The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival is currently running and while there are heaps of films to watch and starry sorts like Alan Rickman and Russell Crowe to spot there are also plenty of other events going on.
One of the highlights this year is all around the 40th annivesary of Barry Lyndon. Shot in Ireland, it's one of Stanley Kubrick's less celebrated films and one worth revisiting, at least partly because of the extraordinary cinematography which managed to shoot using available candle-light, thanks to a uniquely crafted lens with an aperture of 0.7. That means it collects significantly more light than standard lenses, and required a lot of extra work by the crew just to mount it to the existing cameras of the time.
And one of those lenses was in Dublin this week!
As part of the celebration of Kubrick, Jan Harlan was also in town. The brother of Kubrik's wife Christiane, Jan worked extensively with the great filmmaker on his long gestating adaptation of the life of Napoleon Bonaparte (which never made it to screen) and also executive produced Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, Eyes Wide Shut and A.I. - which was a project started by Kubrick and completed by Steven Spielberg. He sat for a revealing conversation about the myth of the filmmaker, the legacy of Eyes Wide Shut and lots more.
Check out the interview from JDIFF.
There are still dozens of films to see at the festival, and appearances by the likes of Mark Cousins and Alan Rickman on the way.
Get more information at the JDIFF site here.