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Seamus Heaney and the music of what happens

Adam Low, 88 minutes, 2019

Six years after his unexpected death in 2013, Seamus Heaney’s wife Marie and their three children talk intimately about their family life and read the poems he wrote for them. His surviving brothers remember their childhood and the shared experiences…

Shellshock Rock

John T. Davis, 48 minutes, 1979

Exploring Northern Ireland’s 1970s punk scene, Shellshock Rock begins with teenagers explaining how punks’ non-conformist attitude offers, in the context of the Troubles, an anti-sectarian identity for those without a mainstream political agenda. Inviting both punks and public to speak…

Shelter Me

Zahara Moufid, 65 minutes, 2018

On the 16th of December 2016 a group of housing activists and trade unionists commandeered Apollo House, an empty Nama-controlled office block on Dublin's Poolbeg Street and opened a shelter for homeless people. Joined by well-known public figures, including film…

Shooting the Darkness

Tom Burke, 52 minutes, 2019

A powerful new documentary about the men who unwittingly became war photographers on the streets of their own Northern Irish towns. They did not leave home in search of war and adventure: the violence erupted around them. They expected a…

Showrunners

Des Doyle, 90 minutes, 2014

This film lifts the lid on the fascinating world of U.S. television showrunners and the creative teams that combine to make some of the leading series on TV. These women and men instigated the writer-led revolution and battle daily between art and commerce, managing every aspect of…

The Silver Branch

Katrina Costello, 75 minutes, 2017

A cinematic eulogy to nature and agrarian culture and a glimpse into the life of farmer/poet Patrick McCormack, descendant of generations of farmers who have lived off the Burren in County Clare. The Mesolithic tombs, famine villages and endless stone…

Slán Leis an gCeol

Cathal Ó Cuaig, 52 minutes, 2019

A lyrical portrait of a brilliant yet tormented artist, Slán leis an gCeol (Farewell to Music) explores the complexities of a talented and philosophical man. Tony MacMahon, one of Ireland’s most remarkable traditional musicians, was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s and…

Southpaw

Liam McGrath, 76 minutes, 1999

Liam McGrath’s feature-length documentary presents two years in the life of Francis Barrett, a 19-year-old Traveller and amateur light-welterweight boxer from Galway as he fulfils a life-long dream by representing Ireland at the Olympic games in Atlanta 1996, and then…

Splanc!

Pat Collins
Oonagh Kearney
Megs Morley
Tom Flanagan
Dónal Ó Céilleachair
Tadhg O'Sullivan
Feargal Ward
Adrian Duncan
Sharon Whooley, 50 minutes, 2016

A programme of seven of the short films commissioned by the Arts Council and TG4, in association with the Galway Film Centre, for Splanc! 2016. This is a special edition of the Irish-language documentary scheme in which film artists provide their creative responses…

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