STANDBY to kick off Toronto Irish Film Festival this weekend

Posted March 5, 2015 by Suzanne Murray in News

The fifth Toronto Irish Film Festival takes place this weekend (March 6th to 8th) with STANDBY kicking off proceedings as the Opening Night Gala tomorrow, March 6th.  Another Wildcard title, GOLD will also feature during the festival along with Good Vibrations, ’71 and Rebuilding The World Trade Center.

Starring Brian Gleeson (Love/Hate, The Stag) and Jessica Paré (Mad Men) STANDBY is the feel-good comedy-romance from directors Rob and Ronan Burke.  The film, which will have its Toronto premiere at the festival, is set in Dublin and is about what happens when your 20s don’t go to plan and falling in love with a girl and a city again.  STANDBY will be screening at the Irish Film Festival in Boston later this month and will be released on DVD in stores across Ireland March 6th.

Also receiving its Toronto premiere is quirky GOLD, directed by Niall Heery and starring David Wilmot (Calvary), Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), James Nesbitt (Bloody Sunday) and Kerry Condon (Rome).  Williams, who’s most famously known for playing Arya Stark in Game Of Thrones, recently received the prestigious accolade of Shooting Star at last month’s Berlin International Film Festival.  In GOLD she and Wilmot play an estranged daughter and father attempting to rebuild their relationship after a decade apart.  The film can also be seen at the Irish film festivals in Rome and Boston this month.

The Irish short documentary Analogue People in a Digital Age directed by Keith Walsh will screen as part of the Toronto festival line-up this weekend.  The film looks at eight men who fight to stay relevant on the day of the analogue to digital TV switchover.  Keith’s feature documentary APPLES OF THE GOLAN is currently screening in selected cinemas across the country.

The fifth annual Toronto Irish Film Festival takes place from March 6th to 8th 2015.