Geoff Wonfor, who directed THE HISTORY OF THE BEATLES anthology has been in Dingle this week to film the Dingle Film Festival (DFF) the first time a documentary has featured a film festival as its subject. Now in its fourth year, the DFF has played host to many top names in the film industry, including SIR ALAN PARKER, JIM SHERIDAN, GABRIEL BYRNE, SARAH MILES and SAOIRSE RONAN. This year’s guests were STEPHEN FREARS (The Snapper, The Queen) and CILLIAN MURPHY (Batman Begins and Dark Knight) who appear in ‘WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE DINGLE.’
The Dingle Film Festival first caught Geoff Wonfor’s attention in 2009 when Maurice Galway, the Artistic Director, selected and screened the Beatles anthology in its entirety as a tribute to local Irish co-producer Chips Chipperfield. Impressed by Maurice’s passion for film and the filmmaking process, charmed by Dingle’s unique place in classic movie lore (RYAN’S DAUGHTER and FAR AND AWAY, among others, Wonfor enlisted longtime collaborator, cinematographer/director Eugene O’Connor to help him document the festival.
‘WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE DINGLE’ tells the story of the gutsy festival organizer who created an event that honours moviemakers, past and present, much like Robert Redford set out to do when he created the Sundance Film Festival.
Wonfor’s approach to the documentary is, like Dingle, unique. Using dialogue in the Irish language, Wonfor cleverly recreates classic movie moments from Casablanca, Godfather, Cinema Paradiso and more, thus ‘Dingle-izing’ them, while weaving interviews by Maurice and local people throughout, and revealing Dingle’s own rich history and long-time contribution to the film industry.
Executive Producers: Geoff Wonfor, Diane Namm and Debbie Vandermeulen
Director: Geoff Wonfor
Writer/Producer: Diane Namm
Producer: Debbie Vandermeulen
Director of Photography: Eugene O’Connor
Line Producer: Eric Mofford
Camera Operator: Conor Kelly
Sound Engineer: Trevor Cunningham
Production Designer: Sica Schmitz
FAS TV & VIDEO Production Crew: Brian Clarke; Caitriona Curran; Zoe Farrell; Niall Gurn; Martin Keenan; Noelia Luque; Etain McGuckian; Paddy O’ Shea; Martin Pembroke and Jamie Tanner.