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Sunday 20 October 2019

Billy's a 'jolly good fellow' at Film Club

SOCIETY HONOURS AWARD-WINNING WRITER

MARIA PEPPER

THE PLAYWRIGHT Billy Roche is officially a jolly good fellow after being honoured by Wexford Film Society.

Billy who is an award-winning screen writer and actor, has become the first person to be inducted into a Fellowship of the society.

The Fellowship was launched last week to recognise Wexford people who have distinguished themselves in the world of film.

Billy was chosen as the first recipient on the strength of his work on a number of award-winning movies.

He gained success with his first script ' Trojan Eddie' when it won the Best Film award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival in 1996.

The film attracted a strong case including Oscar-nominated actors Richard Harris and Stephen Rea.

More recently he won an IFTA last year with his screenplay for ' The Eclipse' which was co-written by Conor Mcpherson.

As with ' Trojan Eddie', Billy had a supporting role in ' The Eclipse' and he also appeared in Mcpherson's 'Saltwater'; Paddy Breathnach's 'Man About Dog' and David Hare's' strapless'.

Film Society chairman Darragh Cullinane presented Billy with a framed certificate of Fellowship which the playwright said he was delighted to accept.

He is now looking forward to the company of other Fellows in future years and thinks they might even get a uniform!.

The presentation took place as the Society announced an exciting new programme of films for the 2011/2012 season, featuring a range of acclaimed international films not seen in the cinema along with a selection of short movies including five from emerging Wexford directors.

Local film director Eamonn Colfer's film ' Templetown' was shown during the launch and another of his short movies 'Know Your Enemy' can be seen later in the season.

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