Sunday, 27 May 2012

‘Songs for Amy’ screening cancelled in Cannes


An Irish film due to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival was pulled at the last minute due to technical difficulties. The very first screening of Irish movie Songs for Amy which stars Sean Maguire (you might remember him from Eastenders), James Cosmo and Patrick Bergin, was cancelled at the last minute at the prestigious Cannes film festival last night.

Speaking on RTÉ's News at One, writer and producer of the film, Fiona Graham said that the festival organisers apologised for the error, but said they had lost a crucial opportunity to screen Songs for Amy to potential buyers.

Graham said that a lot of time had been spent marketing the film in advance of its planned screening yesterday at The Market Cinema.

Despite the fact that a test showing of the film had been successfully carried out in the cinema the day before, Ms Graham says they were told the screening had to be cancelled due to technical difficulties.

She said: "We had a huge crowd outside the cinema and we had to turn everybody away."

"There were no other cinemas they could use. 500 films screen here and they had no space for us to be able to re-schedule the film at short notice. And to re-schedule it the following day wasn't an option as most of the sales agents and distributors would be leaving today.

"It's a great blow because we had key cast that had flown in from all over the world, we had Kevin Ryan who flew in from Toronto.

"We'd been promoting the film for months for the showing here at Cannes and we were out here for a week, we had the musicians playing the sound track all over town, generally creating a great buzz for the film.

"Our whole purpose of being here was obviously for the screening at Cannes and that would have been our European Premiere and unfortunately that didn't happen."

The film will now have its Irish and European Premiere in Galway on the 11th July.

Source: RTE Ten
 

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