Dingle  International Film Festival (Dingle IFF) 2017 is delighted to announce that sensational Irish star Jack Reynor will be visiting Dingle for the screening of Ben Wheatley’s new film FREE FIRE in The Phoenix Cinema on Thursday 23rd March. Amazingly talented and globally recognised, Jack will make for an unforgettable presence at our festival this year.

Jack’s first role was in Kirsten Sheridan’s live format, unscripted Dollhouse, which premiered at Berlinale 2012. Also in 2012, Jack’s breakthrough role was in Lenny Abrahamson’s feature WHAT RICHARD DID, which screened at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. The film portrays the fall of a high school rugby star whose world unravels after his involvement in an act of careless violence. For his outstanding performance, Jack won an IFTA Award for ‘Best Actor – Film’, and was nominated for a ‘Rising Star Award’ at the IFTAs. His next feature film GRASSLAND (2014), which also starred Toni Collette and Michael Smiley, earned Jack further praise from the international film community— he won the ‘World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting’ at the Sundance Film Festival, and also won a ‘Rising Star’ Award at CinemaCon, USA, in 2014. Jack credits this role for igniting his career—“That film really broke the back of North America for me and helped me very much to get into the broader international market.”

In 2014, Jack had a starring role in TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, the only film that year to gross over $1 billion dollars, and the 16th highest grossing film of all time. This incredible exposure earned Jack a great reputation overseas, and made him into one of Ireland’s most bankable new stars. In 2015, he starred as Malcolm in the faithful retelling of Shakespeare’s classic MACBETH, which also starred Michael Fassbender as the titular Macbeth.

Jack’s most popular role was in John Carney’s feel-good musical SING STREET (2016). The film was about a young group in Dublin’s inner city who start a band to impress a girl. Jack played Brendan, the brother of frontman Conor, who takes it upon himself to educate Conor on ‘real’ music. Jack was delighted to be given the opportunity to have such a compelling role—“I loved the script. I loved the character. I thought he was such a tragic and heartbreaking character, and yet such a hopeful character. He was very dynamic and appealing to me as an actor.”

Jack divides his time between Hollywood and the Irish film industry when it comes to acting, and he enjoys working locally as much as with big American productions—I’ve worked with pretty much everybody in Ireland; they’re all my friends, so it’s a great experience … Making Irish films is important to me. I try to make at least one every year, and it keeps me very grounded … We have a wealth of fantastic directors in this country.

Jack’s newest film, FREE FIRE, will provide wholesome entertainment and intimate reflection on Irish society respectively. Jack commented on his great time working on the wonderfully funny and stylised FREE FIRE—“I just think Ben Wheatley’s phenomenal … It’s set in 1978, so it’s serious style; John Legend era! … Who doesn’t love gunfight movies? Hopefully a lot of people will go and see it.”

Jack has several other upcoming projects to be released in the near future—HHhH (2017) is a biographical war drama about the assassination of Nazi Leader Reinhard Heydrich. Jack stars alongside acclaimed actors Jason Clarke, Oscar-nominated Rosamund Pike, and fellow FREE FIRE actor Enzo Cilenti. Jack will also deliver a motion-captured performance as Brother Wolf in the upcoming adaptation of JUNGLE BOOK (2018). He will star alongside Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Andy Serkis (also director and producer), and Freida Pinto.

Jack will also be starring in our closing film The Secret Scripture directed but Jim Sheridan.

Dingle IFF extends our biggest welcome to Jack Reynor, and we hope that you come out and see him at this year’s festival. It’s going to be a wild ride! Get your ticket HERE!

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