The 4th Annual Richard Harris International Film Festival takes place from Thursday October 27th to Monday October 31st  in Limerick. 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 Queenthe 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 one of the festival directors) Jared Harris (Lincoln). 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 Harris, in front of a live audience.

The Festival is developing a multi-disciplinary approach, with live theatrical and music performances from Jimmy Webb amongst others as well as over 60 screenings. This year the Festival has also added a sports documentary element and is launching a Video on Demand Platform.

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The festival also welcomes visionary filmmaker Terry McMahon (Patrick’s Day), who returns to Limerick to host an acting masterclass. This much sought after class will take place on Friday October 28th from 11am to 3pm, and cost €50. Email to register interest.

The festival also boasts a number of great Irish and international film screenings, including Mark O’Connor’s Cardboard Gangsters, Conor Armstrong Sanfey’s Lift,  Richard Lester’s Juggernaut, Darrell James Roodt’s Truergrond, Dax Phelan’s Jasmine, and MyRodeReel-award-winning short Streetlights.

More information on all the Richard Harris International Film Festival events and screenings can be found on their website, Facebook, and Twitter.

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