With St Patrick’s Day just around the corner the IFI has a selection of Irish films and events throughout the month of March. Screenings include the once-banned 1968 film about a Dublin Casanova (now rated just 12A); the return of a festival hit documentary on Roger Corman; IFI Family Film The Race; and a series of FREE Archive at Lunchtime screenings celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge.
This month’s From the Vaults screening is Paddy, a film banned by the Irish censor when it was first released because of its sexual frankness. Now classified at a mild 12A cert, you can decide for yourself just how scandalously it rates at 4pm on St. Patrick’s Day.
Paddy was also an early appearance from B-movie legend Roger Corman who produced the film. Corman’s later, more extensive involvement in the Irish film industry is now recorded in Brian Reddin’s documentary It Came From Connemara!! which screens as this month’s Ireland on Sunday on March 15th at 1pm. A big success at the IFI Stranger Than Fiction Festival in 2014, this film makes a welcome return, chronicling the story of Corman’s ‘90s studio in Galway and the 20+ films he made there with titles such as Bloodfist VII , Spacejacked and A Very Unlucky Leprechaun. It’s a wryly affectionate and utterly enjoyable homage to the man and his oeuvre.
IFI Family on March 15th 11am brings The Race back to the cinema screen in association with St. Patrick’s Festival. This warm-hearted and humorous film from 2009 tells the story of 11-year-old Mary who dreams of being a racing driver, despite the opposition of her parents (played by Colm Meany and Susan Lynch) and the local community.
IFI Archive at Lunchtime will celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge all through the month with two FREE lunchtimes programmes of Irish language shorts from the IFI Irish Film Archive screening on Mondays and Wednesdays, with a double bill on Saturdays. March’s shorts include Amharc Éireann newsreel on Gael Linn’s efforts promoting the Irish language (1959-‘64), a British film exploring Gael Linn’s efforts to stem the flow of emigration from Gaeltacht areas (1963) and Louis Marcus’s vivid panorama of Irish life Pobal (1969), seen through the lens of Bob Monks to the tune of Séan Ó Riada’s rousing score.
If that’s not enough to whet your appetite and a hearty meal and raising a toast are more your style, the IFI Café Bar will be hosting a special whiskey tasting and food pairing evening on March 16th. Or join us on the 17th to sample a scrumptious dish from our special St. Patrick’s Day menu, featuring some staples of Irish cooking such as Beef and Guinness Stew and Bacon and Cabbage.
The IFI is supported by The Arts Council