‘The Man Who Wanted To Fly’ Festival Screening & Nomination

After a fantastic opening weekend at the Irish box-office with further expansion this week, The Man Who Wanted To Fly has been officially selected for Newport Beach Film Festival and also nominated in the Single Documentary category of the Celtic Media Festival.

The largest international cinema event in South California, the 20th Newport Beach Film Festival will take place from April 25th to May 2nd. The Celtic Media Festival, which is held in a different Celtic heartland each year, will be situated in Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands this time round, and will run from June 4th to 6th.

“The reactions we’re getting from audiences are astounding,” said Trisha Canning, producer of The Man Who Wanted To Fly.

“What’s been really pleasing for us is the large cross section of audience with which the film is striking a chord. People of all ages seem to be really enjoying it, with one of the film’s core themes of never giving up on a dream, particularly resonating.”


Registration Open for the Irish Pavilion at Cannes Film Festival 2019

Screen Ireland has announced that registration for the Irish Pavilion at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival is now open.

The Irish Pavilion is located at No. 131, in the International Village.

Register online here.

Online registration will close on Thursday 18 April 2019 at 5 pm.

Screening or Selling at Cannes?
If you have a Screen Ireland-supported film or co-production screening or selling in the market, please let the Screen Ireland know so that they can list the details in their marketing materials. You can inform us of films screening and/or selling by filling out the online form.


Moe Dunford to receive Breakthrough Artist Award at Newport Beach Film Festival

The 20th annual Newport Beach Film Festival will present the largest celebration of Irish Cinema in North America during its eight-day run (April 25 – May 2, 2019) in Southern California. Highlights include an Irish Showcase event, red carpet premieres, Breakthrough Artist Award presentation to Moe Dunford, eleven Irish feature length films, twenty Irish short films, the participation of Irish filmmakers and talent.

On Saturday, April 27th, the Festival will honour Irish Actor Moe Dunford with the Breakthrough Artist Award at the 2019 Festival Honors reception co-hosted by Variety Magazine at the Balboa Bay Resort. Dunford, who stars in three of the Festival’s Irish films (Metal Heart, Rosie, The Dig) and is best known for Vikings, Patrick’s Day and Michael Inside (a 2018 NBFF official selection), has emerged as one of Ireland’s most talented and versatile actors with a robust slate of films in the works, on the festival circuit and in theatrical release. On Sunday, April 28th, 2019, the Festival will present its Irish Showcase, an evening celebration of Celtic cinema and culture. The event will feature the premiere of the three highly anticipated Irish films, Metal Heart, The Belly of the Whale and Rosie followed by a festive post-screening reception. 

Other Irish feature length narrative films screening at the Newport Beach Film Festival include the international premiere of acclaimed Irish director Alexandra McGuinness’ film, She’s Missingas well as John Butler’s, Papi Chulo and Carmel Winters’ Float Like A Butterfly (US Premiere). The Irish animated feature Captain Morten and the Spider Queen (US Premiere) will screen in the Festival’s Family Film Series. The Irish short film Breastfriends will screen as part of the Festival’s Growing Up Shortly program. Irish feature length documentary films in the line-up include Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk and The Man Who Wanted to Fly (US Premiere). Two Irish feature length documentaries An Engineer Imagines (US Premiere), Citizen Lane (US Premiere) and the short Irish documentary Bordalo II: A Life of Waste will screen as part of the Festival’s Art, Architecture + Design Film Series. 

For further information see: www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com


‘Taking Stock’ Screens at Newport Beach Festival

WAward winning film Taking Stock, will have its US premiere at the prestige’s Newport Beach Festival . This Irish drama short film was written and directed by Siobhán McMahon and produced by Galway native Emma Owen from Galway based production company Babyjane Productions. 

This ambitious project was funded by Kildare Short Grass Films; an initiative of Kildare County Councilheaded by Lucina Russell Arts Officer. Lucina brings together both professional and aspiring film makers in Kildare to create a film cultural legacy that will hopefully continue for many years to come.

Starring Kelly Gough, Michael O’Kelly and Rachel Lynch, the film tells the story of a farmer who battles through the aftermath of a cattle raid. It explores the affect this has on him and his family and how one copes in tough circumstances.

This story is not unique to Ireland. It happens all around the world. Thieves never think of the consequences their actions have on the farmer and their families. 

The project has been challenging and an absolute pleasure collaborating with all the cast and crew involved. There has been huge enthusiasm from all, which shows the necessity for schemes like Short Grass Films to continue.

‘We couldn’t have done it without the support of all the cast, crew and the locals – they are the ones who deserve all the credit’ says Emma Owen from Babyjane Productions. ‘The significant grant-aid awarded from Kildare County Council was further enhanced by sponsorship fromCreans Restaurant Killculllen, Ashover Lodge Killcullen, Cine Electric Ardmore Studios and Element Post Production. We owe them our sincerest gratitude’. 

‘We also want to thank our relentless crew who worked tirelessly throughout the project. We were extremely lucky to have IFTA winning Burschi Wojnar, award winning sound designer Paul Rowland and two-time Emmy nominated composer Joseph Conlan on our team’. 

We are excited to see how the film performs on the festival circuit both nationally and internationally. It’s a story that will resonate with all audiences throughout the world as it’s a real human story. 

Siobhán McMahon, director & writer, commented that ‘It was a privilege to work with such an amazing cast and crew on Taking Stock and I am thrilled to be launching the film onto the festival circuit’.

Producer Emma Owen commented ‘We are excited to take the next step with Taking Stock. Siobhan’s stunning directorial is a beautiful, poignant and a searingly honest portrayal of marriage and human emotions in a difficult time. ‘


Foyle Film Festival’s Light In Motion Competition Open for Entries

Northern Ireland’s only Oscar® affiliated film festival has launched its 2019 Light In Motion (LIM) competition, open to filmmakers and animators across the world. Based in Derry~Londonderry, the Foyle Film Festival competition will remain open for entries until September 23, 2019.

The three competition categories under Light In Motion 2019 are:

·       Best Irish Short

·       Best International Short

·       Best Animation

The category winners will be announced at the closing evening Light in Motion Awards Ceremony, sponsored by City of Derry Crystal, on Sunday 24 November 2019.

Recipients of the LIM Awards qualify for consideration in the Short Film category of the Academy Awards® without needing the standard theatrical run. Foyle Film Festival is also an IMDb Qualifying Festival, granting all eligible film submissions a fast-tracked title page on IMDb.com.

Previous festival winners and competitors who have proceeded to win the Oscar® include: Terry George for The Shore (2012), Martin McDonagh for Six Shooter (2006), Andrea Arnold for Wasp (2004), Adam Elliot for Harvie Krumpet (2003), and Eric Armstrong for Chubbchubbs (2002).

The success continues with 2018 Oscar® nominations for LIM Award finalist The Silent Child directed by Chris Overton and 2018 BAFTA award in Short Animation for LIM Award finalist Poles Apart directed by Paloma Baeza and Ser En Low.

Funded by the Department for Communities through Northern Ireland Screen, by Derry City and Strabane District Council and Tourism NI, Foyle Film Festival delivers a comprehensive programme of documentaries, short films and feature films from all over the world.

Now in its 32nd year, it continues to be a platform for filmmakers, animators and artists to screen their films, network with industry professionals and gain access to the international market.

For more information on how to enter visit www.foylefilmfestival.org.


Japanese Film Festival

The Japanese Film Festival returns for its 11th outing this April, with a packed programme that will bring the best of Japanese cinema to screens across Ireland.

This year the schedule includes 46 screenings of 16 feature films across Dublin, Galway, Tipperary, Cork, Limerick, Sligo, Waterford and Dundalk.

The festival kicks off this year on the weekend of Saturday April 6th and Sunday April 7th with screenings in Dublin and Galway, and will continue until Saturday April 20th with the final screenings in Dundalk and Waterford.

This year’s programme includes the brilliant yakuza thriller The Blood of Wolves, which recently picked up four Japan Academy Prizes. Born Bone Born is a crowd-pleasing family drama focused around the Okinawan custom of senkotsu (bone washing ceremony). Jesus is a true original from first-time director Hiroshi Okuyama, focusing on one lonely boy’s experiences when a miniature, dancing Jesus Christ shows up unexpectedly. Quirky rom-com Tremble All You Want boasts an extraordinary central performance from Mayu Matsuoka. Meanwhile, acclaimed director Shinya Tsukamoto (best-known for the Tetsuo series) returns with his latest film – the brutal but thoughtful samurai thriller Killing. Elsewhere, The Chrysanthemum and the Guillotineis an epic and intelligent drama in which the worlds of female sumo wrestling and anarchist violence collide.

The festival will host extra cinema screenings of the smash hit zombie comedy One Cut of the Dead plus an opportunity to discover a neglected one with the outrageous 1980s musical gem The Legend of the Stardust Brothers.

This year’s anime selection includes Irish premieres of two new films. The charming Penguin Highway marks the first full-length feature from Studio Colorido, and is a delight for all ages. Elsewhere, there will be few dry eyes in the cinema during the moving romantic drama I Want to Eat Your Pancreas.

Ticket sales information for screenings are available from each participating venue.

Ticketing links and listings are also available at www.jff.ie


JFF 2019 Screening Schedule:
Dublin – Chester Beatty Library: Saturday April 6th
Galway – Eye Cinema: Sunday April 7th to Thursday April 11th
Tipperary – LIT Clonmel: Monday April 8th
Limerick – University of Limerick: Tuesday April 9th
Cork – Cork Institute of Technology:  Wednesday April 10th
Sligo – The Model Sligo: Wednesday April 10th
Cork – Gate Cinema: Thursday April 11th to Saturday April 13th
Dublin – Light House Cinema: Thursday April 11th to Sunday April 14th
Galway – Pálás: Friday April 12th to Monday April 15th
Tipperary – Tipperary Excel: Saturday April 13th to Sunday April 14th
Cork – Triskel Christchurch: Sunday April 14th to Thursday April 18th
Waterford – Garter Lane Arts Centre: Thursday April 18th to Saturday April 20th
Dundalk – An Táin Arts Centre: Saturday April 20th  


Irish Box Office Smash Hit ‘Black 47’ Launches on Netflix

The Irish box-office smash hit Black 47 directed by Lance Daly is available to view on Netflix from Sunday 31st March.

Set during the Great Irish Famine the film stars Hugo Weaving (Hacksaw Ridge, The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix), Jim Broadbent (Oscar®winner for Iris) and the prolific Irish screen and stage actor Stephen Rea (The Crying Game, Michael Collins).  Joining them are rising international actors James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom, The Drop) and Freddie Fox (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) along with a strong young Irish cast including Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk, The Killing of a Sacred Deer), Moe Dunford (Michael Inside, Patrick’s Day) and Sarah Greene (Rosie, Noble).

It’s 1847 and Ireland is in the grip of the Great Famine that has ravaged the country for two long years. Feeney, a hardened Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, abandons his post to return home and reunite with his family.  He’s seen more than his share of horrors, but nothing prepares him for the famine’s hopeless destruction of his homeland that has brutalised his people and where there seems to be no law and order. He discovers his mother starved to death and his brother hanged by the brutal hand of the English. With little else to live for, he sets a destructive path to avenge his family.

The screenplay was written by PJ Dillon (Rewind), Pierce Ryan (Standby), Eugene O’Brien (Eden) and Lance Daly (Life’s a Breeze, Kisses).  Produced by Macdara Kelleher for Fastnet Films with Tim O’Hair, Arcadiy Golubovich and Jonathan Loughran, Black 47 was financed by Primemeridian Entertainment, the Irish Film Board, the Luxembourg Film Fund, Wildcard Distribution, Altitude, BAI, TV3, Eurimages, Umedia, Samsa Films and Fastnet Films.

Watch the Trailer here


European Parliament Vote in favour of the Directive on Copyright

The Federation of European Film Directors (FERA), the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE) and the Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA) have welcomed the European Parliament’s final vote on the Copyright Directive in the Digital Single Market.

After many months of negotiations, the EU institutions have reached a compromise on the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market that establishes a much-needed level playing field for the cultural and creative sectors, in particular the audiovisual industry, to adapt to the 21th century online environment and integrate the global online players in the European copyright ecosystem.

As demonstrated by the recent survey on European audiovisual authors’ remuneration, audiovisual authors are struggling to make ends meet and to maintain sustainable careers; they are in urgent need for action to improve their situation. The Directive on Copyright in the digital Single Market features essential provisions in chapter 3 on fair remuneration for authors and performers, which represent an important achievement in EU legislation.

It sets out a general principle of proportionate remuneration allowing authors to share in the economic success of their works (Art 18), and unwaivable provisions strengthening authors’ right to information on the exploitation of their works (Art 19), reinforcing their bargaining power (Art 20 and 21) and establishing a right for revocation (Art 22).

Once the Directive will be confirmed by the Council, FERA, FSE and SAA will continue working with their members to make the most of the Directive at the implementation stage. They will in particular focus on ensuring that the implementation laws provide appropriate mechanisms to guarantee audiovisual authors receive the proportional remuneration they deserve for the exploitation of their works.


In Conversation with Emer Reynolds

Emer Reynolds

Emer Reynolds


On Friday, 22 March 2019, 6 – 7:30pm TCD will host anin conversation’ event with Emer Reynolds, writer and director of The Farthest (2017) chaired by Prof Ruth Barton(TCD) co-organised by Trinity School of Creative Arts and CONNECT.

Award-winning editor, writer and documentary director, Emer Reynolds, will discuss her acclaimed film,The Farthest  with Associate Professor in Film Studies, Ruth Barton, and CONNECT Principal Investigator, Marco Ruffini, in the Long Room Hub on Friday March 22, at 6pm.

The Farthest tells the inspiring story of Nasa’sVoyager space probes in the words of the men and women who designed and built the spacecraft. Interspersed with extraordinary imagery from the journey through space,The Farthest played at festivals worldwide, culminating in winning an Emmy in the category of ‘Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary’ in 2018. A celebration of the possibilities of scientific vision and of the humanity of those behind these experiments, including the creators of the ‘golden record’ made to enlighten possible alien encounters about life on earth,The Farthest is a testament to the potential of the human imagination.

Register here 
The interview will include sequences from The Farthest alongside a discussion of the film.

Accessibility: Yes
Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free (but registration is essential)
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Irish Experimental Sci-fi Feature to Premiere in New York

The world premiere of experimental, soundtrack-driven sci-fi Assimilation will take place at the 2019 Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival, to be held in New York this week, on March 6th and 9th. Filmed in Derry and Donegal and produced by Scalp Mountain Productions, Assimilation marks the feature debut both for Irish writer/director John Norby and star Ashling Vieira.

In the near future, exponential growth in technology creates an apocalyptic event of cosmic origins that finds Earth seemingly devoid of all sentient life. Assimilation depicts the stages leading up to that event and follows the journey of a lone survivor on her quest to reconnect with life: to discover what lies beyond.

Where are we headed, this human race, and what is our fate after Earth? The clues are there to be discovered; it’s all about knowing where to look.

What will you see?

Presented without dialogue, Assimilation features an immersive, darkly atmospheric soundtrack by some of the most respected dark ambient artists from around the world. The film strives through its ‘sight and sound’ approach to captivate its audience and transport them into the post-apocalyptic world it portrays, allowing them to explore it intimately as the experience unfolds.
The production of Assimilation was unique in that the soundtrack was in place before shooting began, indicating the importance of the music and its intricate relationship with the action in driving the story. The soundtrack features music by Lamia Vox, Sistrenatus, Red Harvest, Phelios, Virus, Triangular Ascension, Dahlia’s Tear, Øysnsasid, Christopher Norby, Posthum, Endvra, Necro Deathmort, O Yuki Conjugate, Zoät-Aon, and The Axis Of Perdition. Put together they provide an ethereal cinematic experience that reveals the profound and chilling story of Assimilation.
Assimilation will play at The Producer’s Club, 358 West 44th Street, New York, on Saturday, March 9. Screening time is 9pm. Q&A with director John Norby after the show.

Tickets and info available from www.thephilipkdickfilmfestival.com


Gravitas Ventures Acquires ‘Lost & Found’.

Irish Writer/Director Liam O Mochain’s 3rd feature film Lost & Found has been picked up by Gravitas Ventures for all rights worldwide (excluding Ireland, UK, Australia and New Zealand).  The film was recently acquired by Rialto Film Distribution for AUS/NZ, FILM 4 and High Fliers for the UK and RTE TV in Ireland.  Lost & Found was released in the UK in Oct and Ireland in July. The film had its world premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh where it sold out instantly, won best foreign film at the Arizona Int. film festival and was a buzz title at the recent 25th Austin Film Festival in early November.

Liam O Mochain (WC, The Book That Wrote Itself) says, “We are delighted to have made a deal with Gravitas Ventures for Lost & Found.  Although just over 10 years old Gravitas have made a huge impact on the industry releasing a lot of great films from fiction to docs from all over the world.  I am really looking forward to audiences in North America getting an opportunity to engage with the film when it is released in theatres in early 2019 and internationally later in 2019”.  

Producer Bernie Grummell adds “We are thrilled, the film was a labour of love for everyone involved over the 5 years of production and it is great that the film will be released by Gravitas to new audiences”. Tony Piantedosi, Director of Acquisitions at Gravitas Ventures said, “Liam crafts a hilarious ensemble comedy full of both small town charm and universal appeal. LOST & FOUND was a highlight of this year’s Austin Film Festival, and we look forward to bringing the film to audiences around the world,”


Lost & Found is a feature film with 7 interconnecting stories set in and around a lost & found office of an Irish train station.  All segments are inspired by true stories, share a theme of something lost or found, and characters that come in and out of each other’s lives. .

The ensemble cast includes Norma Sheahan (Moone Boy), Liam Carney (Outlander, Angela’s Ashes), Aoibhin Garrihy (The Fall), Anthony Morris (Games of Thrones), Seamus Hughes (Jimmy’s Hall), Liam O Mochain (WC), Brendan Conroy (Vikings), Barbara Adair (Derry Girls, Grabbers), Sean Flanagan (Foil Arms & Hog), Olga Wehrly (Vivarium, Nightflyers’), Diarmuid Noyes (Borgia, Killing Bono), Lynette Callaghan (The Tudors) and Daniel Costelloe (Albert Nobbs, Magdalene Sisters).






Budget Boost for Screen Ireland



Budget 2019 saw an additional funding of €36m in the arts sector, an increase of 12% on 2018 figures. It brings the total culture, language and heritage budget to €339m in 2019.

That additional funding includes an increase of €2 million awarded to Screen Ireland. The department has also allocated €3.84 million to the Screen Ireland administration and training budget bringing the agency’s 2019 funding to €20,042 000.

Section 481, the Irish tax incentive for the film and television industry is to be extended until 2024.

Also included in the budget announcement by Irish Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, TD. was that Section 481, the Irish tax incentive for the film and television industry is to be extended until 2024, plus additional support for projects filmed across the regions of Ireland for the next four years.

Speaking about the increase in funding, Screen Ireland Chair Dr. Annie Doona said:

“Earlier this year, Minister Madigan announced the Audiovisual Action Plan, an industry-wide, long-term vision, to support the Government’s ambition to enable Ireland to become a global hub for the creative screen industries. Therefore, we very much welcome this budget increase, as one of the first concrete steps in ensuring that we can implement this vision. This additional funding will ensure that Screen Ireland is in a strong position to support new and established Irish creative talent across film, television and animation production.

“We also welcome the extension of Section 481, the Irish tax incentive for the film and television industries until December 2024. 2018 has been an incredibly successful year to date, with Ireland welcoming a large number of major international productions to our shores, Consistent government support for Section 481 is imperative to enable Screen Ireland to promote Ireland as an attractive international destination for film and TV production.

“The regional uplift to Section 481 of 5% will also provide an additional incentive to increase Irish and international production activity from Cork to Limerick, from Galway to Donegal, developing jobs and investment across the regions. We also look forward to working with the Government to ensure that the process of implementing section 481 continues to be improved upon.”


‘Spears’ in Production


Spears is a mystery / thriller and is the second feature film for Irish director Gerard Lough. Best known for the short Stephen King adaption The Boogeyman and horror feature Night People, this is his first foray in neo-noir.

This ambitious thriller takes place in four different countries and stars Nigel Brennan, Michael Parle and Yalda Shahidi. A large international ensemble cast also includes Aidan O’ Sullivan, Bobby Calloway and Rebecca Thompson.

The film also aims to highlight the best of new Irish electronic artists with music from bands such as Sleep Thieves.

A young Private Investigator (Brennan) is sent to Italy to find a woman (Shahidi) who mysteriously disappeared there. Very soon he finds himself tangled in a web of obsession and revenge. Fittingly, the film’s title is taken from the Emily Bronte quote; “Treachery and violence are spears pointed by both ends; they would those who resort to them worse than their enemies.”

Part of principal photography recently wrapped in Florence, Italy and will resume in Ireland, Berlin and Britain in the coming months.

Spears is produced by Fatima Fleming and Lough and is set for a cinema release in 2019.

On the Red Carpet Podcast: The Little Stranger

Lenny Abrahamson’s new film The Little Stranger tells the story of Dr. Faraday (Domhnall Gleeson), the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. During the long hot summer of 1948, 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. But it is now in decline and its inhabitants – Mrs. Ayres (Charlotte Rampling), Roderick Ayres (Will Poulter) and Caroline Ayres (Ruth Wilson) – 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 disturbingly, the family’s story is about to become entwined with his own.

Gemma Creagh was at the European premiere at the Light House cinema in Dublin and talked to Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Lenny Abrahamson and Ruth Wilson.




The Little Stranger is currently in cinemas



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Latest Reviews

The Little Stranger

” lures viewers in with one thing, but delivers something different”

Read Stephen Porzio’s review here 

 A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot

“compelling, challenging and at times chilling” 

Read Siomha McQuinn’s review here

The Nun

“there is nothing to recommend in this latest instalment of the Conjuring franchise”

Read Sarah Cullen’s review here

American Animals

 “a multi-faceted piece of work”

Read Tom Crowley’s review here

A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot

“compelling, challenging and at times chilling”

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“a film conflicted within itself”

Read Tom Crowley’s review here

Black 47

“Lance Daly is incredibly ambitious in his steering this film”

Read Emma Donnelly’s review

 I, Dolours

“A fascinating portrait of a compelling figure in Irish history served well by a skilfully crafted piece of Irish filmmaking”

Read Gemma Creagh’s review



Spike Lee “is able to flip things on a dime, jerking the audience from laughter into a dead silence. The full emotional gamut is at play here – joy, shock, awe, terror”

Read Cian Geoghegan’s review 

The Image You Missed

 “engaging and evocative in both form and content”

Read Síomha McQuinn’s review


First Reformed


“Paul Schrader’s First Reformed doesn’t simply begin, it bleeds into consciousness”

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‘A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot’ in Cinemas in September

Sinead O’Shea’s acclaimed new Irish documentary is set for nationwide Irish and Northern Irish release on 14th of September.

One night in 2012, Majella O’Donnell took her teenage son Philly to a laneway near to her home to be shot in the legs by local gunmen. In a shocking, intimate yet often warm and surprisingly humorous portrait of a family, A Mother Brings Her Son to be Shot tells their story.

Majella, her son and the gunmen are all part of the dissident community in Derry, Northern Ireland. The Troubles in Northern Ireland was supposed to have ended in 1998 with the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, but this community do not accept the government or police. To them, the war is not over, even as family life continues.

In the absence of a normal relationship with the police, dissident Republicans step in to combat a perceived drug epidemic with their own brutal form of justice. Majella was faced with an agonising choice: cooperate with a punishment shooting or risk even worse consequences for her son.

A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot is produced by Sinead O’Shea, Ailish Bracken and Katie Holly of Blinder Films with Figs Jackman and André Singer of Spring Films and Oscar-nominated Executive Producer Joshua Oppenheimer. The production and release received the support of Screen Ireland, RTÉ and Inevitable Pictures.

A Mother Brings Her Song to Be Shot is released nationwide on 14thSeptember.

There will be a Q&A with Sinead O’Shea after the Opening Night screening on the 14th September at the Light House Cinema, Dublin (Booking open here) and in the Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast on 15th of September. 


Preview of Irish Film @ Galway

The 2018 Galway Film Fleadh takes place  10 – 15 July and brings with it a feast of films from all around the world. 

Below we preview the Irish films on offer for your consideration.


The Belly Of The Whale (Morgan Bushe)

Tue 10 July / Town Hall Theatre / 19:30

Two down-and-outs bonded together in misfortune devise a plan to rob a small town amusement arcade.

CAST: Lewis MacDougall, Pat Shortt, Lauren Kinsella, Michael Smiley, Art Parkinson, Peter Coonan


Irish Talent: Way Out West

Wed 11 July / Town Hall Theatre / 11:00

A programme of shorts showcasing film from the West of Ireland. 


Keepers of the Flame (Nuala O’Connor)

Wed 11 July / Town Hall Theatre / 13:45


A universal story of generations dealing with the consequences of war and civil war; of what is remembered and what is forgotten.


Unquiet Graves (Seán Murray)

Wed 11 July / Town Hall Theatre / 16:00


The story of the Glenanne Gang details how members of the RUC and UDR, (a British Army regiment) were centrally involved in the murder of over 120 innocent civilians during the recent conflict in Ireland.


The Camino Voyage (Donal O Ceilleachair)

Wed 11 July / Town Hall Theatre / 18:00

Four men embark on an extraordinary version of the Camino – in a traditional boat – in this inspiring, and often dangerous, 2,500 km modern day Celtic odyssey all the way from Ireland to Spain.


Sooner or Later (Luke Morgan)

Wed 11 July / Pálás Screen 3 / 18:00

Thaddeus and Sally are sick of the nursing home, so the two decide to take matters into their own hands and escape to a cottage on the Kerry coast. There, they will have a nice, enjoyable weekend, and then they’re going to commit suicide.

CAST: Aeneas O’Donnell, Anna O’Donnell, Peter Shine, Muireann Ni Raghlaigh


Lomax in Éirinn (Declan McGrath)

Wed 11 July / Pálás Screen 1 / 20:00


Clannad’s Pól Brennan explores how American song collector Alan Lomax came to Ireland on the first stop of a mission to save the folk music of the world.


The Science of Ghosts (Niall McCann)

Wed 11 July / Pálás Screen 2 / 20:00


An observational drama centring on well-known Irish musician Adrian Crowley.


The Devil’s Doorway (Aislinn Clarke)

Wed 11 July / Town Hall Theatre / 22:30

In the fall of 1960, Father Thomas Riley and Father John Thornton were sent by the Vatican to investigate a miraculous event in an Irish home for ‘fallen women’, only to uncover something much more horrific.


Irish Talent: New Shorts One

Thu 12 July / Town Hall Theatre / 10:00

The first programme in a series of live-action shorts presents nine films in a mix of traditional narrative and experimental storytelling. 


Irish Talent: New Shorts Two, Documentaries

Thu 12 July / Town Hall Theatre / 12:00

A collection of short documentaries featuring intimate portrayals of both subject and artist. 


The Man Who Wanted to Fly (Frank Shouldice)

Thu 12 July / Pálás Screen 1 / 12:00


Bobby Coote is in his eighties, but he still has a dream: one day he wants to fly. He has built himself a hangar, and he has a runway of sorts, all he needs is a plane. And now he is finally going to buy one and make his dream come true.


The Image You Missed (Donal Foreman)

Thu 12 July / Town Hall Theatre / 14:00


An Irish filmmaker grapples with the legacy of his estranged father, the late documentarian Arthur MacCaig, through MacCaig’s decades-spanning archive of the conflict in Northern Ireland.


Coast to Coast (Siún O’Connor)

Thu 12 July / Pálás Screen 2 / 12:00

The Coast to Coast journey begins at the mouth of the Boyne in Mornington on Ireland’s Ancient East and ends at the Cliffs of Moher.

Good Favour (Rebecca Daly)

Thu 12 July / Pálás Screen 1 / 14:00

A wounded teenage stranger who stumbles into an isolated village of devout Christians gradually reveals his motives.


Hear My Voice (Brendan Byrne)

Thu 12 July / Pálás Screen 3 / 14:00

A cinematic tribute to those who suffered loss as a result of the Northern Irish conflict (1968-1998). Timed to mark the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, the film is inspired by artist Colin Davidson’s elegiac exhibition of paintings, Silent Testimony.


The Life After (Brian Hill & Niamh Kennedy)

Thu 12 July / Town Hall Theatre / 15:45

Looking specifically at the women (mothers, sisters and daughters) who lost loved ones at the hands of both the RUC and IRA, the documentary shines a light on a modern-day war that is often forgotten and particularly poignant in light of today’s Brexit negotiations over a hard Irish border.

IFI Local Films for Local People

Thu 12 July / Thoor Ballylee / 15:00

A programme of films from the IFI Irish Film Archive, celebrating the life and legacy of Yeats’ great friend and co-founder of Ireland’s national theatre, Augusta Lady Gregory.


The Curious Works of Roger Doyle (Brian Lally)

Thu 12 July / Pálás Screen 1 / 18:30


A retrospective look at five decades of celebrated composer and the “godfather of Irish electronic music” Roger Doyle and observes him presenting one of his most ambitious musical projects to the general public – his first electronic opera.


We Ourselves (Paul Mercier)

Thu 12 July / Pálás Screen 3 / 19:00


An unconventional drama about isolation and belonging, about being alone with one’s own thoughts while being part of a shared experience, culture and nation.

CAST: Caitríona Ennis, Gavin Drea, Seána Kerslake, Paul Reid, Catherine Walker, Aidan Gillen, Declan Conlon


Irish Talent: New Shorts Three

Fri 13 July / Town Hall Theatre / 10:00

The third programme of live-action shorts explores the parallels of problems in a variety of settings: modern times to troubled pasts, urban and rural, natural and supernatural. 


One Million American Dreams (Brendan Byrne)

Fri 13 July / Town Hall Theatre / 13:45


The story of one of New York’s darkest secrets: An island whereone million Americansouls are buried.


Irish Talent: New Shorts Four

Fri 13 July / Town Hall Theatre / 12:00

This selection of seven shorts ranges from modern drama and comedy to films celebrating the cinematic convergence of individual art forms. 


Shelter Me (Zahara Moufid)

Fri 13 July / Pálás Screen 2 / 15:00

On the 16th of December 2016 a group of housing activists and trade unionists commandeered Apollo House, an empty Nama-controlled office block on Dublin’s Poolbeg Street and opened a shelter for homeless people. The documentary is a faithful account of events and an honest record of the motivations, beliefs and doubts of those who became involved in making such a powerful statement at Apollo House, and a timely reminder that the homelessness crisis has yet to be resolved.


Around Here (Martin Beirne)

Fri 13 July / Town Hall Theatre / 16:00

The experiences of life in a small rural Irish community for teenager Michael Murray and his family


I, Dolours (Maurice Sweeney)

Fri 13 July / Town Hall Theatre / 18:00

A cinematic yet intimate and complex portrait of Dolours Price, militant IRA activist, hunger striker and dissident Republican who two years before she died gave a filmed interview on condition that it would not be broadcast in her lifetime.


Cellar Door ( Viko Nikci)

Fri 13 July / Town Hall Theatre / 20:00

Racing from young love to tortured loss and back again, this story follows Aidie – a fighter inside and out – as she searches for her son while in the grip of the Church. With a unique point of view on a familiar trauma.

CAST: Karen Hassan, Catherine Walker, Mark O’Halloran

Irish Talent: New Shorts Five

Sat 14 July / Town Hall Theatre / 10:00

Five short films take us from the rugged Northern coastline, through our rural heartland and onward to the metropolitan UK. 


Irish Talent: New Shorts 6 (Fis Éireann/Screen Ireland World Premieres)

Sat 14 July / Town Hall Theatre / 12:00

The World Premiere of a selection of new Irish short films funded under the Frameworks and Short Stories schemes. 


 Town of Strangers (Treasa O’Brien)

Sat 14 July / Pálás Screen 1 / 12:00

Takes the audience on a journey in the company of outsiders making their home in Gort, a small town in the west of Ireland.


When All is Ruin Once Again (Keith Walsh)

Sat 14 July / Town Hall Theatre / 14:00

A myriad of personalities weave an epic tapestry through the bog lands, farms, firesides, race tracks and hurling pitches of recession Ireland.

Five Red Roses (Cathal Black)

Sat 14 July / Pálás Screen 2 / 15:45

Documentary on Máirín de Burca, Activist, Feminist, Pacifist.


Katie (Ross Whitaker)

14 Jul, 16:00, Town Hall Theatre Main

Follows champion boxer Katie Taylor as she attempts to rebuild her career after a year of turmoil threatened to derail her career.



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

Sat 14 July / Pálás Screen 1 / 18:30

How do you bring your son to be shot? What happens afterwards? How does family life continue? How does a community respond? When do wars really end?


Metal Heart (Hugh O’Conor)

Sat 14 July / Town Hall Theatre / 18:00

There is much rivalry between twin sisters Emma and Chantal, quite different in just about every way, when their mysterious young neighbour moves back in.

CAST: Jordanne Jones, Leah McNamara, Moe Dunford, Séan Doyle, Aaron Heffernan


Don’t Go (David Gleeson)

Sat 14 July / Town Hall Theatre / 20:15


Ben and Hazel are a married couple who have recently lost their young daughter. After relocating to a small beach-side town in Ireland, Ben begins to have vivid, mysterious dreams about his little girl, which he starts to suspect may hold the key to bringing his daughter back to life.

CAST:  Stephen Dorff, Melissa George, Simon Delaney, Aoibhinn McGinnity


The Dig (Ryan Tohill & Andrew Tohill)

Sat 14 July / Town Hall Theatre / 22:30

After serving fifteen years for murder, Callahan returns home to find Sean, his victim’s father, searching for the body. Callahan soon realises that the only way to get rid of him is to help him dig.

CAST: Moe Dunford, Emily Taaffe, Francis Magee, Lorcan Cranitch


Irish Talent: New Shorts Seven, Animation

Sun 15 July / Town Hall Theatre / 10:00

This programme of shorts celebrates the creative cornerstone of Irish film: the animation industry. 


Irish Talent: New Shorts Eight, Documentaries

Sun 15 July / Town Hall Theatre / 11:45

This programme of short documentary film explores different themes through a variety of styles – in English, Italian and the Irish language. 


The Man with the Hat (Graham Seely & Kevin Brannigan)

Sun 15 July / Pálás Screen 2 / 12:00


Based around a series of intimate interviews with the former Workers’ Party president and Official IRA Chief of Staff; Seán Garland, brought to life through imaginative use of archival footage.


Captain Morten and the Spider Queen (Kaspar  Jancis)

15 Jul, 16:00, Town Hall Theatre Main

A young boy learns to take control over his life when he is shrunk to the size of an insect and has to sail his own toy boat through a flooded café. Morten has to be shrunk down before he can grow up.

CAST: Ciarán Hinds, Brendan Gleeson, Michael McElhatton, Susie Power


Syria – The Impossible Revolution (Ronan Tynan)

Sun 15 July / Pálás Screen 3 / 16:30

|Insights into the roots of the Syrian Revolution and the regional context in which it developed.


Black 47 (Lance Daly)

Sun 15 July / Town Hall Theatre / 20:00


It’s 1847 and Ireland is in the grip of the Great Famine that has ravaged the country for two long years. Feeney, a hardened Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, abandons his post to return home and re-unite with his estranged family


The Comeback (Shane Conaty, Elaine Gallagher, James O’Connor)

Sun 15 July / Pálás Screen 1 / 20:30

’90s superstar Matt Malone’s chart topping days are long behind him until he sensationally returns to the spotlight when a viral video goes wrong.

CAST: Robert Arkins, Clodagh Mooney Duggan, Tara Flynn,, Michael David McKernan , Morgan C. Jones, Karen Kelly


The full festival programme is available here


30th Galway Film Fleadh | Tuesday 10th – Sunday 15th, July 2018.






Call For: Applications for Arts and Disability Connect Funding Scheme


The Arts Council and Arts & Disability Ireland have announced the 2018 deadline for Arts and Disability Connect, a funding scheme for artists with disabilities.

Specifically targeted at individual artists with disabilities, Arts and Disability Connect includes New Work, Mentoring and Training awards. The scheme offers artists the opportunity to: connect with other practitioners or venues; make a change in their practice; ‘step up’ in terms of scope and scale; reach new audiences and to engage in mentoring or training.

Arts and Disability Connect deadline: Thursday 26th April at 5pm

Application forms and guidelines for Arts and Disability Connect are available to download from Monday 5th March at www.adiarts.ie/connect.

Arts & Disability Ireland will visit Waterford, Sligo, Ennis, Dublin and Portlaoise to talk to artists with disabilities about this funding scheme.

Information clinics:
Tuesday 13 March, 2pm at Garter Lane, Waterford
Tuesday 20 March, 2pm at The Model, Sligo
Thursday 22 March, 2pm at Glór, Ennis
Tuesday 27 March, 2pm at Project Arts Centre, Dublin
Wednesday 11 April, 2pm at Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise

At these information clinics we will talk through the guidelines, application process and answer any questions artists have about the scheme. Please RSVP in advance to Amie Lawless: amie@adiarts.ie. If you have any access requirements please get in touch.

Irish Sign Language, speech to text and a loop system will be available at the Project Arts Centre on Tuesday 27 March. All venues listed are wheelchair accessible.







Call For: Submissions for Richard Harris International Film Festival 2018

Submissions are now open via Film Freeway www.filmfreeway.com/TheRichardHarrisInternationalFilmFestival

IFTA Affiliated International Film Festival screened 100+ short films in 2017 and introduced the Live Streamed Gala Awards Show and Afterparty – have announced submissions for their 2018 Festival.

Deadline is 31st July.

The 2018 festival will be a 5-day event over the Bank Holiday weekend October 25th – 29th 2018.

Categories Include:

Short Film – 3 categories – National / International, Newport Beach FF, Student – Midwest Award will be chosen from the 3 categories – see film freeway for more details.

Feature Film Competition

Self Tape Competition –Submit your self-tape via film freeway.  1 minute monologue

Sports Documentary Competition

Link to submit: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/TheRichardHarrisInternationalFilmFestival


Irish Feature in Oscar Nominations

Saoirse Ronan has been nominated in the Best Actress category in this year’s Academy Award Nominations for her performance in Lady Bird, which is also included in the Best Picture category.

Commenting on her nomination, Saoirse said, “To have been a part of a film like Lady Bird was a true privilege and I am incredibly grateful to the Academy for recognizing this wonderful story about the beauty and strength of women.  I am especially thrilled to share this moment with Laurie Metcalf and our leader and director Greta Gerwig, who, like Lady Bird, is an incredible woman and a dear friend.”

Cartoon Saloon’s The Breadwinner, directed by Nora Twomey and Anthony Leo, picked up a nomination for Best Animated Feature.

Consolata Boyle has been nominated for Costume Design for her work on Victoria & Abdul. It is her third Academy Award Nomination.

The British and Irish actor Daniel Day Lewis picked up a nomination for his work in The Phantom Thread. The film is also included in the Best Picture and Director category.

The London-Irish writer/director Martin McDonagh has been nominated for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture.

The 90th Academy Awards takes place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California on 4th March  2018.


The full list of nominations:

  • Best Picture

    'Get Out'
‘Get Out’
Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Call Me by Your Name
Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges and Marco Morabito, Producers

Darkest Hour
Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten and Douglas Urbanski, Producers

Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers

Get Out
Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm Jr. and Jordan Peele, Producers

Lady Bird
Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Evelyn O’Neill, Producers

Phantom Thread
JoAnne Sellar, Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison and Daniel Lupi, Producers

The Post
Amy Pascal, Steven Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers

The Shape of Water
Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale, Producers

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin and Martin McDonagh, Producers


‘Kissing Candice’ to Premiere at Berlin International Film Festival

Kissing Candice has been officially selected for the world-renowned Berlin International Film Festival next month where the film will screen in the Generation strand of the festival.  A visceral and thrilling coming of age drama, Kissing Candice is Aoife McArdle’s debut feature film.

Both written and directed by McArdle, the film stars the IFTA-nominated Ann Skelly as Candice, a 17-year-old who longs to escape the boredom of her seaside town, only finding solace in her vivid imagination. When a boy she dreams about (played by Ryan Lincoln,Cardboard Gangsters) turns up in real life, she becomes increasingly entangled with a dangerous local gang.

Speaking about the festival selection, McArdle said: “Berlinale is such a bold, beautiful festival. It’s a huge honour to have our European premiere there.”
The Generation strand of the festival integrates youth into the festival’s film-aesthetic discourse. Previous Irish films to have been selected for this strand in the past include Mark Noonan’s You’re Ugly Too and Tomm Moore’s The Secret of Kells.

Kissing Candice was shot on location in Dublin, Louth and Wicklow and had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last September. It’s the feature film debut from award-winning music video director Aoife McArdle and was produced by Andrew Freedman of Venom Films (His & Hers, Kelly & Victor, Mom & Me) and Sally Campbell of Somesuch with funding through the Irish Film Board’s Catalyst Scheme.


Call For: Story Consultant @ IFB

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) is the national development agency for Irish film and animation investing in Talent, Creativity and Enterprise. The agency also supports and promotes the Irish film industry and the use of Ireland as a location for international production.

Story Consultant  Role Description
The role will consist of working with the three Project Managers on scripts that are in mid to late stage development to help improve quality. This will involve assessing with the Project Manager where the issues with a script lie and communicating this to the producing teams through meetings and/or written notes. The Script Consultant may be the first read on a project that has delivered during a development stage – this is to help with time frames and the progress of projects. This is not intended to replace the role of the script editor employed by the production company, rather it is to help the Project Manager team focus on the crucial late stages of development.

Story Consultant  Essential Experience

  • Strong proven track record of working in the film and television industry is essential.
  • Demonstrated experience in the script development process including script editing.
  • Experience of working directly with writers, directors and producers in the development and script editing process.

Story Consultant  Essential Qualities

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excellent written and oral skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to work under tight pressure and deadlines.
  • A positive forward thinking approach to the task in hand.

Application Process
Interested applicants are invited to forward a detailed CV and covering letter that highlights relevant experience to  recruitment@irishfilmboard.ie by Friday 19th January 2018 at 5.30 pm.

As part of your covering letter address the Essential Experience and the Essential Qualities and also please set out a statement on your own vision for improving quality of Irish screenplays.

This position will be offered as a 1 year contract which may be extended at the discretion of IFB.  The Story Consultant position will be offered as a Contract for Services.

The remuneration will be offered at a €40,000 for the services.



Full details




Killarney Mountain Festival 2018

The inaugural Killarney Mountain Festival takes place in Killarney in March 2018.

Submit a short or feature film to Killarney Mountain Festival celebrating the great outdoors. Working in partnership with the renowned Kendal Mountain Festival, the Killarney Mountain Festival will host a celebration of all things mountain and adventure related over the weekend of March 9-11 2018 and the aim is to provide the biggest and best social event for outdoor enthusiasts in Ireland.

As Ireland’s adventure capital, Killarney is home to the biggest mountain range in the country, the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, and is a natural location for this festival.

The programme of film screenings and events will include adventure, environmental and mountain films along with speakers and workshops. Award categories in short and feature film categories will be presented.




Killarney Mountain Festival Grand Prize

Best Mountain Film

Best Short Mountain Film

Best Adventure Award


Share the Adventure of a lifetime at the Killarney Mountain Festival March 9 -11 2018


Submissions: filmfreeway.com/KillarneyMountainFestival



Website: https://killarneymountainfestival.com

Twitter: @KillarneyMtFest

Facebook: @Killarneymountainfestival


No Budget



Ahead of No Budget’s screening of Zoe Kavanagh’s Demon Hunter at Filmbase, Film Ireland finds out more about this Irish film collective.


What is No Budget?

We are simply a show for filmmakers with no budget made by filmmakers with no budget. But on another level similar shows tend to take themselves too seriously. We don’t try to pass ourselves off as experts. We are like everyone else in the no-budget filmmaking market, learning as we go and trying to make short and feature films that do well in festivals whilst having fun and passing off what we have learned in the process to others.


How did it come about?

We had been talking about doing a podcast one day and how most of them seemed more related to big-budget films or about breaking into the indie film market in the US. After a discussion about doing something for Europe we came up with an idea for a YouTube show, since it’s more of a visual medium. We then reached out to a few people we had worked with in the past to join us and with that one of the best indie filmmaking shows in the interwebernet was born.


Can you give us a little background on yourselves.

No Budget is a bit like the UN. Since its inception we have had various contributors to the show in different capacities. Currently the show is comprised of:

Milo Denison – Milo studied acting in the US and is the owner of D Studios Photography and Media.He now shares his time in front of the camera and behind it as an actor, director, and director of photography. He has worked on films that have shown in the TMC London Film Festival, Galway Film Fleadh, and the Chicago Irish Film Festival to name but a few.

Cathal Feeney – Cathal got involved in filmmaking when he joined a film club in 2011. In October of that year he entered the Offline Film Festival 60hr challenge and took first prize. Since then he has taken over the running of the club and gotten involved with No Budget. His latest film Level 2 has been screened at the Vienna Independent Film Festival, the Prague Independent Film Festival and the Solaris Film Festival where it won the best screenplay award.

Claire Millan – Claire is an actor, writer and playwright from Co. Galway. She graduated from the Gaiety School of Acting in 2012. She’s appeared in numerous theatre productions, short films and sketches. In 2015 she was a finalist in the film acting competition at the Richard Harris Film Festival. Last July she represented the West of Ireland at the International Comedy Symposium in Trinity College. Her short film The Social Experiment won a judge’s award at the Wexford Documentary Festival and her film noir Dirty Money was showcased at this year’s March on Film Competition.

Caroline Brennan – Caroline began her media career working as a radio documentary maker but made the transition to video production a few years ago. Winner of the 2014 Crystal Clear Awards for Best Health Communications through journalism, Caroline’s main source of funding was under the BAI’s Sound and Vision Scheme. She continues to produce and directs a wide range of video projects.

Glenn Kaufmann – Glenn is a Dublin-based American freelance writer who has been working in film since 1989.  His first love is screenwriting, but his on-set and post-production passions are location sound recording, and sound editing/design/mixing.  Twitchy, his first directorial effort, had its premiere at the 8th Underground Cinema Film Festival in Dun Laoghaire


How did you meet?

Working on a film at some point.


What have you done so far?

We are coming up to two years now and have produced over 100 videos. In addition we recently organized our first No Budget event where we screened the feature film Lift, which was a big success.


What are you planning for the future?

The show will continue to emphasize interviews with filmmakers with an instructional twist. We are also working on more tutorials and ways to contribute to independent filmmaking in Ireland. This might be through more screenings for independent films.



No Budget present a screening of Zoe Kavanagh’s Demon Hunter on Thursday, 19 October 2017 at 7pm at Filmbase. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Zoe and some of the cast.

Tickets are 5 


Find No Budget at:







Mark Sheridan talks to director and co-writer Zoe Kavanagh about her film.

Zoe talks about her influences, making the film and self-financing it, music and actors, the film’s success on the festival circuit, and the need for audiences to support Irish films.


Kerry Film Festival 2017

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Kerry Film Festival –  2017
 The 18th Kerry Film Festival will run from 19th-22nd October 2017 bringing exceptional short films from around the world along with national and regional programmes. The festival will also host, for the first time, a platform for first time feature film makers.
These DISCOVERY FEATURES will screen on Thursday 19th October and each feature film will be preceded by a featured short film. There will be school screenings supported by the IFI and film festival exchange favourites, Nickel Film Festival Tour.
The awards ceremony will take place at the INEC where awards are presented in seven different categories.
Kerry connections are plentiful in the festival. Opening night film, THE CREST saw much of the film captured in Kerry and follows two descendants of an Irish King who meet for the first time in Ireland.
The Crest is a story of family, immigration and the value of tradition and culture.
Ireland’s submission for the Foreign Language category at the 90th annual Academy Awards, SONG OF GRANITEwhich revolves around the life of the great traditional Irish singer, Joe Heaney, will screen in Cinema Killarney 0n Friday 20th October.
The Irish premiere of SCORE – A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY. This documentary brings Hollywood’s premier composers together to give viewers a privileged look inside the musical challenges and creative secrecy of the film score. SCORE will have a FREE screening at St. Mary’s, Church of the Sloes, Killarney on Friday 20th October.
Kerry Film Festival will host the Irish Premiere of LIES WE TELL starring Gabriel Byrne and Harvey Keitel.
When his billionaire boss Demi (Harvey Keitel) dies, chauffeur Donald (Gabriel Byrne) is given one final job – to wipe out any evidence of Demi’s relationship with his mistress, the enigmatic and beautiful Amber (Sibylla Deen).
Unwittingly drawn into a dangerous urban underworld, he encounters dark, harrowing practices, and a sinister criminal figure who will test him to his very limits.

Killarney Plaza Hotel.  Sat 21st Oct.   2 – 4pm

Industry sessions including panel discussions, in conversation and Q & A sessions.

Creative Kerry Abroad

Kerry natives Maura Kelly (Emmy-winning Producer/Purple Mountain Media) and John Flahive (Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect) discuss working abroad in film and media.

Chaired by Alex Fegan.

What is your Film Festival Action Plan?Katie McCullough from Festival Formula will guide you through the vast film festival landscape and offer advice and tips on building a festival profile and action plan.

The Feature Length

BIFA Producer Andy McDermott will discuss the making of feature film, LIES WE TELL from development to funding to casting and production.

Chaired by Áine Moriarty – CEO IFTA




‘Red Room’ to Open Underground Cinema Film Festival

Director Stephen Gaffney’s horror debut Red Room is set to open this years Underground Cinema Film Festival on August 31st

Red Room observes Kyra, Alison, and Lily – three girls snatched off the streets and held captive in a rural Irish home where they await their turn to enter the Red Room. The film is the final chapter of Gaffney’s “Deep Web Trilogy” – a combination of thriller, crime, drama, and horror which delves into the darkest corners of the Dark Net.

Written by Stephen Gaffney and Erica Keegan, the feature stars Amy Kelly (Red Rock), John D’alessandro (Class-A, Cardboard Gangsters), Eddie Jackson (Game of Thrones), Brian Fortune (Game of Thrones), Alan Sherlock (Lift), and Fionna Twamley-Hewitt (Red Rock, Charlie), alongside Saoirse Doyle (Class-A, Crone Wood), Rodrigo Ternevoy (Fair City), Aisling O’Neill (Fair City), and more.

Red Room is produced by Marc Hughes (Sicario Pictures) and is released by Deep Web Film and will be screened at the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire at 6:30pm on Thursday, August 31st.

Tickets are priced at €10 ($12 USD) and can be purchased via the following link; http://filmfreeway.com/festival/ucff/tickets





A Second Look at ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’


James Bartlett takes another look at War for the Planet of the Apes. 

Contains spoilers.

The third in the series following Rise and Dawn (don’t worry, their stories are summarized at the beginning), War for the Planet of the Apes sees Caesar (Andy Serkis) leading his genetically-enhanced simian people in what seems to be a happy life – except that the humans just won’t leave them alone.

Nearly wiped out by the Simian Flu, the humans are now represented by a violent force of Alpha Omega soldiers led by the Colonel (Woody Harrelson). Some scared apes have turned traitor and joined him, so Caesar agrees to a plan to lead his people across the desert to a new home – but the word gets out and there’s an attack, and the Colonel kills Caesar’s wife and son.

Wrenched away from his desire for peace, Caesar vows bloody revenge, reluctantly allowing Rocket (Terry Notary), Maurice (Karin Konoval) and Luca (Michael Adamthwaite) to join him on his quest to travel to the border and hunt down the Colonel.

En route they come across a mute girl named Nova (Amiah Miller) and a long-hidden escapee from a zoo, Bad Ape (Steve Zahn), but by the time they have reached the former weapons depot at the border, Caesar’s people (including his young son Cornelius) are there behind bars – and Caesar himself is then captured.

The Colonel tortures Caesar, revealing that the Simian Flu has mutated and now renders humans speechless, regressing them to a primitive mentality, while outside Rocket, Maurice and Bad Ape are using an underground tunnel to help prepare for an escape – but during the break, opposing military forces appear and attack…

The final story in the reboot trio, this has received excellent reviews for its camerawork, direction and performances, Serkis’ motion capture work in particular (he’s surely the best actor ever in that regard).

There are long stretches with no dialogue or subtitles here – only a few of the apes can speak, while Harrelson gets to chew the scenery as a Colonel Kurtz-type – yet we’re just as engaged with these characters and their feelings, friendships and families.

Despite the title, this is no all-out action movie, and in a time when superheroes seem to dominate the cinema screens, to see a story that is about humanity and so many of the traits we associate with it (but from characters who can’t just shake off endless pummeling) adds a real frailty and emotion.

The special effects – aside from the cinematography of stunning snowy mountains and landscapes – are first rate, and rarely do you not feel that these are real creatures we’re seeing; sometimes the many shots of the faces – and those eyes – make you almost want to look away.

More than that – and again arguably separating it from some superhero fare – there’s some real complexity here in the plot and storyline, with allusions to the ancient Hebrews, African-American slaves and Native Americans, all wrapped in our own needless inability to stop interfering with the planet and its creatures.

Nature always wins in the end though – and the Colonel’s final scene has a great bon mot – but he’s not the only character we won’t see again in the next sequel.






Crone Wood Screens in Slovenia

Mark Sheridan’s Crone Wood is set to screen at Grossmann Fantastic Film Festival in Slovenia this Thursday,14th July 2017.

The film follows a young couple who enter the woods of Ireland and discover that not all of the country has left its Pagan roots behind.

Crone Wood is the feature horror debut by Mark Sheridan, starring Elva Trill and Ed Murphy.

The Grossmann Fantastic Film Festival runs 11-15 July.



Horrorthon Podcast with Directors Jason Figgis & Mark Sheridan


Review: The Mummy


DIR: Alex Kurtzman • WRI: Allan Heinberg • PRO: Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Richard Suckle • DOP: Matthew Jensen • ED: Martin Walsh • DES: Aline Bonetto • MUS: Rupert Gregson-Williams • CAST: Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis.

Shared universe cross-film franchises are so hot right now.

Universal kicks off their ‘Dark Universe’ series (lawsuit pending from Warner Bros., if rumours are true) with The Mummy, a film chockfull of Tom Cruise pursuing his favourite pastime, running away from danger and explosions, and little else. While the first entry into this new cinematic universe is lukewarm at best, it yet remains to be seen whether the public will view Universal’s new venture – which will also see the Bride of Frankenstein, the Invisible Man, and the Wolfman being dusted off and pranced across screen once more – as a refreshing take on the current web of connected comic book films à la Marvel and DC, or whether the studio will fall to the same fate as Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur adaptation by greenlighting several projects before the first instalment has proven itself in the box office. Falling heavily on the ‘action’ side of the action-horror genre, The Mummy takes itself too seriously to be a fun-time summer blockbuster, but lacks the grit to provide genuine scares or tension.

The ever-limbering Tom Cruise is Nick Morton, an army reconnaissance solider stationed in northern Iraq with a shady side business dealing in the trade of ancient antiquities from war-torn areas on the black market. When an attempt to infiltrate a village occupied by oppositional forces results in the uncovering of a hidden Ancient Egyptian tomb, Morton and archaeologist Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) quickly discover that their momentous find contains something far more sinister than some dusty old relics and a mummified corpse. Having unwittingly released Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), the titular ‘Mummy’, from what was supposed to be her eternal prison, Morton and Jenny find themselves on the run from a particularly archaic force of evil. Enter right Prodigium, a mysterious organisation led by the brilliant Dr Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe) of Jekyll and Hyde fame that specialises in the study and destruction of evil in all its shapes and forms. But Ahmanet is a Mummy with a mission and poses a threat to the world that not even Tom Cruise may be able to outrun.

From a technical standpoint the film is pretty competent. The visuals are strong and sleek, but action sequences throughout suffer from choppy editing and rushed pacing blurring what exactly is happening on screen. The big set pieces are handled well however, if somewhat paint-by-numbers. One of the weaker elements by far is the film’s grasp, or lack thereof, on the horror portion of the narrative. Other than a few cheap jump-scares, director Alex Kurtzman fails to utilise practically any of the possibilities that an ancient mummy brought back to life provides. Aiming at somewhat older audiences than usual Hollywood blockbuster fair (it has received a 15A rating in Ireland), the film hesitates to take the plunge into true horror, relying on the tired old clichés that are arguably the worst part of the genre.

The film suffers from other, more nuanced problems too in its… shall we say, implications? It’s safe to say no one walks into a film called The Mummy and expects a completely accurate depiction of archaeological politics and the ethics involved in excavating sites in foreign conflict-ridden countries, yet the film asks us to suspend our sense of disbelief a bit too much in regard to these topics. There is definitely an unsavoury flavour of the ‘white-saviour’ complex running along the narrative; we never meet any Iraqi or Egyptian people who are not terrorists or a supernatural incarnation of evil. The question of removing artefacts from their native homeland is only touched upon once in a tone-deaf throwaway line of dialogue from Morton near the beginning of the film where he defends his theft of these ancient items as a sort of liberation – from the ignorant local people who couldn’t truly appreciate their market value, one can assume. Considering we now live in a time where historians and archaeologists from the Middle East are literally being killed for trying to preserve their countries history, it seems a massive oversight on the films part.

Overall, The Mummy is a forgettable, if ever-so-slightly-sometimes-kinda enjoyable, flick that straddles on the edge of, well, edginess, preferring to be bland rather than bold.

Ellen Murray

110 minutes
15A (See IFCO for details)

The Mummy is released 9th June 2017

The Mummy – Official Website




Call For: Volunteers for Galway Film Fleadh


The Galway Film Fleadh, which takes place from Tuesday 11th July until Sunday 16th July 2017, is now accepting volunteer applications for this year’s festival.

Volunteering at the Galway Film Fleadh offers an opportunity to get up close and personal with the running of an annual film festival, become a part of the Film Fleadh team and gain a unique insight into an important aspect of the film industry. Not to mention the fun to be had and friends to be made by working at ‘One of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World’, as voted by Moviemaker Magazine.

Successful volunteer applicants could be asked to work in one of several areas:

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  • As part of a video crew – camera work, sound recording, editing etc. including a week’s training workshop run by Gréasán na Méan Skillnet.

Places on the workshop and video crew are open to eligible job seekers and participants will receive:

  • Two weeks of intensive high level training from Industry Professionals.
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If this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, you can find more information and an application form on the Galway Film Fleadh’s website: www.galwayfilmfleadh.com.