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Monday 20 August 2018

My Left Foot stars will reunite to honour director Sheridan

The stars of My Left Foot will be reunited for one night only to tip their hats to Irish film-maker Jim Sheridan.

The Irish Film Institute (IFI) is celebrating Sheridan's career with a season featuring his key films.

Oscar winners Daniel Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker are among the actors lined up for an open discussion before one of the showings. The pair will be reunited with Hugh O'Conor, who played the young Christy Brown in My Left Foot, before the film is brought to the big screen once again in the IFI.

Brothers Peter and Jim Sheridan, originally from Sheriff Street in Dublin's inner city, are among the leading forces of the Irish film industry, fostering new talent and carving a presence on the international stage.

The brothers have pledged to answer questions together from the public on February 5 as part of the special season.

The IFI's retrospective on eight key films begins with Sheridan's debut My Left Foot.

And in a poignant tribute to the actor Pete Postlethwaite, who passed away earlier this year, the screening of In The Name Of The Father on February 8 will be dedicated to his memory.

Sheridan, who received an Oscar nomination for directing the film, said the versatile actor was loved by everyone on set for his morale-boosting enthusiasm.

"He was a great warrior," Sheridan said. "He looked indestructible, [that] was the thing about him. He took no prisoners. Poss was wild as well. He was an amazingly virile, strong guy.

"He was an amazing character," he added. "You'd have to know him -- he'd make you laugh every day on the set."

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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