Feature

Gathered here is an extensive collection of feature length (60 min+) fiction films representing a broad sweep of cinematic endeavour in Ireland from the early days of sound film to the present day. The selection includes features made in and about Ireland by Irish and foreign directors. The indigenous work features Irish films, made from the 1970s onwards, when an Irish film industry began to establish itself. The collection reflects the changing preoccupations and recurring themes of Irish filmmakers – the Catholic church, the Troubles, sexuality, emigration, exile, family, feminism, politics, rural life, the new Ireland, youth, music, poetry, sexuality, and many other issues that have concerned the nation.

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Marian Quinn, 89 minutes, 2007

Thirteen years old, Maeve (Ailish McCarthy) faces the difficulties of puberty in this coming of age drama. She and her three best friends joke about boys, kissing, and Maeve’s innocence; all of which makes the attention lavished upon her by…

A Date for Mad Mary

Darren Thornton , 82 minutes, 2016

Joint winner of Best Irish Feature at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh, A Date for Mad Mary, based on Yasmine Akram’s theatrical monologue, sees director Darren Thornton make an auspicious feature debut, centred on an exceptional performance by lead actress…

A Film with Me in It

Ian Fitzgibbon , 89 minutes, 2008

Struggling actor (Mark Doherty) finds himself juggling a failing career, dilapidated home and a collapsing relationship with girlfriend Sally (Amy Huberman), whilst trying to put together a film with alcoholic screenwriter and close friend Pierce (Dylan Moran). As he and…

A Love Divided

Syd Macartney, 98 minutes, 1999

Based on real events in 1950s Ireland, A Love Divided is a savage indictment of religious intolerance in mid-century Ireland, and a celebration of a woman who opposed it. The story begins with Protestant woman Sheila’s (Orla Brady) marriage to…

A Man of No Importance

Suri Krishnamma, 99 minutes, 1994

Albert Finney delivers a star turn in this deeply human drama about a 1960s Dublin bus conductor unwilling to reveal his homosexuality to an unwelcoming city. This ‘man of no importance’, Alfred Byrne (Finney), attempts to celebrate his love for…

A Shine of Rainbows

Vic Sarin, 101 minutes, 2009

Ireland’s coastline is imagined as a place of wonder in this enchanting story about young orphan boy Tomás (John Bell), and the life-changing experiences he has when taken in by the loving Máire (Connie Nielsen). Shy and easily frightened, Tomás…

About Adam

Gerard Stembridge, 93 minutes, 2000

Playful about sex, scornful towards monogamy, and comfortable around homosexuality, About Adam is a romantic-comedy which wholly captures the free-spirited nature of Ireland’s Celtic Tiger boom.  The film hinges on the enigmatic Adam (Stuart Townsend), a dynamic and unpredictable lothario…

Accelerator

Vinny Murphy, 86 minutes, 2000

Johnny T (Stuart Sinclair Blyth) finds his love of joyriding can be used to fulfil his dream of emigrating to Barcelona in this stylish 1990s feature. As his friends tire of his feud with Dublin madman Whacker (Gavin Kelty), they…

Adam and Paul

Lenny Abrahamson, 83 minutes, 2004

Abrahamson’s first feature and his first collaboration with actor/writer Mark O’Halloran grew from an idea concerning the lives of the inner-city junkies that O’Halloran passed daily on the streets of Dublin. Eschewing a socially realist approach to their material, director…
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