2023 was another standout year for Irish film with a wide array of dramas, comedies, horrors and documentaries gracing our screens.

The year brought us a wealth of stories,  including ones of the power of friendship,  sport, late-life romance, trauma, and radio frequencies from the future!

Below we celebrate our 5 favourite:

LOLA (DIR: Andrew Legge  WRI: Andrew Legge, Angeli Macfarlane)

Legge’s distinct authorial voice continues to wow

Larissa Brigatti

The Deepest Breath (DIR: Laura McGann)

The Deepest Breath

honest, thrilling and emotionally charged

Jack Murphy

Ballywalter (DIR: Prasanna Puwanarajah  WRI: Stacey Gregg)

 tender and moving

June Butler

Lakelands (WRI/DIR: Robert Higgins, Patrick McGivney)

Irish Film Review: Lakelands

It’s the performances of Éanna Hardwicke and Danielle Galligan that linger most in the memory

Stephen Burke

My Sailor, My Love (DIR: Klaus Härö  WRI: Jimmy Karlson, Kirsi Vikman)


My Sailor My love still

a warm portrait of love between two leads in the later stages of their lives

Gemma Creagh



Our Favourite Films of the Year 2023


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