‘Run & Jump’, ‘Coming Home’ and Saoirse Ronan triumph at the 25th Galway Film Fleadh Awards

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The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

After a week of Irish and international premieres, short films, documentaries, workshops and panels, the 25th Galway Film Fleadh came to a close with the annual awards ceremony. Taking place on Sunday 14th July before the closing film, The Sea, the awards were attended by international film stars Saoirse Ronan, Zachary Quinto, Fionnuala Flanagan and Will Forte, as well as the President of Ireland, Michael.D.Higgins.

Steph Green’s Run & Jump scooped the awards for Best Irish Feature and the Crowe Horwath Award for Best First Irish Feature. Steph Green’s feature debut after her short New Boy received an Oscar nomination, Run & Jump is an unconventional love story set in rural Ireland and stars Maxine Peake and Will Forte.

Other winners included Dead Cat Bounce’s comedy mockumentary, Discoverdale, which picked up Best International Feature. Viko Nikci’s documentary, Coming Home, which follows Angel Cordero, a man who has served 13 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, won both the Best Irish Feature Documentary Award and the Amnesty International Award for Best Human Rights Documentary.

President Higgins presented the special Galway Hooker Awards, which this year went to Miriam Allen, managing director and co-founder of the festival, James Morris, former chair of the Irish Film Board, and Irish actress Saoirse Ronan.

Click here for a list of all the winners at the 25th Galway Film Fleadh Awards.

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Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh preview: The Sea

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The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

The Sea

Sunday, 14th July

Town Hall Theatre

20.00

The Sea, directed by Stephen Brown and based on the Booker prize-winning novel by John Banville, will close out the 25th Galway Film Fleadh this Sunday. Produced by Dublin-based Samson Films, Ciarán Hinds leads an impressive cast as a widower returning to the seaside resort where he spent summers as a child. The setting for the novel, Wexford, was the location for much of the principle photography.

It is director Stephen Brown’s first feature, and he has been working in TV since he made his last short, the successful The Curious, 18 years ago. Stephen spoke to Film Ireland saying that he was “honoured that The Sea will be shown at the Galway Film Fleadh and that it is recognised as an Irish film. In making it, Ireland has come to mean a lot to me. I found a poetic resonance in the way words are spoken and I found an exacting beauty in the landscape and weather which, all combined, gave me a powerful set of materials to work with. As an Englishman whose contact with Ireland feels like a delight and a beginning, I hope Galway enjoys my movie. Thank you!”

Ciarán Hinds, fresh from the successes of Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, heads up a cast that includes Natascha McElhone (Californication, The Truman Show), Charlotte Rampling (The Duchess), Rufus Sewell (The Illusionist), Sinead Cusack (Eastern Promises, V for Vendetta), Bonnie Wright (Harry Potter) and Ronan Keating’s daughter Missy Keating.

The Sea tells the story of Max Morden who returns to the seaside resort where he spent his childhood in search of peace after the death of his wife. After finding lodges at a boarding house run by the frosty Miss Vavasour, his trip begins to dig up ghosts from his past. His mind returns to the idyllic and eventful summer when he met the Grace family. As Max returns to memories of this unconventional family, and of his departed wife, he will also uncover a distant trauma long forgotten.

Tickets are available to book from the Town Hall Theatre on 091 569777, or at www.tht.ie.

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Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh preview: How to be Happy

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The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

How to be Happy

Sunday, 13th July

Cinemobile

11.00 & 12.30

How to be Happy, the new Irish comedy, will have its world premiere this Sunday at the 25th Galway Film Fleadh. The story of a relationship councillor who starts sleeping with his clients, the feature was shot on location in Dublin as part of the Filmbase/Staffordshire University MSc Digital Feature Film Production course.

Mark Gaster, who directed the film along with Michael Costine and Brian O’Neill, told Film Ireland, ‘I’m delighted that we’ve made it to Galway. I feel incredibly fortunate to have been involved with such talented, hardworking and dedicated people. The crew, cast and Filmbase had to push extremely hard to get from the initial concept of How to be Happy to a finished feature in the space of about six months. It’s great everyone’s efforts were rewarded with a showing at the Fleadh and, on top of that, not only did we sell out in twenty four hours but when the Fleadh announced a second showing it sold out even faster’.

Brian Gleeson (Love/Hate) stars as Cormac Kavanagh who, after a bad breakup, starts sleeping with his clients in a misguided attempt to reignite their passions. Things get complicated when he falls for Flor, played by Gemma-Leah Devereux (Stitches, The Tudors), a private investigator charged with investigating his affairs. Meanwhile, his cousin Al, played by Stephen Mullan, is an accountant with a marriage in crisis who tries to get Cormac back together with his ex-wife. In a twisting comedy of misunderstandings, their worlds will come crashing together before they all learn How to be Happy.

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Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh: Moon Man

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The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

Moon Man

Saturday, 13th July

IMC 6

12.15

Moon Man, the 2D feature animation based on Tomi Ungerer’s best-seller, takes giant steps to the Galway Film Fleadh this weekend. Ireland’s Ross Murray and Paul Young, from Cartoon Saloon (The Secret Life of Kells) produced the film along with the German director, Stephfan Schesch, and French company, Le Pacte. Irish animators who worked on the project include Fabian Erlinghauser (The Secret of Kells), Sean McCarron (Song of the Sea) and Marie Thorhauge (Old Fangs).

Catherine Hehir, Studio Manager at Cartoon Saloon, told Film Ireland, ‘We are delighted that the Galway Film Fleadh will be screening Moon Man, and the fact that author Tomi Ungerer will be there makes it a very special event’.

Ungerer, who is now based in Cork, acted as a consultant to the filmmakers and will be taking part in a Q&A with Stefano Scapolan from Cartoon Saloon after the screening.

Moon Man is a loving family tale about the man in the moon, who isn’t even aware how much children love him. When a shooting star passes by on its way to earth, he hitches a ride and crashes down on a planet ruled by a tyrannical President. Escaping the president’s soldiers, Moon Man sets off on an adventure , where he will marvel at the many wonders the Earth has to offer and realise how much children love and need him.

Tickets are available to book from the Town Hall Theatre on 091 569777, or at www.tht.ie.

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Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh preview: Cold

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The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

Cold

Saturday, 13th July

Town Hall Theatre

23.00

Eoin Macken writes, directs and stars in a new feature, Cold, set to premiere on Saturday at the 25th Galway Film Fleadh. Partly funded through an indiegogo campaign, the film is centred around two disconnected brothers, and is partly inspired by John Steinbeck’s East of Eden.

Film Ireland spoke to Eoin Macken about what it means to have his feature premiere at the Fleadh. ‘For me, having my film premiere in the main hall in Galway is an honour. Galway is my favourite film festival, and is a huge part of Irish filmmaking. Ever since I first started attending the festival I have wanted to premiere a feature I directed in the main hall, so it’s very exciting and humbling, and a testament to the talented people who trusted me on this film’.

When Jack (Eoin Macken) returns home due to the mysterious death of his father, a dark history between him and his brother, Tom (Tom Hopper), resurfaces. Events take an unexpected turn when they find a girl dumped still alive in the moors. What follows is a tragic and surreal tale of love and redemption.

Tickets are available to book from the Town Hall Theatre on 091 569777, or at www.tht.ie.

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Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh preview: Run & Jump

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The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

Run & Jump

Saturday, 13th July

Town Hall Theatre

21.00

Oscar-nominated Steph Green’s first feature, Run & Jump, will have its Irish premiere this weekend at the Galway Film Fleadh. Green was nominated for an Oscar for her short New Boy. Her new feature, written by Ailbhe Keogan and produced by Tamara Anghie, is an unconventional love story set in rural Ireland about a woman’s relationships with her husband, after he suffers a stroke, and with the doctor treating him.

Talking about the Fleadh, Tamara Anghie told Film Ireland, ‘We wrapped shooting on 13th July 2012, so it’s particularly exciting to have our national premiere exactly a year later to the day at the Galway Film Fleadh. Having had our shorts play here over the years, it’s a real honour for Steph, myself and Ailbhe to have our first feature as part of the 25th anniversary of one of the most vibrant, fun and noted festivals on the circuit’.

The film follows Vanetia Casey (Maxine Peake), who is struggling to return her family to normality after her husband, Conor (Edward MacLiam), suffers a rare stroke that changes his personality. When an American doctor, Ted (Will Forte), comes to stay with the family to study Conor’s condition, relationships are strained. With two children and two men in the house, Vanetia treats Ted with hostility, before seeing the calming effects he has on the family.

Tickets are available to book from the Town Hall Theatre on 091 569777, or at www.tht.ie.

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Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh preview: Out of Here

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The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

Out of Here

Saturday, 13th July

Town Hall Theatre

19.00

This Saturday the 25th Galway Film Fleadh will host the world premiere of Dublin-born filmmaker Donal Foreman’s debut feature, Out of Here. Producer Emmet Fleming and Stalker Films independently raised the money to complete this coming of age story about a young man returning home from travelling to a recession-hit Dublin.

Emmet Fleming told Film Ireland, ‘I’m hugely excited to be premiering Out of Here in Galway, as it’s a festival I’ve always loved attending. We’ve got a great slot in the Town Hall and we’re delighted with the reaction the film’s received so far’.

Donal Foreman talked to us about the influence the Fleadh had on him as a young filmmaker. ‘It means a lot to me to premiere at the Fleadh, especially because it was the first “grown up” film festival that accepted one of my short films when I was 17. I also discovered a lot of great international cinema at the Fleadh as a teenager (Abbas Kiarostami and Alexander Sokurov, for example), and got to rub shoulders (and argue with) pioneers of Irish film like Bob Quinn and Joe Comerford in the Rowing Club, which really left a lasting impression. Considering the Fleadh was really a formative part of my development as a filmmaker, it seems fitting to be back here premiering my first feature’.

Out of Here, which was shot on location around Dublin, stars Fionn Walton (What Richard Did) as Ciaran, a passionate college dropout returning home to contemporary Dublin. Having to reconnect with his ex-girlfriend, his parents and a social scene he left behind, Ciaran questions whether he should stay or go – and comes to realise the difference between being stuck and being present. Out of Here explores the dilemas facing young people in a culture still recovering from the economic crash, and will likely strike a chord with Irish audiences at home and abroad.

Tickets are available to book from the Town Hall Theatre on 091 569777, or at www.tht.ie.

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Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh preview: Close to Evil

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The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

Close to Evil

Saturday, 13th July

Cinemobile

16.00

Gerry Gregg’s 2008 documentary Till the Tenth Generation followed Tomi Reichental, one of two surviving Holocaust victims living in Ireland, as he returned to Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp to face the horrors of his past. Five years later, Gerry Gregg’s sequel, Close to Evil, follow’s Tomi’s quest to find one of the SS guards who kept him captive, and will premiere this Saturday at the 25th Galway Film Fleadh.

Gerry Gregg told Film Ireland, ‘The occasion of a ‘World Premiere’ at the Galway Film Fleadh allows us to demonstrate that strong stories can be told when a group of dedicated film makers get together and make something worthwhile that will stand the test of time. When that deeply satisfying and exciting moment will come to pass next Saturday afternoon, when the lights fade in the Cinemobile and the first images flash on the screen, regardless of what happens afterwards, we will have delivered on our promise to Tomi’.

In 1945, Tomi Reichental was nine years old and starving to death in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where 35 members of his family lost their lives. Close to Evil follows him in his quest to shake the hand of Hilde Lisiewicz, who was one of the SS guards kept Tomi and his family captive. Along the way he reveals a dark secret that Hilde has long kept hidden.

Tickets are available to book from the Town Hall Theatre on 091 569777, or at www.tht.ie.

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Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh preview: Black Ice

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The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

Black Ice

Saturday, 13th July

IMC 6

14.15

Black Ice will race into the 25th Galway Film Fleadh this Saturday. Set in rural Ireland, and written and directed by Johnny Gogan, (Mapmaker, The Last Bus Home), the film explores relationships set against a backdrop of local street racing and tragedy.

‘It’s very fitting and exciting that The Fleadh are screening Black Ice as it was truly made possible by the budding filmmaking community in the North West’, director Johnny Gogan told Film Ireland. ‘The enthusiasm and energy of the crew is translated onto the screen, where the thrilling high-speed race sequences are vividly brought to life’.

Black Ice was shot on a variety of rural locations including Sligo’s Strandhill beach and many of the roads of Dromahair Co. Leitrim.

‘It was challenging but we hope to do it again. There’s a phenomenon in rural areas of young men in particular jumping into cars and losing the plot. This is really strong in border counties because the border roads are like No Man’s Land in terms of the law, it makes them a choice location for this wild driving’.

In the wake of a fatal boy-racer collision that took the life of her brother and his girlfriend, Alice (newcomer Jane McGrath) returns home to reflect on events that lead to the accident. Seduced by the criminal activities of her petrol boyfriend, Jimmy (Killian Scott, Love/Hate, Good Vibrations), Alice plays witness to both the attractions and perils of this Irish sub-culture.

Read Film Ireland’s full interview with Johnny Gogan here.

Tickets to see Black Ice at the Galway Film Fleadh are available to book from the Town Hall Theatre on 091 569777, or at www.tht.ie.

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Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh preview: Discoverdale

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The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

Discoverdale

Friday, 12th July

Town Hall Theatre

23.00

On the back of an array of festival awards, Dead Cat Bounce’s comedy feature, Discoverdale, will rock up to the Galway Film Fleadh this Friday. Following an Irish band’s quest to reunite lead singer Jim with his long lost father, Whitesnake’s frontman David Coverdale, the team followed the rock band on their live world tour, shooting guerrilla-style in Dublin, London, Oslo, Copenhagen and Thurles.

Having scooped multiple awards at festivals around the world, the director George Kane talked to Film Ireland about the film coming home. “When Dead Cat Bounce and I suddenly found ourselves chasing Whitesnake around Scandinavia, we didn’t necessarily expect to come out the other end with a feature film – let alone one that would win awards and have an Irish premiere in the Fleadh. We’re unbelievably excited and honoured to screen it for a home crowd at such a great festival.”

A fly on the wall mockumentary, in the vein of Anvil and Spinal Tap, Discoverdale follows Dead Cat Bounce, a cult Irish comedy rock band, across Europe in pursuit of the legendary Deep Purple and Whitesnake rock god. With no money, contacts and absolutely no idea what they’re doing the Irish lads blag their way into countries, gigs and back stage to get Jim one step closer to a reunion with his long lost father.

Tickets are available to book from the Town Hall Theatre on 091 569777, or at www.tht.ie.

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Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh preview: Life’s a Breeze

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The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

Life’s A Breeze

Friday, 12th July

Town Hall Theatre

21.00

Life’s a Breeze, the new “recession comedy” from director Lance Daly (Kisses) will see its world premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh this Friday. The film, which also opens in cinemas 19th July, is an Irish-Swedish co-production between Fastnet Films and Anagram Productions and stars Pat Shortt (The Guard, Garage) and Fionnula Flanagan (The Guard, The Others).

Life’s a Breeze is a feelgood comedy about the hard times of a recession hit Irish family. When slacker Colm (Pat Shortt), surprises his aging mother (Fionnula Flanagan) with a home makeover, little does he know an old mattress containing a small family fortune was amongst the thrown out furniture. Together with niece Emma (newcomer Kelly Thornton) and half the country, the family must put aside their differences in a search for the lost fortune.

Following the success of his award winning feature, Kisses, Lance Daly delivers a life-affirming film with a noble aim – to be a feel-good comedy that actually delivers on its promise.

Life’s a Breeze opens in cinemas 19th July, and tickets for its world premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh are available to book from the Town Hall Theatre on 091 569777, or at www.tht.ie.

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Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh preview: Hill Street

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The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

Hill Street

Friday, 12th July

Cinemobile

20.00

Cinematographer JJ Rolfe’s directorial debut, Hill Street, is a documentary about the rise of the skateboarding culture in Ireland since the late ’80s, which began with the opening of the ‘Clive’s of Hill Street’ skateshop in North Dublin. With a sold out screening at this year’s Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, this feature length documentary caught the attention of the Irish Film Board. As a result, this Friday 12th sees a new, extended cut of the film debut at the Galway Film Fleadh.

‘We are delighted to have our film in such a prestigious festival’, producer Dave Leahy told Film Ireland. ‘Importantly for us, the Fleadh gives a chance to showcase Hill Street on an international stage’.

In the late ’80s, Clive Rowen, proprietor of ‘Clive’s of Hill Street’, single-handedly progressed the skate scene through the building of primitive ramps at the shop before graduating to a temporary skate park in the Top Hat Ballroom in Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin. The film comprises interviews with key players in both the Irish and global skate community and features rare, never-seen-before footage. Hill Street is a fascinating look at the early stages of the Irish skateboarding scene and is as much a wonderful introduction to a rich subculture as it is an exploration of a sport trying to legitimise itself against the backdrop of 80s Ireland.

This never before seen extended cut includes all new footage, including an interview with legendary Tony Hawk.

Tickets are available to book from the Town Hall Theatre on 091 569777 or at www.tht.ie.
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Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh preview: Coming Home

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The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

Coming Home

Friday, 12th July

Town Hall Theatre

17.00

Irish director Viko Nikci’s debut feature documentary, Coming Home, will have its world premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh tomorrow. It tells the story of Angel Cordero, a New York man released after serving thirteen years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

Speaking to Film Ireland, Viko Nikci said, ‘I am thrilled that Coming Home will have its world premiere at the 25th Galway Film Fleadh. It’s an honour to have the film in a line-up that includes so many great new Irish films. Miriam [Allen – Managing Director of the Fleadh] and the rest of team have packed the programme with so many enticing shorts and features. It’s wonderful to be a part of it’.

Despite the evidence which pointed out Dario Rodriguez – who would confess seven years later – as the real culprit, Angel Cordero was sentenced to thirteen years in a maximum security prison. Coming Home follows him from the days before his release through him taking his first steps as a free man. He must readjust to an outside world he no longer recognises, and must re-establish a relationship with his estranged daughter, who was only three at the time of his incarceration. Viko Nikci will also bring Angel face to face with the man who confessed to his crime in a one-on-one meeting.

Read Film Ireland’s full interview with Viko Nikci here.

Tickets for the world premiere of Coming Home are available to book from the Town Hall Theatre on 091 569777, or at www.tht.ie.

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Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh preview: Love Eternal

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The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

Love Eternal

Friday, 12th July

Town Hall Theatre

19.00

Following the success of his debut feature, Savage, director Brendan Muldowney returns to the screen with his new film, Love Eternal, which screens at the 25th Galway Film Fleadh. Based on the Japanese novel In Love with the Dead, by Kei Oishi, the film focuses on a death-fixated young man trying to make sense of the world.

Conor Barry and the team behind Dublin based Fastnet Films co-produced the film with Rinkel Films of the Netherlands, Red Lion and T.O. Entertainment. A truly international venture, post-production took place in Luxembourg, making it the first Irish/Luxembourg feature to go into production following the signing of a co-production treaty at the 2011 Galway Film Fleadh.

Brendan Muldowney told Film Ireland, ‘I’m delighted to be screening Love Eternal at the 25th Galway Film Fleadh. It’s festival I have a long history with and one which was instrumental in moving my career forward’.

When Ian Harding’s (Robert de Hoog) mother dies, this isolated man must venture into a world that he no longer understands. Unable to comprehend basic human emotions, he takes the decision to end it all in a snowy forest clearing, but a rare chance encounter will change his life. Love Eternal is a rich cinematic experience, and, in his exploration of notions of life, death and the universe as a whole, Muldowney has created a bold cinematic landscape all his own.

Tickets are available to book from the Town Hall Theatre on 091 569777 or at www.tht.ie.


LOVE ETERNAL // a film by Brendan Muldowney… by reelsuspects

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Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh preview: Made in Belfast

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The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

Made in Belfast

Friday, 12th July

IMC Screen 6

16.15

Shot on a micro budget in 13 days, Paul Kennedy’s debut feature, Made in Belfast, was met with rave reviews when it premiered the Belfast Film Festival. The film is now set to screen at the Galway Film Fleadh, and stars Ciarán McMenamin (One Hundred Mornings), Owen McDonnell (Single-handed) and Stuart Graham (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). The film screens tomorrow, Friday, 12th July at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh.

Speaking to Film Ireland about Galway, Paul Kennedy said, ‘We’re extremely excited to screen Made in Belfast at this year’s Fleadh – this will be the first public screening of the film outside it’s home city, so, for us, it will be a great opportunity to gauge audience reaction. The Fleadh also provides us, and many other Irish filmmakers, with an invaluable platform to showcase our work to industry professionals from all over the world. To be given the opportunity to do so on this island is extremely rare, and vital to filmmakers like myself’.

Made in Belfast tells the story of Jack Kelly (Ciarán McMenamin) a successful novelist returning home to Belfast from self-imposed exile in Paris. His first novel, Made in Belfast, was met with critical and commercial success, the only problem, it did so by exposing the private lives of his friends and family that he must now reencounter. In a tale of loyalty and identity, Jack now has one weekend to put right the wrongs he committed all those years ago.

Tickets are available to book from the Town Hall Theatre on 091 569777 or at www.tht.ie.

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Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh preview: The Shadows

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The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

The Shadows

Friday, 12th July

Town Hall Theatre

15.00

Shot in Bective and Navan, County Meath, The Shadows will have its world premeire at the 25th Galway Film Fleadh. Directed by Colin Downey, and produced by Eimear O Kane for Emu Productions, the film is based on a fairytale of the same name by George MacDonald and follows a young boy’s adventures into the ‘World of Shadows’.

The Producer, Eimear O Kane, spoke to Film Ireland about screening at Galway. ‘It is wonderful to have the world premiere of The Shadows at the Galway Film Fleadh. We have just completed the film and we are very excited to watch it with an Irish audience. It is a great start to what we hope will be a very successful festival run for the film.’

The Shadows follows the adventures of a lonely young boy, Matthew (Lorcan Melia), as he discovers a key to a parallel world of mystery and magic beneath his grandmother’s garden. Matthew meets a Shadowman named Yorrick (Michael Parle) who guards an ancient crown of gold and his Shadow Guardian, Alice (Emma Eliza Regan) and learns of his great destiny to one day rule the legendary Kingdom of Shadows. But in an icy lair far to the north, the wicked witch Geldren (Natalia Kostrzewa) soon hears of the boy and comes to take his crown away.

Filmed through the prism of a child’s imagination, The Shadows evokes the longing for adventure and escape from the mundane that all children share and perhaps none of us ever really lose.

Tickets are available to book from the Town Hall Theatre on 091 569777 or at www.tht.ie.

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Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh preview: Dark By Noon

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The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

Dark By Noon

Thursday, 11th July

Town Hall Theatre

23.00

Shot in North Dublin on a shoestring budget, the Irish science fiction thriller, which was selected as the Closing Film at Sci-Fi London 2013, Dark By Noon, will see its Irish premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh. Written and directed by Alan Leonard and Michael O’Flaherty, the film was shot over eight weeks using sets built from scratch.

Michael O’Flaherty told Film Ireland, ‘Dark By Noon started 3 years ago at the Galway Film Fleadh where I met Cormac Fox from Vico films, so its coming full circle and feels like its where its Irish Premiere should rightly be. I think the fleadh needs an Irish Sci-Fi film. Eclectic audiences, the sense of fun that’s always in the air, and the ability to actually do some serious business in the Marketplace makes it a great festival, and one essential for the success of our film.’

The film tells the story of Robert ‘Rez’ Reznick, who lives in a futuristic world and is gifted and cursed with a perfect photographic memory. Rez is coerced into becoming a guinea pig for a stolen ‘Titus’ machine, a device that can temporarily send you eight hours into the future. Used by rogue operatives to make money by cheating the stock market, Rez’s life changes when he witnesses a disaster that will leave him with eight hours to save himself, his daughter and his world.

Tickets are available to book from the Town Hall Theatre on 091 569777 or at www.tht.ie.

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Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh preview: Mister John

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The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

Mister John

Thursday, 11th July

Town Hall Theatre

19.00

Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones, The Dark Knight Rises) stars in Mister John, a story of belonging, loss and identity set in South East Asia. Directed by Irish husband-and-wife team, Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy, the couple build on a stimulating body of work with this, their new feature set to screen at the 25th Galway Film Fleadh.

Christine Molloy told Film Ireland, ‘We are delighted that the Irish premiere of Mister John will take place at the Galway Film Fleadh. This is our first visit to the festival and we are very much looking forward to presenting our new film to an Irish audience as part of the 25th Film Fleadh’.

Dealing with his wife’s infidelity and the loss of his brother, Gerry Devine (Aidan Gillen) travels to Singapore to discover the exotic life his brother had built for himself out there. He visits his brother’s bar, Mister John’s, and meets his brother’s widow. Discovering a foreign land of opportunity, will Gerry return home to his troubled life with his wife and daughter, or will he stay and slip into his brother’s persona?

Tickets are available to book from the Town Hall Theatre on 091 569777 or at www.tht.ie.

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Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh preview: Here Was Cuba

Here Was Cuba

The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

Here Was Cuba

Thursday, 11th July

Town Hall Theatre

17.00

Emer Reynolds and John Murray’s documentary, Here Was Cuba, screens tomorrow, 11th July, at the 25th Galway Film Fleadh. It is the first major feature documentary on the Cuban Missile Crisis.

On screening the documentary at the festival, the Dublin-based director and triple IFTA winning editor Emer Reynolds told Film Ireland, ‘We are looking forward very much to screening Here Was Cuba at the Fleadh. It’ll be our first screening here in Ireland, and we are very much looking forward to hearing the home-crowd response. The audience in Galway are always very receptive, enthusiastic and vocal, and it’s very exciting to be able to present the film there. ‘

Here Was Cuba explores how in October 1962 the earth teetered on the very brink of nuclear holocaust. The documentary brings to life the three central characters Kennedy, Castro and Khrushchev and explores how the world’s most powerful men fell into an abyss of their own making and what courage and luck it took to climb out again. Featuring revealing interviews with key witnesses and experts, including Sergei Khrushchev, son of the former Soviet Premier, and, in one of his last-ever interviews, Kennedy’s trusted advisor Ted Sorensen, Here was Cuba is an edge-of-your seat tale of espionage and intrigue at the highest level, offering a fascinating perspective on one of the most harrowing times in modern history. With nuclear brinkmanship high on the international agenda today, the events of October 1962 hold invaluable lessons for a generation too young to remember just how close we came to the end.

Tickets are available to book from the Town Hall Theatre on 091 569777 or at www.tht.ie.

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Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh preview: Atlantean

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The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

Atlantean

Thursday, 11th July

Cinemobile

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To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Bob Quinn’s documentary Atlantean screens tomorrow, 11th July at the Galway Film Fleadh A quartet of documentary films, Atlantean, in conjunction with his book, The Atlantean Irish: Ireland’s Oriental and Maritime Heritage, outlined Bob Quinn’s theories that dismissed the popular Celtic origins of Ireland as myth. He suggests that we are instead part of a wider Atlantic culture.

 

The principle is that the sea does not divide peoples, it unites all countries and human beings. An Irish identity that relies on oral tradition, song, folklore, poetry, ballads, sea-shanties, even mythology, is no less valid than that of written history. A huge amount of human experience – the maritime dimension – has been paid less attention than it should, and Atlantean attempts to explore this dimension to see what it can teach us of contemporary Ireland.

 

Bob Quinn’s documentaries have won a string of awards over the years and have been met with international acclaim.

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Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh: The Callback Queen

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The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

The Callback Queen

Wednesday, 10th July

Town Hall Theatre

19.00

 

Acclaimed Dublin-born director, Graham Cantwell, premieres his romantic comedy The Callback Queen at the 25th Galway Film Fleadh. It is his second feature following Anton, which was nominated for three IFTA Awards. Amy-Joyce Hastings (The Tudors), who leads this all Irish cast, plays a young actress trying to get her first break while fending off the interests of her director.

Film Ireland spoke to Graham Cantwell about what it means to have The Callback Queen premiere at Gallway this year:

‘I’m delighted to continue my long-standing relationship with The Galway Film Fleadh. It’s my favourite festival on the calendar, the support and opportunities we have received in the past at the Fleadh have been invaluable, they are true supporters of indigenous talent and have helped to launch many careers, including my own. We’re all looking forward to a great night, with many of the cast attending and some great local support for Galway actors Amy-Joyce Hastings and Seán T. O Meallaigh’.

The Callback Queen explores the cutthroat arena of show-business. After landing an audition for the lead roll for a massive movie franchise, Kate Loughlin (Amy-Joyce Hastings) is pimped out to director Vincent Catalona (Mark Kileen) by her sleazy agent. Determined to prove her strict professionalism, she starts second guessing Vincent’s motives.

Tickets are available to book from the Town Hall Theatre on 091 569777 or at www.tht.ie

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Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh preview: Tasting Menu

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 The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

Tasting Menu

Tuesday, 9th July

Town Hall Theatre

19.30

Stephen Rea and Fionnula Flanagan star in Tasting Menu, a romantic ensemble comedy-drama devoted to the beauty of love, food and the Mediterranean way of life. Directed by the award-winning Spanish director Roger Gual, the film was co-produced by Dublin-based production company Subotica Entertainment and Zentropa Spain, the Spanish arm of Danish director Lars von Trier’s Zentropa Entertainment.

Irish producer Aoife O’Sullivan from Subotica told Film Ireland, ‘we’re delighted that Tasting Menu was chosen to open the Fleadh this year. The film is an Irish Spanish co-production – it was shot in a beautiful seaside location in Spain so it’s very fitting that its Irish launch is in a beautiful seaside town in Ireland.’

The film, which also stars Claudia Bassols, Jan Cornet, Rodrigo Cortés and Togo Igawa, centres around Marc (Jan Cornet) and Rachel (Claudia Bassols), who have booked a table at the best restaurant in the world, situated in an idyllic cove of Costa Brava. When it turns out that the booking is on the same date as the last night before the restaurant closes forever, their booking becomes even more important and the night when unexpected things happen.

Tickets are available to book from the Town Hall Theatre on 091 569777 or at www.tht.ie

 

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