Academy to host exclusive movie screening

Producer-director Damian O’Callaghan (right) with Marty Morrissey and Tim O’Connor, who both star in the film, on location in Killarney

KILLARNEY’S obvious qualities and attractions as a prime movie set location will be showcased to a very influential audience in the coming weeks.

The fast-paced and excellently received film, Tradition, shot exclusively on location in Killarney, is to be screened by the Irish Film and Television Academy for an exclusive audience at The Lighthouse cinema in Smithfield, Dublin on September 16.

The IFTA promotion for the screening

The movie – which features footage of several of Killarney’s scenic attractions – is based around a fast-paced, humorous courtroom drama and many of the scenes were shot in Killarney Courthouse and in landmark local buildings.

The IFTA screening will be attended by several members of the Academy who will get a first-hand experience of Killarney’s lure as a magnificent location for film production.

Tradition has also been submitted for five IFTA awards this year and two further edits since the premiere screening has seen the film cut from 127 minutes to a more mainstream 80 which will be a big advantage.

“This is a great break for us and a great promotional opportunity for Killarney as there will be several influential film-makers in attendance and you would never know where that could lead,” producer-director Damian O’Callaghan, of OC Productions, told KillarneyToday.com.

Several of the stars of Tradition will be in attendance on the night, including Paul Ronan – the father of Oscar nominated Saoirse – broadcasters Marty Morrissey and Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh and the family of the late great entertainer Brendan Grady who played the role of a priest in the movie.

Tradition has already won the top award at the fourth annual Wexford Film Festival and it had its American premiere at the prestigious Chicago Irish Film Festival.

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