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The Ballroom of Romance

Pat O'Connor, 65 minutes, 1982

This perfectly rendered naturalist feature, adapted from writer William Trevor’s short story The Ballroom of Romance, explores the deadening atmosphere of 1950s Ireland through the figure of the unmarried Bridie (Brenda Fricker).  “Spinster” Bridie goes to the country ballroom, where…

Ballywalter

Prasanna Puwanarajah, TBC, 2022

A university drop-out living with her mum, and making money as an unlicensed minicab driver, picks up a budding stand-up comic whose marriage has recently broken up. A bittersweet life-affirming story about the unexpected connections that can change the course…

Barracks Estate

Joe Lee, 90 minutes, 2017

Following the success of Fortune’s Wheel (about Bill Stephens, the Fairview lion tamer), director Joe Lee focuses now on another Dublin neighbourhood, Inchicore, to tell the extraordinary story of life as lived over 200 years in Richmond Barracks, Keogh Square and St…

The Belly of the Whale

Morgan Bushe, 83 minutes, 2018

After breaking free from his foster home, feral teenager Joey Moody returns to Laytown, a rural Irish town just over the horizon, in a bid to reclaim his family’s caravan park and salvage his friendship with his best mate and…

Between Land and Sea

Ross Whitaker, 90 minutes, 2017

This observational feature – at times intimate, at times epic – embeds itself in a community of surfers in Lahinch, Co. Clare, following their on-and off-season lives over the course of a sea-buffeted year. The surfers have dedicated their lives…

Between the Canals

Mark O'Connor, 74 minutes, 2011

While Dublin’s criminal underbelly has occupied many Irish filmmakers over the past fifteen years, this debut from Mark O’Connor distinguishes itself by largely avoiding genre clichés and creating credible and likable portraits of small-time troublemakers. As with Martin Scorsese’s Mean…

Bicycle Thieves: Pumped Up

Conor O'Toole, 90 minutes, 2021

Mags, a hot-headed pizza delivery cyclist who reckons herself to be entirely self-sufficient, is just about getting by during the property crisis in Dublin. When her bike is stolen and she loses her job, her eviction seems inevitable. With nowhere…

Black 47

Lance Daly, 99 minutes, 2018

Given the number of films which have taken their inspiration from Ireland’s troubled history, the lack of those that depict the events of the Great Famine is all the more noticeable, and so credit is due to director Lance Daly…

Black Medicine

Colum Eastwood, 90 minutes, 2021

A black-market medic carrying out illegal operations for the criminal underworld gives refuge to a young girl, and must choose between breaking her medical oath or crossing her ruthless employers.

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