THE silent world of Hollywood comes to Nenagh this Valentine’s weekend with the staging of the inaugural Nenagh Silent Film Festival from February 14 - 17. The festival opens on Valentine’s afternoon at 3.30pm with a parade of vintage vehicles and silent film characters.
The parade will go from the railway station to Nenagh Arts Centre on Banba Square. Cloughjordan Circus Group and the Nenagh Players will join in and the organisers are encouraging as many people as possible to get involved. Anybody joining in is asked to dress up in their finest silent era attire or as one of their favourite silent film characters.
The festival’s offical launch will be after the parade followed by a screening of of A Scrapebook of Nenagh by John Clifford. See Nenagh and its people in bygone day, featuring Corpus Christi parades, the aluminium factory, sporting events, the Nenagh Players, O’Connor’s Baskets and much more in this nostalgic masterpiece.
Valentine’s Night will see the screening a 1922 silent classic horror movie Nosferatu in Nenagh Arts Centre. Romance is not for everyone so get your teeth into a tale of vampires, coffin ships and werewolves. Ther will be a cheese and wine reception in Rockys before the show, Tickets cost €12 per person.
Rex Ingram was a famous silent movie director who lived in Nenagh for a number of years. On Friday, February 15, at 2pm in the Arts Centre, Prof Ruth Barton, an authority on Rex, will introduce The Magician, a silent movie directed by Ingram. This screening will be accompanied by live music in the auditorium. At 8pm, Bryan Murray (Bob Charles from Fair City) is in the Arts Centre to discuss what silent movies mean to him, as the festival premiers two new silent movies A Pair of Shorts. Bryan will be at the festival’s Masked Ball later that evening, and has left the committee guessing as to what other Fair City stars may also join him.
The Masked Ball is the big event of the festival. Doors open at the Abbey Court hotel at 9.45pm and the dress code for the evening is Black and White. However it is not formal ballroom wear unless you want to, just appropriate to the evening. There will be a prize for the best mask and masks will be available in stores in Nenagh and also on the night in the hotel. Ebony will provide the entertainment. A vintage buffet will be served and tickets cost €20 each or €30 for two. The Masked Ball ticket, if bought in advance, will get you in to the earlier showing of a Pair of Shorts for free.
February 16 will see the unveiling of a plaque dedicated to Rex Ingram at 1 Wesley Place at 2pm. Ingram resided at that address opposite the Scouts Hall for a number of years.
At 3pm it’s The Battle of the Clowns, with three comedy classics rom the silent era. All for only €5
Saturday evening and it’s The Furey Brothers in Nenagh Arts Centre at 8pm.
Sunday is Children’s Day, with a free screening of the children’s silent movie, Sherlock Junior, starring Buster Keating, in the Arts Centre at 4pm with face painters, balloons and more…
Sunday evening and It’s a Wrap, with music and lots of tales no doubt, in the Abbey Court Hotel from 7pm.
The festival will also see workshops in film, TV production and acting. On February at 2pm Kevin McGee, a script writer on Fair City and screen writer on RAW, will give a workshop in Making a No-Budget Film.on Friday, February 15, at 10am, Tara Barone holds a workshop on Flicker Movies, and at noon Kevin Whelan will hold a symposium on Rex Ingram in Nenagh Heritage Centre. On Saturday, Tara is back at Nenagh Arts Centre at 11am with a workshop on the Illusion of Motion – Zoetrope, and, at 4pm, executive producer of Fair City, Brigie de Courcy, will hold a talk on television production.
On February 17, local short film director Nicolas Ryan-Purcell will host a workshop at 2pm in the Arts Centre on Editing for Television.