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Kings (2007)
Sunday 25 March
Kings (2007)

Partnership event with Irish Arts
A film written and directed by Tom Collins and based on Jimmy Murphy’s play The Kings of the Kilburn High Road, starring Colm Meaney, Donal O’Kelly, Brendan Conroy and Donncha Crowley. In the mid-1970s a group of young Irish men leave the Connemara Gaeltacht, bound for London and filled with ambition for a better life. After thirty years, they meet again at the funeral of their youngest friend, Jackie. The film intersperses flashbacks of a lost youth in Ireland with the harsh realities of modern life.

For some the thirty years has been hard, working in building sites across Britain. Slowly the truth about Jackie’s death become clear and the friends discover they need each other more than ever.

The film is bilingual, having both Irish and English dialogues. It premiered at the Taormina Film Festival (Italy) in June 2007, and was selected as Ireland’s official entry for the 2008 Academy Awards in the best foreign-language film category. The film was nominated for a record 14 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAs) in 2008, - going on to win 5 IFTAs, including Best Irish Language Film.

3.00pm Hyde Park Picture House
£7.50 / £6.00 Concessions

This special screening has been organised by Irish Arts Foundation in conjunction with Headingley Literature Festival.

It has been made possible with the support of
IFI International (http://ifi.ie/irish-film/international)
as part of Culture Ireland’s GB18 initiative (cultureireland.ie),
and Arts Council Ireland. (artscouncil.ie)