From Friday, September 14, to Sunday, September 16, Newport will be hosting the inaugural Grace Kelly Film Festival to honour the actress’s life and glittering career. So how does a town with no cinema host a film festival? By bringing in a mobile 100-seater cinema and transforming the local school into a venue fit to honour the Hollywood star and real-life princess.
Grace visited her grandfather’s hometown on many occasions in the 1960s and 1970s, and people in the town remember her very fondly.Regina Callaghan, one of the film festival’s organisers, revealed that Prince Albert himself approves of the upcoming celebration: “Newport loves Grace Kelly, and we believe we have found a fitting way to pay tribute to her. The Grimaldi Family unfortunately cannot attend the weekend festival due to prior commitments, but Prince Albert has given the festival his blessing.”
The whole town is set to become ‘Grace Kelly Central’ as local shops, bars, hotels and restaurants all embrace the theme. The weekend will include events such as a Red Carpet Gala Night, a Hollywood Glamour Night, ‘Grace Kelly Lookalike’ competition, vintage afternoon tea, a cocktail night and a movie quiz. All that and screenings of seven classic Grace Kelly films, including ‘High Society’, ‘Rear Window’, ‘Dial M for Murder’ and ‘To Catch a Thief’.
For more information on the Grace Kelly Film Festival 2012, visit www.gracekellyfilmfestival.ie, email email@example.com or call Rosaleen on 086 6485015 or Fiona on 087 7918172. Tickets for the screenings can be booked through the website.
FILM Newport hosts Grace Kelly Film Festival