Events: Indian Film Festival of Ireland
There was a refreshing and intriguing energy around the launch of the ‘Indian Film Festival of Ireland’ last week. Now in its fourth year the film festival will see a haunch of classic and newly released Bollywood output on screen for Irish audiences in Dublin cinemas. The festival runs from 7 – 10 June and the line-up includes the action thriller ‘EK Tha Tiger‘, which was partly shot in Trinity College campus last year.
The promotional material was never going to be immodest but honestly terms like ‘superstar’ and ‘blockbuster’ can justifiably be churned out when we’re dealing with the biggest movie industry in the world. Yes, there is a huge population to support this industry but us Irish are the biggest cinema goers in Europe and can’t manage to support a sliver of indigenous industry so let’s not disregard the draw of Bollywood. In fact, here’s your change to embrace it. Plus, come on, can anyone resist the dancing?
It’s easy to romanticise our shared pasts of struggles for independence but what the launch emphasised is the strong ties that exist today between India and Ireland – both economic and cultural, and that there is a community genuinely interested in enrichening these ties. Surprise yourself. If your knowledge of Indian culture comes courtesy of Basement Jaxx this is the direction you need. Ramp is intent on reviewing one of the movies in the programme and will report back dutifully. We’re awesome like that. For more information visit the very functionally titled website: www.indianfilmfestivalofireland.ie