‘Ryan’s Daughter’ returns to Kerry for the Dingle International Film Festival

Before Star Wars, there was Ryan’s Daughter. And, next week, for the first time, the Dingle International Film Festival opens with a digital production of the David Lean epic, which put the west Kerry peninsula on the map.

‘Ryan’s Daughter’ returns to Kerry for the Dingle International Film Festival

Furthermore, actress Sarah Miles, the screen wife of the school teacher played by Robert Mitchum, returns to Dingle to open the festival, on St Patrick’s Day.

“Sarah opened the very first film festival, so it is more than fitting that she returns to celebrate our 10th birthday with us,” said director and founder of the festival, Maurice Galway. “Ryan’s Daughter, set in the wake of the Easter Rising, is the perfect film to celebrate Ireland’s centenary, and who better than Sarah to be here with the film.”

The actress, on a second visit to the peninsula since the film was shot, in 1968/69, had also launched the film festival.

Mr Galway said: “The film made a major impact and contribution to the economics of the peninsula, placing Dingle prominently on the world map and making it, for the first time, a tourist destination. To this day, the film still attracts tourists to the area and this event can only help to continue this trend.”

Ryan’s Daughter captured the dramatic beauty of the Dingle Peninsula in a way never achieved since.

The film is, of course, set in the 1916 period and will have particular resonance this year.

Ms Miles will also be present for a Q&A, after the film, which will be screened in the Phoenix Cinema, with an opening reception in Dingle Distillery, at 6.30pm, on Thursday next.

Animation is an attraction of the festival and draws hundreds of students. Keynote speakers include Tara Sorensen, head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios, and David Levine, general manager, Disney Channels UK & Ireland.

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