WHAT'S ON - 08/2012

  • A SIMPLE LIFE

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    How unexpected that Hong Kong action star Andy Lau, famed for killer cheekbones and killer moves in the Infernal Affairs pics, should find himself at the heart of this tender human drama about a long-serving maid forced... Read More

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  • ABBAS KIAROSTAMI: THE ART OF LIVING

    Collins and co-director Fergus Daly join Mr. Kiarostami on an unlikely trip to the Aran Islands and en route the enigmatic artist opens up about his creative process, one that extends far beyond conventional filmmaking to encompass video art, still... Read More

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  • AFTERNOON TALKS: DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING

    August’s Afternoon Talk will take place during IFI Stranger Than Fiction, Dublin’s Documentary Film Festival, and will take a broad look at documentary – the opportunities available and the challenges for independent documentary filmmakers.

    IFI Stranger Than Fiction programmer and... Read More

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  • AMERICAN TEEN

    Like a real-life Breakfast Club, Nanette Burstein’s documentary follows five very different Indiana high school students across the course of a year: Colin, the jock; Hannah, the artistic rebel; Jake, the geek; Megan, the queen bee mean girl; and Mitch,... Read More

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  • ANTON CORBIJN: INSIDE OUT

    A revealing portrait of influential Dutchman Anton Corbijn, the artist who famously created much of the iconic visual output of U2, Depeche Mode and many others, this is one of those documentaries that only becomes possible when a filmmaker has... Read More

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  • ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME: DOUBLE BILL (AUG 2012)

    Join us for FREE daily screenings of summer films from yesteryear drawn from the collections of the IFI Irish Film Archive. 

    PROGRAMME 1:

    DISCOVERING IRELAND          

    Ireland as an attractive holiday destination is seen in all her glory through the... Read More

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  • ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME: IFI20 (SEPT 2012)

    Join us for FREE screenings from the IFI Irish Film Archive. Simply collect your tickets at the IFI Box Office.

    As part of IFI20, we present one outstanding Irish short film from each of the 20 years that the IFI... Read More

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  • ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME: PROGRAMME 1 (AUG 2012)

    Join us for FREE daily screenings of summer films from yesteryear drawn from the collections of the IFI Irish Film Archive. 

    DISCOVERING IRELAND          

    Ireland as an attractive holiday destination is seen in all her glory through... Read More

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  • ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME: PROGRAMME 2 (AUG 2012)

    Join us for FREE daily screenings of summer films from yesteryear drawn from the collections of the IFI Irish Film Archive.

    AMHARC ÉIREANN: EAGRÁN 16 & 23

    Includes the opening of a bubblegum factory in Kilcock and watersports around the country.

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  • BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO

    Having ventured into Transylvania for his debut Katalin Varga, British writer-director Peter Strickland delivers this equally enterprising fictional exploration of the furthest reaches of 1970s Italian horror cinema.

    Indefatigable character actor Toby Jones takes centre stage as the mild-mannered English... Read More

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  • CIRCUMSTANCE

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    An impassioned exploration of individual sexual yearning pitted against the combined repressive powers of religion and the Iranian state, writer-director Maryam Keshavarz’s first feature picked up the Audience Award at Sundance last year.

    Tehran schoolgirls Atie (Nikohl... Read More

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  • DAZED AND CONFUSED

    Despite teenagers’ growing role in social change, teen movies of the 1960s were surprisingly anodyne, consisting mostly of rock ‘n’ roll musicals designed to exploit their newfound spending power. In the 1970s, George Lucas revisited this era with American Graffiti... Read More

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  • DETACHMENT

    The latest provocation from maverick photographer, musician and filmmaker Tony Kaye, Detachment is an incendiary American high-school drama that makes Kaye’s earlier American History X seem almost light-hearted by comparison.

    In his best performance since his Oscar-winning turn in Polanski’s... Read More

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  • DETROPIA

    Detroit, once America’s fastest growing city, home to Motown and the bustling U.S. automobile industry, has suffered a long and painful decline in recent decades, exacerbated by the recent financial crisis: its population is now less than half of its... Read More

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  • DUBLIN PLAYS ITSELF: NORTH TOUR

    Please note that tickets will be given to bookers at Custom House Quay and not at the Irish Film Institute.

    The IFI Irish Film Archive will bring its treasures to the streets in an exciting collaboration with the Irish Architecture... Read More

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  • DUBLIN PLAYS ITSELF: SOUTH TOUR

    The IFI Irish Film Archive will bring its treasures to the streets in an exciting collaboration with the Irish Architecture Foundation. Walking tours of the south and north city will draw attention to significant architectural features of the city. Participants... Read More

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  • EAMES: THE ARCHITECT & THE PAINTER

    With its curvy plywood back and pillowy leather seating, the Eames chair is one of the most recognisable icons of 20th-century design, yet as this fulsome documentary portrait illustrates, it’s merely one among many achievements of this forward-looking, diversely-talented California-based... Read More

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  • EK THA TIGER

    PREMIERE

    Hosted by UNITAS in partnership with the Irish Film Board, the IFI and Fantastic Films, the premiere of the Bollywood action romance Ek Tha Tiger will take place at the IFI on August 15th at 19.00. Partly shot in... Read More

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  • F FOR FAKE

    (RE-RELEASE)

    For anyone growing up in the ‘70s, the abiding image of Orson Welles was not the cinematic deity behind Citizen Kane, but the ever-urbane raconteur on the TV chat-show circuit. The same decade however, also brought one of his... Read More

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  • FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH

    The 1980s proved to be the golden age of teen movies. While working for Rolling Stone magazine (a period depicted in his film Almost Famous (2000)), Cameron Crowe, although 22, returned to high school as an undercover reporter (an idea... Read More

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  • FEAST YOUR EYES: MID-AUGUST LUNCH

    Are you tempted to pour yourself a glass of Pinot Noir every time you watch Sideways? Did the film Eat Drink Man Woman make your mouth water? The IFI is celebrating those celluloid sensory moments with its new strand of... Read More

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  • FRIGHT NIGHT: THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD

    In association with the Dublin Zombie Walk, this month’s Fright Night presents Dan O’Bannon’s comedy horror classic, The Return of the Living Dead.

    Round off the day by lurching into the IFI Café Bar for drinks promotions (including zombie... Read More

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  • GABRIEL BYRNE: STORIES FROM HOME

    Pat Collins’ acclaimed portrait of the working-class Walkinstown lad turned international film actor largely eschews in-depth examination of Gabriel Byrne’s screen career, instead offering something far more profound, soulful, and deeply engaging.

    Collins digs deeper, then deeper still, to get... Read More

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  • HIGH TEA HOP: STRICTLY BALLROOM

    The High Tea Hop is a day of cultural events in Temple Bar to get the active retired thinking and moving!

    In conjunction with this programme, we are screening Strictly Ballroom, one of cinema’s best tributes to ballroom dancing and... Read More

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  • HOUSE OF MIRTH

    In the performance of her career, Gillian Anderson stars in this stunning adaptation of Edith Wharton’s moving and tragic novel, a love story set against a background of wealth and social hypocrisy in turn-of-the-20th-century New York.

    Lily Bart is a... Read More

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  • IFI FAMILY: PETIT NICOLAS

    Based on the original comic book series by Asterix’ creator René Goscinny and illustrated by Jean-Jacques Sempé, this adaptation brings the much-loved, mischievous young Nicolas and his antics to the big screen for the first time.

    Told from his point-of-view... Read More

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  • IN THE DARK HALF

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    Made on a micro-budget, Alastair Siddons’ debut feature is a serious and genuinely disturbing psychological horror that also works as a sensitive study of overwhelming grief and the claustrophobia of small-town life. Fifteen-year-old Marie (Jessica Barden) lives... Read More

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  • IN YOUR HANDS

    It’s a tribute to Kristin Scott Thomas that instead of plying her trade in middle-of-the-road British prestige dramas, she’s continued to gravitate towards rather edgier French fare, this probing character study being a case in point. When we first meet... Read More

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  • IRELAND ON SUNDAY: FINDING JOY

    Ireland on Sunday is our monthly showcase for new Irish film. 

    Finding Joy tells the story of Lukas (Crisjan Zöllner), a frustrated writer who feels trapped by the expectations of his ambitious wife Brita (Cosima Shaw).

    After a chance meeting... Read More

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  • JO NESBØ’S JACKPOT

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    Based on a story by million-selling Scandinavian crime novelist Jo Nesbø, this fiendishly black comedy-thriller is, at the very least, an awful warning of what can happen when you strike it big on the football pools.... Read More

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  • JOHN MCGAHERN: A PRIVATE WORLD

    Completed a year before his passing, Collins’ exploration of (arguably) the defining Irish writer of the modern era was filmed just prior to the publication of McGahern’s acclaimed memoirs, which form the backbone of this definitive portrait of the man’s... Read More

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  • MARGARET

    Finally released in Ireland earlier this year following a long and troubled gestation, Kenneth Lonergan’s second feature is a sprawling story of teenage angst featuring a tour-de-force performance from Anna Paquin that went shamefully unrecognised during awards season. She plays... Read More

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  • MONTHLY MUST-SEE CINEMA: GIRL WITH GREEN EYES

    The IFI’s Monthly Must-See Cinema showcases highlights from the Irish cinema canon which are now preserved in the IFI Irish Film Archive.

    Shot on location in Dublin and Wicklow, Girl with Green Eyes details the exploits of Kate Brady, a... Read More

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  • NUALA NÍ DHOMHNAILL – TAIBHSÍ I MBÉAL NA GAOITHE

    One of the most celebrated contemporary Irish poets lays her extraordinary life bare in memorable fashion, as captured by Pat Collins, who has the very good sense to anchor his superb film around Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill’s formidable skills as a... Read More

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  • OILEÁN THORAÍ

    A key entry in the Pat Collins filmography, and the deserved winner of the Best Documentary IFTA, Oileán Thoraí documents 18 months in the lives of the good people of Tory Island, situated nine miles off the Donegal coast. It’s... Read More

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  • ONE MILE AWAY

    Penny Woolcock returns to the site of her 2009 fictional feature film, 1 Day, for this powerful documentary (and winner of the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature at this year’s Edinburgh Film Festival) about feuding gangs in Birmingham.... Read More

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  • PAT COLLINS INTERVIEW

    Pat Collins will be interviewed by Derek O’Connor on Tuesday, August 14th at 18.30. 

    This event is FREE but ticketed. Please book your seat when visiting, by emailing the IFI Box Office at boxoffice@irishfilm.ie or by calling 01 679 3477.

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  • PETIT NICOLAS

    Based on the original comic book series by Asterix’ creator René Goscinny and illustrated by Jean-Jacques Sempé, this adaptation brings the much-loved, mischievous young Nicolas and his antics to the big screen for the first time.

    Told from his point-of-view... Read More

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  • PLANET OF SNAIL

    Yi Seung-jun’s multi-award-winning film takes us to a world where a couple from the edge of society radiate unique love and affection. This is the planet of snail, inhabited by deaf-blind poet Young Chan and his wife, Soon-Ho, whose spinal... Read More

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  • PRETTY IN PINK

    While The Breakfast Club focuses on divisions between high school cliques, Pretty In Pink offers instead a sensitive portrayal of the larger issue of class in America. Hughes passed directorial duties on this film to Howard Deutch (as he would... Read More

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  • REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE

    Post Second World War, a new generation emerged with ideas and values of their own, often in conflict with those of their elders, seeking to identify themselves as a new and distinct demographic trying to define their social roles while... Read More

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  • RED DESERT

    To mark the centenary of the birth of Italian maestro Michelangelo Antonioni, his 1964 landmark film Red Desert is being re-released in a beautifully restored version that does justice to its revolutionary use of colour.

    Following Antonioni’s early 1960s trilogy... Read More

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  • RIVER’S EDGE

    As teen movies exploded in popularity in the 1980s, there was a tendency towards formulaic happy endings. In direct contrast to this was Tim Hunter’s chilling River’s Edge, which held a mirror to the dark side of American youth.

    Loosely... Read More

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  • SAMSARA

    Almost 20 years after Baraka (which will return to the IFI when re-released later in the year), director Ron Fricke has created another visually stunning epic that takes the viewer across the globe, juxtaposing the beauty and splendour of nature... Read More

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  • SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN

    Right then, music lovers, you know your Dylan, your Nick Drake and all the titans of the singer-songwriter era. Now prepare to be blown away by Rodriguez, a staggeringly talented performer from Detroit who recorded two of the greatest ’70s... Read More

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  • SHADOW DANCER

    An Oscar-winner for his documentary Man on Wire, British director James Marsh is building a strong reputation for dramas eschewing the obvious in terms of treatment and subject matter.

    Having broached the U.S. Bible Belt and a grim Yorkshire circa... Read More

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  • SILENCE

    Prolific Cork-based documentarian Pat Collins possesses a restless curiosity, coupled with a poetic eye for the small moments – something that informs this feature debut, of sorts. We say ‘of sorts’ because Silence boldly defies categorisation at every turn. The... Read More

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  • SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: THE ART OF RAP

    The legendary Ice-T makes his directorial debut with this study of rap, the genre that made him a star, using a series of conversations with 47 of its greatest practitioners to explore its evolution. The film is less interested in... Read More

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  • SWANDOWN

    If you’re looking for character development, narrative and plot . . . you’ll find it here, but all in the form of a plastic, swan-shaped pedalo boat. 

    Making up what’s got to be British film’s most idiosyncratic on-screen duo,... Read More

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  • TAKE THIS WALTZ

    The most enterprising young actress of her generation, Michelle Williams has shone in testing indie fare (Wendy & Lucy, Blue Valentine) and more mainstream offerings alike (My Week with Marilyn), but her work here as a restless wife inexorably drawn... Read More

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  • TALKING TO THE DEAD & MICHAEL HARTNETT – A NECKLACE OF WRENS

    A rare and welcome opportunity to enjoy two early documentary works that marked Pat Collins for greatness: Talking to the Dead is a haunting, elliptical portrait of the Irish funeral tradition, while his directorial debut Michael Hartnett – A Necklace... Read More

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  • THE BIRD

    Positioned somewhere between an insight into and a meditation on the lasting repercussions of grief, Yves Caumon’s The Bird is a subtle but resonant exercise in simplicity and restraint. Having established an interest in the female perspective in Les filles... Read More

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  • THE BREAKFAST CLUB

    There is no one more synonymous with teen movies than John Hughes. Between 1984 and 1987, he was responsible for writing half a dozen films that captured the teenage voice with an insight and authenticity unmatched before or since. After... Read More

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  • THE CRITICAL TAKE (AUGUST 2012)

    The IFI’s monthly film club, The Critical Take, will meet again for discussion, debate and lots of opinion-sharing on Wednesday, August 29th. The three titles we will focus on will be celebrated Irish director Pat Collins’ Silence (screening until August 9th... Read More

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  • THE DEEP BLUE SEA

    Set in post-Second World War London, Davies’ adaptation of Terence Rattigan’s play is a lyrical study of fidelity and loneliness, featuring an outstanding central performance from Rachel Weisz as Hester. Trapped in a passionless marriage to an older man she... Read More

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  • THE FLOWERS OF WAR

    How best to honour on film the hundreds of thousands of civilians killed and raped when the Japanese army captured China’s then-capital Nanking in 1937? City of Life and Death (2010) made an honourable attempt to register in realist terms... Read More

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  • THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD

    Deserving winner of the award for Best Script at Berlin, director Joshua Marston’s follow-up to the acclaimed Maria Full of Grace represents a further endeavour to profile the often dangerous exploits of characters from remote parts of the world as... Read More

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  • THE GENTLEMAN PRIZEFIGHTER

    James J. Corbett – nicknamed ‘Gentleman Jim’ – was the first gloved world heavyweight boxing champion, a movie star who sanitised boxing for a wider audience, and one of the most talked about celebrities of his time. This son of... Read More

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  • THE IMPOSTER

    We’re living in a golden age for documentary film, yet the term somehow feels too limiting to describe this dazzling piece of storytelling, which chronicles bizarre real-life events to richly dramatic, fiercely thought-provoking effect.

    In 1994, the Barclay family of... Read More

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  • THE IMPOSTER (IFI STRANGER THAN FICTION)

    Perhaps the buzziest film on the festival circuit, The Imposter combines stunning cinematography with skilful storytelling to create a superb psychological thriller. In June 1994, 13-year-old Nicholas Barclay goes missing in San Antonio, Texas and remains so until he is... Read More

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  • THE INTERRUPTERS

    The Interrupters tells the moving and surprising stories of three Violence Interrupters who try to protect their communities from the threat of gangs. Academy Award-nominated director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) provides an unusually intimate journey into the stubborn persistence of... Read More

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  • THE LONG DAY CLOSES

    The Long Day Closes is the story of eleven-year-old Bud. A sad and lonely boy, he struggles through his days; with cinema as his main source of solace, he haunts the local movie-house. All the while, his family looms large... Read More

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  • THE RELUCTANT REVOLUTIONARY

    It is only now that films documenting the recent Arab Spring are beginning to emerge in sizeable numbers; of these, The Reluctant Revolutionary sets the standard. Director Sean McAllister initially travelled to Yemen to document the country’s decline in tourism,... Read More

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  • THIRTEEN

    River’s Edge showed that there was a darker underside to the contemporary teenager than mainstream Hollywood had imagined. Films such as Heathers (1988) and Kids (1995), both of which proved unavailable for this season, continued in this vein. The hugely... Read More

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  • TIM ROBINSON: CONNEMARA & PILGRIM

    Filmmaker Pat Collins and cartographer and author Tim Robinson might well be viewed as kindred souls, of sorts; both artists are truly unique in their respective fields, sharing as they do a profound, lyrical, and heartfelt connection to the Irish... Read More

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  • VERY EXTREMELY DANGEROUS

    Exhilarating, compelling, at times harrowing, Very Extremely Dangerous is not like any other documentary you’ll see this year. Irish director Paul Duane (Barbaric Genius) takes a frightening, fascinating journey into the mad world of Jerry McGill, a 1960s rock ‘n’... Read More

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  • WHAT WE LEAVE IN OUR WAKE

    Pat Collins’ meditative essay follows in the tradition of great state-of-the-nation explorations like Peter Lennon’s seminal Rocky Road to Dublin (1968) and Alan Gilsenan’s The Road to God Knows Where (1988).

    Essentially structured as a series of conversations on modern... Read More

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  • WILD STRAWBERRIES: WELCOME TO THE RILEYS

    Wild Strawberries is our bimonthly film club for the over 55s. 

    Fans of The Sopranos may not be aware that James Gandolfini (Tony) is also a fine actor away from his New Jersey mob too. In this well-played film, he’s a... Read More

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