The Bigger Picture

Our monthly programme strand in which a key film is presented with an introduction from a guest in the context of a notional film canon.

Our next Bigger Picture screening is Krzysztof Kieślowski’s A Short Film About Love on May 19th.



April 2015 – Stalker (1979), dir: Andrei Tarkovsky, chosen by Donald Clarke

May 2015 – Persona (1966), dir: Ingmar Bergman, chosen by Lenny Abrahamson

June 2015 – Werckmeister Harmonies (2000), dir: Béla Tarr, chosen by Mark O’Halloran

July 2015 – The Tin Drum (1979), dir: Volker Schlöndorff, chosen by Neasa Hardiman

August 2015 – The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), dir: Carl Dreyer, chosen by Tony Tracy

September 2015 – The Cranes are Flying (1957), dir: Mikhail Kalatozov, chosen by Douglas Smith

October 2015 – Throne of Blood (1957), dir: Akira Kurosawa, chosen by Derek O’Connor

November 2015 – The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), dir: Luis Buñuel, chosen by David O’Mahony

January 2016 – Alien (1979), dir: Ridley Scott, chosen by Harvey O’Brien

February 2016 – The Spirit of the Beehive (1973), dir: Victor Erice, chosen by Michael Doherty

March 2016 – Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), dir: Robert Hamer, chosen by Kevin Coyne

April 2016 – Metropolis (1926), dir: Fritz Lang, chosen by Lynn Scarff

May 2016 – Roger and Me (1989), dir: Michael Moore, chosen by Donald Taylor Black

June 2016 – Desert Hearts (1985), dir: Donna Deitch, chosen by Una Mullally

July 2016 – Tokyo Story (1953), dir: Yasujirô Ozu, chosen by Paul Lynch

August 2016 – Blazing Saddles (1974), dir: Mel Brooks, chosen by Tara Flynn

September 2016 – Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), dir: James Foley, chosen by Annmarie Gray

October 2016 – Network (1976), dir: Sidney Lumet, chosen by Bryan Dobson

November 2016 – Sullivan’s Travels (1941), dir: Preston Sturges, chosen by Anna Taylor

January 2017 – Shadows (1959), dir: John Cassavetes, chosen by Zélie Asava

February 2017 – Magnificent Obsession (1954), dir: Douglas Sirk, chosen by Steven Benedict

March 2017 – Singin’ in the Rain (1952), dir: Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, chosen by Róise Goan

April 2017 – The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972), dir: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, chosen by Paul Duane

May 2017 –  The Go-Between (1971), dir Joseph Losey, chosen by Sarah Glennie

June 2017 – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969), dir Ronald Neame, chosen by Rory O’Neill

July 2017 – Children of Men (2006), dir Alfonso Cuarón, chosen by Ian Brunswick

August 2017 – Inside Out (2015), dir Pete Doctor, chosen by Trish Long

September 2017 – Titicut Follies (1967), dir Frederick Wiseman, chosen by Emer Reynolds

October 2017 – Saturday Night Fever (1976), dir John Badham, chosen by Ed King

November 2017 – La Regle du Jeu (1939), dir Jean Renoir, chosen by Paul Whitington

January 2018 – Ordinary People (1980), dir Robert Redford, chosen by Una Begley

February 2018 – The Sweet Hereafter (1997), dir Atom Egoyan, chosen by Stephen Boylan

March 2018 – Morvern Callar (2002), dir Lynne Ramsay, chosen by Willie White

April 2018 – A Taste of Honey (1961), dir Tony Richardson, chosen by Will St Leger

May 2018 – What’s Up, Doc? (1972), dir Peter Bogdanovich, chosen by Gráinne Humphreys

June 2018 – Jaws (1975), dir Steven Spielberg, chosen by Sinéad Gleeson

July 2018 – Victor/Victoria (1982), dir Blake Edwards, chosen by Bill Hughes

August 2018 – The Lovers on the Bridge (1991), dir Leos Carax, chosen by Paul Markey

September 2018 – Gates of Heaven (1978), dir Errol Morris, chosen by Ken Wardop

October 2018 – The Ascent (1977), dir Larisa Shepitko, chosen by Tara Brady

November 2018 – Mississippi Burning (1988), dir Alan Parker, chosen by Rónán Ó Muirthile

January 2019 – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), dir John Ford, chosen by Dave Fanning

February 2019 – Red Dust (1932), dir Victor Fleming, chosen by Dr Megan McGurk

March 2019 – Come and See (1985), dir Elem Klimov, chosen by Frank Berry

April 2019 – Heartburn (1986), dir Mike Nichols, chosen by Emilie Pine

May 2019 – The Great Dictator (1940), dir Charlie Chaplin, chosen by Oliver Callan

June 2019 – Paris, Texas (1984), dir Wim Wenders, chosen by Hugh O’Conor

July 2019 – Iris (2001), dir Richard Eyre, chosen by Finghin Collins

August 2019 – No event

September 2019 – Fargo (1995), dir Joel and Ethan Coen, chosen by Esther McCarthy

October 2019 – Hero (2004), dir Zhang Yimou, chosen by Paul Markey


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