Jeremy Irons in TG4 Documentary About ‘Langrishe, Go Down’

Jeremy agus Judi ar bhruach na Siúire                        

Catherine Foley, author and broadcaster, tells the story of a feature film, once a cause celebre, now mostly forgotten.  The film, Langrishe, Go Down, starring young actors Judi Dench and Jeremy Irons,   both later to have stellar film careers, was shot at various locations in south Kilkenny in 1978.  The screenplay was by Harold Pinter, based on Aidan Higgins’ acclaimed novel of the same title.    Funding for the production came from the BBC and with support from RTÉ.   On release, the film was banned by the Irish Film Censor who took exception to some scenes of nudity.  As a result, it was never screened in Ireland.

Last year at the local cultural festival, Éigse Sliabh Rua 2014, the film was screened in Ireland for the first time in the village where it was originally shot. The reactions of those present at the gala screening 35 years later are seen in this new documentary. Jeremy Irons, who was present to view the film and talk to friends and fans afterwards, says that the part he played in Langrishe, Go Down was his first big break into films.

The video is available to watch for the next 36 days at the following link:

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Jeremy Irons at ‘Langrishe Go Down’ Screening in Slieverue

Jeremy Irons was in attendance on Friday 7 November 2014, at the Rhu Glenn Hotel in Slieverue, south Co. Kilkenny, Ireland, for a screening of his 1978 film Langrishe Go Down.  The film was shown as part of the Éigse Sliabh Rua film festival.

A champagne reception took place at 7.30pm and the film was screened at 8:30pm. Also TG4 was there filming during the evening and Jeremy was interviewed by Rose Ann Foley.

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‘Muse of Fire’ Documentary Now Available on iTunes

The Shakespeare documentary, Muse of Fire, by Giles Terera and Dan Poole, and featuring an interview with Jeremy Irons, is now available to rent or buy on iTunes.

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Plot Summary

Funny, passionate and exciting: Muse of Fire will change the way you feel about Shakespeare forever. This unique feature documentary follows two actors, Giles Terera and Dan Poole, as they travel the world to find out everything they can about tackling the greatest writer of them all. Together they have directed and produced an inspiring film that aims to demystify and illuminate Shakespeare’s work for everyone: from actors, directors, theatre goers, students, to the man on the street. Their adventures take them to Denmark with Jude Law, Hollywood with Baz Luhrmann, Prison in Berlin, Shakespeare’s house in Stratford Upon Avon and Judi Dench’s back garden. Think Shakespeare is boring? Think again! Featuring: Dame Judi Dench, Ewan McGregor, Sir Ian McKellen, Jude Law, Tom Hiddleston, Sir Derek Jacobi, Julie Taymor, Dominic West, Fiona Shaw, Alan Rickman, Baz Luhrmann, Zoe Wanamaker, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Christopher Eccleston, Simon Russell Beale, Sir Nick Hytner, Peter Hall, Melvyn Bragg, Toby Stephens, Frances Barber, Rory Kinnear, Dominic Dromgoole, Sandy Foster and many more.

Old Vic Summer Fundraiser – new photos!

Summer fundraising party for The Old Vic Theatre at Battersea Power Station
London, England – 01.07.10

Paul McCartney performed at the event which raised money for Old Vic & Meat Free Mondays.

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Jeremy Irons contributes to the Lifelines Project

Poster advertising an exhibition at the National Library of Ireland celebrating the Lifelines Project at Wesley College, Dublin. Starting in 1985, pupils of the school wrote to famous people from all walks of life (some of whom are depicted on this poster) asking them to name their favourite poem, and what it meant to them. Four booklets were published, and were sold to raise money to aid famine relief in Africa.

Four very successful Lifelines books have been published since 1992, most recently a new and collected edition in 2006. By that date, royalties had raised over €100,000 for the Irish charity Concern, to fund aid work in the developing world.

The National Library of Ireland purchased the original letters that were included in Lifelines 1 and the money was donated to Concern. Wesley College has since donated all correspondence, photographs and other related archival material to the Library. The Discover Lifelines exhibition was launched in February 2010 by Graham Norton (unsurprisingly one of the most hilarious launches ever), and the exhibition will continue throughout 2010 in our main hall, displaying letters in the Lifelines archive from writers, poets, actors, artists, media personalities and politicians. Hundreds of our visitors since February have filled in cards naming their favourite poem, and why they love it.

Date: 2010

NLI Ref.: EPH NLI/2010 (A2 size)

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Jeremy Irons contributes to HEAL charity auction

Jeremy Irons has donated a signed photograph to the auction organised by HEAL.

An original piece of signed artwork drawn by Oscar-winning actor Anthony Hopkins will be put up for auction as part of a fund-raising drive to put disadvantaged children in Andhra Pradesh into education.

The Welsh film, stage and television veteran is one of several stars to donate signed items in support of Cycle India 2010, organised by the British charity organization HEAL (Health and Education for All).

Best known for his portrayal of cannibal serial killer Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, which won him the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1992, Hopkins has sent a unique pencil drawing from his California home.

Also a keen artist, who frequently doodles on film scripts when learning his lines, Hopkins, 71, has held exhibitions of his pictures exhibited in the United States, some selling for as much as 1,300 dollars.

The 200-mile cycle ride across south in early 2010 will be joined by Welsh sports journalist Jeremy King, 49, who is holding the auction of entertainment and sporting memorabilia.

“I have had kind donations of signed photographs from a number of screen giants, including Jeremy Irons, Ray Winstone and Dame Judi Dench, but the artwork sent by Anthony Hopkins will be a great boost to the auction,” said Jeremy King.