Director Lenny Abrahamson’s acclaimed film Frank has begun a nationwide tour in aid of First Fortnight – Ireland’s only mental health art’s festival.
Frank, starring Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson will have screenings in Dublin, Limerick, Waterford, Galway and Cork and will be held in assocation with See Change, the national mental health reduction partnership.
Lenny will be be taking part in a post-screening discussion tonight following an 8pm screening of Frank in the Pavillion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire.
Star: Michael Fassbender at the European premiere of Frank | PATRICK O’LEARY
Speaking about the charity screenings director Lenny said: “Many of the musicians who inspired Frank were people who battled with mental health issues and somehow managed to transform those battles into wonderful art.”
“While Frank doesn’t draw any easy conclusions about the link between mental illness and creativity it is underpinned by a view of people that values all their aspects, however difficult or extreme.
“The film feels like a great fit for First Fortnight. I’m a big fan of the festival and I’m really happy to be involved for the second year running.”
Happy: Lenny and co-stars Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson | PATRICK O’LEARY
Along with the film screenings, First Fortnight continues with live music, theatre, visual art events and a sports talk. The full line-up of events can be viewed at FirstFortnight.ie.