Oscar Wilde: Honoring Irish Writing in Film
December 07, 2005
Award-winning writers/directors Neil Jordan and Jim Sheridan, and music producer David Holmes will be honored at an event entitled: "Oscar Wilde: Honoring Irish Writing in Film." Hosted by the US-Ireland Alliance, the event will be held in Los Angeles in March, just days before the Academy Awards. Mr. Jordan's Breakfast on Pluto starring Cillian Murphy and Liam Neeson, and Mr. Sheridan's Get Rich or Die Tryin,' starring rapper 50 Cent, are currently in theaters. It was recently announced that Mr. Jordan's next project is a film about the Borgias, starring Colin Farrell and Scartlett Johansson. Mr. Holmes most recently produced the soundtrack for the independent film, The War Within.
In addition to honoring Irish writing, the event will serve as a networking opportunity for members of the Irish and US film communities. Hollywood heavyweights are supporting what is envisioned as an annual event. Walt Disney Studios Chairman Dick Cook, Sony Pictures Vice Chairman Amy Pascal, and Kathleen Kennedy & Frank Marshall of Kennedy/Marshall make up the event's host committee. Some of those planning to attend include Peter Rice, President of Fox Searchlight; producer John Calley, director John Moore; actors Cillian Murphy, Anjelica Huston; casting agents Jane Jenkins, Janet Hirshenson and Jeanne McCarthy; indie film-makers, agents, financiers and numerous studio executives.
It is also shaping up to be a fun party. Jean Butler, of Riverdance fame, will emcee. There will be an auction of the paintings of Dublin-based artist Charlie Whisker. David Holmes will deejay and Darren Holden, currently playing the role of Billy Joel in the national touring production of the Tony Award-winning musical Movin' Out, will perform. Tiffany & Co. will provide the awards for the honorees. River Films, the film production arm of Moya Doherty and John McColgan's Tyrone Productions, will produce the video for the night.
Leading sponsors of the evening are American Airlines, The Irish Film Board, Tourism Ireland and Enterprise Ireland. The night will also provide an opportunity to showcase Irish companies and products. Irish food products to be served include Lily O'Briens Chocolates, Hot Irishman, Boru Vodka, Taytos, Ballygowan, Magners, Club Orange and Club Lemon. Sustainable Seafoods, an organic seafood company headed up by an Irishman, will provide organic seafood. IAWS-owned Le Brea bakeries will provide the breads. The Irish Dairy board will provide cheeses and Food America cocktail sausages.
The event is shaping up to be one of the hot tickets during a week of parties surrounding the Academy Awards.