Irish Films To Look Out For in 2018

| January 8, 2018 | Comments (0)

2018 promises to be another great year for Irish film, including The Breadwinner, which recently beat Pixar’s Coco to win Best Animated Feature at the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. Awards and is in the running for an Oscar nomination.

Below we take a look at some of the Irish films making their way to screens this year.


Noel Hill – Aisling Ghéar (Paddy Hayes)

Irish Focus @ IFI, 27th January 2018

A searing portrait of one of Ireland’s most renowned traditional musicians, concertina player Noel Hill, as he recovers from a serious assault that left him a battered shadow of his former self. Noel Hill’s dream of a new life with his young family in Connemara was shattered when he was brutally assaulted in a local pub by a builder with whom he had been in financial dispute. The physical damage to his face required ten hours of corrective surgery while the psychological damage robbed him of his ability to play music and blighted him with ongoing flashbacks and PTSD. (Sunniva O’Flynn)

The Breadwinner (Nora Twomey)

Irish premiere at ADIFF 22nd February 2018

Based on the best-selling children’s novel by Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner tells the story of 11 year old Parvana who gives up her identity to provide for her family and try to save her father’s life. Parvana’s father Nurullah had told stories about history and imagination to Parvana as she helped him in the marketplace of Taliban controlled Kabul in the year 2001. When he is arrested Parvana finds the courage to look for him when everyone else had given up hope. She becomes a storyteller, remembering a brother she has once known. Every day is a challenge as Parvana tries to bring home enough food and water to support her mother, sister and little brother. She meets a fellow girl in disguise called Shauzia and together, they form a bond that will give them the strength to endure the war that comes to their doorstep in the Fall of 2001.

CAST: Saara Chaudry, Soma Chhaya, Noorin Gulamgaus

The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid  (Feargal Ward)

Irish premiere at ADIFF 24th February 2018

The story of Thomas Reid, a Co. Kildare farmer who, for years, has been locked in a gruelling battle with his neighbour — U.S. microchip manufacturer, Intel who want to expand into Reid’s land. When his farm in Leixlip was the subject of a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) by the Industrial Development Authority (IDA), Thomas decided to risk everything by challenging the state body in a battle through the courts.

The Science of Ghosts  (Niall McCann)

Irish premiere at ADIFF 26th February 2018

The Irish musician Adrian Crowley ponders what would a film about his life be like? Could it ever really reflect who he is? His imagination takes him – and the audience – on a journey as he becomes a ghost visiting his own life, past, and future. What emerges is a humorous and original take on the power of storytelling

Making The Grade (Ken Wardrop)

In Cinemas 13th April 2018

This documentary invites us into the world of the piano lesson. Every year teachers and students throughout Ireland prepare for graded musical exams. These exams can be pleasing for some but daunting for others. Each student has their own particular goal but reaching Grade Eight is considered a pinnacle Making The Grade explores the bond between piano teachers and their pupils as they struggle through these grades.

Michael Inside (Frank Berry)


The tale of Michael, a luckless 18-year-old who is misfortunate to be sent to prison. Vulnerable and alone, Michael is taken under the wing of a score-settling older prisoner.

CAST: Dafhyd Flynn, Lalor Roddy, Moe Dunford

The Lodgers (Brian O’Malley)


Set 1920’s, rural Ireland, Anglo Irish twins Rachel and Edward share a strange existence in their crumbling family estate. Each night, the property becomes the domain of a sinister presence which enforces three rules upon the twins: they must be in bed by midnight; they  may not permit an outsider past the threshold; if one attempts to escape, the life of the other is placed in jeopardy. When troubled war veteran Sean returns to the nearby village, he is immediately drawn to the mysterious Rachel, who in turn begins to break the rules set out by The Lodgers. The consequences pull Rachel into a deadly confrontation with her brother – and with the curse that haunts them.

CAST: Charlotte Vega, David Bradley, Moe Dunford

The Delinquent Season (Mark O’Rowe)


A tense drama which revolves around two couples in suburban Dublin – Jim and Danielle and Yvonne and Chris. On paper, they both appear to live in marital bliss, until an altercation between one couple occurs and cracks begin to appear in both of these seemingly steady marriages.

CAST: Cillian Murphy, Andrew Scott, Eva Birthistle

The Little Stranger (Lenny Abrahamson)


Dr. Faraday, the son of a housemaid, has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. During the long hot summer of 1947, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked. The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries and is now in decline.  But Mrs Ayres, and her two grown children, Caroline  and Roddy, are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life.  When he takes on his new patient, Faraday has no idea how closely, and how terrifyingly, the family’s story is about to become entwined with his own.

CAST: Charlotte Rampling, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter

Dark Lies the Island (Ian Fitzgibbon)


A long-standing family feud in a small Irish town over the course of a week.

CAST: Charlie Kelly, Pat Shortt, Peter Coonan

Float Like A Butterfly (Carmel Winters)


Irish Traveller Francis has to fight for the right to pursue her passion…boxing. She is determined to make her idol Muhammad Ali proud, as well as her father who has recently been released from prison. But when she wants to show him just how tough she is, she soon comes to realise he’s got other plans for her.

CAST: Hazel Doupe, Dara Devaney, Johnny Collins

A Girl From Mogadishu (Mary McGuckian)


Based on the real life story of Ifrah Ahmed– youth leader and advocate against Female Genitale Mutilation in Somalia and Horn of Africa.

Highway  (Alexandra McGuinness)


When her best friend goes missing at a rodeo, Heidi goes on a search across the desert, digging up secrets and encountering the violence of life on the road.

CAST: Lucy Fry, Eiza González, Christian Camargo

Black 47 (Lance Daly)


Set in Ireland during the Great Famine, the drama follows an Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, as he abandons his post to reunite with his family. Despite experiencing the horrors of war, he is shocked by the famine’s destruction of his homeland and the brutalization of his people and his family.

CAST: Barry Keoghan, Hugo Weaving, Jim Broadbent

Vita and Virginia  (Chanya Button)


The true story about the love affair between socialite and popular author Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf.

CAST: Elizabeth Debicki, Gemma Arterton, Isabella Rossellini

The Hole in the Ground (Lee Cronin)


Trying to escape her broken past, Sarah O’Neill is building a new life on the fringes of a backwood rural town with her young son Chris. A terrifying encounter with a mysterious neighbour shatters her fragile security, throwing Sarah into a spiralling nightmare of paranoia and mistrust, as she tries to uncover if the disturbing changes in her little boy are connected to an ominous sinkhole buried deep in the forest that borders their home.

CAST: Sna Kerslake, James Quinn Markey

Dublin Old School (Dave Tynan)


Over a drug-fuelled lost weekend in Dublin, Jason, a wannabe DJ reconnects with his estranged homeless brother Daniel, a recovering addict.

CAST: Emmet Kirwan,  Ian Lloyd Anderson

The Cured  (David Freyne)

A disease that turned people into zombies has been cured. The once-infected zombies are discriminated against by society and their own families, which causes social issues to arise. This leads to militant government interference.

CAST: Ellen Page, Sam Keeley, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor

A Mother Brings Her Son To Be Shot (Sinéad O’Shea)

A documentary exploring a broken community in Northern Ireland, scratches the surface of a staunchly republican populace and exposes how they take the law into their own hands.


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