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Fintan Connolly, 90 minutes, 2023

Val Barber (Aidan Gillen), a private investigator, is hired by a wealthy widow (Deirdre Donnelly) to find her missing granddaughter, Sara. The search gets murky as long-buried secrets – including Barber’s own – come to the surface, and new and…

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…


Kenneth Branagh, 98 minutes, 2021

Kenneth Branagh’s cinematic paean to the city of his birth is a bittersweet, but irresistibly charming, child’s-eye view of growing up at a time when the tension and violence of the Troubles were beginning to exert an increasing hold over…

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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