This Thursday at 2 pm Classic Cinema at The Dock presents “Roman Holiday” starring the gorgeous Hollywood pairing of Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.
Hepburn won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance; the screenplay and costume design also won.
This 1953 romantic comedy, starring Gregory peck as American reporter Joe Bradley and Audrey Hepburn as the Princess Ann, who is out to see Rome on her own.
Princess Ann, the crown princess of an unspecified country is on a widely publicized tour of several European capitals. In Rome, she becomes frustrated by her tightly scheduled life. Her doctor gives her a sedative to calm her down and help her sleep, but she secretly leaves her country's embassy to set off on an adventure to experience the Eternal City. And this is where she meets up with Joe and their adventures begin...
Classic Cinema runs once a month at The Dock, tickets cost €5 and this includes tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival. For bookings please call the box office at 071 96 50 828 or you can book online atwww.thedock.ieCheck this link out on Youtube for a glimpse of what’s in store……
A man, a psychedelic black sheep from Kerry, walks into the town of Miltown Mallbay where a traditional music festival is being held in honour of Willie Clancy. He has with him a cameraman and a small recording device. He has come to capture 'the essence of what something stands for' at this particular time in his own development and that of his country and culture. He listens intently to the music, as if in Friel's words 'the very heart of life and all its hopes might be found in those hushed rhythms and assuaging notes,' he converses with musicians young and old, and then he goes for a gentle walk on the beach to make sense of it all.
Six hours pass in total (the film was shot on a budget of zero in six hours) and at the end of that time he comes away with a document, a personal poem if you like, in praise of a music form, and a cultural identity, he turned his back on as a kid. In a time of recession he is inspired by a group of people, of all ages and backgrounds, who persist in doing something simply for the love of it and not for any monetary gain; something which runs like blood through the veins of the Irish national identity. His own father danced to the same music years before, and now he finally allows himself come round to it.
Dineen and o Reilly's film is a humble piece in praise of humble people. There are heady moments in it, the beach scenes particularly, when the directors' intention seems to be to carry us off on an ethereal journey into the wild blue yonder (copious quantities of swaying grass and light playing on rock pools and beached seaweed), and it works to a point, but we are thankful when the fresh faces enjoying themselves in the town bring us back down to the more earthly pleasures of this incredibly joyful form of music. The film is short, but it is not short on heart. In fact there is enough goodwill here to power the country back onto his feet, it seems, if we would only allow ourselves turn to the simple pleasures it espouses. And that, finally, is what abides of this film when the lights go down. Despite all the talk of troikas, bank bailouts, cutbacks, corruption, we still possess a cultural heritage to be both proud of and uplifted by.
A little inspiration for all of us, and for all who consider putting some of their work into the Open Season exhibition, go for it! All artwork has to be here by the 2nd of December to be ready for the opening on the 9th, and it promises already to be a great night out, but that will be a story for a later post!
And then… Ooops, I gave you the Rio Grande preview last week already, but it is only on THIS Tuesday the 22nd! Sorry about that, somehow I must have skipped a week in the diary! I hope nobody tapered to The Dock in vain, so far I heard nothing such like, fingers crossed… That means a bit of a copying/cutting&pasting job is due to tell you once again, this time with the right date attached!
It is again time for our Classic Film Club on Tuesday morning, our final film with Maureen O’Hara, this time alongside John Wayne in Rio Grande, another well-remembered classic by John Ford. Same as always, complimentary tea or coffee and bickies, and if my little camera arrives before that I will show you the buzz of the place on Tuesday at 11am! And make sure you don’t forget to tell the seniors in your life about it too, the Club turned out to be such a success, but the more the merrier all the same! Ah look, that is what I call a good kiss!
Saturday is Family Fun Day again; I heard that Laura will be making Christmas decorations with the kids, so feel free to walk in from 2pm onwards.
On the same day we have another little gem for you, IMRO will host a song-writing workshop for 12-18 year-olds in The Dock on Saturday, 26th November from 12pm till 6pm.
The one-day workshop is provided to young songwriters free of charge and will be hosted by singer/songwriter Luan Parle and songwriter/producer Gavin Ralston. The workshop will focus on song writing, production, performance, touring and the latest developments in the music industry. By the end of the workshop, the budding songwriters will have written, performed and recorded an original song collectively. This is a unique opportunity for young people to get hands on experience of the day-to-day work in the music industry, whether they aspire to be performers, songwriters, and producers or work in music administration. Bookings for the workshop can be made through The Dock Arts Centre box office on 071 965 0828, and further information can be found at our website http://www.thedock.ie/workshops-classes. Participants may bring musical instruments along to the workshop...
Well, what more can I add? If I’d be in that age bracket, I’ll be heading for that amazing workshop, but it looks like I’ll be bringing the kids to the decoration-making instead, there is a time for everything in life it seems…!
Have a good week folks, make sure you vote re the revealing of the Dock Blogger Face - three posts down, no login etc required, the poll is on for one more week only! If the Yes Votes succeed your Dock Blogger will be officially introduced at the opening of Open Season on the 9th of December, just before Ailie Blunnie will cast her spell on us again the same night at 8.30 in the performance space! If the No Votes succeed, well, I'll be in the crowd as usual, trying to catch some news behind the scenes for you too!
Hunters Moon is in full swing, and the streets a filling with little ghosts and Frankensteins, some big ones too actually, ... and Natalia is calling all Leitrim kids to the Halloween Dress up Film in the cine-mobile at the Dock this Sunday at 4:45pm! Prizes for best dressed boy/girl/and best dressed adult! The Film is Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, already a classic in my house! The whole show to be followed by the Day of the Dead Parade leaving from the steps of the Dock! Get your outfits and costumes ready, everything goes!
All i can say, the daughter wants to dress up as a geek. Where are those days when it was straight forward vampires, witches and little devils? ;o)