Cinema North West’s Adaptation Film Festival

Cinema North West’s Adaptation Film Festival
19th- 21st October Dromahair Co Leitrim

The 8th Cinema North West Adaptation festival begins on 19th October in the splendid setting of Dromahair, County Leitrim. In previous years the festival has screened retrospectives of John Le Carre,  Roddy Doyle, Edna O Brien, John McGahern, Eugene McCabe and  William Trevor.

Adaptation shifts focus this year on to the art of the adaptation with our first writer/director: John Huston.

Cinema North West’s Programme Director Colin McKeown said: “Huston became an Irish citizen, lived in Galway and made many films in the country; including the Ray Bradbury scripted Moby Dick. Ray died a few short months ago and thankfully we have an excuse to celebrate a novelist and screenwriter who could be the focus of his very own Adaptation festival.

‘Our main guest is John’s eldest son and oft time collaborator: Tony Huston. Other members of the family have work commitments but might make virtual appearances nonetheless… Tony will be interviewed by Michael West, fresh from his successful run with Dubliners at the Dublin Theatre Festival.’

Professor Douglas McFarland will open the festival with a presentation on John Huston. Douglas is editor of the forthcoming book John Huston’s Adaptations.  Douglas said: ‘John Huston is one of the most prominent directors in American cinema. Although many of his best-known films are adaptations from literature, from 19th-century classics such as Moby Dick and The Red Badge of Courage to works like The Maltese Falcon and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, there has not been a comprehensive collection of essays which address this central aspect of his work until now.’

Colin MCkeown said: ‘Director John Irvin came to Adaptation 2011 to present the original Tinker Tailor TV series. John loved Dromahair so much he is coming back again. Luckily for us he is as full of knowledge and passion for John Huston as he is for Le Carre. He promises stories about John Huston during the war and the only film directed on horseback.’

This year also includes a two-day screenwriting workshop presented by Stephen Cleary:

A new element to the festival is a rehearsed reading of an unproduced screenplay.  This element is presented in association with BBC Radio 4. Jeremy Howe, Head of Drama for BBC Radio 4 will direct the reading. Jeremy Howe said: ‘We were incredibly impressed with both what Cinema North West are doing and in the festival. Hats off to you and Dromahair. What an extraordinary community!’

Cinema North West operate a 100 seat mobile cinema. CNW is a not for profit organisation operating with support from The Irish Film Board. Adaptation is supported by The Arts Council of Ireland and in collaboration with the Irish Film Institute.


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