This year access>CINEMA are bringing the Bealtaine Film Tour to over fifty venues across Ireland as part of Bealtaine, Ireland’s unique festival celebrating creativity as we age.
The Tour, featuring screenings of Quartet and High Society, will be launched at the IFI on Thursday 8th May with a screening of Quartet as part of the IFI’s Bealtaine/Wild Strawberries film programme.
Quartet (2012) is a comedy-drama about music, love, performance and opera, all set in the grandest care home you’ve ever seen, with Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins and Michael Gambon. High Society (1956) is a musical love triangle between Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra featuring songs like ‘True Love’, ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ and ‘Well, Did You Evah’.
Speaking about Bealtaine, access>CINEMA’s Director Maeve Cooke comments, “We’re very proud of the success of the Bealtaine Film Tour. Since it was established over 15 years ago when it reached just 12 venues, it has gone from strength to strength – this year’s Tour will visit over 50 locations nationally”.
Maeve adds: “The grand-house setting and glamour of opera singers, even the retired ones in Quartet, will allow participating groups to have some fun with screenings of this film. They can consider add-on activities like performances from local classical music or opera groups before a screening, or for an extra touch of glamour ask people to dress-up or maybe even host a red-carpet or black-tie screening event. The launch and screening at the IFI will have a country-house theme – audiences are asked to dress in their finest tweeds or evening outfits befitting the grandeur of the film’s setting.
The Bealtaine Film Tour is really an extension of the regular work access>CINEMA does with its members nationally. Any group who is not part of our existing network can also participate in the Tour and it is always a particularly important and rewarding event in our calendar. Bealtaine and the Film Tour also gives us the opportunity to reach out to new audiences who may not be already familiar with our network, and hopefully their experience of a Bealtaine film screening will encourage them to return to their local venue or film club for other screenings and events.”