Invasion Dublin, Ireland’s Largest Star Wars Fan Event, returns to Dublin

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Invasion Dublin, Ireland’s largest Star Wars fan event, returns this May Bank Holiday Weekend (May 3th-5th) to the RDS Dublin.

Described by the voice of Obi Wan Kenobi as “an amazing adventure into the world of Star Wars” and something “which is totally family friendly”, Invasion Dublin is Ireland’s best celebration of all things Star Wars.

Featuring life-sized replica props and sets from the original and new Star Wars trilogies, and costumed characters so lifelike that even David Prowse (Darth Vader) and Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) commented were even better than the original. The Emerald Garrison brings Star Wars to life in a way which amuses, informs, entertains and educates like no one else.

That’s not all, whether you’re a Star Wars enthusiast or just looking for a great family fun day out- there is something for everyone! From Q & A sessions and meet and greets with actors from the original films to “Force Training” for the kids – Invasion Dublin is a must this May bank holiday weekend!!

Invasion Dublin is supporting Irish Autism Action- Admission €15, Under 12’s €10, Family (2 adults and 2 children) €38 and Under 4’s go free! www.invasion.ie

Website: www.invasion.ie
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/invasion.ie
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/invasion_ie

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One Man ‘Star Wars™ Trilogy – First Tour of Ireland

Canadian actor Charles Ross spent much of his childhood in a galaxy far, far away, watching Star Wars videos over – and over – and over again. The result of this misspent youth is his hilarious show, One-Man Star Wars™ Trilogy, where he single-handedly plays all the characters, sings the music, flies the ships, fights the battles and condenses the plots into just sixty minutes!

Written and performed by Ross and directed by TJ Dawe, One-Man Star Wars™ Trilogy has been bringing countless audiences, large and small, to their feet since its first performance in Toronto, Ontario, in January 2001. Its early success in North America led to appearances on popular TV programmes such as The Today Show and Late Night with Conan O’Brien and an off-Broadway run in New York in 2005. This was followed by its European debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe the following year, where every single show of its four-week run sold out.

Since then, Ross has toured the world with the show, performing it over 1,200 times in more than 180 cities across four continents. He has appeared at numerous theatres around the globe, from Dubai and Sydney to Dublin and Belfast, entertained muddy festival goers at Glastonbury, been the highlight of official Star Wars Celebration events and most recently made his third successful return to the Edinburgh Fringe last August.

Now Ross is taking his hilarious show on its first ever tour of Ireland. Whether you’re a committed Star Wars fan or simply want to enjoy a fast-paced, side-splitting evening that’s out of this world, make sure you don’t miss it!

Support will be provided by banker-turned-comedian Aidan Killian, who has toured his shows Take The Red Pill and Stand Up Against The Bankers throughout Ireland.

www.onemanstarwars.com

“A splendid performance – I only wish he’d do all six [films].” 5 stars – Three Weeks Edinburgh

“A delight for fans… but there’s enough here to satisfy casual observers too.” – The Independent

“It’s a joy… quite brilliant.” – Daily Telegraph

“Funnier than you could possibly imagine!” – Spin Magazine

One Man Star Wars™ Trilogy performed with permission of Lucasfilm Ltd. All ‘Star Wars’ elements property of Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved.

 

October         13         The Helix, Dublin

01 700 7000

www.thehelix.ie/one-man-star-wars-trilogy/

16         Roscommon Arts Centre, Roscommon

090 66 25 824 www.roscommonartscentre.ie

17         Dean Crowe Theatre, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

090 64 92129 www.deancrowetheatre.com

18         Draiocht, Blanchardstown, Dublin

01 885 2622 www.draiocht.ie

20         Riverbank Theatre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

045 448327

www.riverbank.ie/shows/one-man-star-wars-trilogy

21         Birr Arts Centre, Co. Offaly

057 912 2911 www.birrtheatre.com

23         Black Box, Galway

091 569777

www.tht.ie/1504/One-Man-Star-WarsTM-Trilogy

24         Theatre Royal, Waterford

051 874 402

www.theatreroyal.ie/events/one-man_star_wars_trilogy

25         Clotworthy House, Antrim

028 944 81 338 www.antrim.gov.uk

26         Waterside Theatre, Derry

02871 31 4000 www.watersidetheatre.com

27         An Grianan, Letterkenny, Donegal

074 91 20777 www.angrianan.com/

29         The Source Arts Centre, Thurles (part of the Thurles Halloween Festival) 0504 90204 www.thesourceartscentre.ie

31         Mill Theatre Dundrum, Dublin

01 296 9340

www.milltheatre.ie/shows/one-man-star-wars-trilogy

November         1-3         Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick

061 31 9866 www.belltable.ie/

7         Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny

056 776 1674 www.watergatetheatre.com/programme/event/one-man-star-wars-trilogy/

8         Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda

041 983 3946 www.droicheadartscentre.com/

9         Mullingar Arts Centre, Mullingar

044 93 47777 www.mullingarartscentre.ie

10         Backstage Theatre, Longford

043 33 47888 www.backstage.ie/index.php/2012/11/one-man-star-wars-trilogy/#more-2239

 

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Competition: Tickets to Invasion Dublin – Ireland’s largest and best loved ‘Star Wars’ event

A must for all Star Wars fans – Thanks to the fine people at Invasion Dublin.we have 2 pairs of tickets up for grabs for 2 lucky winners to rub shoulders with Y-Wings, AT-ST Scoutwalkers, R2D2, Actors, Stormtroopers, and even the dark lord Darth Vader himself courtesy of the

Ireland’s largest and best loved Star Wars event  returns to Dublin on the May bank holiday weekend (4-7th) at the Citywest Events Centre & Hotel in Dublin.

To win a pair of tickets to Invasion Dublin, simply click on the link and like the competition post on Facebook  – www.facebook.com/FilmIreland

– the winners will be announced on Friday, 27th April.

Featuring life-sized replica props and sets from the original and new Star Wars trilogies, and costumed characters so lifelike that David Prowse (Darth Vader) and Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) commented were even better than the original. The Emerald Garrison brings Star Wars to life in a way which amuses, informs, entertains and educates.

With guests including the iconic Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) Mike Edmonds (Logray) Invasion Dublin will host the European premiere of James Arnold Taylors, (the voice of Obi Wan Kenobi in The Clone Wars and literally hundreds of other voices throughout the film, cartoon and gaming world) one-man show ‘Talking to Myself’.

Website: www.invasion.ie
Facebook: www.facebook.com/invasion.ie
Twitter: www.twitter.com/invasion_ie

 

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Invasion Dublin: ‘Star Wars’ comes to town

Imagine, you’ve just walked onto a film set and you’re surrounded by Y-Wings, AT-ST Scoutwalkers, R2D2, Actors, Stormtroopers, and even the dark lord Darth Vader himself.

At Invasion Dublin, you don’t need to imagine, you’re already there.

Featuring life sized replica props and sets from the original and new Star Wars trilogies, and costumed characters so lifelike that David Prowse (Darth Vader) and Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) commented were even better than the original. The Emerald Garrison brings Star Wars to life in a way which amuses, informs, entertains and educates.

With guests including the iconic Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) Mike Edmonds (Logray) Invasion Dublin will host the European premiere of James Arnold Taylors, (the voice of Obi Wan Kenobi in The Clone Wars and literally hundreds of other voices throughout the film, cartoon and gaming world) one-man show ‘Talking to Myself’.

Keeping things local, Cork Native Will Sliney completes the line-up. Sliney was one of the animation team on the 3D release of The Phantom Menace as well as drawing some of the Star Wars comics. He’ll be doing daily workshops entitled ‘How to draw Star Wars’.

Featuring a full educational programme on the Friday, which will include talks from Astronomy Ireland, Mechatrons, How to draw Star Wars, Q+A sessions from the actors, The Emerald Garrison will ‘recreate the magic’, an interactive session where artisans and sculptors will re-create creatures from the Star Wars series.

Other new features throughout the weekend include Star Wars Weddings, A cosplay competition, Star Wars Quiz and the amazing ‘Galactic Attack’ will join old favorites line Force Training, The Death Star Throne and everything else that has made the Invasion brand so strong.

Tickets, a snip at just €12.50, are available now from Invasion.ie along with a full schedule and list of features.

Join on facebook, follow  on twitter and watch in awe as  your Star Wars dreams are brought to life.

Ph: 1850221222
Website: www.invasion.ie
Facebook: www.facebook.com/invasion.ie
Twitter: www.twitter.com/invasion_ie

 

Check out the trailer for ‘Talking to Myself’

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Sounding Off: A Response to ‘Superhero Movies – no longer films for our times’

 

Paul Counter responds to Paul Lynch‘s insistence that  superhero movies are no longer films for our times featured in Film Ireland‘s ‘Sounding Off‘ section – the place for debate and discussion on the topics that you find most compelling.

Last month’s Film Ireland carried a cover showcasing the Death of a Superhero, and a back page proclaiming it. After years of horrible box-office domination the superheroes were finally about to succumb to their kryptonite – in these complex times, cinema audiences would demand more from their heroes and superheroes would simply be outgrown.

The aspiring scriptwriter in me is yelling just to nod and look intelligent. It really is. I’d love to work with some of the people on this forum in the future. Why am I sticking my head above the parapet and defending these awful films?

The comic book fan won’t lie down though. The main reason he can’t sit still is not to convince you superhero films are high art, or even better than half good. There have been many superhero films so bad they should be wiped from existence. It’s because super hero films really aren’t about to die. They are obviously making a fortune. And it’s because having spent many years with the guilty secret of admiring men in tights who can summon thunder, I’d like to understand why now so many other people pay for a cinema ticket to do so. And it’s because if we’re serious about making films in Ireland with a real commercial appeal, as James Hickey says, then we should try to honestly assess why these films make huge, huge money each summer rather than exaggerating rumours of their demise.

The thrust of Paul Lynch’s argument is, I think, that superhero films have been in existence for 70 years, and their format of good versus evil must evolve to reflect more complex times today or else it will lose its audience. Whether we might wish it so or not, as a statement of fact this is utterly wrong.

The modern CGi-enabled superhero blockbuster has been with us for around a decade and as a spectacle is a completely different beast to what went before. Five of the highest ten grossing superhero films have been released in the last four years. More and more are being greenlit for development by studios desperate for the sure-fire return they bring (listing the number of sequels and reboots slated for release would exhaust you, reader). Rather than needing to evolve, this vast success is stunting growth, leading to a formulaic and limited approach to recycling the same kind of story.

With their easily translatable character arc, obvious external change, internal dilemmas and protagonists, the superhero origin story could have come straight from one of Syd Field’s workshops. With their huge brand recognition (since those ’40s films there have been millions of comic books and hundreds of cartoons) and universal values these films are of course that dreaded thing, the perfect summer blockbuster. Indeed superheroes and Hollywood have become such a match made in heaven that Disney recently bought Marvel, one of the two major comic book companies.

Suggesting that that simple story structure and a clear moral delineation are exclusive to superhero tales or have had their day is equally wrong. This is true of most films throughout history and will remain so until we become so cynical that good and evil are concepts a generation doesn’t even encounter in childhood.

So are superhero films kids films dressed as adult films? Of course. Challenging the films to grow up is paradoxical when the route of their success is that they allow the audience to do exactly the opposite. Today’s audience grew up with these characters as kids. At the root of their appeal are individuals who choose to wear spandex, can do impossible things, live in mansions and drive flying cars. This is essentially a childish fantasy, much like becoming a Teletubby or appearing on Wanderly Wagon. Unlike a guest slot on the Wagon, however, harnessing the living power of the sun and driving a flying car still appeals to me immensely. It stops becoming so appealing however if I have to park my flying car outside the White House to advise Obama on a responsible foreign policy, or spend a six months helping a recovering drug addict through a painful rehab. Other films do this very well, that simply is not the function of the superhero film.

Perhaps the time will come when the genre must subvert that expectation, as Paul observes the Western chose to do with the morally confused ‘70s upon it. It should be remembered though that the most successful film of the seventies was Star Wars. Westerns had simply been overtaken by better special effects and spaceships.

The most interesting aspect of all this is the one he has back to front. The complex times we live in don’t damage black and white escapism: they encourage it. With property out of reach to first-time buyers this generation stays at home longer. Grown men play on playstations. We get married later, and get drunk more. We exist in a state of extended kidulthood, an absence of responsibility that just wasn’t there in the ‘70s, so the audience has changed.

But could superhero films grow up? There is the material to support this such as The Authority and The Ultimates (which reimagines the Avengers as alcoholics/schizophrenics /wife beaters), but this isn’t the version getting made (Watchmen excepted). The problem is, I suspect, because the audience like to be quite clear what they are getting when they purchase a cinema ticket – probably one of the few experiences where we deliberately purchase the goods without inspecting them – and for a superhero film they expect mindless escapism.

Can we get better superhero films? My definition of a better superhero film would be different to my definition of a better piece of cinema, so it depends. They are films that arrive at the cinema with a history already behind them. Where a film captures the essence of the source material from page to screen, entertains an audience and generates enough revenue for a sequel to be made it has probably done its job. It’s not meant to be anything more.

Are comic films going to be left behind then in an evolutionary cinema race in which they are unable to adapt? No. They currently have no need to adapt, and the material is there if, and when, they do.

The more likely reason for their extinction is the finite number of characters that automatically command a large audience. With Spider-Man already on his fourth film this summer, three Nolan Batfilms and five X-Men films already completed, people will tire of seeing the same characters and studios will be unwilling to invest in lesser known properties.

Until that happens, for those that have no history with comic books, and no desire to reconnect with that inner child, I suggest the best course of action is simply to avoid watching them. I doubt they damage credible cinema, or take any audience share from more meritorious films, indeed with cinemas teetering on the edge of economic viability these cash cows probably effectively subsidise much of the more creative endeavour out there.

Paul Counter

If you would like to respond to this article or feel strongly about something and would like to kick off your own topic, please email steven@filmbase.ie

 

 

 

 

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Invasion Dublin

Do you dream of seeing a life-size Scout Walker in all its glory or to experience the jaw-dropping life-size Y-Wing fighter up close? Well we certainly do, and here at Film Ireland we have two sets of tickets to give away to Invasion Dublin in the RDS!

Designed and produced by the renowned Star Wars enthusiasts at Emerald Garrison, Invasion is an all-round science fiction event that will feature the highest calibre props and backdrops ever to be seen in Ireland, as well as amazing life-size Star wars sets.

If this sounds like something you might be into then grab your light saber and click on over to our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/FilmIreland, and reply to our competition post … we want to hear why you want to go to the awesome event!

Invasion Dublin runs from April 23–25 and features appearances from the likes of Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Julian Glover (General Veers). To purchase, tickets cost €25 for adults, €15 for children and €70 for a family ticket, with special discounts if they are purchased online at www.invasion.ie, so focus the force and drop us a post. The winner will be announced this Friday.

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