JDIFF 2014: Irish Film Preview – The Devil’s Pool – Madness, Melancholia And The Artist


The Devil’s Pool – Madness, Melancholia And The Artist

Tuesday, 18th February 2014

6:15PM @ IFI

Cecily Brennan’s film The Devil’s Pool – Madness, Melancholia And The Artist concerns itself with the question: is there a connection between creativity and madness?

According to Brennan, speaking to Film Ireland, “There’s a long held public belief in a connection. The documentary examines and questions attitudes to both creativity and madness using dramatisation and interviews with four contributors: poet Paul Muldoon, playwright Frank Mc Guinness, academic Professor Patricia Waugh, and psychiatrist, and leading researcher in the world on this subject, Dr. Simon Kyaga. Each interviewee was selected carefully as I was acutely aware of the importance of balanced and informed comment on this complex and controversial subject. Fascinating views and overlaps emerge during the documentary leading us to question our unchallenged assumptions about this belief.”

Tickets are available to book from Filmbase or online here


Director: Cecily Brennan

Cast: Marty Rea

Duration: 35 minutes


JDIFF 2014: Irish Film Preview – Stay



Saturday, 15th February 2014

8:00PM @ Cineworld

Stay is about a group of people caught at a crossroads, each struggling to find a place to  stay, a place to call home.  Abbey (Taylor Schilling of Orange is the New Black) finds  herself in love with Dermot (Aidan Quinn), a disgraced professor in his 50s who’s retreated to the rugged expanse of Connemara years ago. Their happy existence is  upended when Abbey finds out that she is pregnant and Dermot is too immature to  consider the idea of fatherhood. Uncertain about her own feelings, Abbey decides to  return home to Canada.

Initially relieved, Dermot reclaims his tiny cottage by the sea, once again master of his  own domain, albeit a small one. In an attempt to keep the outside world at bay, he  begins an archaeological dig which renders unexpected results, including a budding  friendship with Sean, a lost boy from the neighboring village, and Michael, a former  colleague who knows too much about the past for Dermot’s liking. In the end, however, it  is his encounter with Deirdre, a pregnant big city girl who returns to the village because  of her mother’s sudden death that opens Dermot’s heart to the idea of nurturing his own  child.

Back with her dysfunctional father Frank, Abbey realizes that Montreal no longer feels  like home. Repeating an age-old pattern, she turns to self-destructive behavior but in the  end, it is a painful discovery about her own mother that sets her free.

Spaeaking to Film Ireland, director Wiebke von Carolsfeld said that she is “absolutely thrilled to bring Stay home to Ireland. It was a blast to shoot the Irish part of the film in Connemara. The crew was an absolute delight, working with true dedication under sometimes less than ideal conditions – we managed to shoot the film in the rainiest June on record. The actors were uniformly inspiring. Aside from working with proven local actors like Brian Gleeson, Darine Ni Dhonnchadha, Fred McClosky, Carrie Crowley and Chris McHallem, it was the discovery of talents like Nika McGuigan and Barry Keoghan that was truly gratifying. Both give fabulously layered performances in Stay, especially considering that for Nika this is her first feature film.”

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Director: Wiebke von Carolsfeld

Cast: Aidan Quinn, Taylor Schilling, Barry Keoghan

Duration: 99 minutes


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The 12th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival runs 13 – 23 February 2014.




JDIFF 2014: Irish Film Preview – Come into The Gardens


 Come into The Gardens

Saturday, 15th February 2014

7:00PM @ Light House Cinema

Outlandishtheatre‘s debut film Come into The Gardens, is the outcome of a collaborative arts project, funded by the Arts Council and managed by CREATE. Maud Hendricks, artistic director of the film and neighbour to St. Teresa’s Gardens, became aware of the slow process of de-tenanting of her neighbouring estate. For twelve years Maud only passed by this social housing estate; a walled garden with just one way in and one way out. Maud, Kilian Waters of Shoottokill, and the residents create film portraits in a larger than life way, against the background of the physical skeleton of this housing estate on the brink of demolition.


Speaking to Film Ireland, the film’s director Maud Hendricks said, “To make the film I entered into St. Teresa’s Gardens, a social housing estate in Dublin 8, that I have been a close neighbour to for 12 years, for the first time. The screening of Come into The Gardens at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival means that all people of Dublin and beyond can follow me and meet the last remaining residents of The Gardens, before the estate will change its shape for good.”

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JDIFF 2014: Irish Film Preview – No Limbs No Limits


No Limbs No Limits

Saturday 15th February 2014

11:00AM @ Savoy

No Limbs No Limits is the extraordinary and awe-inspiring life story of Irish born Joanne O’ Riordan. Joanne, who suffers with a rare physical  disability known as Total Amelia, is only one of seven known people in the world living with this physical form. This means she was born without all four limbs.

Directed by her brother Steven O’ Riordan and narrated by Tony Award Winning actress Marie Mullen, this film follows Joanne’s journey from her home in County Cork to the United Nations in New York, where she delivers a key-note speech and a challenge to the most influential women in technology: to build her a robot.

Through touchingly candid interviews with her parents and moving use of old home movies, No Limbs No Limits demonstrates the incredible things one can achieve when motivated by love.

It is a story of hope, triumph over adversity and is a story of how human resilience can conquer all.

Speaking to Film Ireland, director Steven O’ Riordan said: “The intention of the film is to show the world what one person can achieve even if the odds are stacked against you.  The documentary is an intimate portrait of the incredible life of Joanne O Riordan as she prepares to address the United Nations. We discover what it is that Joanne has achieved and how it is she has overcome many obstacles to achieve what others would deem impossible.

“To have this film shown at the festival is a huge honour. I want people to come away with the sense of a can do attitude and that anything is possible if you focus and are given the chance. It’s an important film because it opens up a conversation on what it is like to have a disability and how people can misjudge you on that basis.”

Tickets are available to book from Filmbase or online here


Director: Steven O’Riordan

Duration: 70 minutes

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The 12th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival takes place from the 13th – 23th February 2014.


Close-up: Iconic Film Images from Susan Wood


Irish Georgian Society,

City Assembly House, South William Street

Friday 7 – Saturday 22 February


An exhibition of work by New York photographer, Susan Wood is set to open in Dublin next week: Close-up – part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival programme – is a collection of iconic 1960’s film images from movies including Leo the Last and Easy Rider, representing milestones in American photography over a period of more than thirty years.


Under contract to Paramount Pictures, United Artists and 20th Century Fox, Susan’s assignments allowed her to capture remarkable, unrehearsed shots of some of that era’s most unforgettable personalities like Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Monica Vitti, Marcello Mastroianni, Billie Whitelaw, John Wayne, Billy Wilder, Joseph Losey―on display as a group in this exhibition for the first time ever.


Susan Wood’s editorial, advertising and fashion photograpy has appeared in Look, Vogue, People and The New York Times and she is known for her portraits of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Susan Sontag, Diane Von Furstenburg and John Updike.
Speaking about the exhibition, Susan said, “I am thrilled that these photographs, lovingly curated by Deirdre Brennan, will seen together for the first time in Dublin and I’m honoured to be one of the first artists to exhibit in this wonderful new space at the Irish Georgian Society.”


Susan was a founding member of the Women’s Forum and was very involved in the fight for women’s rights and equality in the 1960’s and 1970’s and was friends with many of the vanguard of the feminist movement including Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem.


The exhibition is presented in association with the Irish Georgian Society and is curated by the Irish photographer Deirdre Brennan, who has been working with Susan’s archive for the past decade.


Susan will give a lunchtime talk about her life and work on Friday 14 February at 1pm. Admission is free.


JDIFF 2014: Irish Film Preview – Irish Short Film



Friday, 14th Feb 2014

Light House Cinema @ 6:30PM

JDIFF presents another hand-picked selection of the best Irish shorts.

Breakfast Wine
Director: Ian Fitzgibbon
Writer: Kevin Barry
Running Time: 11 minutes
They say it takes just three alcoholics to keep a small bar running in a country town, but what if you’ve only got two?

Director: Mairtín de Barra
Writer: Matthew Roche
Running Time: 13 minutes
Atrophy examines the sacrifices made in the name of development, and the effect they have upon people. A tale of old versus new, loss, friendship and an old farmer and his dog…

Director: Louise Ni Fhiannachta
Writer: Anton Beag Ó Colla
Running Time: 11 minutes
The First Holy Communion is fast approaching but as an atheist, eight-year-old Rúbaí refuses to be a part of it. Rúbaí faces emotional blackmail, religious and philosophical debate and out and out intolerance in today’s supposedly diverse and modern Ireland.

Director: Cathy Brady
Writer: Cathy Brady, Sarah Woolner
Running Time: 20 minutes
Mary wakes up on the sofa with a banging headache. Her morning routine is broken by a persistent reporter.

Uisce Beatha
Director: Shaun O’Connor
Writer: Tadhg Hickey
Running Time: 8 minutes
Set in 1912, Uisce Beatha is the true story of Tom, a young man who leaves his home in rural Ireland to cross the ocean on the ill-fated Titanic. But a night of celebration beforehand results in a twist that will affect Tom’s fate drastically…

The Ledge End of Phil (From Accounting)
Writer-director: Paul Ó Muiris
Running Time: 6 minutes
Stuck outside looking in, Phil is forced to face the world he’s been ignoring. Now he must take a leap of faith or be trapped forever.

Writer-directors: Tom Sullivan, Feidlim Cannon
Running Time: 15 minutes
A mechanic at the end of his tether finds solace in old age…

4 Bhanríon
Director: Vittoria Colonna
Writers: Vittoria Colonna, Eoin Rogers
Running Time: 15 minutes
4 Bhanríon (4 Queens) is a black comedy about four elderly sisters who play a game of poker to decide who will take care of their elderly mother.


Director: Various

Duration: 99 minutes

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JDIFF 2014: Irish Film Preview – Calvary


CALVARY starring Brendan Gleeson


Thu, 13th Feb 2014

7:30PM @ The Savoy

Brendan Gleeson stars as a priest who is threatened by a confessioner and has one week to make peace with God and his family.

Director: John Michael McDonagh

Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly, Domhnall Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Dylan Moran, Aidan Gillen

Duration: 100 minutes

Guest Attending: John Michael McDonagh, Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly

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The 12th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival runs 13 – 23 February 2014.