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December Bride

Thaddeus O'Sullivan, 88 minutes, 1991

A compelling story of an open conflict between freedom and tradition, director Thaddeus O’Sullivan’s film sees a nineteenth century Protestant community scandalised by the actions of the fiercely independent Sarah Gomartin (Saskia Reeves). In opposition to convention, Sarah enters into…

The Delinquent Season

Mark O'Rowe, 104 minutes, 2017

Two couples appear content in their middle-class Dublin lives: rewarding jobs, good work/life balance, happy kids and entertaining friends. Cracks begin to appear when Jim (Cillian Murphy) and Danielle (Eva Birthistle) discover that Yvonne (Catherine Walker) and Chris (Andrew Scott)…

The Devil’s Doorway

Aislinn Clarke, 76 minutes, 2018

Two priests are sent to a 1960s Magdalen laundry to investigate a statue of the Virgin Mary weeping blood in a found footage film whose setting adds a level of genuine horror to proceedings.

The Dig

Andy Tohill
Ryan Tohill, 97 minutes, 2018

This debut feature from the Tohill Brothers will no doubt prove to be one of the year’s strongest Irish releases, a downbeat but canny mix of thriller and western tropes. Callahan (Moe Dunford) has just finished his prison sentence for…

Disco Pigs

Kirsten Sheridan, 93 minutes, 2001

Imaginative, shocking, and wholly unlike any coming-of-age narrative Ireland had seen before, Disco Pigs is the story of two teenagers whose lifelong partnership suffers an almost Edenic fall from grace. Runt (Elaine Cassidy) and Pig (Cillian Murphy), known to their…

Doineann

Damian McCann, 95 minutes, 2021

Tomás is a successful television producer. Specialising in investigative journalism, over the years he has made many enemies in Dublin’s criminal underworld. In search of peace and quiet, he and his wife Siobhan take their baby son Oisín to their…

Dollhouse

Kirsten Sheridan, 95 minutes, 2012

Kirsten Sheridan’s third feature is a loose, experimental depiction of a modern-day bacchanal as a group of five young Dublin outsiders break into a luxurious seafront house. At the eye of the storm is Jeannie (Seána Kerslake), who has been…

Down the Corner

Joe Comerford, 60 minutes, 1977

Funded by the Arts Council and the British Film Institute Production Board, Down the Corner was produced in 1976. It was an attempt to make a community film with and within the working class community of Ballyfermot in Dublin. The…

The Drummer and the Keeper

Nick Kelly, 92 minutes, 2017

Drummer Gabriel (Dermot Murphy), recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder, is forced to curb his erratic behaviour when his therapist changes his medication and insists he join a special football team. When he meets goalkeeper Christopher (Jacob McCarthy), a 17-year-old with…

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