Documentary

This Documentary film selection includes short and feature–length documentaries charting the evolution of modes of factual representation from the earliest days of actuality through the travelogues and informational films of the pre-television era to the full-blown theatrical documentary available today. A range of issues are explored by Irish and external observers with the work of leading documentarians John T Davis, Louis Marcus, Pat Collins and Ken Wardrop being of particular note.

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The 34th: The Story of Marriage Equality

Linda Cullen
Vanessa Gildea
, 78 minutes, 2017

Spanning a decade that culminated in the 34th amendment to the Irish constitution, Linda Cullen and Vanessa Gildea’s IFTA-nominated documentary feature follows the founders and members of the Marriage Equality in Ireland organisation as they campaigned for the extension of…

7th Son

Narayan Van Maele, 2014

This short documentary by Narayan Van Maele focuses on the magical healing powers of the seventh son, as seen in figure of Mayo man Brian Lavin.

99 Problems

Ross Killeen, 13 minutes, 2018

The inside scoop on the murky world of the ice cream business.

A Cambodian Spring

Chris Kelly, 121 minutes, 2017

An intimate portrait of three people caught up in the chaotic and often violent developments shaping modern-day Cambodia. Shot by BAFTA-nominated Irish director Chris Kelly over six years, the film charts the gradual politicisation of two young mothers and one Buddhist monk,…

A City Dreaming

Mark McCauley, 64minutes, 2014

A portrait of Derry-Londonderry. A series of personal and intimate recollections of a city and its people. A story that weaves its way through half a century of history during a time that saw the city rise from poverty and…

A Doctor’s Sword

Gary Lennon, 70 minutes, 2015

Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the WWII bombing of Nagasaki, here is the almost unbelievable tale of a young man who survived some of the most harrowing episodes of World War II (including the atomic bombing of Nagasaki), and…

A Second of June

Frank Stapleton, 40 minutes, 1984

Frank Stapleton’s Ulyssean, richly textured day in the life of two young people wandering through the streets of Dublin set against a backdrop of street traders, amusement arcades and protests during the visit of President Ronald Reagan to Ireland in…

A Song for Ireland

Arthur McCaig, 55 minutes, 2001

A Song for Ireland is one of eight documentaries made in Northern Ireland by Irish-American filmmaker Arthur MacCaig. It traces a history of Ireland through music and explores how the nation’s musical heritage has been influenced by its long and…

A Vision: A Life of W.B. Yeats

Alan Gilsenan, 75 minutes, 2013

The life and work of W.B. Yeats holds a particular place in hearts and imaginations across the world. This film is a response to that vast body of work – a visual and avowedly experimental ‘film-poem’. Using solely the words…

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