We take a look at some of the Irish films coming to screens in 2024.

We’ll update films, premieres, release dates and platforms and add reviews and interviews as they come in.

 

Baltimore (WRI/DIR: Joe Lawlor, Christine Molloy)

Premiere at Telluride Film Festival

In cinemas 22nd March 2023

Based on the life of Rose Dugdale, a former debutante who rebelled against her wealthy upbringing, becoming a volunteer in the militant Irish republican organisation, the Provisional Irish Republican Army

CAST: Imogen Poots, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Lewis Brophy


Double Blind (DIR: Ian Hunt-Duffy WRI: Darach McGarrigle)

In cinemas 9th February 2024

When an experimental drug trial goes horribly wrong, the surviving test subjects have to fight off sleep, and each other, to stay alive.

CAST: Millie Brady, Pollyanna McIntosh, Kate Ashfield, Brenock O’Connor, Abby Fitz, Frank Blake, Amy De Bhrún, Akshay Kumar

Paying homage to the classics of the genre but with a distinct and fresh feel

Gemma Creagh

Podcast: Ian Hunt-Duffy, Director of Double Blind


Poor Things (DIR: Yorgos Lanthimos WRI: Tony McNamara, Alasdair Gray)

In cinemas 12th January 2024

A young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter. Under Baxter’s protection, Bella is eager to learn. Hungry for the worldliness she is lacking, Bella runs off with Duncan Wedderburn, a slick and debauched lawyer, on a whirlwind adventure across the continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, Bella grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation.
 
CAST: Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe, Ramy Youssef, Christopher Abbott, Suzy Bemba, Jerrod Carmichael, Kathryn Hunter, Vicki Pepperdine, Margaret Qualley, Hanna Schygulla

Kneecap (DIR/WRI: Rich Peppiatt)

Premiere at Sundance Film Festival

Inspired by the birth of ground breaking Irish-language rap group, this raucous anti-establishment comedy features the eponymous trio, who play heightened versions of their own lives against the backdrop of post-Troubles Belfast.

CAST: Michael Fassbender, Simone Kirby, Jessica Reynolds, Josie Walker


Small Things Like These (DIR: Tim Mielants WRI: Enda Walsh)

Premiere at Berlinale

Adapted from Claire Keegan’s novel set in the weeks before Christmas in 1985, when Bill Furlong, a father and coal merchant, discovers the startling secrets being kept by the town’s convent, forcing him to confront his past.

CAST:  Cillian Murphy, Ciarán Hinds, Emily Watson, Amy De Bhrún


Prospect House (DIR/WRI: Paul Mercier)
 
 
A group of protesters film a period re-enactment in a dilapidated 18th century house in a last ditch effort to save it from demolition.
 
CAST: Barry Ward, Dara Devaney, Ciara Ivie, Paul Reid


That They May Face the Rising Sun (DIR: Pat Collins WRI: Éamon Little, Pat Collins)

Premiere at BFI Film Festival

Capturing a year in the life of a rural, lakeside community in Ireland in the 1970s, this is an adaptation of the final novel from John McGahern, one of Ireland’s greatest novelists. Joe and Kate Ruttledge have returned from London to live and work among the small, close-knit community near to where Joe grew up. Now deeply embedded in life around the lake, the drama of a year in their lives and those of the memorable characters around them unfolds through the rituals of work, play and the passing seasons as this enclosed world becomes an everywhere. 

CAST: Barry Ward, Anna Bederke, Ruth McCabe


Spilt Milk (DIR: Brian Durnin WRI: Cara Loftus)

Set in Dublin in 1984, Split Milk follows an 11 year-old boy, who dreams of becoming a great detective like his TV hero Kojak.

CAST: Alisha WeirDanielle GalliganLaurence O’Fuarain


Luto (WRI: Andres Arochi WRI: Andres Arochi, Gonzalo Romero)

Premiere at International Film Festival of India

A couple (Luisa and Tomas) and two years of their relationship. The movie goes from the present where you can see they are broken to the past so we know how they met and how their relationship got damaged . They will realize their relationship is crushed and there is nothing to say. 

CAST: Dolores Heredia, Claudette Maillé, Daniella Valdez


Verdigris (DIR/WRI: Patricia Kelly)

Premiere at Galway Film Fleadh 

A reluctant retiree struggles in a controlling marriage, until an unlikely friendship with an abandoned teen sex worker teaches her to live life on her own terms, no matter the cost.

CAST: Geraldine McAlinden, Maya O’Shea, Michael James Ford


One Night In Millstreet (DIR: Andrew Gallimore)

Premiere at Cork International Film Festival

One Night in Millstreet not only relives the titanic contest that took place in the Green Glens Arena, but also marks the trajectory of the two competitors. The preening, self-regarding, and mentally formidable Super Middleweight Champion, Chris Eubank, and the hungry challenger from Cabra, Steve Collins.


The Days Of Trees (DIR: Alan Gilsenan)

Première at Cork International Film Festival

A meditation on trauma, offering hope and insight.


I See a Darkness (DIR: Katherine Waugh, Fergus Daly WRI: Katherine Waugh)

Première at Cork International Film Festival

Explores a particular history of image production and its associated use in atomic testing. Advances in science and engineering have created wondrous things but quite often the same processes can be inimical to nature. 


Four Mothers (DIR: Darren Thornton   WRI: Colin Thornton, Darren Thornton)

A struggling novelist who is forced to take care of three eccentric older women – and his own mother – over the course of one chaotic weekend in Dublin.

CAST: Fionnula Flanagan, James McArdle, Niamh Cusack, Adam Fergus


Twig (DIR/WRI: Marian Quinn)

Premiere at DIFF 2024

Twig dreams of escape from a divided Dublin. Her brother’s gangland feud traps the people in a culture of fear, surveillance and containment. When tragedy strikes, Twig seeks to do the right thing, stand up to King Leon and face her fate.

CAST: Sade Malone, Brían F. O’Byrne


 Woken (DIR/WRI: Alan Friel)

Premier at DIFF 2024

Set on a remote island in the North Sea, at the dawn of a new evolutionary phase for humanity, Woken confronts the great existential question on the possibility of man to replace God, after having destroyed nature and consequence himself.

CAST: Maxine Peake, Erin Kellyman, Ivanno Jeremiah, Corrado Invernizzi, Oscar Coleman and Peter McDonald


Girl, Taken (DIR: Simon Wood, Francois Verster)

The story of Celeste and Morne Nurse, whose baby daughter Zephany was stolen from hospital three days after her birth in Cape Town, April 1997. Then, in 2015, their second daughter, Cassidy, enrolled in a new school, where other pupils pointed out an older student, Miche Solomon, who looked like her.


The Sparrow (DIR/WRI: Michael Kinirons)

A teenager lies about a death and struggles to face the consequences that unfold until his domineering father offers the possibility of forgiveness.

CAST: Ollie West, David O’Hara, Eanna Hardwicke, Aisling O’Sullivan, Isabelle Connolly


Stranger With A Camera (DIR/WRI: Oorlagh George)

A troubled American teen is stranded in Northern Ireland when her father is suddenly arrested for an IRA related murder from seventeen years prior. Teaming up with her delinquent cousin, together they pry into the buried secrets from their family’s past.

CAST: Ellie Bamber, Owen McDonnell, Michael Shea, Chris Robinson, Charlie Kranz


Bring Them Down  (DIR/WRI: Christopher Andrews)

Set in the wild landscape of the West of Ireland, the film follows an Irish shepherd who is drawn into violent conflict with a neighbouring farm when his sheep are massacred by unknown men.

CAST: Barry Keoghan, Christopher Abbott


All You Need Is Death (WRI/DIR: Paul Duane)

Première at Cork International Film Festival 2023

A young couple who collect rare folk ballads discover the dark side of love when they surreptitiously record and translate an ancient, taboo folk song from the deep, forgotten past.

CAST: Sarah Burns, Simone Collins, Olwen Fouéré


Cave of Wonders  (DIR: Neasa Ní Chainaín • WRI: Neasa Ní ChainaínDavid RaneEtienne Essery)

The words ‘tomb of Alexander’ draw one of the world’s foremost archaeologists and a team of experts, on 6 expeditions to uncover the truth. The stakes are high in this breathtaking game of strategy as they face fatwas, military interventions and the stoic bedrock of the ancient Middle-East. One man, code-named ‘The Inventor’ holds the exact coordinates of the tomb entrance – will he give up the secret? 


Mrs. Robinson (DIR: Aoife Kelleher)

A pioneering constitutional lawyer, the first female President of Ireland, the UN’s first High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Chair of The Elders; iconic change-maker Mary Robinson has led an inspirational life of human rights activism. But as she approaches the age of 80, she is taking on the biggest battle of her life. Tracking tectonic shifts in personal, political, and social values over a period of 50 years Mrs Robinson tells a cinematic story of epic battles for equality: in the courts, at the ballot box, and on the streets.


Tukdam: A Question Of Life And Death (DIR: Donagh Coleman)

Tukdam: A Question Of Life And Death (DIR: Donagh Coleman)

In what Tibetan Buddhists call “tukdam”, advanced meditators die in a consciously controlled manner. Though dead according to our biomedical standards, they often stay sitting upright in meditation; remarkably, their bodies remain fresh and lifelike, without signs of decay for days, sometimes weeks after clinical death.

Following ground-breaking scientific research into tukdam, and taking us into intimate death stories of Tibetan meditators, the film juxtaposes scientific and Tibetan perspectives as it tries to unravel the mystery of tukdam.


 


Fréwaka (WRI/DIR: Aislinn Clarke)

A home care worker, Shoo, who, haunted by a personal tragedy, is sent to a remote village to care for an agoraphobic woman who fears the neighbours as much as she fears the Na Sídhe – sinister sprites who she believes abducted her decades before. As the two develop a strangely deep connection, Shoo is consumed by the old woman’s paranoia, rituals, and superstitions, eventually confronting the horrors from her own past.

CAST: Clare Monnelly, Bríd Ní Neachtain, Aleksandra Bystrzhitskaya


Twig (WRI/DIR: Marian Quinn)

Premiere at DIFF 2024

In this re-telling of Antigone set against Dublin’s gangland, young Twig dreams of escaping with her lover Eamon, but her brothers’ deadly feud over the future of their late father’s kingdom draws her back. After the death of her eldest brother, Eddie, she goes in search of her other brother, Paulie, defying authority in favour of God’s law.

CAST: Sade Malone, Brian F. O’Byrne


King Frankie (WRI/DIR: Dermot Malone)

Premiere at DIFF 2024

Frankie is a humble Dublin taxi driver, who runs his own tiny taxi firm. On the day of his father’s removal, he comes face to face with something that happened ten years ago, and the first thing that he must do is forgive himself. 

CAST: Aine Cooney, Alan Mahon, Ally Ní Chiaráin, Claudia Beatty.

 


Swing Bout (WRI/DIR: Maurice O’Carroll)

Premiere at DIFF 2024

This crime thriller, set backstage at a major boxing event, traces Toni Gale’s tumultuous journey from the dressing room to the ring over the course of a night of deceit, betrayal, and life-altering decisions. .

CAST: Ben Condron, Chrissie Cronin, Ciara Berkeley, Frank Prendergast, John Connors, Sinead O’Riordan


Don’t Forget To Remember (DIR: Ross Killeen)

Premiere at DIFF 2024

There is an inherent understanding of the grieving process when a loved one is lost. But what if that person isn’t gone? What does grief mean then? In collaboration with the artist Asbestos, Killeen’s unconventional documentary explores the lived experience of Alzheimer’s whilst also honouring the ties of family. Considering the simultaneous fragility and fortitude of memory, it concludes that we can never truly lose our loved ones as long as we remember them.

 

Birdsong  (DIR: Kathleen Harris)

Premier at DIFF 2024

Ornithologist Seán Ronayne is on a mission to record the call of every bird species in Ireland – that’s nearly 200 birds. At once inspiring and cautionary, his journey reveals the beauty and importance of sound, and what listening can tell us about the state of our natural world.

 


Swallow (WRI/DIR: Tadhg O’Sullivan)

Premiere at DIFF 2024

In a small house by the sea, a woman begins a letter to an unknown correspondent. Surrounded by the books, mementoes and clutter of a life lived in one place, her home exposed to the waves of a rising ocean, she writes about the history of lost art. Considering what has been lost, and wondering about her own desire to hold on, she sets out on a meditation on memory, and art’s aspiration to immortality.

CAST: Brenda Fricker


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