RTÉ Television has partnered with Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) on a new initiative to celebrate some of the best new and acclaimed Irish films. Ireland on Screen will see a selection of top Irish films broadcast on RTÉ One Television this August including the network TV premieres of Neil Jordan’s fantasy drama Ondine with Colin Farrell, wedding comedy Happy Ever Afters, The Runway, based on the true story of a South American pilot who crash landed in Mallow in 1983 and Academy Award® winner The Shore directed by Terry George and starring Ciaran Hinds, along with highly-regarded favourites such as Dancing at Lughnasa, Song for a Raggy Boy and Michael Collins. This collection of films showcases some of Ireland’s most talented actors, writers, directors and film makers.
RTÉ’s most recent Irish film investments, along with the IFB and BAI, include Run and Jump from Samson Films which was filmed earlier this summer and an adaptation of The Sea from acclaimed Irish writer John Banville which is currently in development.
Dermot Horan, Director of Broadcast & Acquisitions, RTÉ Television, said: “RTÉ has a proud heritage of broadcasting some of the best Irish drama and feature films. We are delighted to be working with the Irish Film Board again on this Ireland on Screen initiative and to also continue our investment in this key Irish industry. We hope this broad selection of exciting and popular Irish films will appeal to a wide range of viewers.”
James Hickey, Chief Executive, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with RTÉ on this Ireland on Screen initiative which will bring a range of Irish films to audiences, which they may otherwise not have a chance to see. It’s really important to us that Irish films find an audience not only in cinemas but through other media including television. We are especially pleased to see so many IFB funded feature films supporting Irish talent in the line-up including the network television premieres of Ondine directed by Neil Jordan and starring Colin Farrell, Happy Ever Afterswith Simon Delaney and Stanley Townsend and Irish director Ian Power’s feature directorial debut The Runway.”
The Ireland on Screen season begins this Saturday on RTÉ One with the transmission of The Boxer.