Ireland's 14th Galway Film Fleadh from July 9 to 14 will host an actors' masterclass and public interview with Irish American actor Aidan Quinn. Quinn, who is in Ireland for two films - TV project Dark Eagle (previously titled Benedict Arnold), and Song For A Raggy Boy, scheduled for a July 1st start - will be joined in Galway by his noted cinematographer brother Declan.
Declan Quinn will give a cinematography masterclass at the Fleadh, while he is rumoured to be readying his directorial debut in the west of Ireland having recently finished additional photography on Jim Sheridan's East Of Harlem.
The festival will show a retrospective of the films of Indian director Mira Nair, three of which were photographed by Quinn. The Indian theme is rounded off with Asif Kapadia's The Warrior, Pan Nalin's Samsara and his documentary Ayurveda, and a rare screening of Satyajit Ray's classic Pather Panchali. The Fleadh's international outlook is consolidated with films from Poland, Canada, North America, Kurdistan, Iran, Bosnia and Finland.
Recent Irish productions at the event will include Geraldine Creed's Chaos, Terence Ryan's Puckoon and a screening Paul Greengrass's award-winning Bloody Sunday which was denied a theatrical outing in Ireland. Since neither the opening or closing films have been announced yet it is possible that the Fleadh is still negotiating for one or two other Irish projects to add to the programme.
The Fleadh will be rounded off with a substantial Irish short film and animation programme, countless industry gatherings and the annual Fleadh Fair which allows Irish producers meet and pitch ideas to potential partners from overseas.