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Joe Comerford, 12 minutes, 2003

RoadSide, Comerford’s first digital short, is a veritable assault on its audience – an audacious blur of ugliness and beauty. Mixing found footage from personal archives and his own unfinished short, Rough Touch, it outlines the brief encounter between a…

Sackville Street

Alexandre Promio, 50 seconds, 1897

In 1897, at the very dawn of cinema, Alexandre Promio, an agent of the Lumière Brothers, visited Ireland to capture films for their international catalogue of actualities. This 50 second actuality film presents a view of Sackville (now O’Connell) Street from…

The Science of Ghosts

Niall McCann, 80 minutes, 2017

Director Niall McCann’s observational drama centres on well-known Irish musician Adrian Crowley. While being interviewed by a film crew for his latest album, an interruption causes Adrian to ponder – what would a film about his life be like? Could…

Screening in the Rain

Norris Davidson, 10 minutes, 1930

Filmed during the annual garden party of Dublin’s Gate Theatre, Screening in the Rain was presented together with By Accident. Likewise produced by Irish Amateur Films and directed by Norris Davidson, this shorter piece is a dynamic and enlightening screen…


Michael Higgins, 65 minutes, 2013

‘Smolt (n.) Young salmon migrating to sea for first time.’ While trying to offload secondhand cigarettes, two 12-year-olds, Darren and Leon, become embroiled in a saga involving counterfeit football jerseys. Conceived in the style of a bootleg VHS, award-winning filmmaker…

Song of Granite

Pat Collins, 104 minutes, 2017

Acclaimed filmmaker Pat Collins (Silence) presents the life story of legendary sean nós singer Joe Heaney (Seosamh Ó hÉanaí). The film celebrates the genius of the musician while painting an unflinching portrait of a deeply enigmatic and complex man. Born in Connemara in…


Dean Kavanagh, 3 minutes, 2008

Structured in a broken narrative, Sorry is a filmic note on inflicted isolation that takes us to a place of wordless contemplation. Abiding in the spirituality of the moment, the interweave of sounds and images speak through sinuous poetic reflections;…

St. Francis Didn’t Run Numbers

Chris O'Neill, 2 minutes, 2009

The first in an on-going series of ‘found-footage’ film projects, Saint Francis Didn’t Run Numbers is a eulogy to personal interpretations of cinema with a fetishistic fascination with the imperfections of ageing celluloid. By re-filming a well-known classic of American…

State of Suspension

Clare Langan, 6 minutes, 2012

Clare Langan’s extraordinarily beautiful IFB-funded short, State of Suspension, is a meditation on loss in which a human figure and water defy the laws of gravity.  Notes by Sunniva O'Flynn

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