In memory of the late David Bowie, who died yesterday at the age of 69 following an 18-month battle with cancer, Light House Cinema is hosting special screenings of Jim Henson’s classic Labyrinth. All proceeds from the screenings, which take place on Friday January 15th and Sunday January 17th will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society.
Teenage Sarah is left to babysit her baby brother Toby and he will not stop crying. So Sarah tries to put the baby to sleep by reading him a story. When she accidentally conjures up the Goblin King from the fantasy, he steals the baby and takes him to his castle, which is in the middle of a labyrinth. Now Sarah must solve the labyrinth by midnight, or Toby will be turned into a goblin.
Bowie played Jareth the Goblin King, and for many it is his most iconic screen role. He starred alongside Jennifer Connelly as Sarah. It was the last feature film directed by Muppets creator Henson before his death in 1990.
[quote title=”Charlene Lydon – Programmer at Light House”]When we heard the tragic news of David Bowie’s passing, the Light House team were incredibly upset and we wanted to funnel our grief into something positive that would celebrate not only a great musician and artist, but also an icon of cinema. David Bowie has contributed so much to the world of film and his presence will be missed on the silver screen as much as on the airwaves. In partnering with the Irish Cancer Society we can give people the opportunity to celebrate his life while also helping to raise funds for a good cause. We look forward to a joyful weekend of music and memories in honour of one of the world’s true artists.[/quote]
[quote title=”Eimear Kellett – Community Fundraiser Leinster North for the Irish Cancer Society”]We are delighted to be chosen as the charity benefitting from these special screenings in memory of the legendary David Bowie. All money raised will go to help those affected by cancer. For anyone who has queries or concerns about cancer please call the Cancer Nurseline on Freephone 1800 200 700. The Irish Cancer Society is Ireland’s national cancer charity. The Irish Cancer Society aims to achieve a world-class cancer service ensuring that fewer people get cancer and those that do have better outcomes. The Society does this through advocacy, research and cancer services. The Society also provides information, support and care to those with, and affected by, cancer all over Ireland. Our services are professional, confidential and free of charge. We are almost entirely funded through the generosity of the public and receive less than 5% government funding.[/quote]
Tickets for the screenings are still available, and can be bought via the Light House website.