It was a year of Irish films in the cinema that began with a documentary about the people of Majdal Shams (Apples of the Golan) and ended with an Irish/Polish co-production (11 Minutes). Along the way, we saw Song of The Sea nominated for an Oscar and Brooklyn kicking arse at the box-office, as Irish film continued to deliver at home and abroad.
It was a good year for some of Ireland’s most talented directors, in particular Terry McMahon and Gerard Barrett, who made films that weren’t afraid to tackle issues and will linger long in the mind, alongside Frank Berry‘s knockout film featuring a cast of local people from the community of Killinarden in Tallaght.
There were a number of successful documentaries released over the year uncovering and revealing some amazing personal stories, including Fortune’s Wheel and A Doctor’s Sword. There was also the timely release of the wonderful Queen of Ireland and the beautifully made Older than Ireland. 2015 also proved to be a good year for more avant-garde documentary, offering an alternative form of storytelling, with films such as Talking to my Father, Tana Bana, Bargaintown and The Great Wall all getting a deserved cinema release.
The horror film continued to prove a successful genre for Irish directors to mine with the release of Let Us Prey, The Hallow and The Canal. While the younger generation were looked after as well with Song of the Sea, Two by Two, The Legend of Longwood and Ghosthunters: On Icy Trails.
And kudos as always to all the filmmakers out there working with no-to-low budgets and making it happen. This year saw Gerard Lough’s Night People and Kevin de la Isla’s The Hit Producer both given a cinema release.
And so, as is obligatory at this time of year, we take a look back at our favourite 5 Irish films that were given a cinematic release in 2015.
“…one of the most interesting movies of the year and originally fresh comedies in years.”
“…a fascinating portrayal, and subversion, of love, relationships and parental bonds.”
Song of The Sea
“…a magical feast of visual delights, narrative intrigue and nostalgic revisionism.”
“…a truly transcendent and palpable experience.”
I Used to Live Here
“…moving, relatable and overwhelmingly real.”