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A Shine of Rainbows

Vic Sarin, 101 minutes, 2009

Ireland’s coastline is imagined as a place of wonder in this enchanting story about young orphan boy Tomás (John Bell), and the life-changing experiences he has when taken in by the loving Máire (Connie Nielsen). Shy and easily frightened, Tomás…

About Adam

Gerard Stembridge, 93 minutes, 2000

Playful about sex, scornful towards monogamy, and comfortable around homosexuality, About Adam is a romantic-comedy which wholly captures the free-spirited nature of Ireland’s Celtic Tiger boom.  The film hinges on the enigmatic Adam (Stuart Townsend), a dynamic and unpredictable lothario…

Accelerator

Vinny Murphy, 86 minutes, 2000

Johnny T (Stuart Sinclair Blyth) finds his love of joyriding can be used to fulfil his dream of emigrating to Barcelona in this stylish 1990s feature. As his friends tire of his feud with Dublin madman Whacker (Gavin Kelty), they…

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.…

Aithrí

Tom Collins, 84 minutes, 2018

Unequivocal about the need for violence to force Britain out of Ireland, Father Eoin O’Donnell seals the fate of the young and impressionable Antaine by convincing him to fight in the 1916 Rising. Fifty years later, the reappearance of the…

Albert Nobbs

Rodrigo Garcia, 113 minutes, 2011

19th century Ireland; a woman with no husband or family and without work would face a bleak life of poverty and loneliness. Albert, a shy butler who keeps himself to himself, has been hiding a deep secret for years -…

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…

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