A Golden Globe, BAFTA nominated actor, producer, and screenwriter, who forged a career starring in 80’s teen movies and went on to star in cult classics ‘Grosse Pointe Blank’, ‘Being John Malkovich’, and ‘High Fidelity’ amongst others.

John Cusack was born in 1966, in Evanston, Illinois. He made his first feature film appearance in the teen comedy ‘Class’ . In 1989, he starred in Cameron Crowe’s classic ‘Say Anything’. In 1990, he won his first mature role in ‘The Grifters’.  After a series of dramatic and comedic roles in the mid-’90s, Cusack
co-produced, co-wrote and starred in ‘Grosse Pointe Blank’. The darkly comedic film received wide critical acclaim.

Other Cusack films have included ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’, ‘Pushing Tin’ and ‘Being John Malkovich’.  Continuing to take on an interesting mix of projects, he starred in the hotel horror film ‘1408’ and the political satire ‘War, Inc.’  More recently, he has portrayed one of America’s most infamous presidents, Richard M. Nixon, in ‘The Butler’. Cusack also played an older version of musical genius Brian Wilson in ‘Love & Mercy’.

Politically conscious, Cusack describes himself as an apocalyptic shit disturber and elephant trainer. He regularly speaks out and writes on issues of human rights, government transparency and accountability. He co-authored, with acclaimed author Arundhati Roy, the book ‘Things That Can And Cannot Be Said’. He is a board member of The Freedom of the Press Foundation.

This event is supported by Tourism Ireland, Film Hub, Into Film and Movie House Cinemas.