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Newry’s first official Film Festival is under way…

August 22nd, 2012 by Marc Comments

Newry’s first ever film festival kicked off yesterday and runs to Sunday 26th August and includes a mix of classic, contemporary, foreign language film, documentary, short films and competition short films, as well as workshops and the venues include Newry Market, Newry Arts Centre and Bagenal’s Castle.

Newry Film Club is working in partnership with Newry and Mourne District Council to present three free outdoor screenings in Newry Market until 23rd August. On Wednesday 22nd August there will be a screening of ‘Casablanca’ at 8.00pm and on Thursday 23rd August there will be a screening of the Polish film ‘In Darkness’ also at 8.00pm.

The official opening of the festival will be at Newry Arts Centre at 7.00pm on Friday 24th August and the festival will be opened by Susan Lynch (pictured above), local TV and film star. The opening will be followed by the screening of a short film ‘Bye Child’ starring Susan Lynch and the feature film ‘Another Earth’.

Newry Film Festival hopes to nurture the next generation of young film makers with a programme of workshops and a short film competition on Saturday 25th August in Newry Arts Centre. The shortlisted films for the competition certainly showcase the excellent standard of film-making and talent that exists in our local community.

The short film competition will be followed on Saturday evening by the screening of a short film ‘Noreen’ starring Brendan Gleeson and the feature film ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ which has received numerous nominations and awards on the film festival circuit including the Sundance Festival’s U.S. Directing Award for Best Drama.

The film festival also offers a free kids’ film and party for all the family on Sunday 26th August 2012 in Newry Arts Centre at 2.30pm when the Disney Classic ‘Beauty and the Beast’ will be shown.

On Sunday in Bagenal’s Castle, also starting at 2.30pm, we are screening ‘Muide Éire’ a documentary film on the history of Ireland onscreen. From horse drawn carriages of yesteryear to the latest summer blockbuster, the documentary takes an intimate look at TV and filmmaking as a visual expression of Irish culture, celebrating contemporary filmmakers, in both the Irish and English language.

The festival will officially close at 4.30pm on Sunday.

Events in the Arts Centre and Bagenal’s Castle are all pay at the door and all screenings cost £5.00 (with the exception of the kids’ film on Sunday which is free)

Tickets to the free screenings and festival brochures are available at Newry Arts Centre. More information is also available at

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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….

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