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Fastnet Film Festival Announce Roddy Doyle As 2019 Special Guest

Roddy Doyle will attend the 11th Fastnet Film Festival in Schull, Cork and will take part in several events between May 22 – 26.

An international award winning writer, Doyle is the author of 11 novels and seven children’s books. He has also written prolifically for TV, cinema and stage. His first three novels The Commitments (1987), The Snapper (1990) and The Van (1991) form the Barrytown Trilogy – centred on a working class Dublin family – were each made into hugely successful iconic films.

Doyle’s latest script Rosie, directed by Paddy Breathnach is about a mother trying to protect her family after their landlord sells their rented home and they become homeless and living in hotels. Released last year, the film received rave reviews on account of its timely themes.

In a statement about the announcement, the festival said: “Roddy’s ability to write excellent dialogue, and somehow make you laugh out loud about very serious issues is unprecedented. His style, mood, and phrasing best explain why he is a world famous fiction writer and arguably Ireland’s favourite Irish author.”

The Fastnet Film Festival is a major showcase for Irish and International short film production. This year, it will run a series of seminars, masterclasses and workshops covering topics such as acting, sound, screenwriting, casting, auditioning, creating content on smartphones, shorts to feature, costumes and more.

Fringe events include live music, drama, book readings, movie quizzes and free family entertainment for all. More details about the festival can be found here.

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