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The Girl With the Mechanical Maiden

Andrew Legge, 15 minutes, 2012

A short set in a strange, quasi-Victorian world, The Girl with the Mechanical Maiden sees an inventor (Dominic West) construct a ramshackle robotic wet-nurse for his daughter after her mother dies in childbirth. As the child grows older, a robotic…

Give Up Yer Aul Sins

Cathal Gaffney, 5 minutes, 2001

A young Dublin girl tells her own, youthfully unique version of the story of John the Baptist in this animated short. Based on recordings made in a Dublin school in the 1970s and rediscovered in the 1990s, Give Up Yer…

I Used to Live Here

Frank Berry, 80 minutes, 2014

Amy (Jordanne Jones) is a 13-year-old living in Tallaght and has had to take on much of the responsibility for running the family home after the death of her mother. She is devoted to her father, Raymond (James Kelly), but…

In America

Jim Sheridan, 103 minutes, 2002

Jim Sheridan’s most autobiographical film, this tale of an Irish family settling in New York following the death of their young son drew on his two older daughters’ memories of coming to the city as children. The loss of a…

Into the West

Mike Newell, 97 minutes, 1992

Simplicity proves the greatest charm in this magical tale of two boys and the white horse they ride across Ireland. To help comfort them as father Papa Reilly (Gabriel Byrne) drinks himself into a stupor after the death of his…

Kisses

Lance Daly, 72 minutes, 2008

This heart-warming coming-of-age tale finds two diamonds in the rough of inner city Dublin in the form of pre-teens Kylie (Kelly O’Neill) and Dylan (Shane Curry). Violent, dysfunctional homes drive the pair to run away, with a fistful of cash…

Learning to Fish

Teemu Auersalo, 4 minutes, 2012

Winter living proves difficult for a flock of indolent seagulls in this animated short. Ably sustained by discarded fast food throughout the summer months, the cold of winter finds the seagulls, unable to win food for themselves, creeping around the…

Mickybo and Me

Terry Loane, 95 minutes, 2004

Religious divisions in Northern Ireland form the backdrop for this rollicking family adventure from director Terry Loane. Shy young Protestant boy Jonjo (Niall Wright) accidently crosses his community’s sectarian borders when he befriends the energetic, wild, and – crucially –…

The Mighty Celt

Pearse Elliott, 82 minutes, 2005

A young boy’s friendship with a greyhound provides the starting point for this heartfelt tale about people coming out of the shadow of Northern Ireland’s past. In an act of compassion, the young Donal (Tyrone McKenna) saves a doomed greyhound…

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