Irish Festival: JDIFF reveals preview of next year’s programme

Christmas has come early for film fans as the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival reveals a preview of next year’s programme with three special announcements;

  • The Irish premiere of Mary McGuckian’s Eileen Gray biopic The Price of Desire
  • The attendance of Oscar nominated screenwriter and playwright Sir David Hare
  • Award–winning actor-director Alan Rickman’s period drama A Little Chaos starring Kate Winslet

Hailing from Northern Ireland, the award winning writer and director Mary McGuckian, (Man on the Train, Inconceivable and Best) will premiere her latest film The Price of Desire at the Festival featuring a stellar cast including Alanis Morissette, Vincent Perez with Irish actress Orla Brady as iconic designer Eileen Gray.

Mary McGuckian, writer and director of The Price of Desire says: [quote]It’s an absolute honour that JDIFF has chosen to programme The Price of Desire at the Festival. Orla Brady who plays Eileen Gray along with Vincent Perez who plays Le Corbusier share my delight at the news. We all agree that it is entirely fitting for Eileen Gray’s film to premiere in Ireland.[/quote]

Over the years JDIFF has played host to an array of cinematic and literary legends including Robert Towne, Kenneth Lonergan, Peter Morgan, Jean-Claude Carriere, Fredric Raphael and 2015 will be no exception. This year the Festival is proud to welcome the Oscar nominated Sir David Hare, one of Britain’s most distinguished contemporary screenwriters and playwrights, as part of their Screenwriting Focus strand. Among his film work he is most notable for The Reader and The Hours. When the British National Theatre published its poll of the 100 best plays of the 20th century, five, including Plenty and Skylight, were by Hare.

It’s been seventeen years since Alan Rickman was behind the camera as director and now the award–winning actor is back with his period drama A Little Chaos. This film reunites him with his Sense and Sensibility co-star, Academy Award winner, Kate Winslet. A Little Chaos, which also stars Stanley Tucci, alongside Rickman himself, will have its Irish premiere at the Festival.

Grainne Humphreys, Festival Director, Jameson Dublin International Film Festival says: [quote]I’m delighted and thrilled to announce some of the exciting plans for next years Festival, firstly, one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year, The Price of Desire is Mary McGuckian’s portrait of the iconic Irish designer Eileen Gray. Orla Brady is mesmerising as the mercurial genius in this beautiful film, with a great score by Brian Byrne and a smart cast including Vincent Perez and Alanis Morissette. Alan Rickman’s second feature A Little Chaos this hugely entertaining gardening drama features Kate Winslet and our Festival friend Stanley Tucci.  I first met Sir David Hare when he came to the Festival with a great double bill of two films Paris by Night and Strapless. I have been a fan of his work from Plenty onwards, he is a provocative and challenging screenwriter and a wonderful adapter of his own and other’s work – it’s a pleasure to welcome him to meet and discuss his work with his Irish peers.[/quote]

The 13th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival takes place from 19th – 29th March 2015.

The JDIFF 2015 Season Ticket is currently available to purchase at an early bird price of €200 (normally €245) until  5 January 2015. JDIFF are introducing a special Gala pass along with limited edition merchandise, pefect for the film fan for Christmas. You can purchase these online or at their Box Office which is now open Monday to Friday 11am – 5pm on 13 Lower Ormond Quay.