Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Slightly unfortunate photo of Michael D Higgins at the Fleadh

Okay, I think we have to tread very carefully here. Here is a photograph of Michael D Higgins, amiable Presidential candidate, launching the Galway Film Fleadh tonight. As you might expect, he delivered a charming oration peppered with melodic sentences …

Tue, Jul 5, 2011, 22:47

   

Okay, I think we have to tread very carefully here. Here is a photograph of Michael D Higgins, amiable Presidential candidate, launching the Galway Film Fleadh tonight. As you might expect, he delivered a charming oration peppered with melodic sentences in our native tongue. At no point did he threaten to invade Poland. Nothing like that would ever cross this veteran liberal’s mind.

But this really  is a slightly unfortunate (not to say badly taken by me) image. The faux-searchlights and the hand gesture do nudge the mind in a somewhat dubious and entirely unintended direction. You’ll have to make up the jokes yourself. It’s more than my position is worth.

For the record, the opening film, Darragh Byrne’s Parked, was an admirable piece of work. Colm Meaney plays a recently returned emigrant who is forced to live in his not particularly roomy motorcar. He makes friends with a drug-addled youth and starts a  not-quite romance with a middle-aged Finnish lady. It’s very gently handled and very well acted.

There’s plenty more to see over the rest of the week. Fireworks will surely fly tomorrow when Keith Allen, director of Unlawful Killing, that Princess Diana conspiracy documentary, takes the stage for a discussion following the first public screening of his film. It’s all go at the Fleadh.