The IFI teams up with Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) to present three fascinating programmes; film works by British artist Andrew Kötting; films by Derry filmmaker Terence McDonald (1926-2001), and a showcase of work from the Arts Council’s Reel Art scheme.
The IFI collaborates closely with JDIFF each year to present an exciting programme from an exciting and challenging international film artist: this year’s focus, Andrew Kötting (Feb 25th), is one of Britain’s most interesting and resolutely independent film artists. This year the IFI and JDIFF will also be presenting two additional programmes of Irish film work; a diverse selection of work from the Derry filmmaker Terence McDonald (Feb 26th) and a showcase of work from the Arts Council’s Reel Art scheme (Feb 21st-23rd) that encourages experimental and imaginative approaches to documentary making.
The IFI & JDIFF collaboration on filmmaker and artist Andrew Kötting features two of his films, Gallivant and This Our Still Life. Gallivant explores the deepening relationship between the artist’s grandmother Gladys and his daughter, who has learning disabilities and uses sign language, as they take a quixotic 6000 mile trip round the coast of Great Britain in 1996. A touching and eccentric film described in Time Out as ‘a marvellously fresh, warm, enlightening and often very funny look at Britain’. This Our Still Life, Kötting’s recent bittersweet feature, looks again at his adult daughter Eden living in their shared farmhouse, painting, singing and watching the seasons ebb and flow. Following the screening of This Our Still Life, Kötting will be interviewed by GradCAM Fellow, Martin McCabe.
The IFI Irish Film Archive’s Monthly Must-See Cinema programme for February, in association with JDIFF, is Out of the Past: Terence McDonald celebrating the pioneering work of the late Derry amateur filmmaker. This series of short films ranges from slapstick comedy, experimental work and local documentary, and includes a remarkable portrait of Derry, scripted and directed by a then 26-year-old schoolteacher, John Hume.
Reel Art is an Arts Council scheme, showcased by the IFI and JDIFF, which provides film artists with a unique opportunity to make highly creative, imaginative and experimental documentaries on an artistic theme. The three featured Reel Art films from Margo Harkin; Julius Ziz and Dónal Ó Céilleachair; and Oonagh Kearney are all challenging and evocative celebrations of the filmmakers’ unique visions.
IFI & JDIFF Joint Presentations Schedule
Reel Art, Films from the Arts Council Reel Art Scheme
The Far Side of Revenge Margo Harkin 18.30 21st Feb
Dreamtime, Revisited Julius Ziz & Dónal Ó Céilleachair 18.30 22nd Feb
Wonder House Oonagh Kearney 18.30 23rd Feb
IFI Irish Film Archive: Monthly Must-See Cinema
Out of the Past: Terence McDonald 14.00 26th Feb (An approx. 90 min shorts programme including A City Solitary, The Man From Aunt, Nebelung, The Fugitive, The Portable Theatre)
IFI & JDIFF: Andrew Kötting
Gallivant 14.00 25th Feb
This Our Still Life 16.00 25th Feb
Followed by an onstage interview with Andrew Kötting
The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival runs from 16th-26th February. See www.jdiff.com for the full schedule.
Tickets for the Andrew Kötting films Gallivant and This Our Still Life and are available from the IFI Box Office 01 679 3477, the IFI website www.ifi.ie, the JDIFF Box Office 01 687 7974 or visit www.jdiff.com. Tickets for the Arts Council Reel Art programme are only available through JDIFF.