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Solstices Film Festival: The Commitments

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Solstices Film Festival, in association with The Whitaker, presents a screening of THE COMMITMENTS, Alan Parker’s 1991 much-loved and critically acclaimed musical comedy-drama and based on the novel by Roddy Doyle. Jimmy Rabbitte, a self-proclaimed promoter, decides to organize an R&B group to fill the musical void in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland. The band comes together but ends up consisting entirely of white musicians who have little experience with the genre. Even though their raw talent and lofty aspirations gain the group notoriety, the pitfalls of fame began to tear at their newfound friendships as they prepare for their big show. Based on the novel by Roddy Doyle.

“You're missin' the point. The success of the band was irrelevant - you raised their expectations of life, you lifted their horizons. Sure we could have been famous and made albums and stuff, but that would have been predictable. This way it's poetry.”
Jimmy Rabbitte

Running time: 1hr 58 mins.

Tickets cost £6.50 per person and must be booked in advance. (Cert. 15+)

Part of the inaugural Solstices Film Festival (Fri 22 - Sun 24 June), organised by local community group Solstices and presented in association with The Whitaker.  On the day, the screening will be complemented by live music with a North and Southern Irish theme from 4.30pm; there's no charge for this outdoor entertainment, but there'll be collection buckets and visitors are invited to pay what they sincerely think the bands and performers deserve.