Stephen Walsh spoke with acting legend David Kelly before the release of Waking Ned for issue 69 Feb/Mar 1999.
March’s Must-See Cinema from the IFI Irish Film Archive is Quackser Fortune has a Cousin in the Bronx (1970), presented in collaboration with the St. Patrick’s Day Festival. In one of the best-loved and most bizarre films in its collection, Gene Wilder plays a Dublin horse manure collector and salesman who falls in love with swinging young Trinity student Zazel (Margot Kidder). Initially they overcome their differences but soon Quackser’s oddities and Zazel’s class pull them apart. But when Quackser’s cousin in the Bronx passes away, leaving him a small inheritance, he sets off to find Zazel again. The two leads are supported by a terrific local cast including May Ollis, Eileen Colgan and the late David Kelly.
The film is presented as a tribute to David Kelly and will be introduced by actor Jonathan White, an admirer of David Kelly and of Quackser Fortune.
Tickets are €5 and are available from the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477 or online at www.ifi.ie
The Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) is to hold an intimate evening ‘In Conversation’ with veteran Irish actor David Kelly at the IFI on Sunday, 17 August.
Academy members and attending special guests will have the opportunity to be part of a conversation with one of Ireland’s most popular and respected actors of the stage and screen.
In 2005, David Kelly was the recipient of the IFTA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to him by co-star and friend Colm Meaney, with director Tim Burton, Irish actors Colin Farrell and Milo O’Shea and co-star Johnny Depp among those paying tribute to the 79-year-old actor.
With a career that spans over six decades, David Kelly’s feature film credits include Stardust, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Waking Ned and Into the West, while his television appearances include roles in Strumpet City, Fawlty Towers, Robin’s Nest and Glenroe. David’s latest work has been on Spanish thriller The Kovak Box alongside Oscar-winning® actor Timothy Hutton.