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The Irish Pub

Alex Fegan, 76 minutes, 2013

Director Alex Fegan’s documentary gives a sustained ovation to this most popular institution in Ireland. Roaming across the country Fegan has owners and patrons sing the praises of their pubs, hailing them as places of community and conversation where nobody…

The Irish Riviera

15 minutes, 1936

This early example of a state-sponsored promotional film made to entice visitors to the sunny south coast briefly visits Cork City and lingers at the remote outposts of Mizen Head, Garnish, the Blasket Islands (then inhabited), and Dunquin. As well…

The Irishmen: An Impression of Exile

Philip Donnellan, 50 minutes, 1965

Directed by pioneering television documentarian Philip Donnellan, this social-realist documentary about Irish workers in the UK proved too controversial to ever be screened on British television. It is not surprising why; employed to drive the crucial infrastructural projects which would…

It Came from Connemara!!

Brian Reddin, 60minutes, 2014

Enter the world of low-budget B-movie maestro Roger Corman, mentor of Coppola, Scorsese, Nicholson and De Niro and producer of over 350 films including, from his Irish stable, A Very Unlucky Leprechaun. This is the story of the film studio…

It Tolls for Thee

Andrew Gallimore, 74 minutes, 2017

Irishwoman Mary Elmes (1908-2002) is a remarkable unsung heroine who saved hundreds of children from the horrors of the Spanish Civil War and from the concentration camps of World War II. In a film narrated by Winona Ryder, Andrew Gallimore pieces together the jigsaw of her…

It’s Not Yet Dark

Frankie Fenton, 77 minutes, 2017

Screening in tribute to filmmaker Simon Fitzmaurice, this is an inspirational portrait of a filmmaker who recently lost his battle against Motor Neurone Disease (MND). When he was diagnosed with MND in 2008, Simon was told he had four years…

Jaha’s Promise

Patrick Farrelly
Kate O'Callaghan, 82 minutes, 2017

Jaha is a young woman who returns home from the US to the Gambia to lead a campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM), the brutal procedure that she suffered as a baby and which almost destroyed her life. Jaha doesn’t…

John McGahern: A Private World

Pat Collins, 52 minutes, 2005

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…


Hugh Rodgers, 8 minutes, 2018

Johnny is a young Traveller who has to come to terms with his sexuality, and wants to help his deeply traditional community to do the same. Available as part of a curated series of shorts GAZE on Tour 2018.

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