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Paddy Breathnach, 100 minutes, 2015

  ★★★★ Irish Times Against the fading grandeur of contemporary Havana, Jesus (Héctor Medina), an impoverished, sensitive young make-up assistant escapes the grim reality of everyday life through his backstage work in a drag club. When his dream of performing finally…

Waking Ned

Kirk Jones, 91 minutes, 1998

Rich in bawdy humour, Waking Ned – released as Waking Ned Devine in America – has two elderly schemers plot to claim lottery winnings for themselves and their village. The opportunity comes when pensioner Ned Devine passes away moments after…

We Ourselves

Paul Mercier, 96 minutes, 2018

We Ourselves is a formally unconventional film dealing with the lives of a group of seven friends over a period of more than two decades. In consecutive monologues, the film tells the story of Irish characters who worked together in…

What Richard Did

Lenny Abrahamson, 87 minutes, 2012

The third feature from Lenny Abrahamson is an extraordinary portrait of a golden-boy gone awry. What Richard Did sees the seemingly perfect life of Dublin teenager Richard Karlsen (Jack Reynor) collapse around him when he makes a terrible mistake. Intelligent,…

When Brendan Met Trudy

Kieron J. Walsh, 95 minutes, 2000

With several of his novels already adapted for film and television, Roddy Doyle here wrote directly for the screen with this quirky romantic-comedy about an introverted cinéphile and the rebellious law-breaker who encourages him to live. The cinéphile is Brendan…

The Wind That Shakes the Barley

Ken Loach, 127 minutes, 2006

Bringing his trademark left-wing politics to bear on Irish history, director Ken Loach here, through the figure of young revolutionary Damien O’Donovan (Cillian Murphy), explores the social issues involved in Ireland’s War of Independence and Civil War. Abandoning his career…

Without Name

Lorcan Finnegan, 93 minutes, 2016

Director Lorcan Finnegan’s debut feature sees land surveyor Eric (Alan McKenna) working in a remote woodland area. Having begun his task alone, the location has unsettled Eric, a situation not alleviated by the arrival of assistant and mistress Olivia (Niamh…

Wonder House

Oonagh Kearney, 71 minutes, 2012

Wonder House is a meditative, mesmerising journey through rooms full of exciting ideas and striking visual concepts. This debut film from London-based Irish filmmaker Oonagh Kearney is an experimental work which combines documentary with a loose fictional narrative to explore…

Words Upon the Window Pane

Mary McGuckian, 98 minutes, 1994

Mary McGuckian’s atmospheric period piece is an adaptation of a one-act play by W.B. Yeats in which he explored the occult, a subject in which he had a life-long interest. Set during a series of séances hosted by the Dublin…

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