Aidan Gillen turns out to support Dingle Distillery film festival

Photo: Allen Kiely

It’s a busy time for Aidan Gillen at the moment, with lots of exciting projects in the works. He tells us about his upcoming movie with Gabriel Byrne, based on the life of Samuel Beckett, and that he will be returning for the next series of RTÉ gangland drama Kin.

In fact, he’s been so busy, that he hasn’t had time to tune into House of the Dragon, the Game of Thrones sequel (he of course starred in GOT as Littlefinger). Aidan took time out of his schedule to launch The Dingle Distillery International Film Festival, which kicks off this month and has also secured the support of the likes of Pierce Brosnan and Saoirse Ronan.“I am excited that this festival is coming back – that’s the number one thing – and I am excited that it’s under new directorship and that it’s going to be different, that’s the number two thing,” he said. “It gives me an excuse to go back to Dingle.

“Without having to over-emphasise the magic element of it, Dingle does have this sense of otherness that I definitely plugged into when I was 13 and went to learn some Irish. It was the best summer I ever had really. Eventually, I went to live there for a year in the mid-2000s and stayed for four years. I’m in love with the place!”

Movie lovers are in for a treat with the festival, with an array of talent due to arrive in the Kerry town from afar, including Irish American director John Sayles. He will host a Masters workshop, and so too will cinematographer Owen McPolin and casting director Ros Hubbard. There will be a unique and inspiring programme of screenings, with a big emphasis on supporting fresh talent; a cash prize of €5,000 has been generously donated by Dingle Distillery for the best short film by a young, up-and-coming talent, by far the highest cash prize for a short film in Ireland to date.

For more details, click to dinglefilmfest.com — more information is to come on November 1.


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