Photos from Underground Cinema Film Festival held in Dun Laoghaire on 9th-11th September 2011

(Dave Byrne and Emmet Scanlan – credit: Rita Marie Lawlor)

(Dave Byrne and Roddy Doyle – credit: Kevin Griffin)

(Emmett Scanlan and Denise Pattison – credit: Kevin Griffin)

(Ivan Kavanagh, Michael Parle and Terry McMahon – credit: Kevin Griffin)

(Jim Sheridan at Underground Cinema FF – credit: Rita Marie Lawlor)

(Johnny Elliot and Jeff Doyle – credit: Rita Marie Lawlor)

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Jim Sheridan: In Focus

The IFI celebrates Jim Sheridan’s career with Jim Sheridan: In Focus, a season screening his key films and featuring special guest appearances from the director and many of his collaborators including Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh O’Connor, Brenda Fricker, Peter Sheridan and Kirsten Sheridan.

The IFI will present a wide-ranging season of the work of one of the key figures in contemporary Irish film – director, actor, producer and writer Jim Sheridan. Sheridan is responsible for many of the most popular and critically acclaimed films of the past twenty years. The IFI’s retrospective focuses on eight key films since he burst on to the international scene with his stunning debut My Left Foot.

For a full line-up visit www.ifi.ie

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Neil Jordan and Jim Sheridan to co-host 'Directors Finders Series' Awards Ceremony in Dublin

The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI) will welcome the cream of Irish filmmaking talent to the Directors Finders Series Award Ceremony in the Morrison Hotel, Dublin, on 16th July. This event will be officially opened by the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, Martin Cullen TD and will be co-hosted by Irish filmmakers Neil Jordan and Jim Sheridan.

Ken Wardrop and his feature documentary His and Hers was announced as the winner of the Directors Finders Series, providing this acclaimed Irish filmmaker with the opportunity to showcase his feature at the Directors Guild of America Theatre in L.A. in August. Ken will be presented with his award at this ceremony at the Morrison Hotel. The showcase in L.A. will take place in front of an invited audience of American distributors, filmmakers, and key industry personnel, with the aim of securing a US distribution deal for the film.

Selected by an international panel of experts His and Hers is a beautifully observed and innovative documentary that combines observation and imagination to illustrate a universal love story. The film explores woman’s relationship with man by visiting moments from the lives of 70 female characters. Shot in the hallways, living rooms and kitchens of the Irish Midlands, the story moves sequentially from young to old to deliver a unique and touching insight into sharing life’s journey.

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Jim Sheridan to present IFI’s St. Patrick’s Festival Film

Darby O’Gill and the Little People is to be introduced by Jim Sheridan at the IFI as the Irish Film Archive celebrates St Patrick’s Day.

Joining the St. Patrick’s Festival 2009 in celebration of all things green, the Irish Film Archive is proud to present Disney’s Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959), the tale of a crock of gold, a wily Irishman and his battle of wits with the King of the Leprechauns.

Although actor Cyril Cusack and Chief Justice (later President) Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh are said to have picketed the film’s launch for what they felt was its ridiculous stereotyping of Irish people, this boisterous romp features sparkling performances by Jimmy O’Dea, Albert Sharpe and a young Sean Connery. Jim Sheridan will introduce this, one of his all-time favourite ‘Irish’ films, which, he says, features ‘some of the best performances ever by Irish actors Jimmy O’Dea and Albert Sharpe.’

Darby O’Gill and the Little People will be screened at the IFI on Saturday 14th March 2009 at 5 pm.

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Jim Sheridan Presents Brenda Fricker with Maureen O' Hara Award

Jim Sheridan presented Brenda Fricker with the inaugural Maureen O’ Hara award at the 9th Kerry Film Festival, which ran from 1–8 November 2008.

Brenda won the 1989 Academy® Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Christy Brown’s mother in Jim Sheridan’s My Left Foot in one of the two outstanding, Oscar®-winning performances in the film. Working again with Sheridan she co-starred in The Field, which was based on the play of the same name by John B. Keane.

‘It’s a privilege for me to have Brenda Fricker pick up the inaugural award,’ said Maureen O’ Hara. ‘Brenda has displayed courage and determination throughout her career and her Oscar®-winning role as Mrs. Brown in My Left Foot is one of the great highlights in Irish acting. I’m absolutely delighted that Brenda will accept this award.’

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