In order to bring to a close the series of exciting cultural events organised by the Irish Embassy in Madrid due to Ireland’s EU Presidency, the Embassy, in cooperation with the Irish Film Institute, is delighted to invite you to attend the screening of a remarkable Irish film Willy Reilly and His Colleen Bawn which is one of the few surviving Irish features from the silent era.
The 11-piece CinéTheatre Ensemble will perform a magnificant new score by Irish composer and studio musician Bernard Reilly. Directed by John MacDonagh, the film is a Romeo-and-Juliet-style tale set in 18th century Ireland which tells the story of Willy Reilly, a Catholic gentleman in love with Helen Folliard, the ‘Colleen Bawn’. She loves him in return but she is the daughter of the local Protestant squire, and so their love is thwarted by the plotting of the film’s villain, Sir Robert Whitecraft, who wants the Colleen Bawn and Willy Reilly’s land for himself. The film is filled with historical and political resonances and was filmed in the grounds of St. Enda´s School founded by Patrick Pearse, one of the executed leaders of the 1916 Rising.
To view a trailer of the film, please click here