Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh preview: Black Ice

Black Ice

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

shadows

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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