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Adam and Paul

Lenny Abrahamson, 83 minutes, 2004

Abrahamson’s first feature and his first collaboration with actor/writer Mark O’Halloran grew from an idea concerning the lives of the inner-city junkies that O’Halloran passed daily on the streets of Dublin. Eschewing a socially realist approach to their material, director…

Agnes Brown

Anjelica Huston, 92 minutes, 1999

Starring, produced, and directed by Anjelica Huston, Agnes Browne is a feel-good working-class drama about its embattled protagonist keeping her family’s head above water. In the aftermath of her husband’s death Agnes (Huston) uses the exorbitant fees offered by loan…

Ailsa

Paddy Breathnach, 1994, 75 minutes

Director Paddy Breathnach’s debut feature, Ailsa is a moody, atmospheric depiction of a man’s descent into obsession and madness. Myles (Brendan Coyle) is a tenant whose mental stability is shattered when he discovers his landlord dead after a tragic accident.…

All Good Children

All Good Children, 80 minutes, 2010

This highly atmospheric first feature by Alicia Duffy was inspired by Sam Taylor’s novel The Republic of Trees, the disturbing tale of a group of kids who, inspired by Rousseau’s The Social Contract, set up an alternative society in the…

Amanda Coogan: Long Now

Paddy Cahill, 60 minutes, 2016

Amanda Coogan: Long Now is an exploration of Coogan’s durational performance art practice. The film follows Coogan during a grueling six week live durational exhibition; I’ll sing you a song from around the town. Hosted in Dublin’s RHA Gallery, the exhibition became…

Angel

Neil Jordan, 92 minutes, 1982

In his first appearance as a writer-director Neil Jordan laid down a marker as to what was to come in his career, casting signature actor Stephen Rea as Danny, a showband saxophonist shocked by the senseless terrorist shooting of an…

Animal Kingdom

Dean Kavanagh, 120 minutes, 2017

Experimental filmmaker Dean Kavanagh’s latest work is a genre-defying exploration of the cinematic apparatus. The film concerns a character (played with corporeal intensity by Cillian Roche) who happens upon a group undergoing bestial metamorphosis. Narrative is not at the forefront…

Anne Devlin

Pat Murphy, 121 minutes, 1986

Irish history is often dominated by male names such as Pearse, Collins, Wolfe Tone, and Emmet; Anne Devlin rejects this imbalance by narrating the life of its titular figure, who resisted torture and confinement rather than betray her comrades to…

Arracht

Tom Sullivan, 86 minutes, 2019

On the eve of the great famine, fisherman Colmán Sharkey (Dónall Ó Healaí) ekes out a meagre existence for his family on the west coast of Ireland. Wrongly blamed for the murder of an inclement local landlord (Michael McElhatton) he…

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