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The Field

Jim Sheridan, 110 minutes, 1990

Jim Sheridan’s second film was an epic tale of land rights and murder. The Field had initially been adapted with Ray McAnally – so wonderful as Mr Brown in My Left Foot – in mind, but the actor’s unexpected death…

Horrible Creature

Áine Stapleton, 60 minutes, 2019

In 1915, James Joyce and Nora Barnacle travelled with their young children Giorgio and Lucia to Switzerland to escape the turmoil of World War I. Lucia later trained as a dancer and performed throughout Europe. Her career ended when, in…

John McGahern: A Private World

Pat Collins, 52 minutes, 2005

Completed a year before his passing, Collins’ exploration of arguably the defining Irish writer of the modern era was filmed just prior to the publication of McGahern’s acclaimed memoirs, which form the backbone of this definitive portrait of the man’s…

Juno and the Paycock

Alfred Hitchcock, 85 minutes, 1929

Giving the play’s original Abbey cast the opportunity to perform on the cinema screen, Alfred Hitchcock also offers here signs of his later style in this intelligent adaptation of O’Casey’s play. A narrator (Barry Fitzgerald) explains the action that sees…

Kings

Tom Collins, 85 minutes, 2007

An eloquent drama about lives that dwindled away, Kings shifts between the Irish and English language as it sees five immigrants from the Connemara Gaeltacht confronted with the poverty of their lives in London when the sixth of their number,…

The Last September

Deborah Warner, 103 minutes, 1999

Much celebrated theatrical director Deborah Warner made the transition to feature film here with this lushly-filmed adaptation of Elizabeth Bowen’s novel of the same name, in a depiction of love blooming amidst social collapse. Set during the Irish War of…

Learning Gravity / The Undertaking

Cathal Black, 70 minutes, 2007

Thomas Lynch is a Detroit-based mortician who has run the family business for over 30 years and arranged perhaps 6,000 funerals. When not an American undertaker, he is an Irishman who lives in Moveen, Co. Clare (from where his grandparents…

Medicated Milk

Áine Stapleton, made in collaboration with José Miguel Jiménez , 50 minutes, 2016

Lucia Joyce was a talented dancer, writer and musician. She spent her life under the control of her father James, her family and multiple doctors. Her time in Ireland during the 1930s – particularly in Bray, Co. Wicklow – was…

Moon Man

Stephan Schesch, Sarah Clara Weber, 92 minutes, 2012

A charming animation adapted from renowned illustrator Tomi Ungerer’s children’s book, Moon Man follows the man in the moon as he comes down to earth only to be hunted by an unscrupulous President convinced that the planet is being invaded.…

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