Meetings with Ivor (Alan Gilsenan)
10th February 2017
A documentary on the life and work of ground-breaking psychiatrist Ivor Browne, a central figure in Irish mental health for many decades. His pioneering and often controversial work on behalf of the many who cannot speak for themselves is well-known.
Cardboard Gangsters (Mark O’Connor)
John Connors plays Jay Connolly, a part-time DJ and low-level drug dealer in Darndale, an area victimized by gangs, drugs and social problems. When his welfare is cut off he decides it’s time to enter the big leagues with his gang, in order to help settle his family’s debts. His actions attract the attention of Sean Murphy, the son of the local drug king pin Derra Murphy, who rules Darndale with an iron fist and has no problems eliminating any potential rivals.
Jay knows he’s playing a dangerous game but plans to make just enough money to settle his family’s debts, get out of Darndale, and move to Spain with his pregnant girlfriend. Events spiral out of control when Jay becomes involved with Derra’s wife, and his gang are thrust in to harm’s way. Jay is left with a momentous choice to be made: to exact revenge, or turn the other cheek.
Tomato Red (Juanita Wilson)
3rd March 2017
Based on the acclaimed novel by Daniel Woodrell (Winter’s Bone), Tomato Red tells the story of small town drifter and street philosopher Sammy Barlach (Jake Weary) on the search for his next cold beer and the bunch that’ll have him.
But trouble is always on his menu, and this time it comes in the form of red-headed Jamalee (Julia Garner) and her dreams of hitting the big time through her brother’s movie star good looks.
Happy to have a home at last, Sammy finds his life opening up in ways he could never have imagined. But this new life is torn apart by a sudden violent incident, leaving them crying out for justice and revenge. But what if your cries fall on deaf ears? How do you make yourself heard if you don’t have a voice? Finding themselves powerless against the forces of corruption and prejudice, the only thing Sammy has left to fight is the demons inside his own head.
Lost in France (Niall McCann)
The film charts the rise of Scotland’s indie music scene in the 1990s led by iconic Glasgow label Chemikal Underground, the Delgados, Bis, Mogwai, Franz Ferdinand, Arab Strap and other seminal musicians and bands. Following the screening, audiences will be able to experience the magic live as Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai), RM Hubbert and Emma Pollock and Paul Savage (The Delgados) reunite for a once-in-a-lifetime performance.
The Secret Scripture (Jim Sheridan)
24th March 2017
The Secret Scripture centres around Rose McNulty (Vanessa Redgrave), an elderly woman who has lived in state institutions for over 50 years. Despite her bleak surroundings there is a light in her eyes that cannot be extinguished. Dr. Stephen Grene (Eric Bana) is drawn to her, compelled to discover her past and help gain her freedom. Through Lady Rose’s ‘scripture’, a life of extraordinary love and great injustice emerges, revealing a remarkable young woman of courage, whose only crime was to fall in love. Set against a backdrop of an emerging Irish state in the 1940s in which female sexuality and independence unsettled the colluding patriarchies of church and nationalist politics, we learn of her ultimate triumph.
Without Name (Lorcan Finnegan)
Eric, a troubled land surveyor, takes up a job in a remote forest. Deep in the woods, he becomes aware of a malevolent presence, an intelligence of sorts. A silhouette flits between trees. The place fascinates the fragmenting Eric as much as it disturbs him. Is his mind playing tricks on him or is there some ancient horror wishing him harm?
The Belly of the Whale (Morgan Bushe)
Shot on location in North County Dublin, this black comedy follows two down-and-out drifters who attempt to alter their circumstances by teaming together to hold up a small town amusement arcade.
Kissing Candice (Aoife McArdle)
A story driven by the vivid, fever dreams of a volatile, teenage girl called Candice. Out of the stifling, isolated Irish community she has grown up in comes a new breed of disillusionment finding its most frightening manifestations in the unpredictable behaviour of a local gang.
While the community is shaken by the death of a local boy, Candice finds escape in the nihilistic stranger who may be responsible for the crime.
Category: Irish Film in Cinema