JDIFF 2013: Preview – Where I Am


The 11th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (14-24 February 2013)

Where I Am

Sat, 16th February
Light House
69 mins

Pamela Drynan’s inspirational film tells the story of Robert Drake, the American writer, who returns to Sligo 10 years after a viscious assault that left him brain damaged and unable to walk.

Robert Drake, Pamela Drynan & producer Tristan Orpen Lynch will attend the screening.

Brian Finnegan, Editor of GCN writes:

In January 1999 a 35-year-old American author, Robert Drake, was viciously assaulted and left for dead by two young men in a house he was renting with his partner in Sligo town. After a court case that sought to demonise Drake as a predatory gay man, his assailants, Glen Mahon and Ian Monaghan, were sentenced to eight years in prison. Drake, unable to speak and confined to a hospital bed, was not present to represent himself at the trial.

Over a decade later, Pamela Drynan’s intimate film follows Drake as he returns to Ireland, and Sligo, for the first time since the attack which left him permanently brain damaged, unable to walk and, crucially, stopped a writing career just as it was beginning to take flight. He visits with Colm Toíbín and Dermot Healy, along with the people who took care of him after the attack, and on the pavement of a Dublin street one afternoon finds his story abruptly coming full circle.

Juxtaposing lyrical imagery, particularly of the Sligo landscape, against a story of mindless brutality, Drynan mines a heartbreaking but life-affirming tale of pointless loss and hard-won redemption, the power of self respect and the complexity of forgiveness.

Book tickets here or drop into the Festival Hub in Filmbase in Temple Bar.


JDIFF 2013: Preview – The Good Man

The 11th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (14-24 February 2013)

The Good Man

Sat, 16th February
Cineworld 11


Phil Harrison’s film tells the stories of two seemingly unrelated lives. Michael is a young Irish banker, whose life begins to unravel after causing a stranger’s death in an accident. Sifiso is a teenager living in a shack in a Cape Town township, dreaming of escape. When their stories unexpectedly collide, their impact on one another’s lives is far greater, and more surprising, than either could have imagined.

Starring Aidan Gillen The Good Man is a powerful investigation of the nature of goodness.

Phil Harrison will attend the screening.

Book tickets here or drop into the Festival Hub in Filmbase in Temple Bar.


JDIFF 2013: Preview – Babygirl



The 11th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (14-24 February 2013)


Fri, 15th February
Cineworld 8
77 mins

Macdara Vallely’s  second feature film, Babygirl, tells of the conflict between a mother and her teen daughter , who are hit on by the same man.

Book tickets here or drop into the Festival Hub in Filmbase in Temple Bar.



JDIFF 2013: Preview – Natan


The 11th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (14-24 February 2013)


Fri, 15th February

David Cairns and Paul Duane’s absorbing documentary investigates why Bernard Natan’s name has been erased from the history of cinema, despite dominating the French film industry through the 1920s and ‘30s?

Paul Duane writes:

How did the man who, more than any other, paved the way for a French national cinema come to be completely forgotten, especially so in France? How is it that what little attention is paid to him centres on his alleged career as a pioneer and performer in early gay and BDSM porn? Why was Bernard Natan’s name erased from the history of cinema, despite the fact that he dominated the French film industry for most of the 1920s and 30s?

David Cairns and Paul Duane have excavated an extraordinary tale that aims to rewrite the history of European cinema. The man who brought sound cinema to France and Cinemascope to the screen before the word existed, the French equivalent of Cecil B de Mille, came to an end so shockingly tragic that it seems unbelievable. Rumours and lies have swarmed around his story for decades but this documentary finally brings the truth to light.

From the maker of the Grierson award-nominated portrait of writer John Healy, Barbaric Genius, and the award-winning music documentary Very Extremely Dangerous, Natan is simultaneously a visually experimental murder mystery, an inspiring portrait of the birth of cinema and a savage history of French bigotry in the 1920s and 30s.

Paul Duane and David Cairns will attend the screening

Natan is a Reel Art film. Reel Art is an Arts Council scheme designed to provide film artists with a unique opportunity to make highly creative, imaginative and experimental documentaries on an artistic theme

Book tickets here or drop into the Festival Hub in Filmbase in Temple Bar.


JDIFF 2013: Cillian Murphy confirmed to attend Opening Gala of Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2013


The 11th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (14-24 February 2013)


Acclaimed Irish actor Cillian Murphy is confirmed to join actor Tim Roth, director Rufus Norris, writer Mark O’Rowe and producer Dixie Linder at the Opening Gala screening of Broken at the 2013 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. Murphy, who starts in Broken with Roth, will present a Volta Award to Roth, the festival award that honours outstanding career achievement.


Norris’ multi award winning Broken is a powerful, captivating and heartbreaking exploration of love in all its many forms: idealised, unrequited, and, ultimately, unconditional. With some light comic touches and a brilliant central performance from newcomer Eloise Laurence, this coming of age story deals with the tumultuousness of growing up in a world where the happy certainties of childhood give way to a fear-filled doubt, and where a complex, broken world fills the future. Featuring a great cast including Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy and Rory Kinnear.


The 11th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival will take place from the 14th – 24th February 2013. The full programme is available via the festival website jdiff.com. Tickets can be booked via the website, facebook, Entertainment.ie or in person at the Festival Hub in Filmbase from 24th January, or at Ticket Offices in Cineworld or the Light House from 4th February.


Jameson Dublin International Film Festival would like to thank its funders and sponsors: Jameson, The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board, Cineworld, Renault, The Merrion Hotel, The Irish Times, RTÉ, Windmill Lane, Wells Cargo, Entertainment.ie, Film Base and The Church.


Jameson Dublin International Film Festival
Ticket Office: Filmbase, Curved St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Phone: 01 687 7974
Facebook: Jameson Dublin International Film Festival – /Dublinfilmfestival

Twitter: @DublinFilmFest


JDIFF 2013: Story Campus DAY TWO Sunday, Feb 17th

If you have a feature film project:

Apply now for DAY TWO of Story Campus to be one of twenty filmmakers (writers/directors/producers) selected to advance your feature film project by participating in a day of round table meetings with experienced industry guests as part of Story Campus development activities.

DAY TWO of Story Campus will provide training, help clarify your challenges and strategies, and put you in front of the kind of industry professionals who can help.  To apply for a place please go to www.storycampus.com or email the following documents to contact@storycampus.com by 10.00 GMT February 4th  with STORY CAMPUS JDIFF in the subject line.


  •  A synopsis — up to one page — of feature film (fiction) project to be presented.
  • CV
  • Letter of application including status of project, any team members attached and full contact details.


While narrative feature film projects of all budgets are welcome we encourage low / micro budget projects to apply.


For for more information go to:




“Story Campus is a travelling conversation on the nature and future of storytelling for the screen. After a sold-out first year, Story Campus returns to Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2013 with a two day programme of activities on 16th and 17th February, in association with Screen Training Ireland, The National Film School IADT, and MEDIA Desk.”





Please note: DAY ONE of Story Campus on Sat Feb 16th (separate event):

This year’s event will include a keynote conversation with Oscar-wining screenwriter Robert Towne (Chinatown, The Last Detail, Mission Impossible), and online discussions with David Magee (Life of Pi, Finding Neverland) and writer/director Agnieszka Holland (In Darkness, Europa Europa, The Wire) – in addition to panel discussions, etc.


JDIFF 2013: Preview – Broken

The 11th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (14-24 February 2013)


Thurs, 14 th February
Savoy 1

A powerful family drama, Broken is the feature-film debut from award-winning theatre and opera director Rufus Norris and is written by Irish writer Mark O’Rowe (Intermission). The film also features Cillian Murphy among its impressive ensemble cast.

The film stars Tim Roth as a father looking after an 11-year-old daughter (Eloise Laurence) after his wife leaves him. She witnesses a violent attack which changes the way she looks at the world around her.

Broken recently won the top prize at the British independent film awards 2012 and promises to be a worthy festival opener.

Tim Roth, Rufus Norris, writer Mark O’Rowe and producer Dixie Linder will attend the screening.

You can book tickets here


Report: JDIFF 2013 Launch


The JDIFF (Jameson Dublin International Film Festival) officially launched its programme in a presentation at the Lighthouse Cinema last night,  23rd January. The event, opened by actors Killian Scott (Love / Hate) and Kelly Campbell (One Hundred Mornings), was a showcase of the festival’s lineup for the year. Grainne Humphreys, Festival Director, listed off the impressive range of films and talent coming to Dublin in the next few weeks. Film luminaries such as Costa-Gavras, Robert Towne, Frank Langella, Tim Roth, Mary Harron, Joss Whedon and many more will be attendance this year. The festival’s guest of honour this year is Danny DeVito and will be attending two screenings, War of the Roses and LA Confidential –  the latter as part of the Jameson Cult Film Club.

The focus this year for the festival is on documentaries. The film will feature the world premiere of Blood Rising, the story of Juarez, Mexico’s corrupt power structures and the devastating effects it has on the people, particularly women. Directed by Mark McLoughlin and Brian Maguire, the documentary will close out the festival and is part of the Arts Council’s Reel Art documentary programme. Broken Song, a documentary that follows the trials and tribulations of three Northside Dublin hip-hop artists promises to be an engaging and intimate look into the lives of struggling musicians in Ireland today. Directed by Claire Dix, the screening will also have the director herself in attendance. As well as documentaries, the festival this year will also continue its ‘Out of the Past’ season with some fantastic films on show. Fritz Lang’s follow-up to Metropolis, Spies, will be screened along with a live musical accompaniment by Gunther Buchwald. Also, Billy Wilder’s Sunset Blvd. and Jerry Schatzberg’s Scarecrow will also be screened.
The Festival has something for everyone; not just die-hard film buffs. The first screening of Ryan Gosling’s new film, The Place Beyond The Pines, promises to be a darking and gripping crime drama to rival 2011’s Drive. Directed by Derek Cianfrance, the film is his follow-up to 2010’s Blue Valentine – also starring Ryan Gosling. Unfortunately, Ryan Gosling won’t be in attendance – or so we’ve been told! Dario Marianelli, the composer of such films like V For Vendetta, Atonement’ and Pride & Prejudice, will be attending the festival and performing with the RTE Concert Orchestra at the NCH. For film music lovers, it promises to be a fantastic night as Marianelli plays through some of the best of his work.
As well as screenings, the Festival will also host a number of workshops and masterclasses in screenwriting, directing, producing and much, much more. Chief among them is Hollywood legend, Robert Towne – delivering a keynote speech at the festival. Festival director Grainne Humphreys broke from her prepared speech on the night to gush about Towne rattling off anecdotes from his script-doctoring of The Godfather during the planning stages of his visit. Casting expert Margery Simkin – who worked as casting director for Tony Scott, Martin Brest, James Cameron, Terry Gilliam and many others – will be giving a talk on, naturally, casting in films. Comedy group, The Rubberbandits, will also be holding a talk on ‘The Economics of YouTube’ which promises to be an interesting event.
Overall, JDIFF looks set to be a feast for film lovers of all stripes. With a diverse range of films on offer and film legends in attendance, JDIFF promises to be a highlight of the year.