The first major social event of the year took place last night and was a well-attended and swish affair. The European premiere of Neil Jordan's latest movie, Breakfast on Pluto, was hosted in the Savoy and was a gala benefit in aid of UNICEF.
Many members of the cast were there including the leading man Cillian Murphy and Brendan Gleeson, Gavin Friday, Stephen Rea, Ruth Negga and Eva Birthistle. Writer Pat McCabe was also there, as was Neil Jordan. Bono and wife Ali Hewson were also in attendance, no doubt to support their good friends Jordan and Friday.
Set in the 1970s, Breakfast on Pluto follows the exploits of Patrick Braden, an endearing, witty, clever and deceptively tough young transvestite. Abandoned as a baby in his small Irish hometown, Patrick is aware from a very early age that he has been born into the wrong body. He survives this harsh environment with the aid of his wit and charm, plus a sweet refusal to let anyone and anything change who he is.
With a burning desire to find his mother and reconciliation, he moves to London, and a hilarious, memorable and emotional series of misadventures sees Patrick, or Kitten as he prefers to be called, finally finding the love and happiness he craves. With rave reviews, it's a much-anticipated flick, which is sure to entertain. Well, Cillian Murphy in drag? How could that fail to entertain!
At an invite-only €1,000 ticket after party in Lillies, VIP guests made a champagne toast to Murphy, who has just been nominated for a Golden Globe award for his performance in the movie. Liam Cunningham, Ralph Fiennes, Shane McGowan, Paul McGuinness, Caroline Desmond, Victoria Smurfit, Pat Kenny and writer Cathy Kelly were also there.