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Strong Irish Line-Up for BFI London Film Festival with Thirteen Films Supported by the Irish Film Board Selected

5th Sep 2012

An unprecedented number of new Irish films will screen at the 56th BFI London Film Festival next month in a line-up that boasts 13 films made with the support of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board. The festival which runs from October 10th- 21st will showcase an eclectic mix of Irish features films, documentaries, animation and short films.

James Hickey, Chief Executive, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) said:  "The BFI London Film Festival is a wonderful international film festival.  To have this many films selected is evidence of the high quality Irish filmmaking and creative talent on screen today.  We are delighted that British audiences will get a chance to see so many excellent Irish films."

Lenny Abrahamson's much anticipated WHAT RICHARD DID which will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this week is one of the Irish feature films selected for the renowned London festival.  The film which was written by Malcolm Campbell follows Richard Karlsen, golden-boy athlete and undisputed alpha-male of his privileged set of South Dublin teenagers until one summer night when he does something that destroys it all and shatters the lives of the people closest to him.

Hot from its critically acclaimed screening at the Telluride Film Festival in the US last weekend, PILGRIM HILL, directed by 24 year old Kerry filmmaker Gerard Barrett and made with a budget of €4500 has also been selected.  PILGRIM HILL follows the life of Jimmy, a bachelor farmer living in rural Ireland fighting isolation and loneliness while caring for his ill father.

London audiences will also get a chance to see Pat Col lin's SILENCE which won the Michael Dwyer Discovery Award at JDIFF earlier this year, the psychological horror CITADEL written and directed by Ciarán Foy, Kieran Evans' KELLY & VICTOR which is a haunting, candid depiction of a young couple embarking on a passionate love affair and GOOD VIBRATIONS directed by Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn which won the Best Irish Feature Award at the Galway Film Fleadh in July.

THE SUMMIT directed by Nick Ryan will have its world premiere at the festival.  The documentary attempts to understand what happened on the day that became known as the most tragic in modern mountaineering history when 11 of the 22 climbers attempting  to get to the summit of K2 were either killed or vanished within the space of 48 hours.  Other documentaries in the line-up include THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO IDEOLOGY and MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD which will both screen at the T oronto International Film Festival this week and THE ROAD: A STORY OF LIFE AND DEATH where renowned documentary filmmaker Marc Isaacs presents stories from people who have made their way to London from all over the world.

Family audiences will be able to enjoy the animated feature film LEGENDS OF VALHALLA - THOR which was co-produced by Magma Films.

Finally, Kealan O'Rourke's short animation which features the voice of Alan Rickman The Boy in the Bubble, and Lorcan Finnegan's live action short Foxes have also been selected for the festival.

The 56th BFI London Film Festival will take place in venues across London October 10th - 21st.

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