Culture Night at Filmbase


Yet again Filmbase will throw open its door late on Culture Night offering you a chance to ‘Get into Film’.

Throughout the night Filmbase will be screening a selection of Irish short films suitable for all ages in their ground-floor space. Filmbase will also host a special short film event with filmmakers Lee Cronin and John Keville. Lee and John will screen their latest short film, the excellent horror Ghost Train set in a delapidated fairground yard, and talk about the process of making this ambitious short film (which was an Irish/Finnish co-production). Lee and John received their first short film funding from Filmbase.

Finally, the night will round off with Filmbase’s ever popular late-night short film screening. Yet again we’ve selected just some of the newest short films to emerge from the ever talented film scene here in Ireland.

Ghost Train: A Case Study and Q&A with filmmakers Lee Cronin and John Keville
Filmbase Basement 6.30 – 7.45pm

About the event
Lee and John will talk about their impressive new short film Ghost Train. Premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh earlier this year, this event will offer you a chance to not only see this new short film but to hear from the creatives involved in making this ambitious short film. Not only is this an atmospheric horror film but the production values and design would rival many of the big budget productions we see on our cinema screens. Lee and John run Rank Outsider Productions and are no strangers to Filmbase having produced the Filmbase/RTE Short Film Billy & Chuck a few years ago.

This event is perfect for anyone interested in making short films and is suited for ages 16+. It’s a free event but advance bookings are being taken, so if you’d like to book a place (or two) at this event make sure to email with your full name and contact number. Please note if you do book in advance you must arrive at Filmbase by 6.20pm at the latest to secure your place. Any tickets not collected at this stage will be given to those on the door.

Ghost Train
Written and Directed by Lee Cronin
Produced by John Keville and Ulla Simonen for Rank Outsider and MADE

Once a year, estranged brothers Michael and Peter make a reluctant pilgrimage to the old fairground yard where their friend Sam went missing when they were boys. Both mens’ lives are coloured by what happened the day their friend was sucked inside the Ghost Train, never to return. This year, Michael has something to tell Peter that will cast fresh light on the incident, something that will change their lives even more than that fateful day 30 years ago…

Ghost Train Trailer

Short Film Screenings
Ground Floor – free, open to all, continuous throughout the evening

As always Filmbase selects the best of Irish short films to screen throughout the night. This free screening is open to all and offers a selection of the best of Irish filmmaking talent. So pop by anytime during the night for a taste of Irish film including animation, dance film, comedy and more.

Late Night Shorts
Basement Space – free, ticketed
Screening time: 9 – 10pm
NB this screening is not suitable for kids

The late night shorts programme has proved to be a popular event over the last few years and yet again Filmbase have gone with a selection of light-hearted (and even downright hilarious) shorts for your entertainment! Culture Night revellers can check out a selection of fantastic Irish short films including some of the latest films to hit the festival circuit and a couple of old favourites as well. Read on for more details on what to expect and make sure to book your seat as this event usually fills up fast!


14 mins | Live Action | Irish Language subtitled in English | 2012
Written and directed by Tomás Seoighe
Produced by David Clarke

Cian is constantly bullied at school and his home life isn’t much better. Suddenly an opportunity arises to gain the respect of those around him by going head to head with a bull…Matador style!


12 mins | Live Action | Irish Language subtitled in English | 2013
Screenplay by Eoin Rogers
Story & Directed by Vittoria Colonna
Produced by Cathleen Dore

4 Bhanríon (4 Queens) is a black comedy about four elderly sisters who play a game of poker to decide who will take care of their elderly mother…


11 mins | Live Action | English Language | 2009
Written and directed by Gavin Keane
Produced by Ruth Coady

Cold Turkey concerns the misadventures of a frustrated Foley artist, curious children and petrified poultry. It stars Wuzza Conlon (Headrush, Perrier’s Bounty) and Angeline Ball (The Commitments, Dead Long Enough) and was shot by Darran Tiernan (Belonging to Laura), edited by Roisin O’Donnell (Deep End Dance), with Karl Merren (Eamon) as sound recordist. Post was handled by Ardmore Sound. The film, written and directed by Gavin Keane and produced by Ruth Coady for Parallel Films, won the Audience Award at the 2010 Sapporo International Short Film Festival in Japan, over 2,700 shorts from 87 countries were submitted to the festival.


10 mins | Live Action | Irish Language subtitled in English | 2013
Written by Antoin Beag O’Colla
Directed by Louise Ní Fhiannachta
Produced by Gemma O’Shaughnessy

Agus an rang á ullmhú don Chéad Comaoineach, dhiúltaíonn Rúbaí é a dhéanamh, ag maíomh gur atheist í.

While the class are preparing for their First Holy Communion Rúbaí refuses to do it, claiming she is an atheist.

To secure your place at this screening just email Filmbase reception on<> or call 01 679 6716 (dial 0 for reception). Don’t forget to give your full name and a contact number.


Culture Night 2013: Film Programme


Culture Night 2013 will take place on Friday September 20th from 5pm-11pm

We preview the film programme for Culture Night, which takes place on Friday, 20th September. 34 counties, villages and towns nationwide will take part with every element of the programme completely free of charge.


1.      Dónal Ó Céilleachair Screenings – Cork County


Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne will be hosting film screenings by Dónal Ó Céilleachair on Culture Night 2013. Fans of domestic moviemaking will be treated to a night of creative visuals and the event is the perfect opportunity for newbies to discover the best of Irish cinema.


2.      Kildare Launch of The End of the Counter – Kildare


The End of the Counter captures the moment in 1965 when grocery shopping changed forever. Director Laura McGann, who hails from Newbridge, uses personal family archive as the starting point for the film. The Irish Times commented, “the footage shows young men dressed like extras from Mad Men wandering the cramped aisles of Ireland’s rural supermarkets and rubbing shoulders with young women dressed like Jackie Kennedy while their fathers and mothers shuffle past, looking bemused as they put Vim and Zip in their baskets…”. The film was awarded the Best Short Documentary Award at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh. Also screening in the Moat Theatre on the night is a documentary film of an intergenerational choir project in Naas and Maynooth, by Peter Kelly and other short domestic films. 9pm.


3.      Late-night Movie – Newry & Mourne District


A late-night movie screening will take place outside to coincide with the Newry Film Festival.


4.      Music From The Movies – Kildare


The Liffey Valley Orchestra and the Orchard Home and Garden centre invite you to a prom-style concert with ‘Music from the Movies’. Pieces will include, The Dambusters, The Great Escape, Colonel Bogey, Bridge on the River Kwai, American Patrol, Overture from The Sound of Music and many more favourites. Established in 1991, The Liffey Valley Orchestra caters for players of all ages and musical ability. The Orchard Home and Garden, established in 1987, is currently the Bord Bia Garden Centre of the Year. 7pm-8pm.


5.      Civic Theatre –Dublin


A spectacular performance is expected on Culture Night by the multi-award winning Rathfarnham Concert Band Society conducted by Conor O’Riordan. An Ensemble of 70 plus will take to the stage and perform music by Adele, Stravinsky, The Beatles, Queen and the Jersey Boys as well as music from Les Miserables and Dante’s Inferno and a special work by South County Dublin’s own multi award winning composer Vincent Kennedy. These musicians will amaze you, rock you, entertain you and lift your hearts and minds. 8 -9.30pm


6.      Irish Film Institute – Dublin


Free Screening of classic family-friendly Irish film The Boy From Mercury (1996). Directed by Martin Duffy and set in 1960s Dublin suburbia, the film depicts the story  of Harry, a little boy who feeds his imagination with a diet of Flash Gordon at his local cinema until he believes he too is from outer space. There will also be free Guided Tours of IFI Irish Film Archive – get behind the scenes to see where the nation’s heritage is preserved. Numbers limited. Visit for details.


7.      Filmbase: Get into Film – Dublin


Get into film with Filmbase! Drop by for lots of fun, film-related events throughout the night including free short film screenings, workshops and more.  Filmbase offers training, equipment hire, funding and more so it’s the perfect place for aspiring filmmakers to network and learn more about the industry.  5-11pm


8.      Goethe – Institut Ireland – Dublin


An evening of music, film, literature and art from Germany. The evening will feature  popular music, Oscar-nominated German short films and readings of contemporary German literature, an exhibition by Amanda Elena Conrad in the Return Gallery and a book sale. 5-11pm


9.      Greedy (Theatre) – Carlow


Director Jimmy Fay and writer and filmmaker Derek O’Connor share a passion for Erich Von Stroheim’s classic 1924 silent masterpiece Greed, an epic tale of hubris and folly – the original, eight hour cut is considered one of the great lost works of cinema. Fay and O’Connor are working on a stage adaptation of McTeague, the classic novel by Frank Norris that inspired Von Stroheim’s work, relocating the action from turn-of-the-century San Francisco to Ireland; here they offer a staged reading of the text, and a tantalising glimpse at a work in progress.


10.  Johanna Enlists Film Screening –  Carlow


Carlow native, William Desmond Taylor, directs America’s Sweetheart Mary Pickford, the world’s first movie star, in this highly popular WW1 patriotic comedy. On Culture Night, this classic silent movie screens for the first time in 95 years in the Director’s hometown. ‘Johanna Enlists’ will be shown with a unique improvised soundtrack and tells the delightful story of young love. The immortal advice of being careful what you wish for comes to the fore when two of the soldiers end up fighting over the naive Johanna. Musical accompaniment will be provided by local multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, Eric Butler.


All events are free.


Culture Night: An Evening of Films by Dónal Ó Céilleachair & Friends



Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne will be hosting an evening of films by Dónal Ó Céilleachair & Friends on Culture Night, Friday, September 20th, 2013.


Ionad Cultúrtha, which is an arts centre in the heart of the Múscraí Ghaeltacht, is screening Dónal’s works and collaborations.


His works to date have been screened all over the world including for example at
the Irish Cultural Week, Havana, Cuba;
The Queen Sofia National Art Museum, Madrid;
The EU Film Festival, Cambodia & Vietnam,
and at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.


Originally from Macroom,  Co. Cork, Dónal lived in New York for many years and is currently based between New York & Ireland.


Evening’s Schedule:
‘Scéalta Múscraí/Muskerry Stories’ 60 mins, 2011- 6.00 pm;
‘Aisling Gheal/Bright Vision’, 80 mins, 2013 – 7.00 pm; (view a preview on
‘Dreamtime Revisited’ 77 mins, 2012 – 8.30pm (more info at
Q/A with Dónal to follow the last screening at 9.30 pm


Entrance; Free


Further information on the films and on Dónal Ó Céilleachair’ work at


Further information on Ionad Cúlturtha at

Culture Night: Galway Film Centre present Natural Grace


Galway Film Centre present Natural Grace: Irish Music and Martin Hayes by Art Ó Briain which won the Best Irish Feature Documentary Prize at the 2012 Galway Film Fleadh. The documentary will be screened Upstairs at Kellys, Bridge Street, Galway at 8pm on Culture Night, 21st September. This film is a musical journey into the heart and style of one of our greatest traditional fiddlers, Martin Hayes as we travel with him from his home in East Clare, to performances in the USA and Japan.

The documentary explores the man, his music and his ideas about balancing the old and the new in traditional Irish music. The director Art Ó Briain has created an eloquent and beautifully crafted film and will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening. 2 short films made on our recent Film School will be screened before the feature. Mindset and Tough Nut were shot over the Summer in Galway city.