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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…

Spread the Wings

Alice McDowell, 12 minutes, 2020

Despite being forced off the road in the 1980s, sisters Maggie and Nora still travel back to Connemara every summer to rekindle their connection with the land. With their caravans pulled up on the side of the road they recall…

Squared Circle

Ian Meehan, 12 minutes, 2019

A veteran troupe of wrestlers assemble a ring on a seaside promenade. A summer festival prepares for their exhibition of physical drama.

Starboard Home

Rob Davis, Elton Mullally, Moira Sweeney, 65 minutes, 2016

Featuring the highly successful Starboard Home album and showcase gigs at the National Concert Hall, Dublin this documentary celebrates the formative bond between Dublin’s port, city and river through music, song and spoken word. The film illustrates the songs, airs…

Steps of Freedom: The Story of Irish Dance

Ruán Magan, 80 minutes, 2022

Steps of Freedom, a spectacular performance-based documentary, follows the evolution of Irish dance from humble origins to present-day global phenomenon which sees weekly Irish dance classes held in more than 60 countries around the globe, millions attending theatre shows and…

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