Seasons & Special Events




In the month that Asif Kapadia’s eagerly awaited Amy gets its cinema release (showing at the IFI from June 30th), the IFI presents a supporting programme of brand new music docs featuring fascinating characters condemned to rock ‘n’ roll.

Julien Temple’s moving portrait of Wilko Johnson reunites the pair after Temple presented Dr. Feelgood’s story so brilliantly in Oil City Confidential; the riotous story of The Damned, as told by filmmaker Wes Orshoski, is a tale of wrong turns and bad blood, but also has humour and a fantastic soundtrack; and Salad Days is the celebration of an influential scene that produced such precious music that many would find it hard to live without.




On January 6th, we will screen Lana Wilson's The Departure. A former punk turned Buddhist priest in Japan who has made a career out of counselling suicidal people finds himself at a crossroads, leading him to confront the same question his patients ask him: what makes life worth living? The Departure will be preceded by the Irish short film Throwline. Throwline is the story of a group of taxi drivers in Co Kilkenny who came together to form a suicide prevention group. Uniquely positioned to patrol the night, the drivers keep vigil over the city’s streets and bridges and offer help to those who feel forlorn. On January 13th, we will screen Hope Litoff's 32 Pills. This moving documentary tells the story of Hope's sister Ruth’s death by suicide. Having discovered her sister’s notes and artwork in her Manhattan loft, Hope documents her sister’s struggles and her own in the aftermath of her death. 32 Pills will be preceded by the short film Hum. Diagnosed at 19 with schizoaffective disorder – described as the “unhappy marriage between bipolar and schizophrenia” – Kevin Nolan began writing music to regain some of the freedom he’d lost due to illness. Hum is an intimate, music-fuelled tour of Kevin’s world. Again this year, IFI National will partner with First Fortnight to bring a film to venues nationwide. This year's film is Nick Kelly's The Drummer and the Keeper, a heartwarming story of the unlikely friendship between two young men, a reckless young drummer with bipolar disorder and a 17-year-old with Asperger's Syndrome. The film will screen in the following venues. For booking, please see Mon 8 Jan, 19.30: Rua Red, Blessington Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24 (Post Show Discussion) Mon 8 Jan, 20.00: Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co Wicklow Tue 9 Jan, 19.00: St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, Dublin 8 (Post Show Discussion) Tue 9 Jan, 20.00: St John’s Theatre, Listowel, Co Kerry Tue 9 Jan, 20.00: Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, Co Louth Tue 9 Jan, 20.00: Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo Wed 10 Jan, 20.00: Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin Wed 10 Jan, 20.00: Mill Theatre, Dundrum, Co Dublin Wed 10 Jan, 20.00: Friars Gate Theatre, Sarsfield St, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick Thu 11 Jan, 11.00: Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, Co Laois (Post Show Discussion) Thu 11 Jan, 20.00: Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim Thu 11 Jan, 19.00: Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, Co. Cork Thu 11 Jan, 20.00: Wexford Arts Centre, Ferrybank South, Wexford (Post Show Discussion ) Fri 12 Jan, 20.00: Presentation Centre, Convent Road, Enniscorthy, Wexford Tue 16 Jan, 20.00: Town Hall Theatre, Galway City (Post Show Discussion) Wed 17 Jan, 20.00: VISUAL Carlow, Old Dublin Road, Carlow Wed 17 Jan, 20.00: Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co Kildare Thu 18 Jan, 18.00: Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny City  


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