Our Favourite Irish Films of 2016

In a year that saw Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, 2016 has proved to be particularly fruitful for Irish film. Alongside some great work premiering at festivals that deserve a wider release in the future, it’s also been a strong year for cinema releases. Here’s ten of our favourites:

Sing Street (John Carney)


“…a real gem…”

Read Ailbhe O’ Reilly’s review

Love & Friendship (Whit Stillman)


Room (Lenny Abrahamson)


“This is a director in his absolute element, and at the peak of his powers.”

Read Michael Lee’s review

A Date for Mad Mary (Darren Thornton)


“…if there were a Bechdel test for men, this film would fail it gloriously.”

Read Conn Holohan’s review

I am Not a Serial Killer (Billy O’Brien)


“…original, oppressive and impressive. What an unexpected and enjoyably unpleasant surprise this film is.”

Read James Phelan’s review

The Young Offenders (Peter Foot)


“…manic, warm and ridiculous…”

Read Gemma Creagh’s review

Atlantic (Risteard Ó Domhnaill)


“…shines a strong light on those in power, both past and present.”

Read Tess Motherway’s review

Viva (Paddy Breathnach)


“…huge overarching themes of poverty, loss, family and toxic masculinity are explored through Viva‘s complex, truthful characters and their dynamics. This, alongside Breathnach’s impressive visual dynamism, brings tension, energy and vibrancy to every scene.”

Read Gemma Creagh’s review

The Survivalist (Stephen Fingleton)


“…one of the more original post-apocalyptic films to be released as of late and is a curiously thought-provoking one at that.”

Read Deirdre Molumby’s review

Strange Occurrences in a Small Irish Village (Aoife Kelleher)


“Kelleher adds a gentle humour to the film, allowing it to breathe, while never sacrificing its serious exploration of issues.”

Read Stephen Porzio’s review


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