Jim Sheridan at IFNY




Irish Film New York

Co-Presented by Glucksman Ireland House

NYU Cantor Center

October 3rd-5th, 2014


Irish Film New York (IFNY), an organization that screens the best of contemporary Irish cinema, announces the line-up for its fourth annual festival. In addition to five recent fiction and non-fiction features that comprise IFNY, this year the career of Oscar-winning writer/director Jim Sheridan will be highlighted, with a partial retrospective of his work. The festival also includes three US premieres (Gold, Poison Pen and Broken Song) and two New York premieres (Out of Here and Love Eternal). All films are co-presented by the Glucksman Ireland House and will screen in New York University’s Cantor Center at 36 East 8th Street from October 3rd-5th, 2014.


“We are really honored to be hosting Jim Sheridan this year, as no one else defines the relationship between Irish and American film like Jim,” says Niall McKay, executive director of IFNY. “He has pioneered Irish/American storytelling. It is very fitting to have him be part of the festival this year as he is one of the biggest supporters of up-and-coming Irish talent, which is what this festival aims towards.”


Niall Heery’s opening night film Gold (2014), is an inverted prodigal son comedy that sees Ray (David Wilmot) returning to Ireland after 12 years to reunite with his daughter Abbie (Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams) only to discover that Abbie and her mother Alice (Kerry Condon) have built a new life with Ray’s former PE teacher Frank (a hilarious James Nesbitt). Love Eternal, the closing night film from Brendan Muldowney is a touching drama that immerses us in the seldom-exposed world of necrophilia and assisted suicide and is a macabre ode to love, loss and the bonds that unite us.


The documentary Broken Song follows three hip-hop musicians/writers—GI, Costello and Willa Lee—from hardscrabble areas of Dublin. Claire Dix’s incisive film avoids the usual clichés about music, focusing instead on the lives of her subjects and listening as they struggle to find and articulate meaning in an often-chaotic world. Steven Benedict’s Poison Pen (2014), set in the world of celebrity publishing, follows Booker Prize-winning author P.C. Molloy who is blackmailed into writing for tabloid gossip magazine Poison Pen and, finding himself caught up in a world of stars and their secrets, is in danger of turning into a celebrity himself. Donal Foreman’s Out of Here examines the increasingly common conundrum of the unemployed college dropout returning home to live with the parents.


In the 1980s Jim Sheridan moved for several years to New York with his wife Fran and two daughters Naomi and Kirsten, an experience that was the intensely personal story for In America (2002), which tells the tale of a struggle for work and identity against the backdrop of an AIDS-ravaged city. (Both daughters were co-writers with Jim for the film’s Oscar-nominated script.) The two additional Sheridan films that IFNY will screen are among his most celebrated: the exoneration of the Guilford Four in In the Name of the Father (1993) and the powerful portrayal of Christy Brown by Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot (1989), a compelling film based on a true story, which won Day-Lewis his first Oscar.



SPECIAL EVENT – Jim Sheridan in America

WHAT:           A talk with Jim Sheridan

Jim Sheridan discusses his relationship with New York, his previous films including the Oscar-nominated My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father, & In America, and the projects the prolific writer & director has coming up.

WHERE:         NYU Film Cantor Center

WHEN:            Saturday, October 4th, 2014, 7:00 p.m. 

COST:              $15.00





Irish Film New York

NYU Cantor Center

Iris & B Gerald Cantor Film Center

36 E 8th St

New York, NY 10003

October 3rd-5th, 2014



Friday, October 3rd

7.30 p.m.

Gold (2014). Directed by Niall Heery. 84 min.

Twelve years ago, Ray (David Wilmot) left town after his childhood sweetheart, Alice (Kerry Condon), dumped him, taking their daughter away from him in the process. With his ailing father requesting to see his granddaughter for the first time, Ray must return home to reunite with his daughter Abbie (Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams). But things take a turn for the absurd when Ray discovers that his daughter and her mother have built a new life with his former PE teacher Frank (a hilarious James Nesbitt), a controlling and regimented figure who is the direct opposite of Ray. After Ray is found sleeping in his beat-up car, Alice feels guilty enough to invite him to stay. But from his first bumbling efforts to get close to his daughter to the catastrophic effect his presence has on Frank, who is driven by his dream of bringing a revolutionary new running technique to the world — Ray manages to create chaos all around him.

North American premiere. Director present.

Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2CtPlgu3xo


Saturday, October 4th

1:00 p.m.

My Left Foot (1989). Directed by Jim Sheridan. 103 min.

My Left Foot is the true story of Irish writer & painter Christy Brown. Paralyzed by cerebral palsy, Brown (played by Hugh O’Conor as a child and Daniel Day-Lewis as an adult) is written off as dumb and helpless. But Christy’s indomitable mother (Brenda Fricker) never gives up on the boy. Using his left foot, the only part of his body not afflicted, Brown learns to write. He grows up to become a well-known author &, painter, and along the way falls in love with nurse Mary Carr (Ruth McCabe). There’s no sugarcoating in My Left Foot: Brown, a heavy drinker, was by no means lovable. Day-Lewis and Fricker both won Academy Awards for their performances, and the film was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Part of the Jim Sheridan Retrospective

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZLUZ1eONhk


3:30 p.m.

In the Name of the Father (1993). Directed by Jim Sheridan. 127 min.

The My Left Foot team of star Daniel Day-Lewis and director Jim Sheridan were reunited to make this political drama about Irish citizen Gerry Conlon (Day-Lewis), who was wrongly convicted of taking part in an IRA bombing that killed five people in Guildford, England in 1974. After a brutal interrogation forces him to sign a false confession, Gerry is sentenced to prison, his family is raked over the coals, and later his father Giuseppe (Postelthwaite) is charged with being an accomplice and is also sent to prison where he lives out the last days of his life. Day-Lewis gives an outstanding performance as a man tormented by the injustice served him.

Part of the Jim Sheridan Retrospective

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbetwrm2W6E


6:00 p.m.

Love Eternal (2013). Directed by Brendan Muldowney. 94 min

After watching his father die, Ian (played by Thomas Labert as a child and Robert de Hoog as an adult) locks himself up in his room, shutting himself off from society and human interaction. When Ian’s mother dies a year later, he is left alone in the world and on the verge of ending it all until a bizarre encounter with the lifeless body of a schoolgirl and her suicide note resonates deeply within him, and Ian decides to bring her body home. His eyes opened to the possibility of love and life for the first time, Ian actively starts to meet up with others who are contemplating suicide, offering to accompany them in their fatal process, including a young woman who recently lost her child. What transpires is a macabre ode to love, loss and the bonds that unite us.

NY premiere.

Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEkMj4cqFXk



Following the 7:00 p.m. Jim Sheridan Talk:

In America (2002). Directed by Jim Sheridan. 105 min.

To begin all over again is a classic American dream, but it is remarkably hard to do, as Irish immigrants Johnny (Considine) and Sarah (Morton) discover when they hit New York City, with their two spunky young daughters, in the mid-1980s. In pursuit of a dream, the family uses ingenuity and sheer strength of will to make the most of their new life. With no cash to spare, Johnny and Sarah settle into a chaotic New York tenement and attempt to turn the dilapidated setting into a true home. From dragging an iffy-looking air conditioner across Manhattan to finding make-do jobs, nothing comes without a fight for the couple. And yet, as they see America as rife with challenges, dangers and weirdness, their daughters see it as a magical place where anything can happen, a place that might release them from the anguish of what has come before. Then, on Halloween, the girls dare to knock on the door of “the screaming man,” a reclusive neighbor named Mateo, and everything changes. As the family heads for a crisis, Mateo (Djimon Hounsou) becomes their unlikely ally in the territory where hope, faith and even magic hold sway.

Part of the Jim Sheridan Retrospective

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CK4sLTF0MPA



Sunday, October 5th

3:00 p.m.

Broken Song (2013). Directed by Claire Dix. 70 min.

Broken Song is a documentary film about music, redemption and the struggle to find and articulate meaning in an often chaotic world.

GI, Costello and Willa Lee are street poets, hip-hop artists and songwriters from north Dublin. For these young men self-expression in the form of poetry, rap and song has become a spiritual experience. Their aim is simply to articulate the chaos that surrounds them and to fight it with their words and voices alone. Along the way it has become their identity, their religion and, as they claim themselves, they are its high priests. In the end, the place where they live and their words are one and the same, constantly in flux, full of darkness and light. It is proof that these suburbs – that have bred darkness, murder and hate – have also inspired poetry and these unlikely artists are using words alone to fight back.

North American premiere.

Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kO4RTIXOEnU


5:00 p.m.

Poison Pen (2014). Directed by Steven Benedict, Lorna Fitzsimons, Jennifer Shortall. 95 min.

When Booker Prize-winning author PC Molloy is blackmailed into writing for tabloid gossip magazine Poison Pen, he is not only caught up in a world of stars and their secrets but he is also in danger of turning into a celebrity himself. Cultures clash and sparks fly as the cerebral Molloy reluctantly becomes the celebrity interviewer for vain celebrities. But as his own star rises he soon struggles to keep his own secrets off the front pages. Things get further complicated when he finds himself falling for his new boss, April Devereaux, but can there be any room for romance in the world of celebrity publishing?

North American premiere.



7:00 p.m.

Out of Here (2013). Directed by Donal Foreman. 80 min.

Ciaran (Fionn Walton) is a passionate yet restless college dropout who has returned home to recession-struck Dublin after a year of traveling. Broke and living with his parents, struggling to re-connect with the ex-girlfriend that he left behind and the friends and social scene that have moved on without him, Ciaran questions whether he should stay or go – and comes to realize the difference between being stuck and being present. Out of Here is a contemporary coming of age story shedding Dublin and its youth culture in a light not previously seen or explored.

NY Premiere.

Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Jyfo_KsJLs


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