Irish Film Festival London Full Line-up

Special Guests
The Irish Film Festival London runs 29th Nov – 3rd Dec 2017.
Check out the goodies on offer:

The Drummer and the Keeper

Wednesday 29th November at Picturehouse Central, 19.00
Plus a Q&A with director Nick Kelly, actor Dermot Murphy, hosted by Riyad Khalaf

An unlikely friendship develops between the bipolar drummer of a rock band and an institutionalized teen suffering from Asperger’s syndrome. This uplifting and comedic feature début deservedly bagged our Best Feature Film Award 2017.

Irish Screen Industries, the UK and Brexit – Panel Discussion

Thurs 30th Nov, Grange Langham Court Hotel, 11.:00 – 13:00

How will Brexit affect the Irish Film and TV industries? Will actors find it more difficult to work in the UK? Will there be fewer Irish and other European films on our screens after 2019 or will it herald a new era of creative exchange?

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Panelists include: Teresa McGrane – Irish Film Board, David McMunn – McMunn Media, Simon Perry – Ateliers du Cinéma Européen, John P Gleeson – Grant Thornton, Isabel Davis – BFI Fund

Female Focus Forum – Panel Discussion

Thurs 30th Nov, Grange Langham Court Hotel, 18:30 – 20:30

A discussion around female Irish talent in the screen industries, and the representation of women on screen and behind the camera. The event will be followed by a drinks reception, with thanks to Glendalough Distilleries.

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Panelists include: Celine Haddad (Irish Film Board), Aisling Walsh (Dir. Maudie), Aoife Mccardle (Dir: Kissing Candice), Roisin Geraghty (Gaze), Anne Marie Naughton (Wft.I), Kelly O’connor – Irish Film London (Moderator)

Irish Short Films 1

Friday 1st December, Regent Street Cinema, 17:00

Cert 15. A celebration of this year’s finest Irish Short Films from well-known and new Irish filmmakers.

Line-up: Acorn, Late Afternoon, The Widows Last, Gustav & LISTEN

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Friday 1st December, Regent Street Cinema, 20:30
Plus a Q&A with director Stephen Burke and cast 

Ireland 2017. Dir Stephen Burke. With Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Barry Ward. 92 min. Cert 15.

This gripping suspense-filled drama is inspired by the true events of the infamous 1983 prison breakout of 38 IRA prisoners from HMP.
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The Star + Shadow Animation Workshop

Saturday 2nd December, Regent Street Cinema, 11.30am

USA 2017, Dir. Timothy Reckart. PG

A small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas. Tickets are just £1.75 for adults and children. Places for the workshop must be booked separately. Buy Tickets
Book for the workshop here: Enquire

Gaze @ 25Years – Irish LGBT Shorts
Saturday 2nd Dec, Regent Street Cinema, 15:00 – 16:30

Cert 15. This year GAZE International LGBT Film Festival Dublin celebrated its 25-year legacy of LGBT inclusivity, visibility, celebration, activism and progress. Here IFFL joins them in marking this Silver Anniversary!

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Song of Granite + Pop-up Gaeltacht

Saturday 2nd December, Regent Street Cinema, 16:45

Ireland 2017. Dir Pat Collins. With Michael O’Chonfhlaola, Macdara Ó Fátharta, Leni Parker, Alain Goulem. 118 min. Cert 12A. Language: Irish & English

Acclaimed filmmaker Pat Collins brings the dramatic life story of legendary sean-nós singer Joe Heaney.
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There will be a Pop-Up Gaeltacht and a Hunch Poitin promotion after this screening! More info

The Secret Scripture
Saturday 2nd December, Regent Street Cinema,19:30
Plus a Q&A with director Jim SheridanIreland 2016. Dir. Jim Sheridan. With Rooney Mara, Aidan Turner, Theo James, Jack Reynor, 118 min. Cert 12A.

Residing in a psychiatric hospital, a woman receives visits from a young psychologist whose interest in her diary triggers flashbacks of her youth, which was filled with romance, obsession and chaos.

Irish Short Films 2

Sunday 3rd December, Regent Street Cinema, 12:45

Cert 15. A second celebration of this year’s finest Irish Short Films from well-known and new Irish filmmakers.

Line-up: Tit for tat, Inbox, FERN, A Break in the clouds, PEEL, Inhale and Throwline

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The Breadwinner

Sunday 3rd December, Regent Street Cinema, 15:00
Plus a Q&A with director Nora Twomey hosted by Absolute Radio’s Claire Solan.
94 min. Cert PG-13.

Angelina Jolie exec produced this Cartoon Saloon feature animation from director Nora Twomey (The Secret of Kells).

It is hotly anticipated as an Academy nomination, and doesn’t get a release until summer 2018, so grab this chance to see it now!

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In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America

Sunday 3rd December, Regent Street Cinema, 17:00
Plus a Q&A with director Maurice Fitzpatrick hosted by Maxine Mawhinney

Ireland 2017. Dir. Maurice Fitzpatrick. 90 min. Cert PG.

Narrated by actor Liam Neeson, the film charts how the politician created the framework for peace in Northern Ireland. The documentary includes wide-ranging interviews with former US Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, and UK Prime Ministers John Major and Tony Blair.
This event will be followed by a drinks reception, with thanks to the Embassy of Ireland.

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The Farthest

Sunday 3rd December, Regent Street Cinema, 19:00
Plus a Q&A with director Emer Reynolds hosted by Dara O’Briain

Ireland 2017. Dir. Emer Reynolds. With Frank Drake, Carolyn Porco, John Casani, Lawrence Krauss, Edward Stone. 120 min. Cert PG.

Join the Irish Film Festival in officially closing its 2017 celebration of Irish film with this stunning documentary.

More than 12 billion miles away a tiny spaceship is leaving our Solar System and entering the void of deep space – the first human-made object ever to do so. The Farthest gets to the hearts of the men and women who built the Voyager spaceships, one of humankind’s greatest achievements.

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