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Irish filmmaker Jim Sheridan is hoping to get Hollywood star Brendan Gleeson to play his father in his upcoming film about growing up in Dublin's north inner city in the 1950s.

The 'My Left Foot' director said the Irish actor would be perfect to play the role of his late father Peter Sheridan in his highly personal film 'Sheriff Street Stories', which he hopes to shoot in the capital later this year.

Speaking to the Irish Independent last night, Mr Sheridan said: "I'd kind of like Brendan Gleeson to play my dad if he would do me the honour," he said.

Rising Irish star Saoirse Ronan is also being eyed for a role in the upcoming film, which Mr Sheridan has been working on, on-and-off, for the past 15 years, he added.

"It's very personal, whether it's true or not, I don't know," he joked.

He was among some of Hollywood's top directors, including Neil Jordan and American filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich (inset), at the National Concert Hall in Dublin last night for a screening of legendary director John Ford's silent 1924 masterpiece 'The Iron Horse'.

Mr Ford's grandson, Dan Ford, who flew in from the US to attend the John Ford Ireland Film Symposium, said he was deeply honoured by the presence of the Irish filmmakers at last night's event.

"It really feels wonderful to be able to see this film with an orchestra in this beautiful setting and it's showing the film as it was meant to be seen, with a live orchestra," he said.

The screening is part of a series of events taking place in Dublin until June 10 to honour the iconic Irish American filmmaker.

Belfast Telegraph