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After a short spell in prison, ‘Mad’ Mary McArdle returns home to Drogheda, eager to reunite with best friend Charlene for whom she is about to act as maid of honour. Annoyed by Charlene’s assumption that she won’t have a date for the wedding, Mary joins a dating agency, embarking on a series of disastrous encounters before events take an unexpected turn. A brilliant addition to our Irish film category, this tough and tender story focuses on female relationships and a character’s transition from teen to adulthood
Screening as part of the 2016/2017 IFI Schools Programme.
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Dublin, IFI – Mar 30. IFI Education on 01 679 5744
Wide-eyed, rebellious ’gangsta’ Ricky is bounced to yet another foster home on the edge of the New Zealand wilderness. For the welfare worker he’s a ‘real bad egg’, but kindly foster Aunt Bella wins him over, helped by the gift of a dog he calls Tupac. Then circumstances change and Ricky finds himself on the run with grumpy foster Uncle Hec (Sam Neill) who is accused of his kidnapping. The misfit pair must learn to get along as the police get closer. A freshly told adventure story filled with heart, humour, and ‘trees, birds, rivers, sky’.
Director: Taika Waititi
New Zealand, 2016, Adventure/Comedy/Drama, 101mins
IFCO Rating: 12A
Dublin, IFI – Mar 16. IFI Education on 01 679 5744
Young female offender, Jamie, has fairly bleak prospects but a remarkable singing voice. Her social worker Kate, (Shirley Henderson), persuades her to join the local choir, where she blossoms, inspired by her soul singing heroes. However, leaving behind her old life is not so easy and her struggle takes an unexpected turn; Compassion and brilliant performances in a gripping drama of real conviction.
Director: Michael Caton Jones
UK •2015 •Crime/Drama •114mins
Dublin, IFI – Mar 22. IFI Education on 01 679 5744
Director John Carney won international acclaim with his lo-fi musical Once. He achieves a similar charm and effect with this 1980’s set, funny teen drama, in which Conor, (newcomer, Ferdia Peelo-Walsh), seeks to escape from the strains of family life by starting a band. With advice on music and girlfriends freely offered from stoner older brother (Jack Reynor), Conor learns to negotiate the pitfalls of band life, falling in love and growing up.
Director: John Carney
Ireland/UK/USA, 2016, Comedy/Drama/Music, 106mins
Cork, Cork Film Festival (Nov 11-20) – Nov 16. Cork Film Festival on 021 427 1711
Dublin, IFI – Dec 6. IFI Education on 01 679 5744
Roscommon Arts Centre – Jan 24. Roscommon Arts Centre on 0906 625 824
Monaghan, Garage Theatre – Mar 24. Garage Theatre on 047 81 597
Limerick, Odeon Cinema – Mar 28. Fresh Film Festival on 061 319 555
Carlow, GB Shaw Theatre – Apr 26. GB Shaw Theatre on 059 917 2400
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