaited US adaptation of the Stieg Larsson bestseller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has been released. Directed by The Social Network and Se7en’director David Fincher. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo stars Daniel Craig as investigative reporter Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara as his troubled partner, hacker Lisbeth Salander…
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