IFI tour to Berlin, Paris and Madrid with Willy Reilly and His Colleen Bawn

IFI tour to Berlin, Paris and Madrid with Willy Reilly and His Colleen Bawn

IFI tour to Berlin, Paris and Madrid with Willy Reilly and His Colleen Bawn

The Irish Film Institute presents Willy Reilly and His Colleen Bawn, accompanied by the CinéTheatre Ensemble in three major European cities in June.


This event is presented by the Irish Film Institute as part of the International Culture Programme to celebrate Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

At Kino Babylon, Berlin; Cinéma Le Balzac, Paris; and Ciné Dore, Madrid, the Irish Film Institute presents a remarkable Irish film, Willy Reilly and His Colleen Bawn, which is one of the few surviving Irish features from the silent era.

The film will be accompanied by a pitch-perfect new score composed by Bernard Reilly and performed under his baton by the 11-piece CinéTheatre Ensemble.

Willy Reilly and His Colleen Bawn, a Romeo-and-Juliet-style tale set in 18th century Ireland tells the story of Willy Reilly, a Catholic gentleman intent on love with Helen Folliard, the 'Colleen Bawn'. She loves him in return but she is the daughter of the local Protestant squire, and so their love is thwarted by the plotting of the film’s villain, Sir Robert Whitecraft, who wants the Colleen Bawn and Willy Reilly’s land for himself.

Directed by John MacDonagh, brother of one of the executed leaders of Ireland’s 1916 Rising, the film is filled with historical and political resonances, and was filmed in the grounds of St. Enda’s School founded by Patrick Pearse, another executed leader of the Rising.

Bringing new life to this silent film, the CinéTheatre Ensemble will perform a magnificent new score by Irish composer and studio musician Bernard Reilly. The Director of CinéTheatre Ensemble, Bernard Reilly has recorded with many international names, including the London Philharmonic, Andrew Lloyd Webber and The Corrs. As a composer his music features in number of acclaimed films and documentaries, including A Soldier’s Song, The Gamble and The State We’re In for RTÉ Television. Bernard has composed and orchestrated for the RTÉ Concert Orchestra including Gráinne, performed in major venues across the USA. He also spent many years in London’s West End playing in shows including Blood Brothers (original company), Cats, The Phantom of the Opera and Starlight Express.

Willy Reilly and His Colleen Bawn is now preserved in the IFI Irish Film Archive.

KINO BABYLON, BERLIN (Saturday, June 8th, 20.00)
CINÉMA LE BALZAC, PARIS (Monday, June 10th, 20.30)
CINÉ DORE, MADRID (Wednesday, June 12th, 19.30)

Book tickets for Kino Babylon, Berlin http://www.babylonberlin.de/Prowin-Reservierung/

Book tickets for Cinema le Balzac, Paris https://balzac-paris.cotecine.fr/balzac-programme/reserver

Tickets for Cine Dore, Madrid available June 11th http://www.mcu.es/cine/MC/FE/CineDore/index.html

Posted: 06.06.13