IRISH FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with festival director Dr Enda Murray

by GREG KING The 3rd Irish Film Festival screens in Sydney and Melbourne from late March. The festival aims to screen some of the latest and best Irish films. Greg speaks to festival director Dr Enda Murray about the state of the Irish film industry, the festival itself and some of the films screening. To find out details about the programme itself, screening times and booking information go to the festival website.   Continue reading


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