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Newry Film Festival gets off to a great start

August 22nd, 2012 by Marc Comments

Tuesday 21st August was a very special night in Newry as it was the opening event of Newry’s first ever film festival. The film ‘ET’ was screened to a large audience in Newry Market, the first time an event of this kind has been held there.

The venue was chosen as a result of Newry Film Club working closely with Newry and Mourne District Council, particularly Newry City Centre Management whose aim is to regenerate the town centre and bring back more people to the centre of Newry.

Councillor John McArdle, Mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council was present at the opening film and spoke about the great achievement in staging the first film festival in Newry.

‘ET’ was the first of three films being shown in Newry Market. ‘Casablanca’ is being shown on Wednesday 22nd August and the Polish film ‘In Darkness’ will be shown on Thursday 23rd August. The films begin at 8.00pm and admission into the films is free. Tickets for these screenings are available in Newry Arts Centre.

The three films in Newry Market are an introduction to the weekend festival programme. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday the film festival moves across to Newry Arts Centre. All the events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will take place in Newry Arts Centre with one exception. On Sunday afternoon between 2.30 and 4.30pm the film ‘Muide Eire’ is being screened in Bagenal’s Castle. ‘Muide Éire’ is a documentary film on the history of Ireland on screen. From the horse drawn carriages of Dublin’s yesteryear to the latest summer blockbuster, the project takes an intimate look at filmmaking in this country – as a visual expression of Irish culture, celebrating contemporary filmmakers, in both the Irish and English language.

Festival programmes are available in Newry Arts Centre or you can visit the website: for all the details about films, venues, etc.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….