Designed by Jamie Helly Commissioned by Centenary Committee - Dublin
The light sheds the shadow of the director's chair to complete the perfect circle of the reel of film. The overall effect is classic and timeless.
(Nick Costello, Centenary Committee)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
On April 20th 1896, the first ever public exhibition of a film took place in Ireland. The screening was in Dublin, so it is perhaps fitting that the Irish Film Centre in Dublin's Temple Bar will form the nucleus of a country-wide celebration of the Irish centenary of cinema throughout 1996. "Cinema 100" is therefore very proud to present the following attractions:
IRISH CINEMA AND THE CINEMA OF THE IRISH DIASPORA plus
A CENTURY OF INTERNATIONAL CINEMA
100 YEARS OF IRISH CINEMA - AN EXHIBITION
A mounted exhibition of stills, images and memorabilia with an accompanying commentary in print. It is a project ideally suited to halls, libraries and arts centres which cannot accommodate a major exhibition but which function as venues for information faced with entertainment.
THE IRISH FILM ARCHIVE COLLECTION
A unique project supplying 16mm and 35mm films or transfer of films on videotape to the Federation of Irish Film Societies circuit.
THE FOUR PROVINCES TOURING NEWSREEL
This is in fact four fifteen-minutes newsreels, compiled from footage from the Irish Film Archive as well as from England's Pathie, Reuters and Movietone collections, besides specific to each province, and will be made available free of charge to local arts festivals, history societies and cinemas nationwide.
THE NOSTALGIA OF CINEMA A COMMEMORATION OF IRELAND'S FIRST SCREENING
Naturally enough, this gala evening of cinema and celebration will take place on April 20th 1996.
THE NOSTALGIA OF CINEMA - THE GRAND CAFE SCREENING
The world's first public screening took place on December 28th 1895 in the Grand Cafe, Boulevard des Capucines, Paris. Following the playful reconstruction of the event at last autumn's Cork Film Festival, Dublin will follow suit at the Powerscourt Townhouse: in a setting reminiscent of "le beau monde" of Paris, early Irish and international silent classics will be shown to live musical accompaniment by Richard McLaughlin of Cine Chimera.
NATIONAL CINEMA DAY
SUNDAY JUNE 2ND: Every cinema in the country will participate in highlighting cinema culture in a gesture to Ireland's cinema-going public. This will parallel similar celebrations on the same day in England, Scotland and Wales.
THE CENTENARY CONFERENCE:
NATIONAL CINEMA: FILM & CULTURAL IDENTITY IN THE NEW AUDIO-VISUAL ORDER
This centenary conference will take place in November 1996. Its aim is to birng recent developments in film and media studies to bear on the question of national cinema, with specific reference to Irish film-making. There will be keynote addresses by internationally-renowned academics, critics and film-makers as well as lectures given by Irish and international speakers. The content of the conference is aimed at those working in the audio-visual and cultural sectors; policy makers; academics; students; researchers; and, of course, interested members of the public.
CENTENARY FILM EDUCATION
Cinema 100, in conjunction with the Film Institute of Ireland Education Department, has created a range of information packs with a practical application for both primary and secondary schools. R.T.E. will also be participating with a media education programme for television which will go on air during 1996. THE CINEMOBILE will tour the border counties for three weeks during 1996 in co-operation with the Northern Ireland Film Council. OUTDOOR SCREENINGS will take place over the summer in the new Meeting House Square in Temple Bar. THE IRISH FILM BALL originally a successful initiative in 1994 in aid of the Irish Film Archive, and equally popular in 1995, this year's Ball will effectively begin and close Ireland's centenary of cinema celebrations for 1996.