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JILL BEARDSWORTH, an award winning documentary maker, will host the upcoming Documentary School 2016 workshop at the Galway Film Centre.
The Junior Film Fleadh, taking place from November 11 to 14, is looking for entries from filmmakers between the ages of seven and 18 for its future filmmakers short film programmes.
The earliest reference to ‘moving pictures’ in Galway that I have come across dates from 1909, when The Enterprise Animated Picture Company came to the Court Theatre in Middle Street with its cinematography performances and variety entertainments. “Rarely has such an opportunity been given to the people of Galway of viewing in animated pictures the most sensational events of real life and drama. Those from real life included Boxing Champions and Logging in Sweden, while other titles included Nocturnal Thieves, A Constable Please, The Pony Express, and Fairy Presents. The pictures come in ever-changing variety and there are no exasperating delays.” The Court Theatre had 500 seats and was also known as The Racquet Court.
One of Fred Diviney’s scariest moments (Fred was a cinema projectionist in Galway for almost 40 years), was in 1978. The Deerhunter, with its haunting theme, and stars Robert de Niro and Meryl Streep, was the must-see movie of the year. There was huge excitement when the Claddagh Palace announced that it would show the film on Friday. The queue was down to Murray’s at Nile Lodge, but there was panic in the tiny projection room at the Palace. In those pre digital cassette days, the film arrived in 12 reels, late that afternoon. As Fred lined them up for the projector he saw that reel five was missing. He phoned the film distributors, Ward Anderson, in Dublin. They told him not to worry. The missing reel would be sent down by taxi.
The Galway Film Fleadh will screen Sanctuary, a documentary film on the GSPCA’s sanctuary in the city.
THROUGHOUT TODAY and this weekend the Galway Film Fleadh will be in full swing, screening feature films, premieres, documentaries, shorts, and animation, in this, its 21st year.