6:50pm PT by Gregg Kilday
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Director Rian Johnson to Appear at IrelandWeek
Director Rian Johnson and producer Ram Bergman will talk about filming Star Wars: The Last Jedi on the west coast of Ireland during IrelandWeek, which will be held Oct. 16-21 in Los Angeles.
As part of the inaugural weeklong event promoting trade and cultural relations between the U.S. and Ireland, Connect353, the conference component of the program, will take place Oct. 18-19 at LA Live Regal Theater, with Johnson and Bergman appearing Oct. 19.
“We’re delighted to support IrelandWeek in its endeavor to showcase the wealth of creative talent coming out of Ireland across the film television and animation industries," said James Hickey, chief executive of the Irish Film Board. "The Irish screen sectors are thriving as recently indicated by the huge presence of Irish filmmakers at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. IrelandWeek promises to showcase the best work from our industry, focused on a wide range of work, from the magnificent feature film The Breadwinner developed and produced in Kilkenny to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which filmed on location along the Wild Atlantic Way on Ireland’s west coast.”
In addition to Connect353, IrelandWeek will present events around Los Angeles featuring arts and culture from Ireland, such as famed drag queen/host Panti Bliss, Golden Globe-nominated composer Brian Byrne and Irish celebrity chef Donal Skehan.