UCH cinema season spring 2016 starts February 9. University Concert Hall is delighted to announce details of its first full Cinema Season which commences with a screening of Labyrinth, to mark the recent passing of David Bowie. The film will be preceded by some of Bowie’s best loved music videos including Ashes to Ashes, Fashion and Heroes. Professor Eoin Devereux, co-editor of David Bowie: Critical Perspectives (2015) will introduce Bowie’s videos and the film, with all proceeds from the evening going to the Mid-Western Cancer Foundation.
The first ever academic conference on David Bowie was held at UCH in 2012. Speaking ahead of the screening, Professor Devereux said: “David Bowie was truly an iconic figure who invented and reinvented his music and art until the very end. In addition to being a versatile songwriter and performer, Bowie had considerable success as a film actor. Labyrinth sees David Bowie playing the role of Jareth, The Goblin King. Directed by the late Jim Henson, Labyrinth has become a cult classic and is a favourite with audiences of all ages.” Professor Devereux added “The background to the making of Labyrinth is interesting in that Jim Henson convinced Bowie to act in the film by sending him a hand-written note in which he insisted that Bowie would be ‘wonderful in the role’. He accepted and the rest is history.”
Pre-Christmas screenings of The Goonies and Miracle on 34th Street were complete sell outs, with audiences thoroughly enjoying revisiting these classic films on the huge, 22 x 44 foot cinema screen in UCH.
The Spring Cinema Season will feature eight films which represent an ideal mix of family, cult classic and big blockbuster. Family films include The Lion King and the 1959 classic Darby O’Gill and The Little People, starring Sean Connery, which will be a must for families on Easter Saturday afternoon. Francis Ford Coppolla’s classic The Godfather has been a firm favourite since its appearance in 1972, and the chance to see it on the big screen will be a rare treat for many film buffs this March. Likewise iconic films of their era, Rockyand Pulp Fiction which can be seen in April and May respectively.
David Lean’s sumptuous academy award-nominated film Ryan’s Daughter will also get the big screen treatment (on Easter Saturday, presenting a tale of passion and small-town intrigue against a backdrop of the 1916 Rising in faraway Dublin. Keeping with the theme of 1916 and this year’s commemorative events, Mise Eire will be shown in May. Produced by the pioneering Irish language organisation Gael Linn, Mise Éire, draws almost exclusively on newspapers, newsreels and actual footage to tell the story of the 1916 Rising, featuring a magnificent orchestral score from Seán O’Riada.
UCH CINEMA Spring Season Listing
Tuesday 9th February, 7pm LABYRINTH
Sunday 28th February, 3pm THE LION KING
Monday 7th March, 7.30pm THE GODFATHER
Saturday 26th March, 3pm DARBY O’GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE
Saturday 26th March, 7.30pm RYAN’S DAUGHTER
Monday 4th April, 7.30pm ROCKY
Monday 9th May, 7.30pm PULP FICTION
Sunday 22nd May, 3pm MISE EIRE
Tickets: €7.50 / Conc. €6 / Students & Friends of UCH €5 / UCH Student Members Go Free!
Booking: 061 331549 / or order tickets online here
Student Members of UCH will be able to avail of two complimentary tickets for each screening this Season with tickets for general audiences starting at just €5.
Student Membership costs just €10 per year and is available to any 2nd or 3rd level students in Limerick. Additional benefits include No Booking Fees, Priority Booking and access to €5 Stand By tickets for selected shows.
The UCH Cinema Spring Season is proudly supported by Specsavers, Limerick.