The 2013 Bealtaine Film Tour will be bringing The Sapphires and The Glenn Miller Story to audiences across Ireland as part of Bealtaine, Ireland’s unique festival celebrating creativity as we age. The tour, presented by access>CINEMA and the Irish Film Institute, will be launched at the IFI on Wednesday 24th April.

Inspired by a true story, The Sapphires follows four vivacious, young and talented Australian Aboriginal girls from a remote mission as they learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group The Sapphires entertains the U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968. The film stars Irish actor Chris O’Dowd and is just brimming with Motown hits. Staying with a musical theme, The Glenn Miller Story traces Miller’s rise from pit-orchestra trombone player to leader of the most successful big band of his era. Given an officer’s commission during World War II, Miller – played by James Stewart – helms the swingin’est military band ever heard.

“The Bealtaine Film Tour has been happening for over 10 years and has gone from strength to strength”, commented access>CINEMA Director Maeve Cooke. “When the Film Tour first started, it visited just 12 venues; in 2013 it will reach over 50 locations nationally.  We have found that the Tour represents a very accessible way for many older people to engage with Bealtaine. In 2013, we have tried to make the film screenings even more accessible by choosing two titles – The Sapphires and The Glenn Miller Story – where music is at the heart of each story. Both films reflect the unifying, inspiring and positive power of music and we hope that the choice of these particular films, featuring well-known music from two specific historical eras, will resonate with Bealtaine audiences.”
The IFI’s Alicia McGivern adds, “The Bealtaine screenings at IFI are in conjunction with the IFI Wild Strawberries Over 55s film club which runs bi-monthly throughout the year. Also showing during Bealtaine will be The Great Gatsby starring Robert Redford on May 24th and 29th. For May 29th, we are inviting all to dress in the spirit of the Jazz Age, bringing a bit of Gatsby’s style to IFI. On May 31st we have a live dance performance in conjunction with Coisceim Broadreach, preceded by a programme of short films.”

For details of your nearest screening see www.bealtaine.com or look out for local listings.

For more details on the Bealtaine Film Tour screenings taking place nationally:

To book for events at the IFI:

IFI, 6 Eustace St., Dublin 2 Box Office Tel: + 353 (1) 679 3477 www.ifi.ie

To get involved in Bealtaine 2013 or for more information:

Web:                        www.bealtaine.com – for full, up-to-date event listings

E-mail:             Bealtaine@ageandopportunity.ie

Telephone:             +353 (1) 8535178

Post:             Bealtaine at Age & Opportunity, Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Avenue, Dublin

Age & Opportunity wishes to acknowledge the generosity and foresight of its supporters including the Health Service Executive and The Arts Council of Ireland.


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