Oscar-winning movie icons Danny Boyle and Jeremy Irons are among the major names appearing at Foyle Film Festival later this month.
The annual festival, a flagship project of the city’s Nerve Centre, has unveiled a star-studded line-up of filmmakers, actors and screenwriters, along with an enviable array of special screenings and events.
Director Danny Boyle will be in conversation with BAFTA nominated writer Frank Cottrell Boyce; acclaimed writer and actor Sam Shepard will attend a screening of his classic movie, Paris, Texas; Jeremy Irons will present his new environmental documentary, Trashed; and Martin Kemp will discuss The Best Years – a gangster drama set in Derry following the peace process.
Proceedings will launch with the premiere gala screening of Big Bad Wolves, described by Quentin Tarantino as the best film of the year.
Other highlights include a special 40th anniversary, never-before-seen in UK cinemas screening of The Wicker Man, and a showing of classic Hitchcock horror Psycho with the original score played by the Ulster Orchestra.
The role of music in film will be examined in a series of free industry-led workshops. Portmanteau, the UK music agency which has placed music in box office hits such as The Fast and The Furious and The Iron Lady, and Ian Neil, music supervisor on Snatch, Kick Ass and 127 Hours, will share their experiences.
Aspiring film-makers will also want to avail of the Directors Masterclass with Lenny Abrahamson, described by the Financial Times as ‘maybe the best thing that ever happened to Irish cinema’.
Bernie McLaughlin, Foyle Film Festival director, said:
“The Foyle Film Festival is preparing to treat film fans to another exciting programme of great films – from the latest releases to cult classics.
“We are also thrilled that many internationally renowned filmmakers will be in attendance to screen their work and speak to festival audiences, providing unique opportunities for people to learn from the best in business.”
The Foyle Film Festival is one of only a handful of Oscar-affiliated festivals, and this year’s prestigious Light in Motion (LIM) awards will offer an exciting programme of documentaries, short films and animations from across the world.
Previous winners include Grant Orchard’s A Morning Stroll, which went on to receive an Academy Award nomination last year.
Foyle Film Festival runs from November 20 to 24. For more information, visit the official site