Director of the award winning and heart-warming ‘His & Hers’ to attend Q&A session as part of the International Woman’s Day Film Festival


Ireland’s largest humanitarian and development agency, Concern Worldwide in conjunction with the Light House Cinema, Smithfield, are delighted to welcome Ken Wardrop to discuss his award winning documentary, His & Hers during a Q&A session as part of the inaugural International Woman’s Day Festival on Thursday 8th March.

His & Hers was the first feature documentary for Wardrop, already a seasoned short film maker and it focuses on 70 Irish women, each on camera to tell a story of love or loss, about their fathers, boyfriends, husbands, and sons. Beautiful in its simplicity, His & Hers warmed the hearts if cinema go-ers on its release and the overall message strongly compliments the concept of International Woman’s Day.

The International Woman’s Day Film Festival is taking place to celebrate the valuable work of women around the world as International Woman’s Day highlights the progress women have made in their struggle for economic, social, cultural and political equality.

His & Hers, followed by Ken’s Q&A will conclude a day which features a substantial number of shorts and films celebrating the success of women including two additional feature length box-office hits; Oranges and Sunshine and As If I Am Not There. The jam packed schedule which begins at 4.40 pm and concludes at 11.00 pm also includes outstanding short films such as Music by Prudence and The White Dress, as well as the successful Women of Concern Photographic Exhibition.

‘We are delighted to launch the inaugural International Women’s Day Film Festival and we are excited to welcome Ken on board. His documentary his and Hers is a compassionate and inspiring look at the most important relationships in a woman’s life’ said Concern’s Liz Yeates. ‘In addition to having some remarkable and award-winning films on the schedule, we will highlight Concern’s work with women through a Women of Concern photo exhibition, talks and short films.

‘This is the beginning of an exciting date on the calendar and next year we aim to build it into a two or three-day multi-faceted multi-dimensional festival, incorporating films by female directors and guests from developing countries. We hope people will come out to support the first International Women’s Day Film Festival at the Light House cinema for what is a very strong and entertaining schedule.’

 

The Light House Cinema, which re-opened under the new ownership of Element Pictures on January 20th, is a unique and hugely impressive multi-screen cinema and this new annual event is set to capture the imagination of cinema-lovers and those interested in women’s issues and rights in equal measure.

 

Tickets are available from the Light House cinema box office at a cost of €20 for a daily ticket or €9 per feature film and 50% of the proceeds will go towards Women of Concern, supporting women’s projects in Bangladesh. Visit www.lighthousecinema.ie  or call Concern on 01 417 8064 for more information on this event and on Concern’s other International Women’s Day events on March 8th.

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Irish Films at Britspotting Film Festival

Britspotting, the British and Irish Film Festival in Germany, began this year on 21st January and has already screened Conor Horgan’s apocalyptic thriller, One Hundred Mornings.

The festival will be putting special focus on the work of Ken Wardrop, having ran ‘Ken Wardrop’s Wonderful World of Short Films’ and will be screening His & Hers this evening and on the 29th January.

Irish writer, Enda Walsh’s Chatroom is also on the programme, along with a long line-up of shorts. For more information on the festival visit www.britspotting.de

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'His & Hers' Box Office Success

His & Hers which was released in Irish cinemas on 18th June has now reached a gross box-office of over €300,000, which makes it the highest grossing documentary released in Ireland since Michael Moore’s Farrenheit 911. This is a fantastic result for an Irish documentary, which was made on a tiny budget of €100,000. Opening on week one on just €40,000, this word of mouth success has now grossed an impressive 7.5 times this amount. His & Hers has now surpassed such well known Irish films as Neil Jordan’s Ondine and the Oscar® winning Once. The Light House Cinema in Smithfield, which champions the work of original and creative film makers are also delighted with the success of His & Hers as it is now their most successful film they have ever screened there.

Speaking on the success of the film, Head of Distribution at Element Pictures Audrey Sheils says that ‘After falling in love with His & Hers in DIFF we knew that if we could just get people into see this film, then the emotion, tears and laughter that this film generates would spread across the country. Opening on just 8 prints we hoped for success but nothing could have prepared us for what it has achieved. We never thought we’d still be in cinemas 12 weeks after release and are delighted to have been part of the journey with Ken Wardrop and Andrew Freedman.’

Click here for a full list of cinemas showing His & Hers.

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Interview with 'His & Hers' director Ken Wardrop and producer Andrew Freedman

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In this Film Ireland podcast documentary filmmaker Anna Rodgers of Crossing the Line films talks to director Ken Wardrop and producer Andrew Freedman of Venon Films. The event was recorded as part of the IFI’s Conversations with Irish Filmmakers series on Tuesday June 28th 2010 as their acclaimed feature documentary ‘His & Hers‘ was playing in cinemas.

They reflect on their earlier short documentaries ‘Hen’, ‘Farewell Packets of Ten‘, ‘Useless Dog‘ and the multi award-winning ‘Undressing my Mother‘. Ken and Andrew also answer questions from the audience revealing more about their experiences at Sundance, the industry response to His & Hers and their approach to filmmaking.

This is a podcast of approximately 67 minutes.

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