BABYFACE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD

ANDREW GALLIMORE

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Here’s a welcome theatrical outing for this fascinating documentary, a well-spun yarn so unlikely that it just had to be true. Meet forgotten Irish boxing legend Jimmy McLarnin, aka ‘The Babyfaced Assassin’, a journeyman brawler originally from County Down who battled his way to fortune and glory in the 1940s via two welterweight world championship titles, and a whole heap of controversy. Director Andrew Gallimore recounts McLarnin’s Greatest Hits (literally) with considerable relish, illuminated by a wealth of archive footage, much of it previously unseen, and punctuated by commentary from McLarnin himself (via vintage audio) and a host of colourful ringside experts, not least legendary author Budd (On the Waterfront) Schulberg.

Plus Collaboration Horizontale (13 mins, Ireland, 2011, Colour/Black and White): an intriguing Fastnet documentary about the ordeals faced by French women accused of sleeping with the enemy during World War II.

Andrew Gallimore will introduce this screening.

80 minutes, Ireland, 2009, Colour/Black and White, Digital Betacam

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