Excitement builds ahead of Brooklyn premiere
With just a week to go to the event of the year, 'Brooklyn' fever has well and truly gripped Enniscorthy as preparations continue for the film premiere of Colm Toibin's best-selling novel.
Enniscorthy District Manager Padraig O'Gorman says it is all systems go as the town gears up for what is certain to be an occasion of glitz and glamour on a scale never before experienced in Enniscorthy. The Riverside Park Hotel is set to be transformed on the night for what promises to be a night that will live long in the memory.
Media interest in the premiere is unprecedented with many of national newspapers, television stations and radio outlets having applied for accreditation to cover the event. A number of Ireland's leading glamour magazines are also sending photographers and reporters while South East Radio will broadcast live from the Riverside Park Hotel in the hours preceding the Premiere. A special media area is also being prepared within the hotel on the night for the conducting of interviews and photo opportunities.
Security is expected to be tight for the screening with Lionsgate U.K. the film's distributors, sending their own security team to augment Riverside Park Hotel security and locally based Garda personnel.
District Manager O'Gorman is emphasising, however, that while a tight security presence is essential, it will be very discreet and will in no way detract from the enjoyment of the evening.
Guests on the night include leading actress Saoirse Ronan, author Colm Toibin, Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys TD, American Ambassador to Ireland Mr. John O' Malley, together with representatives of the film's production team and representatives of Lionsgate U.K. the film's distributors. Government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe TD will also be among the guests, as will Mr. Mark Redmond, Chief Executive of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland.
Preparations for the transformation of the Riverside Park Hotel's ballroom into a state of the art cinema complex, complete with tiered seating, wrap-around sound system, down lighting and a 16ft x 8 ft. screen are continuing while the organisers also plan to decorate the hotel foyer with memorabilia from the film proper, supplied by Lionsgate U.K.
As a result of the huge local interest, an 11.00pm second screening of 'Brooklyn' will follow the 8pm premiere on Wednesday October 28 and according to Mr. O'Gorman, almost all of the 300 plus tickets for this latter show are already sold out, with just a few tickets still available from reception at the Riverside Park Hotel.