The inaugural Irish Film Festival comes to Bangkok next month, with the Embassy of Ireland in Thailand bringing three classic Irish movies to Bangkok Screening Room, from October 6 to 8.
They are: “The Quiet Man” (1952), “Ryan’s Daughter” (1970) and last year’s hit “Sing Street”
“The Embassy is absolutely delighted to present the first Irish Film Festival in Bangkok. Filmmaking in Ireland has a rich tradition and the films being showcased are great examples of this tradition. I invite all Thais to come and see these films to get a flavour of Irish culture, landscape and humour, “ Irish ambassador Brendan Rogers says.
“This event marks another wonderful, positive milestone in Irish-Thai relations. Since the Irish Embassy opened almost 3 years ago relations between Thailand and Ireland have been going from strength to strength and I look forward to welcoming local Thais to our inaugural Film Festival.”
Directed by the late David Lean , who is also known for “Bridge on the River Kwai” and “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Ryan’s Daughter”, “Ryan’s Daughter” takes place in the political turmoil of Ireland in 1916. While the British battle European aggressors in World War I, The Irish Republican Army makes a secret deal with the Germans for a cache of weapons to battle British rule. Charles (Robert Mitchum) who meets rosy (Sarah Miles) on a return trip to Dublin. They fall sin love and marry, but Rosy has an illicit affair with British officer Randolph Doryan (Christopher Jones). Tim O’Leary (Barry Foster) is the IRA gun runner waiting for a shipment of German rifles to arrive by sea on the West coast of Ireland. When evidence of the affair is paraded in the streets to discredit the unfaithful Rosy, Charles ignores the indignant neighbours but tells the British authorities of the impending gun shipment in an effort to halt reprisals from the occupied forces.
“The Quiet Man” is directed by John Ford and stars John Wyane as the retired Irish American boxer who returns home where he finds love. The film won the Academy Award for Best Director for John Ford and for Best Cinematography.
“Sing Street” is set in 1980s in Dublin and is told through the eyes of a 14-year-old Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo), who tries to adjust to his new inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He meets beautiful Raphina (Lucy Boynton), and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band’s music videos. There’s only one problem: he’s not part of a band...yet. She agrees, and now Conor must deliver what he’s promised - calling himself “Cosmo” and immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the decade, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their heart into writing lyrics and shooting videos.
Tickets are Bt120 for adults and Bt90 for children, students, and BKKSR members. They can be booked at bkksr.com/irishfilmfestival
Find out more at www.Dfat.ie/Thailand or Bkksr.com/irishfilmfestival.