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May 28 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm



The May Film Tour organised by access>CINEMA and the Irish Film Institute to coincide with the Bealtaine Festival, will come to Tuar Ard on Tuesday May 28th. This year the theme of the Bealtaine is Lust for Life, based on Iggy Pop’s iconic punk-era song celebrating life’s dreams and ambitions

The May Film Tour title, The Great Escaper is based on a true story. Led by Michael Caine’s impassioned performance, it tells the story of Bernard Jordan who escaped from his care home to attend the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings in France. We would like to thanks GFD Communications for supporting the screenings of The Great Escaper. The screenings are also possible because of the support of The Arts Council of Ireland.

In the summer of 2014, Bernard Jordan (Michael Caine) made global headlines. He had staged a “great escape” from his care home to join fellow war veterans on a beach in Normandy, commemorating their fallen comrades at the D-Day Landings 70th anniversary. It was a story that captured the imagination of the world as Bernie embodied the defiant, “can-do” spirit of a generation that was fast disappearing. But of course, it wasn’t the whole story. It was an inspirational but sanitised retelling of one man’s need to come to terms with the lasting trauma of war. Bernie’s adventure, spanning a mere 48 hours, also marked the culmination of his 60-year marriage to Rene (Glenda Jackson) – THE GREAT ESCAPER celebrates their enduring love but always with an eye to the lessons we might learn from the Greatest Generation.

Director: Oliver Parker (2023)
Runtime: 96 mins.
Genre: Comedy, Romance, War, Drama
Language: English
Certificate: 12A


May 28
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Tuar Ard Arts Centre
Church Street
Moate, Westmeath Ireland
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