The film festival will highlight Wicklow’s film, visual arts and music
Greystones’ Whale Theater will be the setting for the first-ever Wicklow Stories film festival this fall, with organizers aiming to highlight Garden County’s success in film, as well as visual arts and music.
Wicklow is renowned for being a filming location for everything from the Netflix series Vikings to the Disney film ‘Enchanted’ and the films ‘Braveheart’ and ‘Breakfast on Pluto’, this festival will seek to bring filmmakers together to mark the county of Garden. own success in the cinema.
Festival co-founder Ronika Merl said the Wicklow Stories Film Festival aims to showcase all that Wicklow has to offer.
The event, which will take place on Saturday, October 8, is also expected to highlight Wicklow’s success in the visual arts and music.
Shorts that will feature in the lineup include Emmy Award-winning Niall McKay’s ‘The Ferry’, award-winning ‘Reflection’, written and directed by Baz Black of ‘Kin’ fame, Sinead O’Loughlin’s ‘Homecoming’ , centered on a young man returning to Wilklow, and the film “The Forgotten” by Bray filmmaker and director Sam Uhlemann.
Local musicians Cian O’Melia and Dylan E Crampton will give intimate performances of their original songs, while the visual arts will be represented by talents such as local sea glass artist Violine Deane and Gina McKenna who will present her seascapes of Greystones.
The festival will conclude with the world premiere of the anthology “Wicklow Stories: The Pier”, written by Ronika Merl. After a year of preparation, this short film will bring together five up-and-coming directors, including Sinead Cassidy Holt, who have all worked on an individual part of the film.
The Greystones Town team, aided by Marlena Murphy, brought the festival to fruition, conceived by producers Brian Matthews Murphy, Ronika Merl and Conor McKenna. For more information on the festival, see https://whaletheatre.ie.