The May Film Tour is back for 2024 and will take place at locations nationally throughout the month of May to celebrate the annual Bealtaine Festival.

The May Film Tour is organised jointly by our partners access>CINEMA and the Irish Film Institute and will coincide with the annual Bealtaine Festival.

Featuring free screenings of films specially selected with older audiences in mind, this year the theme of the Bealtaine is Lust for Life, based on Iggy Pop’s iconic punk-era song celebrating life’s dreams and ambitions

The May Film Tour titles are The Great Escaper and Birdsong.


Birdsong, Sean

Dir: Kathleen Harris / Ireland / 2023 / 52 mins / Cert: CLUB

Language: English

Featuring: Seán Ronayne

Ornithologist Seán Ronayne from Cobh, Co. Cork is on a mission to record the sound of every bird species in Ireland – that’s nearly 200 birds. Often joined by his partner Alba, he travels to some of the country’s most beautiful and remote locations to capture its most elusive species and soundscapes: the busy seabird colony of Skellig Michael; a native woodland free from road noise in the Burren; the corncrake stronghold of Tory Island; a solitary nest in the Donegal uplands. Along the way we get to know Seán, whose hypersensitivity to sound has proven both a struggle and a strength. At once inspiring and cautionary, Seán’s journey illustrates the beauty and importance of sound, and what listening can tell us about the state of our natural world.

May Film Tour Screenings of Birdsong can be seen in the following locations:

May 9th @ Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny, Co Kilkenny

May 16th @ Cloughjordan Cine Club, Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary

May 17th @ Terryglass Film Club, Terryglass, Co Tipperary

May 18th @ Dunamaise Art Centre, Portloaise, Co Loais

May 30th @ Esker Arts Centre, Tullamore, Co Offaly

Listen to our podcast with Kathleen here:


The Great Escaper

The Great Escaper Michael Caine

 Dir: Oliver Parker / UK / 2023 / 96 mins / Cert: 12A

Language: English

Starring: Glenda Jackson, Michael Caine, John Standing

Read our review on The Great Escaper here

In the summer of 2014, Bernard Jordan (Michael Caine) made global headlines.He had staged a “great escape” from his care home to join fellow war veterans on a beach in Normandy, commemorating their fallen comrades at the D-Day Landings 70th anniversary. It was a story that captured the imagination of the world as Bernie embodied the defiant, “can-do” spirit of a generation that was fast disappearing. But of course, it wasn’t the whole story.It was an inspirational but sanitised retelling of one man’s need to come to terms with the lasting trauma of war. Bernie’s adventure, spanning a mere 48 hours, also marked the culmination of his 60-year marriage to Rene (Glenda Jackson) –THE GREAT ESCAPER celebrates their enduring love but always with an eye to the lessons we might learn from the Greatest Generation

May Film Tour Screenings of The Great Escaper can be seen in the following locations:

May 8th @ Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny, Co Kilkenny

May 9th @ Cloughjordan Cine Club, Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary

May 14th @ Brewery Lane Theatre & Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary

May 23rd @ Esker Arts Centre, Tullamore, Co Offaly

May 28th @ Tuar Ard Arts Centre, Moate, Co Westmeath

Thanks to GFD Communications for supporting the screenings of The Great Escaper and True Films for supporting the screenings of Birdsong. The screenings, and our partnerships with IFI and access>CINEMA are made possible with the generous support of The Arts Council of Ireland.


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