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

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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

10.00

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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