Trailer: Dark Lies the Island

Written by Irish author Kevin Barry and based around characters he created for his own short story collection, Ian Fitzgibbon’s (Death of a Superhero) pitch-black comedy centres on a small Irish town over a week-long period.

If you’re going get involved with men in a small Irish town, they might as well be the Mannions – and Sara is involved up to her neck. The Mannions are a feuding family in the town of Dromord who are all set at each other. Sara is married to Daddy Mannion but holding a candle for her first love, his son Doggy. When she also gets involved with his brother, trouble looms.

An impressive Irish cast including Peter Coonan, Charlie Murphy, Pat Shortt and Moe Dunford flesh out this unique, dark, comedy which offers on-the-nose observations about Irish life.





Trailer: An Engineer Imagines


Underappreciated at home in Ireland until now, Peter Rice has a global reputation as one of the most important engineers of the 20th Century making groundbreaking contributions to many of the most celebrated buildings in world architecture such as the Sydney Opera House, the Lloyd’s Building in London, the Inverted Pyramid at the Louvre and the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

The new trailer gives a preview of BAFTA-Award winning director and cinematographer Marcus Robinson’s stunning 35mm time-lapse photography that sensationally showcase Rice’s extraordinary buildings.


An Engineer Imagines will be on limited release in Irish cinemas 1st March.  



Trailer: Gaza

Take a look at the new Official Trailer for Irish made Sundance-bound documentary Gaza, a film that takes a look into everyday lives on the strip, premiering in competition at the Sundance festival on January 29.


From directing duo Garry Keane (The Deafening, The Writing in the Sky) and Award-winning conflict photographer Andrew McConnellGAZA is a beautiful portrait of everyday Gazan citizens. It brings us into a unique place beyond the reach of television news reports to reveal a world rich with eloquent and resilient characters, offering us a cinematic and enriching portrait of a people attempting to lead meaningful lives against the rubble of perennial conflict.


It’s hard to imagine anybody living a normal life in the Gaza Strip. Frequently labeled as the world’s largest open-air prison, it makes an appearance on news reports every time a confrontation erupts between Israel and Hamas. From TV sets thousands of miles away, this tiny piece of land has been reduced to an image of violence, chaos and destruction. So what do the people do when they’re not under siege?


Referencing the film’s official selection, Garry Keane said, “On behalf of my co-director colleague Andrew McConnell and I, it is a huge honor for our film GAZA to be selected for the Sundance Film Festival 2019 in the World Cinema Documentary Competition. This is not only a professional Everest for us both, but even more so, it is a clear testament to the resilience and bravery of our contributors who have shared their lives with us in this beautiful and much misunderstood place. It is a privilege to have spent time with them and to have had the chance to bring their stories of hope and survival in one of the most unique places on earth to the world’s most prestigious documentary festival.”


GAZA is a Real Films and Filmoption International co-production in association with Fine Point Films and Gebruder Beetz Filmproduktion, produced by Brendan J. Byrne (Bobby Sands: 66 Days, Elián) with Paul Cadieux (The Triplets of Belleville, P.S. Jerusalem), Garry Keane, Andrew McConnell and Executive Producer Trevor Birney (No Stone Unturned, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God) and Christian Beetz (The Cleaners). The editing is by Mick Mahon (Citizen Lane, The Queen of Ireland) and the Original Score is by Grammy and Emmy Award-winning Canadian composer Ray Fabi.

‘The Hole In The Ground’ in Cinemas March 1st


Lee Cronin’s The Hole In The Ground will be released in Irish and UK cinemas on Friday, 1st March.

The film which will have its world premiere at the renowned Sundance Film Festival later this month is Cronin’s feature debut which he co-wrote with Stephen Shields.  It stars Séana Kerslake (A Date For Mad Mary), James Quinn Markey (Vikings), James Cosmo (T2 Trainspotting), Simone Kirby (Jimmy’s Hall), Steve Wall (An Klondike) and Kati Outinen (Le Havre).

Trying to escape her broken past, Sarah O’Neill (Séana Kerslake) is building a new life on the fringes of a backwood rural town with her young son Chris (James Quinn Markey). 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.

Speaking about the cinema release, director Lee Cronin said: “I’m so excited to finally be bringing The Hole in the Ground to my home crowd. It’s a film with a uniquely unsettling Irish identity, and one that I hope will terrify people both when they are in the cinema, and long after they go home and turn the lights out. A short month after it’s world premiere at Sundance, Irish cinema-goers will be right there as the first in the world to be able to see the film as a big screen experience. Horror is best served in a dark room with lots of people crawling on edge together. We made a movie with that in mind”.

The Hole in the Ground was shot on location in Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow and was produced by Conor Barry and John Keville for Savage Productions with Benoit Roland and Ulla Simonen for Wrong Men and MADE.  The film was funded by Screen Ireland, the BAI and Headgear Films with support coming from Wallimages and the Finnish Film Foundation.

Wildcard Distribution will be releasing the film in Ireland.

Vertigo Releasing will be distributing the film in the UK.


Trailer: Cellar Door

Cellar Door tells the story of young lover Aidie (Karan Hassan) as she searches for her son while in the grip of the Church. But as she gets closer to the truth, she suffers uncontrollable shifts in time and place that send her spiralling. With a unique point of view on a familiar trauma, Cellar Door cuts deep into Aidie’s subjective experience.

Something is forcing Aidie to relive the moments that led to her being institutionalised. Aidie must work out the mystery, break free from the cycle and find her son.

At its core,Cellar Door is an emotional, character driven story. At its surface, it is a physical manifestation of the state of Aidie’s mind. The film is the journey from that core to that surface. It is a subjective study of Aidie as she unravels the emotionally charged mystery of her life.

Cellar Door is a moving mystery thriller – an exploration of love regained and loss relived – that ends with a jolt as Aidie awakens to something beyond all expectations

In Select Cinemas January 25th

Cert 15A

Running Time 90 minutes


Trailer: Making The Grade


Ken Wardrop’s Making The Grade 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 goal but reaching Grade Eight is considered a pinnacle. This endearing and uplifting documentary explores the bond between piano teachers and their pupils as they struggle through these grades. This is a story of the transformative power of music and the pride and happiness it provides both the students and teachers. It may inspire us all to keep making the grade.

The filmmakers travelled the length and breadth of the country to film with teachers and their students as they prepared for their piano grade exams. The film features characters from as far afield as Kylemore Abbey in the West, to Derry City in the North and down to Crosshaven, Cork in the South.


Making The Grade will screen at this year’s SXSW film festival and is in Irish cinemas from 13th April.

Making The Grade is a Reel Art film funded by the Arts Council and operated in association with Filmbase.


Trailer: The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Yorgos Lanthimos’ highly anticipated The Killing of a Sacred Deer  will be released in cinemas on November 3rd .

Lanthimos has crafted a sensational thriller brimming with unsettling humour and creeping dread, steeped in Greek tragedy, existential horror, Hitchcockian psychodrama, and riveting suspense. Darting confidently between genres to subvert our expectations at every turn, The Killing of a Sacred Deer firmly cements Lanthimos in the pantheon of world-class auteurs and marks him as a cinematic provocateur without precedent.

Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic ) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen who Steven has covertly taken under his wing. As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family’s domestic bliss.

The film was produced by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe’s Element Pictures, the producers of The Lobster and Oscar-winner Room. It was financed by Film4 and the Irish Film Board, who also were financiers of The Lobster , and New Sparta Films, whose involvement was brokered by HanWay Films. The project was developed by Element Pictures and Film4. HanWay Films are the worldwide sales agent.




Trailer: The Drummer and The Keeper


The Drummer and The Keeper tells the story of the unlikely friendship formed between two young men; Gabriel, a reckless young drummer with bipolar disorder, who revels in rejecting society’s rules and Christopher, a 17 year old with Asperger’s Syndrome, who yearns to fit in. This heartwarming story, shows the strength of the human bond, in the face of adversity.

Written and directed by Nick Kelly, whose short film Shoe was shortlisted for an Academy Award, The Drummer and The Keeper was produced by Kate McColgan for Calico Pictures, with support from the Irish Film Board.


The Drummer and The Keeper is in cinemas from 8th September 2017



Teaser Trailer: Michael Inside


Wildcard Distribution have launched the brand new teaser trailer for Michael Inside, the latest feature film from writer-director Frank Berry (I Used to Live Here).

Michael Inside which stars Dafhyd Flynn, Lalor Roddy and Moe Dunford tells the story of Michael McCrea, an impressionable 18-year-old living with his grandfather Francis in a Dublin housing estate, who gets caught holding a bag of drugs for his friend’s older brother and is sentenced to three months in prison.

Director Frank Berry said: “Researched over eighteen months with former prisoners the film is an expression of many real-life experiences, and we very much look forward to Irish audiences seeing it.”

Michael Inside sees Berry once again working with Dafhyd Flynn, who gives a moving performance as Michael, after previously worked together on the critically acclaimed I Used To Live Here.  The release date for the film is currently being finalised.

The film will have its world premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh this month and will also be the topic of a panel session at the Fleadh Forum which will delve into the area of independent filmmaking looking at the creative approach taken by the filmmakers and discussing how to maximise limited resources to the best effect.

To find out more about the screening at the Galway Film Fleadh and buy tickets


Trailer: Twice Shy


Twice Shy, the coming-of-age-drama written and directed by Tom Ryan will be released on Friday 23rd June.  The news comes ahead of the Marche du Film screenings of the film at the Cannes Film Festival this week.

Featuring Ardal O’Hanlon (Handsome Devil) and Pat Shortt (Garage), the award-winning Twice Shy follows the story of a young, unmarried couple played by Shane Murray-Corcoran and Iseult Casey, who set off on a road trip from Ireland to London as the result of an unplanned pregnancy. The film charts the ups and downs of their relationship by juxtaposing their dramatic journey to the abortion clinic with flashbacks to happier times in their romance.

The film boasts a soundtrack with some of Ireland’s top musical talents including Ash, Gavin James, Republic of Loose and The Corrs.  Produced by Fionn Greger who works at Amazon in London, it was filmed in Tipperary, Dublin, and London and has been screening at numerous film festivals across the globe since its world premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh last year.

It will screen at the Marche du Film at the Cannes Film Festival this Thursday and Saturdayand will be released in Ireland on Friday 23rd June.


Starting a Conversation: Twice Shy


Trailer: Cardboard Gangsters


The official trailer for Mark O’Connor’s gritty Dublin gangland feature Cardboard Gangsters has been released.

The film is now set for an Irish release on Friday, 16th June.

Cardboard Gangsters, which stars John Connors (King of the Travellers, Love/Hate), Fionn Walton (Out of Here, What Richard Did), and Kierston Wareing (Fish Tank, Eastenders) follows a group of wannabe gangsters as they attempt to gain control of the drug trade in Darndale, chasing the glorified lifestyle of money, power and sex.


Jay Connolly (Connors) is a part-time DJ and low-level drug dealer.  When his welfare is cut off he decides it’s time for him and his gang to enter the big leagues. This attracts the attention of the local King Pin and sets Jay down a violent and bloody path.


Wowing festival audiences around the globe, the film picked up three awards at Manchester Film Festival (Best Actor, Best Feature Film and Film of the Festival) earlier this year and was awarded Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking at the Newport Beach Film Festival in California last week where it was described as having “the feverish temperament of a Guy Ritchie picture, the ghetto angst of Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting, and the realism of Ken Loach and Mike Leigh’s finest films. Unflinching, sadistic, and unabashedly realistic.”


The film was directed by Mark O’Connor who co-wrote the screenplay with John Connors.  It was produced for Stalker Films and Five Knight Films in association with Filmbase and with the support of the BAI, Egg Post Production and TV3.


Cardboard Gangsters will be released in Irish cinemas on the 16th June by Wildcard Distribution.



Trailer: The Three Don’ts

Paddy Murphy’s The Three Don’ts tells the story of Jason and Benson; two normal, down on their luck, broke twenty-somethings in Limerick, Ireland. They receive an opportunity to make a lot of money for a “Simple Job” from the enigmatic and dangerous Banger. The only thing he asks is that they follow The Three Don’ts. If they can do that they might just make it through the night alive…


Well, that’s if the gangs, assassins or drug kingpin don’t get them first.




Trailer: Brain on Fire


Gerard Barrett’s new film Brain on Fire stars Chloë Grace Moretz as Susannah Cahalan, a journalist at the New York Post who suffers from an inexplicable illness that has her hearing voices, hallucinating, battling bouts of paranoia and lashing out during violent episodes.

Described as a a medical mystery psychological drama, the full cast includes Richard Armitage, Carrie-Anne Moss, Tyler Perry, Thomas Mann, Vincent Gale, Nicole LaPlaca, Navid Negahban, Agam Darshi, with an appearance by Jenny Slate



Trailer: Animation, Inc. Ireland’s Creative Industry


The trailer for Animation, Inc. Ireland’s Creative Industry has been released.


Animation, Inc. Ireland’s Creative Industry is a feature length documentary about the Irish Animation Industry and the extraordinary influence Irish Animators have had worldwide.


An unprecedented look into the past, present and future of the Irish Animation Industry, covering the Education, Business and Creativity of a fascinating art form, this in-depth and accessible documentary will not only interest fans of Animation and Art but will also provide people who know little or nothing about the incredible story behind Animation in Ireland, with the perfect gateway into that world.


The documentary is being produced by Dublin based production house,

Bruin Motion Pictures and features legendary former Disney animators, Don Bluth and Gary Goldman (An American Tail, Land Before Time), Seamus Malone, Aardman Animation (Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep), DreamWorks Animations’ Dean DeBlois (How to Train Your Dragon, Lilo & Stitch), Irish Studios Cartoon Saloon (Song of the Sea, Secret of Kells), Brown Bag Films (Doc McStuffins) Giant Animation, Barley Films, and many more.


Animation, Inc. contains original studio tours, rare and never-seen-before archive footage, exterior footage from inspiring worldwide/Irish landscapes and exclusive discussions with Academy Award winning studios and animators.

The production has already shot on location in Bristol, UK. Stuttgart, Germany. New York & Arizona, USA and across the majority of counties within the Republic of Ireland, with more to come before the end of production, giving an idea of the global scope of the influence from Animation in Ireland.

With the increible current success of Animation in Ireland and with the hidden history


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Trailer ‘A Date for Mad Mary’


A Date for Mad Mary tells the story of ‘Mad’ Mary McArdle returning to Drogheda after a short spell in prison – for something she’d rather forget. Back home, everything and everyone has changed. Her best friend, Charlene, is about to get married and Mary is maid of honour. When Charlene refuses Mary a ‘plus one’ on the grounds that she probably couldn’t find a date, Mary becomes determined to prove her wrong. But her attempts at dating are a disaster and she winds up feeling more alone… until she meets Jess and everything changes.

Darren Thornton’s debut feature is a tough and tender story about friendship, first love, and letting go of the glory days, starring Seána Kerslake (Can’t Cope/Won’t Cope, The Lobster), Tara Lee (Raw, The Fall) and Charleigh Bailey.

“Deservedly receiving a standing ovation for its exceptional central performances and seamless ability to shift between the comic and the poignant, this moving story of friendship, family and love is note-perfect in its execution and provides real evidence of the depth of talent within Irish filmmaking at this moment.”

Read Conn Holohan’s review of A Date For Mad Mary from the Galway Film Fleadh here 

A Date For Mad Mary is in cinemas 2nd September 2016



Trailer: ‘Viva’


Viva, directed by Paddy Breathnach, is set in Cuba and stars Héctor Medina as Jesus, a young hairdresser working at a Havana nightclub that showcases drag performers, who dreams of being a performer himself. Encouraged by his mentor, Mama (Luis Alberto García), Jesus finally gets his chance to take the stage. But when his estranged father Angel (Jorge Perugorría) abruptly re-enters his life, his world is quickly turned upside down. As father and son clash over their opposing expectations of each other, Viva becomes a love story as the men struggle to understand one another and reconcile as a family.


Viva is in cinemas from 19th August 2016



Teaser Trailer: Cardboard Gangsters



Mark O’Connor’s latest film Cardboard Gangsters stars John Connors as a small time drug dealer who, together with his group of cardboard gangsters attempts to gain control of the drug trade in Darndale, chasing the glorified lifestyle of money, power and sex.

To whet your appetite the filmmakers have released an exclusive clip from the film.



To mark the world premiere, there will be a pre-screening party in the Roisin Dubh which will have live music from acts who feature on the films soundtrack including Patti Smith Blues Band, Fifth Element, Jambo, Trom and God Creative and Crimes Against.

The party, which is open to the public and will take place 5pm – 8pm, is co-sponsored by the Craic Festival.

The film will screen on Saturday 9th July at 10pm at the Galway Film Fleadh and will be released in cinemas later this year by Wildcard Distribution.


Buy tickets for Cardboard Gangsters World Premiere, Saturday 9th July at 10pm in the Town Hall Theatre:

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Trailer: The Young Offenders



The makers of the upcoming comedy feature The Young Offenders have released a teaser trailer giving a taste of what audiences are in store for when the film hits Irish cinemas in September.



Inspired by Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure of €440 million off the coast of Cork in 2007, The Young Offenders follows two Cork inner-city teenagers, Conor and Jock, as they embark on a 160km road trip on stolen bikes in the hopes of finding an unrecovered bale of coke.

The film will have its world premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh on Friday 8th July.  The hotly anticipated screening in the Town Hall Theatre is one of the Fleadh’s top picks and is selling out fast.
Directed by first-time feature writer/director Peter Foott and introduces new talents Alex Murphy and Chris Walley.  Well known stand-up comedian PJ Gallagher (Naked Camera) and Hilary Rose (Republic of Telly) also star in the comedy.  Foott is no stranger to comedy as he is an award-winning writer/director on the Republic of Telly who also directed The Rubber Bandits infamous Horse Outside video.


The film was shot in some of the most iconic locations around Cork city and along the Wild Atlantic Way last summer.


Trailer: Taryn Barker: Demon Hunter

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Take a look at the trailer for new Irish horror Taryn Barker: Demon Hunter. The film is directed by Zoe Kavanagh.
A young girl tormented by the tragedies of her past is brought in for questioning by the police over the death of a man, who she claims to be a demon. Detective Beckett realizes this is the same girl he made a broken promise to six years ago that he’d find the monster that raped and murdered her 12 year old sister. The girl warns of a powerful man named Falstaff who will stop at nothing to claim her soul, Falstaff abducts Detective Beckett’s daughter and now this young girl is his only hope and ally in rescuing his daughter from this demonic cult and proving to him that Taryn Barker is the Demon Hunter.


The film stars Niamh Hogan in the lead role, supported by Michael Parle as Demon Lord Falstaff, and Alan Talbot, Kevin O’Malley, Nic Furlong, Sarah Tapes Jenkinson, and Margarita Grillis. It was written by Zoe Kavanagh and Tony Flynn, and produced by Victor McGowan, Anna Ginjaume Grieve, Zoe Kavanagh, Matthew Taylor, and Stephen Horgan.



Trailer: Hostage to the Devil


Causeway Pictures has released the new trailer for the upcoming indie documentary Hostage to the Devil.  Over 5 years in production, director Marty Stalker has made a film which examines age old questions about the existence of the Devil and the debate over good vs evil, all through the life of a controversial Irish-born Jesuit priest, Fr Malachi Martin.



Using first person-interviews with paranormal experts such as Lorraine Warren, Ralph Sarchie and John Zaffis, along with dramatic reconstructions, archival evidence and words straight from Martin, this spine-chilling documentary takes the audience on a journey through an extraordinary life; marked by battles against the Vatican, scandal, contention and most of all, a deep and all-encompassing belief in the theory and practice of exorcism.

The film explains in graphic detail the process and outcomes of such an ordeal, including the horrifying case study of a four year old girl, whom Fr Martin assessed as requiring exorcism– this was to be the last case he was involved in before he died in mysterious circumstances.


Trailer: The Truth Commissioner

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Check out the official Irish trailer for The Truth Commissioner, the tense political thriller starring Roger Allam, Barry Ward, Conleth Hill and Sean McGinley.

The film is out on Friday 26th February and will be screening in the Audi Dublin International Film Festival on Sunday 21st February.

Set in a post-troubles Northern Ireland, The Truth Commissioner follows the fictional story of Henry Stanfield (Allam), a career diplomat who has just been appointed as Truth Commissioner to Northern Ireland.

The story revolves around the lives of three men who are directly or indirectly involved inthe disappearance, 20 years earlier, of the 15-year-old Connor Roche. Though Stanfield starts bravely, he quickly uncovers some bloody and inconvenient truths about those now running the country; truths which none of those in power are prepared to have revealed. Everyone claims to want the truth, but what is it going to cost, and who is going to pay for it?

Directed by Declan Recks (Eden) and adapted from David Park’s award winning novel ‘The Truth Commissioner’ by Eoin O’Callaghan,the film looks behind the rhetoric surrounding the Northern Ireland peace process and was filmed on location in Belfast, Derry and Dublin.

The film was produced by David Collins for Samson Films, and Eoin O’Callaghan and Kevin Jackson for Big Fish Films with funding from Northern Ireland Screen, the Irish Film Board, BBC Northern Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.


The Truth Commissioner will be released in Irish cinemas by Wildcard Distribution on Friday, 26th February.

Tickets for ADIFF screening on Sunday 21st February can be booked online here:





Trailer: The Survivalist



Bulldog Film Distribution today released the first trailer for the captivating thriller The Survivalist (Cert 18), which will be released in Irish cinemas on February 12th 2016.  Filmed in Northern Ireland, the film stars Martin McCann (’71, Jump, Killing Bono), Mia Goth (Nymphomaniac Part II, A Cure For Wellness) and Olwen Fouéré (This Must be the Place).




The Survivalist was written and directed by Northern Ireland-born Stephen Fingleton, who has picked up a number of accolades for his work on the film, including; Best Debut Director at the British Independent Film Awards, Best New Narrative Director and Special Jury Mention at Tribeca, and most recently, a nomination in the Outstanding Debut category of the British Academy Film Awards.


In a kill-or-be-killed world where starvation is rife and strangers are always dangerous, The Survivalist lives off the grid, and by his wits.  When a starving woman and her teenage daughter discover his forest refuge, his loneliness drives him to overcome his suspicion and strike a bargain with them in return for bed and board.  But as desire becomes stronger than necessity, the exchange becomes an uneasy, ongoing arrangement which threatens not only his carefully constructed world but also his life.


A captivating thriller, The Survivalist marks the feature debut of writer-director Stephen Fingleton.  The Survivalist was produced by Wayne Marc Godfrey (Silence, Cake), Robert Jones (The Usual Suspects, Babylon) and David Gilbery (Bone Tomahawk) through The Fyzz Facility.  Shot in Northern Ireland the film was financed by The Fyzz Facility, BFI and Northern Ireland Screen in association with Goldcrest.


The Survivalist opens in selected cinemas across Ireland on February 12th 2016.


Trailer: Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘Room’


The trailer for Room is available to watch online. From acclaimed director Lenny Abrahamson and based on the best-selling novel by Emma Donoghue, Room stars Brie Larson and a breakout performance from Jacob Tremblay, with three-time Academy Award® nominee Joan Allen.

Room is released in Irish cinemas on 15th January 2016.



Trailer: ‘Pursuit’ – in Cinemas from 18th September


The Galway-shot film Pursuit, which had its World Premiere at the Fleadh this year, opens across Ireland on September 18th.

Directed by Paul Mercier, the film is a modern take on the legend of Diarmuid and Gráinne – a contemporary myth about the pursuit of power, class, love and the chance to start again.

The film stars Ruth Bradley and Barry Ward  as Gráinne and Diarmuidalongside a cast that includes Liam Cunningham, Brendan Gleeson, Owen Roe, David Pearse, Dara Devaney, Dónall Ó Héalaí, Ciarán O’Brien and Emmet Kirwan.


Check out all the Irish films set for release in cinemas this year.




Trailer: The Lobster


Element Pictures Distribution today released the first trailer from their joint acquisition of Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster,  the English language debut of Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos.


The Lobster is a love story set in the near future, when single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. A desperate Man escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live, and he falls in love, although it is against The Loner’s rules.


Starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux, John C Reilly, Ben Whishaw, Olivia Colman and Michael Smiley, The Lobster is a blackly funny love story set in a near future where finding love is a matter of life or death.


The Lobster is released on Irish cinemas from 16th October



Trailer: Night People

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Night People is an Irish Sci-Fi / Horror film which marks the feature film directorial debut of Gerard Lough. The film was shot on location in Donegal and Dublin.


A pair of professional but badly mismatched criminals break into a vacant house to carry out an insurance scam. Awkwardly thrown together with an hour to kill, they reluctantly start telling each other tall tales. One concerns two friends who discover a mysterious device that may be of alien origin. The more they learn about it, the closer to breaking point their friendship is pushed. The other is about an ambitious business woman who provides a dating agency for wealthy fetishists. She attempts to escape this shady line of work by taking on a new client who’s  habits may be of the vampiric variety . As the night progresses the line between fiction and reality starts to blur and the hidden agendas of both thieves become apparent.



Trailer: Swerve

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The trailer has been released for Swerve, a new crime comedy produced by Mycrofilms. Swerve is about a deadly game where it’s every man for himself as a group of ambitious criminals do battle for a mysterious bag. This game has been going on for as long as anyone in the criminal underworld can remember. If you play, you play to win. If you lose, you die. But the question is, what’s in the bag?


The film is directed by Ross Costigan and written by John Morton. It was produced by Alan Slattery of Mycrofilms. It will premiere as part of the Short Film Program at this years Underground Cinema Film Festival on Saturday, September 12th.


The cast of the Swerve includes Eddie Murphy, David Thompson, John Doran, Brendan Corcoran, Ger Cody, Niall Morrissey, John Morton, Stephen Colfer, Ken McGuire, James McHale, Niall Sheehy, Paul Young and Adrian Kavanagh, amongst others.


The making of Swerve was supported by Artlinks. It was shot entirely on location in Kilkenny City and this marks the very first screening of the film.



‘Frank’ Official Film Trailer


Lenny Abrahamson’s offbeat comedy Frank is set for the cinemas on the 9th of May. The film follows about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender), a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head, and his terrifying bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal).