Events 2017

Four Great Days

Open Air Cinema: In America

7:30 PM, Thu, 16 Mar

Venue: Swords Castle, Bridge St, Townparks, Swords, Co. Dublin

Free Event - Ticketed
Doors 7pm / Start 7.30

Director Jim Sheridan

A special open-air cinema screening of In America is sure to be a memorable evening in the beautiful surrounds of the newly renovated medieval Swords Castle.

It follows an immigrant Irish family’s struggle to start a new life in New York City, as seen through the eyes of the elder daughter. To begin all over again is a classic American dream. But it is remarkably hard to do, as Irish immigrants Johnny and Sarah discover when they hit New York City, with their two spunky young daughters, in the mid-1980s. In pursuit of a dream, the family uses ingenuity and sheer strength of will to make the most of their new life. With no cash to spare, Johnny and Sarah settle into a chaotic New York tenement and attempt to turn the dilapidated setting into a true home. From dragging an iffy-looking air conditioner across Manhattan to finding make-do jobs, nothing comes without a fight for the couple. And yet, as they see America as rife with challenges, dangers and weirdness, their daughters see it as a magical place where anything can happen, a place that might release them from the anguish of what has come before. Then, on Halloween, the girls dare to knock on the door of “the screaming man,” a reclusive neighbour named Mateo, and everything changes. As the family heads for a crisis, Mateo becomes their unlikely ally in the territory where hope, faith and even magic hold sway.

This 2003 semi-autobiographical drama, co-written by Jim Sheridan and his daughters Naomi and Kirsten, was nominated for three Academy Awards and stars Paddy Considine, Samantha Morton sisters Sarah and Emma Bolger and Djimon Hounsou.

Bring warm, weatherproof clothing. Some seating provided, but advisable to bring your own seating.