Dingle Film Festival to honour Gregory Peck

The late Hollywood legend Gregory Peck is to be honoured at the Dingle Film Festival in September.

The late Hollywood legend Gregory Peck is to be honoured at the Dingle Film Festival in September.

An Award for Excellence in the Art of Film will be named after the former Oscar winner, whose grandmother hailed from the Co Kerry seaside town.

Peck, who died in 2003, will be represented in Dingle by his wife Veronica and his children Cecelia and Anthony.

Cecelia Peck will introduce a screening of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' for which Peck won a Best Actor Oscar in 1962 in his role as Atticus Finch.

Ms Peck will also take part in a public interview discussing her father’s roots in Dingle and his Hollywood career.

Festival director Maurice Galway said: “Gregory Peck was one of Hollywood’s all-time greats and to have his name associated with the Dingle Film Festival is a special honour.

“It is our intention to build this into an international award with only the very best in their field being considered.”

Other special guests at this year’s festival include Oscar-winning documentary maker Barbara Kopple.

Mr Galway also said he is lining up “somebody special” to officially launch the September 11-14 event, now in its second year.

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