Richard Harris Film Festival

Celebrating the life of the iconic Irish actor in his hometown, the Richard Harris Film Festival returns to Limerick once again from 26 to 30 October. The festival has continued to grow and evolve since its foundation four years ago, with 2017 proving to be a particularly eventful year for the festival as it secured its IFTA affiliation and amalgamated with the Limerick Film Festival which sees the inclusion of a student film category.

In June, the festival organisers screened their Women in Film Event, featuring six films written, directed or produced by female filmmakers. They also hosted their second annual Cannes Industry Party during the Cannes Film Festival. The event was hosted at Morrisons in Cannes and the organisers of the Richard Harris Film Festival say they are planning on launching a new film competition in association with Morrisons in the near future.

On Friday 6th October at St. Munchin’s Church, Kings Island from 8pm as part of OPEN HOUSE Limerick –  will be a selection of the funniest films from last year’s festival, “Limerick Lols”, as well as selected films from Fresh Film Festival and Lightmoves. BYOB, popcorn provided.

Then it’s on to the main event. This year’s festival will see the screening of over 60 short films, up to 10 features and sports documentaries, as well as the Culture in the Castle event which this year will be hosted by Limerick Writers Centre and Stanza’s poetry group.  

One of the undoubted highlights of the festival is sure to be Goldenhair, which takes place on 28 October at UCH Limerick.  Originally a suite of chamber works, Byrne sets the stanzas of select poems from James Joyce’s 1907 collection Chamber Music to original orchestrations.      

Ranging in style from adult contemporary, to jazz, big band, spoken word, classical, bluegrass and more.  

Award winning composer Brian moved to LA from Ireland in 2003 and has forged a hugely diverse and successful career, composing soundtracks and performing with a range of artists, such as Jack L, Roddy Doyle, Glenn Close and Katy Perry.  Bringing Brian back to Ireland to present his album live on stage is exactly the aim of the festival – “giving the Irish Diaspora a chance to showcase their work in Ireland”.  The concert will feature local and national vocalists including Hayley Jo Murphy and Kathleen Turner, guest musicians, as well as special guest narrators Stephen Rea and Patrick Bergin.  Tickets for this very special show are available at or by phoning 00353 61 331 549

The Richard Harris Retrospective this year will be  “Cry The Beloved Country”, directed by Darrell Roodt. Mr. Roodt will travel from South Africa to Limerick for the duration of the festival.  

He will host Q&A sessions and also present two new feature films at the festival, one of which is “Siembamba”, a horror based on a south African lullaby that features South African actress Thandi Puren.

In spite of his great fame and success, Richard Harris always retained a great love of his hometown of Limerick. There is no better place to celebrate his life and work than in this great city at the Richard Harris Film Festival this month.  Come join national and international film-makers and film fans in Limerick City, October Bank Holiday Weekend, Thursday 26th – Monday 30th.


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