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Paddy Breathnach, 100 minutes, 2015

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 comes true, a stranger…

VIVA

Paddy Breathnach, 100 minutes, 2015

This film was released 19th August 2016, and is no longer screening. ★★★★ 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…

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…

Who We Love

Graham Cantwell, 92 minutes, 2021

Lily, a girl with a secret, is on the cusp of becoming a young woman. With her best friend, the fiercely loyal and flamboyant Simon, she navigates the treacherous waters of school life. When a misunderstanding with the beautiful and…

Wildfire

Cathy Brady, 100 minutes, 2020

Born within a year of each other, Lauren and Kelly are very close sisters, you would never see one without the other, but over the years the mystery of their mother’s death tears them apart. Kelly, keen to escape their…

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…

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