Just when you thought Festival season was over, Killruddery announce details of their annual weekend celebration of silent cinema and early talkies, from September 19th to 21st. Classic and never seen before films will be screened in the theatrical surrounds of Killruddery House accompanied by musicians to experience the movies as their early 20th century makers intended.

The programme, selected by Festival director and filmmaker Andrew Legge, kicks off on Culture Night, Friday 19th September, with a screening of Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Junior with live piano accompaniment. (free for Festival ticket holders )

Brown Bag’s Phil McDarby is running a Peter Rabbit 3D Animation Workshop for kids (€5, Saturday 20th September, 11.30a.m.)

For kids and adults fascinating Foley workshops take place during the Festival. Foley is the name given to producing sound effects. Films may be silent with no words but John Foley (of course of Irish descent) was the first to develop emotive sound effects to accompany speech-free movies. His name is given to the practise since. Run by Caoimhe Doyle and Jean McGrath of Ardmore Sound, the kids’ workshop costs €10 and the adults’ workshop costs €20 per person.

Highlights of the Festival Programme include a true treat for Irish film enthusiasts, the first public screening on these isles of Orson Welles’ Too Much Johnson –recently discovered and restored – and the IFI Short Film Programme.  2 ghost stories produced by the founders of the Gate Theatre Micheál MacLiamóir and Hilton Edwards, From Time to Time and Return to Glennascaul.

Tickets to individual screenings start at €11, a festival pass to all movies costs €80. (€90 to include attendance at the adult Foley Workshop)

Throughout the festival The Killruddery Tearooms will be serving delicious food so you can share your favourite movie moments with guests and speakers over a bit to eat. There’s a 3 course festival supper for €25 Saturday and Sunday night at 7p.m. between screenings.

Bookings & Full Programme www.killruddery.com/kff

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