At the launch of the Jameson DIFF: 1. Louis Copeland; 2. Norman Pratt, Roisin Tierney – Crowe & Darren Kennedy; 3. Leigh Arnold. (Pix. Brian McEvoy)
Actors Brendan Gleeson and Nora Jane Noone toasted the launch of the programme for 2010 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival at an exclusive event at the Tripod venue last night. Both actors were on hand to help annouce the eagerly anticipated festival line up.
Renowned actor Brendan Gleeson has starred in many films that have been screened in the festival in recent years, including In Bruges which opened the 2008 JDIFF and The Secret of Kells in 2009. Brendan was also recipient of the festival career achievement award, The Volta, in 2009.
Nora-Jane Noone who will be well known to Irish audiences from her breakout role in The Magdalene Sisters, stars in the new Irish film Savage, for which she has been nominated for an IFTA. Savage will be screened at the festival.
Guests were treated to Jameson cocktails being served up by the Jameson “Mix It Up” crew followed by speeches from those involved including Festival Director Grainne Humphreys, who announced that this year’s festival will be dedicated to the memory of the late Irish Times film correspondent (and festival founder) Michael Dwyer.
Fellow actors Colm Meaney, Risterd Cooper, Liam Cunningham and Leigh Arnold also attended the event to show their support for the 8th festival, as did Izabela Chudzicka, Lisa Cannon, Louise Jordan and Omero Mumba.
The festival takes place from the 18th – 28th February. Tickets available from www.jdiff.com.