Trashed Screening with Jeremy Irons in Skibbereen

Jeremy Irons attended a screening of his film Trashed, followed by a Q&A, at a fundraiser in aid of Village Well in Lesotho, South Africa, on Thursday 23rd August 2018.

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From The Southern Star newspaper:

Story by Kieran O’Mahony

SKIBBEREEN Town Hall was full to capacity recently for ‘An Evening with Jeremy Irons’ – which included the screening of the award-winning documentary Trashed which features the Oscar winner – as well as an extended Q&A afterwards with Mr Irons and microbiologist Dr Niall O’Leary from UCC.

As well as discussing the issue of waste, the event, with the aid of David and Patsy Puttnam, was also a fundraiser for a well-building project in Lesotho, South Africa and over €2,000 was raised through ticket sales.

Organiser Kay Quinn said: ‘It was a very successful evening and Jeremy Irons took time to show the community the documentary about how our waste is thrown out and forgotten, and how we must re-evaluate this attitude to valuable asset.

‘It was suggested on the night that every school in Ireland should be shown this documentary and the screening was a wake-up call for all of us to re-think plastic in particular,’ she said.

She also thanked David and Patsy Puttnam who brought Dr Niall O’Leary to answer any of the scientific questions which were asked by the audience in the Q&A session.

‘A special thanks to Jeremy Irons who gave up his time to show us his concern for our environment, while also helping to raise funds for the water wells in Lesotho at the same time,’ said Mrs Quinn.

‘We would also like to thank Anne Minihane and Stephen Bean for taking the photographs and Darragh Murphy for the sound.’

Following the screening of the documentary, which has won several international film awards, both Jeremy Irons and Dr O’Leary  took part in the Q&A under the guidance of Declan McCarthy as MC.

This turned into a lengthy discussion which touched on the proposed plastics factory which has been planned for Skibbereen.

Speaking afterwards Dr O’Leary said the Q&A with the local audience ‘was very engaged, running twice as long as planned and revealed a well-informed local community who are very concerned with the issue of plastics use, waste and disposal.’

He added that since Trashed was filmed in 2012, global plastic production and waste generation and disposal figures have only increased in the intervening period.

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All photos by Stephen Bean

 

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Max Irons to star in Runaway

Watch out for…

ALAN CUMMING and MAX IRONS, who play the villains in the TV drama being made of Martina Cole’s best-seller Runaway. Mind you, most of Ms Cole’s characters are villainous: it’s just a question of levels.

They join Jack O’Connell and Jo Van Der Ham, who play the two star-crossed leads. Cole set her lurid story in the Soho of the Sixties and Seventies – but filming is taking place in South Africa.

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More South Africa photos from the Academy of Achievement International Summit 2009

Jeremy Irons moderates the Golden Plate Awards ceremonies at the 2009 International Achievement Summit in Cape Town, South Africa.

Jeremy Irons moderates the Golden Plate Awards ceremonies at the 2009 International Achievement Summit in Cape Town, South Africa.

Jeremy Irons in a moment of reflection at the Singita Sabi Sand Game Reserve during the 2009 International Achievement Summit in South Africa.

Jeremy Irons in a moment of reflection at the Singita Sabi Sand Game Reserve during the 2009 International Achievement Summit in South Africa.

Jeremy Irons before an afternoon symposium at the Singita Sabi Sand Game Reserve during the 2009 International Achievement Summit.

Jeremy Irons before an afternoon symposium at the Singita Sabi Sand Game Reserve during the 2009 International Achievement Summit.

Jeremy Irons shares a tender moment with Rosie Mashale, founder of the Baphumelele orphanage during the 2009 International Achievement Summit in South Africa.

Jeremy Irons shares a tender moment with Rosie Mashale, founder of the Baphumelele orphanage during the 2009 International Achievement Summit in South Africa.

Jeremy Irons lends a hand during lunch at the Baphumelele orphanage in Khayelitsha Township near Cape Town, South Africa while attending the 2009 International Achievement Summit.

Jeremy Irons lends a hand during lunch at the Baphumelele orphanage in Khayelitsha Township near Cape Town, South Africa while attending the 2009 International Achievement Summit.

Jeremy Irons and Dr. Jane Goodall

Jeremy Irons and Dr. Jane Goodall

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Jeremy Irons and the Academy of Achievement: International Summit 2009

Click here for the complete newsletter for the Academy of Achievement: International Summit 2009 in South Africa

Jeremy Irons helps feed toddlers on the visit to Baphumelele Children's Home.

Jeremy Irons helps feed toddlers on the visit to Baphumelele Children's Home.

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Jeremy Irons in South Africa

Jeremy Irons is in South Africa

Jeremy Irons arrived in Cape Town, South Africa on the same British Airways flight as rugby star Chris Jack.

Jeremy’s time in South Africa was spent in conjunction with events sponsored by the Academy of Achievement and their 2009 International Achievement Summit.

More details can be found at the following blog:

http://bengsons.blogspot.com/2009/07/quick-rundown-of-our-days.html

Here’s the relevant excerpt:

“…The event, which was at a orphanage for AIDS orphans in Khayalicha, was a summit of the Academy of Achievement (or something) which as far as I can tell is an organization for rich graduate and doctoral students interested in social change. What was nuts is the incredible number of celebrities there. Among those we met or at least stood close to: Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Nadine Gordimer (Nobel Laureate, author of July’s Children), Chris Matthews, Sam Donaldson, Jeremy Irons, Barbara Holden (Minister in the government and extremely important figure from the Anti-Apartheid, released from jail at the same time as Mandela)….”

Jeremy Irons’s Biography on the Academy of Achievement website

Jeremy Irons’s Profile on the Academy of Achievement website

Jeremy’s Academy of Achievement Interview

Jeremy’s Academy of Achievement Photo Gallery

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