The 4th Annual Richard Harris International Film Festival takes place from Thursday the 27th to the 31st of October in Limerick, Ireland. The Festival honours the legendary Limerick actor Richard Harris and aims to showcase the best of Independent cinema from around the world each year.
On the 30th of October, the Festival is hosting a Live Script Reading of the screenplay for Pirate Queen – the story of Grace O’Malley – in front of a live audience in the Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick. This new film project is being produced by Tom Waller (The Last Executioner) of De Warrenne Pictures and will be narrated at the live event by Stephen Rea (The Crying Game), with some very special guests of international renown – including Richard’s son (and a festival director) Jared Harris (Lincoln) and Fionnula Flanagan (Some Mother’s Son). Waller is developing the project, with Academy Award nominated writer Shane Connaughton (My Left Foot) penning the script.
Waller who was line producer on the recent Hollywood movie Mechanic: Resurrection said “Pirate Queen has innate appeal as a timeless story of resistance and bravado. The late Richard Harris introduced me to Shane Connaughton all those years ago, so I am excited about hearing this material come alive through the words and dialogue of 16th Century clans fighting the English performed by a cast of local and international actors, including Jared, in front of a live audience”.
The Festival is developing a multi-disciplinary approach, with live theatrical and musical performances from Jimmy Webb (among others), an audience with Fionnula Flanagan, masterclasses, as well as over 60 screenings taking place over five days. This year the Festival has also added a sports documentary element screening “Small Potatoes” – the story about how Donald Trump destroyed a fledgling American football league.
In a first for Irish festivals, the festival also announced the launch of a Video on Demand Platform at the launch, that will complement the existing offline festival.
Commercial Director Rob Gill said “In association with SHIFT72, a leading provider of VOD technology, the new platform is part of our commitment to supporting the independent filmmaking community by providing more opportunities for them to delight film loving audiences, build a loyal following and monetise their film beyond the existing Festival window.”
Gill also stated that “Adding the VOD platform, live performances and Sports doc section are the first steps in our five-year plan towards building a multi-disciplinary festival with a side conference that is inspired by the success of SXSW in the US”.