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Kilburn in Cannes

Date posted: 15.05.2007

North West London will be having its day in the sun at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival when it features in Kings.

Set in London and Ireland, Kings follows the lives of six young Irishmen seeking their fortune in Kilburn in 1977 and their return journey to Connemara years later for a friend’s funeral.

The bilingual film was shot in and around Kilburn and Acton where a large Irish community is based and is the first Irish language film to be set in London. It depicts the immigration of Irish people to London from an economically depressed Ireland and how they maintained their Irish roots through language, only to return ‘home’ 30 years later to a country that has dramatically changed.

Director Tom Collins explains that the film starring Colm Meaney (The Commitments, Star Trek), focuses on characters who have actually spent longer in Kilburn than they did at home, "I like to think of it as a London film in Irish."

The film shot at Kilburn and Charing Cross tube stations, as well as the streets of Acton and Kilburn. It also shot in Connemara, Galway in Ireland.

The film has its industry screening at Cannes on 18 May.

Watch a trailer of the film on YouTube.

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