Our Favourite Irish Films of 2017

2017 was another strong year for Irish film with a fine fettle of fiction and fact, reflected in our ten choices. There’s gangsters and outer space – sadly not in the same film – revenge and roller skates, human rights’ campaigns and epic journeys, forbidden love and joyous paintings, soul mates and visionary psychiatrists. 


Cardboard Gangsters

Mark O’Connor

“gut-wrenching and powerful”

Read Annie Curran’s review 

The Farthest 

Emer Reynolds

“a superb cinematic experience” 

Read Jonathan Victory’s review

The Killing of a Sacred Deer 

Yorgos Lanthimos

“A nasty, hilarious, distinctive treat”

Read David Prendeville’s review 


Len Collin

“ambitious, innovative and deeply moving”

Read Seán Crosson’s review


Aisling Walsh

“a quiet triumph for Aisling Walsh, and for Irish cinema”

Read Niall McArdle’s review

Condemned to Remember

Gerry Gregg

 “a powerful reminder of the horrors that human beings commit again and again right up to the present day”

Read Sean O’Rourke’s review


Laura McGann

 “fierce, lovable and scrappy”

Read Stephen Porzio’s review

Meetings With Ivor 

Alan Gilsenan

“as cinematically striking and experimental as it is thematically pertinent”

Read Naomi Shea’s review

The Drummer and The Keeper

Nick Kelly

 “impressive, moving and often funny”

Read Stephen Burke’s review

Jaha’s Promise

Patrick FarrellyKate O’Callaghan

“such a crucial story that it cannot be ignored”

Read Sarah Cullen’s review




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