Galway Film Fleadh 2012 Cinema Review: Jump

(Nichola Burley in Jump)

DIR: Kieron J. Walsh • WRI: Steve Brookes, Kieron J. Walsh • PRO: Brendan J. Byrne, Katie Holly • DES: David Craig • DOP: David Rom • ED: Emer Reynolds • Cast: Nichola Burley, Martin McCann, Charlene McKenna


Directed by Kieron J. Walsh, Jump is a visually stunning and much more local alternative to the traditional New Year’s Eve ensemble film. The screening at the packed Town Hall Theatre on Friday July 13th was attended by a number of the cast and crew who donned the stage after basking in a warm reception for a quick Q & A.


The film opens with Greta (Nichola Burley), an unhappy youth who’s debating whether or not to throw herself off the Derry Peace Bridge after an eventful New Year’s Eve. Through some clever, non-linear storytelling the disastrous incidents of the night in question are revealed. Party-girls Marie and Dara are left with a lot more to deal with than their resolutions after a car accident; Frank Feeney and his thugs go in search of the perpetrator of a raid, and the star-crossed Greta and Pearse form an unlikely alliance.


Jump is a bittersweet, highly-dramatic film, awash with that grave, black humour that Northern Ireland does so superbly. The cast are all fantastic (and lifted from the cast of RTÉ’s Raw as it seems) however some of the supporting actors are underdeveloped. It would have been great to spend more screen time with Pearse and Marie (Martin McCann and Charlene McKenna), but that’s in no way a deal-breaker. Jump moves fast and gels nicely.


Also a triumph for the Tourist Board, as Derry has never looked so sexy.


Gemma Creagh


Magic Lantern Film Society return to the Nerve Centre in Derry

Magic Lantern Film Society is delighted to anounce it’s long awaited
return to the Nerve Centre in Derry with it’s new programme of
classic, contemporary and special screening. The opening film of the
comming season will be Wim Wender’s latest Oscar nominated offering
PINA. There will be a wine reception at 7.00 and the film will
commence at 7.30.

Words are the enemy in WimWenders’s mysterious, submersive and tribute
to German dance pioneer Pina Bausch, who died in 2009 just as Wenders,
the director of ‘Buena Vista Social Club’ and ‘Wings of Desire’, was
beginning to make this film. Some will come to this film full of
knowledge of Bausch. For others, it will be as fresh and novel as
Wenders’s approach to turning dance into cinema.
A stunning film, a glorious homage to modern dance.

For more information contact Magic Lantern by email:, visit the website at, or visit or facebook page.


Derry To Host 33rd Celtic Media Festival

Derry-Londonderry has been chosen as the host city for the 33rd annual Celtic Media Festival from the 18th-20th of April 2012.

The festival is expected to attract some big name guests and prestigious industry speakers to the city.  Hollywood star Tilda Swinton, Creation Records founder Alan McGee and award winning actor, writer and director Peter Mullan were among the contributors at the 32nd festival in Stornoway, Scotland last year.

Previous high profile guests include screenwriter Jimmy McGovern, film maker Ken Loach and actors Rhys Ifans and Stephen Rea.

The three day celebration of digital media, broadcasting and film talent will be held in The Playhouse Theatre and will showcase some of the best work from Northern Ireland, The Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, the Isle of Man and Brittany.   Entries can be submitted for consideration online at

The Celtic Media Festival is an event for producers and broadcasters, for students and emerging talent, for media policy-makers and for the general public. A programme of local screenings, exhibitions, evening entertainment and celebrity interviews will be open to the public and a series of master-classes and seminars with well-known industry professionals will offer students and practitioners practical advice and insights.

Dòmhnall Caimbeul, Chairman of the Celtic Media Festival comments ‘We’re very excited to bring the Celtic Media Festival 2012 to Derry-Londonderry. Derry has a rich and vibrant cultural heritage and with the eyes of the world beginning to turn to the city in the run up to its year as City of Culture on 2013, there is a tremendous sense of creative energy emanating from the region.  I know our delegates will look forward to exploring all that Derry has to offer.’


The highlight of the Celtic Media Festival is the Awards.  Bronze Torcs for Excellence, celebrating the very best of film, television, radio and digital media to emerge from the Celtic nations and regions, – whether in English, Breton, Irish, Welsh, Manx or Scottish Gaelic – will be awarded in 20 categories. The winners will be selected by an international jury.

Entries can be submitted via from 9am Thursday 8th September. The closing date for entries for this year’s awards is Friday 21st October at 5pm.