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Supper in the Grainstore from 7pm - Screening of The Commitments (1991) at 8pm on Friday 14 March - St. Patrick's Weekend.
Welcome to our new monthly film series that will combine a casual offering of quality Ballymaloe food paired with a quality film.
From 7pm we'll be offering a blackboard menu served from the bar in the Grainstore. Choose from among soup, sandwiches, charcuterie, cheese boards and dessert, order a drink, and take a seat. We'll be set up cabaret style, making for a convivial evening.
At 8pm, the lights will dim, hitch your chairs around, and we'll screen The Commitments on a big, 4x6 meter screen.
Food offerings will be in the €7 - €10 range and film tickets are €8 - enjoy a night out in Ballymaloe Grainstore for under €20! Tickets can be booked online.
Alan Parker’s The Commitments is a loud, rollicking, comic extravaganza about a rock band from the poorest precincts of North Dublin that decides to play soul music. The organizer of the band is the lean, ingenious Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins), whose suggestion is greeted with puzzlement by his friends. They like soul music, yes, but they don’t particularly identify with it. Rabbitte’s logic is persuasive: “The Irish are the blacks of Europe. Dubliners are the blacks of Ireland. North Dubliners are the blacks of Dublin.” The movie is based on a novel by Roddy Doyle that's filled with a Dickensian gallery of characters, life, energy and one rousing blues/soul song after another. The Commitments is one of the few movies about a fictional band that’s able to convince us the band is real and actually plays together.
Films are supplied by access>CINEMA, the resource organisation for regional cultural cinema exhibition in Ireland.
Date: Friday 14 March - St. Patrick's Weekend