Press Release: Highlights and Premieres lined up for IFFL’19

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Press Release: Highlights and Premieres lined up for IFFL’19

Irish Film Festival London unveils highlights and premieres lined up for IFFL’19

Raucous comedy, sassy drama, dark, comic fantasy and a celebration of an Irish musical genius are among the diverse line-up of film premieres at the ninth Irish Film Festival London (IFFL)

Wednesday 20th November – Sunday 24th November 2019

Regent St Cinema, London W1

 [15th October 2019]

The full scope of Irish screen talent is on display at the ninth Irish Film Festival London, which once again is the first to introduce fresh brilliant films and live director and cast Q&As to London and UK film audiences.

IFFL 2019 takes place at Regent Street Cinema, and opens with the UK premiere of Heyday, The Mic Christopher Story. Mic Christopher was a uniquely talented songwriter-singer who died, just as he was on the brink of a brilliant career. The documentary tells the story of how Mic’s music inspired a generation of Irish talent, told by those whose lives he touched before his untimely death. Oscar winner Glen Hansard, writer/actor Sharon Horgan, Mike Scott of the Waterboys and Bronagh Gallagher are among the many who pay tribute to their friend. The film is directed by Alan Leonard and produced by Fiona Graham and Niall Carver.

Thursday 21st November sees the London premiere for a comedy/drama set in Derry, Northern Ireland. A Bump Along The Way stars Bronagh Gallagher (Pulp Fiction, The Personal History of David Copperfield) as a middle aged woman whose unexpected pregnancy after a one night stand acts as a catalyst for her to finally take control of her life and become the role model her teenage daughter needs and craves. The film also stars Lola Petticrew, who shines as fed up teenager Allegra.

They join a line up that includes the UK premiere of Dark Lies The Island, a dark, comic melodrama about a family spinning out of control in a small Irish town, which stars IFFL’s new patron Moe Dunford, who will attend.

Moe said “Each time I have been to the IFFL, I have thoroughly enjoyed it and felt proud that Irish films are being promoted so strongly. I’m honoured and look forward to attending as a Patron this year.”

The film sees two brothers trying to crawl out from the shadow of their domineering father while his young wife is trapped in a whirlpool of sexual jealousy. Dark Lies The Island comes from the fertile imagination of award winning novelist, playwright and screenwriter Kevin Barry (City of Bohane). It is directed by Ian FitzGibbon (Perriers Bounty, Death of a Superhero) and produced by Michael Garland (The Legend of Longwood, Death of a Superhero). Picked up in Ireland by new distribution company Break Out Pictures, its cast includes Pat Shortt (Garage, Queen and Country), Peter Coonan (Penance, The Drummer and The Keeper), Dunford (Handsome Devil, Patrick’s Day), Charlie Murphy (The Foreigner, Philomena), Tommy Tiernan (Derry Girls, Dave Allen at Peace) and Jana Mohieden. The UK premiere will be screened on 22nd November, after crime caper short film When to Fold Em.

Five Premieres

Other features having their UK premieres at this year’s festival include Bruno, written and directed by Karl Golden, which tackles themes of homelessness and mental health. Following a personal tragedy, Irishman Daniel, played by Diarmuid Murtagh (The Monuments Men, Vikings) leaves his wife and ends up on the streets of London. His only companion is his dog Bruno. After an assault, Daniel loses Bruno. As he searches for him, he finds young Izzy, played by 10-year-old Woody Norman (Catastrophe, Poldark), who has run away from home. Daniel and Izzy search the streets of London looking for Bruno and develop a close bond that takes them closer to home and the possibility of redemption. IFFL will partner on this screening with New Horizons Youth Centre, who provide unique holistic support for London’s homeless and vulnerable young people.

Comedic fantasy-horror Extra Ordinary is about Rose, a mostly sweet and mostly lonely small-town driving instructor who uses her supernatural talents to save the daughter of Martin from a washed-up rock star who is using her in a satanic pact to re-ignite his fame. Written and directed by Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman the film stars Maeve Higgins (Moone Boy, Inside Amy Schumer), Barry Ward (Maze, The End of the F***ing World) and Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth, Run and Jump).

IFFL 2019’s last screening is the beautiful documentary Cumar, A Galway Rhapsody, in a nod to Galway 2020, European City of Culture. This love letter to Galway from its artistic community features contributors include comedian/actor Tommy Tiernan, poet/playwright Rita Ann Higgins and writer Mike McCormack, among others. It will be screened alongside the short film The Bridge.

Kelly O’Connor, Director, IFFL, said: "The hardest part of putting together this year’s festival line-up has been choosing from an abundance of riches. Our final line-up shows the wealth of sheer talent and cinematic vision that is at work in Modern Ireland, tackling diverse and often difficult subject matters, examining our relationship with the world, not least with our British neighbours.”   

Short Films

Part of Irish Film London’s mission is to support Irish filmmakers from the beginning of their careers, and this year’s line-up includes eighteen short films from excellent emergent filmmakers, alongside some of Ireland’s better-known cinematic talents.

As example of this excellence is Carol Freeman, a graduate of Ireland’s National Film School. Her extraordinary animated short film The Bird and the Whale, which is comprised of 3,400 beautiful paintings on glass, reflects the exciting new talent coming out of Ireland today.

In Robin Lochmann’s THEM, a son is banished from his village for refusing to worship a false idol, and bears witness to the brewing conflict that might destroy civilisation itself. Harry Lee’s Hearts and Crafts is a heart-warming, romantic short film about two 10-year-olds navigating the soaring highs and confusing lows of their first relationship. Laura Whitmore makes her screenwriting debut with her short film Sadhbh about a young mother, Claire, who struggles to keep her life together while attempting to present a mask of strength against the judgement of the outside world. But she hides a heart-breaking secret!

Awards

To officially launch the Festival, the Irish Film London Awards returns to the beautiful setting of the Ballroom of the Irish Embassy on 12th November. The awards honour world-class Irish feature films, shorts, documentaries and music videos, alongside Irish acting and film making talent. Among the awards will be the annual Ros Hubbard Award for Acting, which identifies the performance of the year as well as the much-coveted Súil Eile Award.  

IFFL patron Lenny Abrahamson joins IFFL as a judge for this year’s Best Irish Short Film Award.

Lenny said “The Irish Film Festival London is an amazing opportunity for younger filmmakers to get their work seen in a theatrical context in London. I think it’s a huge validation showing your work publicly in a space like IFFL affords. It’s such an enormously important aspect of your own creative journey, it’s that moment where you’re able to take yourself seriously.”

Lenny Abrahamson and Irish Film London Founder Kelly O’Connor at Element Pictures, Dublin, 2019

Lenny Abrahamson and Irish Film London Founder Kelly O’Connor at Element Pictures, Dublin, 2019

Industry

IFFL also includes plenty of opportunities for those who are interested in the Film and TV industry to learn more, and network with fellow enthusiasts and professionals. More of these events will be announced in the coming weeks.

One such event takes place on Thursday 21st November, when IFFL welcomes writer, comedian and actress Roisin Conaty to the festival this year for a Screen Talk. Born to Irish parent in Camden, London, Roisin has risen to the higher echelon of the UK comedy and TV industry. She won the Best Newcomer Award at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival and went on to perform her stand up all over the world. She is a frequent guest on many TV panel shows including Have I Got News For You, 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Would I Lie To You? and Room 101. Most recently Roisin enjoyed the release of the second series of her own highly successful sitcom GameFace on Channel 4 which she originated, wrote and stars in.

Roisin Conaty in  GameFace  for Channel 4

Roisin Conaty in GameFace for Channel 4

IFFL will be chatting with Roisin about growing up as a second-generation Irish person in London and County Kerry and what kinds of influences, good or bad, come from her Irish heritage. 

Tickets for all film showings will be available via the IFFL website or Regent St Cinema website very soon. To be the first to know, sign up to the IFFL mailing list at www.irishfilmlondon.com

Press enquiries:

Geri Perry

E: gbmusicteam@aol.com

T: +44 (0)7535 344264

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Press Release: Dark and light flickers the island of Ireland: Irish Film Festival London’s programme to reflect Ireland’s unique voices through film

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Press Release: Dark and light flickers the island of Ireland: Irish Film Festival London’s programme to reflect Ireland’s unique voices through film

This year’s IFFL line-up includes dramas, comedies, shorts and documentaries that reflect Ireland’s changing society and diversity, as well as its deep cultural and musical roots, while also examining its complex relationship with its British neighbour. The full programme will be announced shortly. 

Press Release: 7th Oct 2019

Wednesday 20th November – Sunday 24th November 2019

Regent St Cinema, London W1

#IrishFilmLondon

The Irish Film Festival London (IFFL), now in its ninth year, returns with an exciting and diverse programme of the latest Irish mainstream and independent films.

The five-day festival, the largest international festival of Irish films in the world, includes numerous UK premieres, panel discussions and directors’ Q&As.

Kelly O’Connor, Director, IFFL, said: "Festival HQ is buzzing with excitement about this year's festival. We're putting the final touches on the programme and can't wait to announce the line-up. Irish film continues to amaze and delight global audiences and the film industry, and it's our pleasure to be able to present the UK premieres of some of the finest examples of that film-making."

Moe Dunford at the Irish Film Festival London

Moe Dunford at the Irish Film Festival London

This year Moe Dunford, one of the rising stars of a new generation of Irish actors, joins the family of IFFL patrons, alongside Hollywood star Colin Farrell, award winning director Lenny Abrahamson, and distinguished film casting director, Ros Hubbard.

Moe said: “Each time I have been to the IFFL, I have thoroughly enjoyed it and felt proud that Irish films are being promoted so strongly. I’m honoured and look forward to attending as a Patron this year.

“A film I did that is very close to me, Patrick’s Day, brought me to this festival for the first time, and since then I’ve been lucky enough to have various films shown at IFFL.

“I’ve been so impressed with the way Kelly O’Connor & the team invigorate & encourage audiences to experience Irish film over the years. As a typical Irishman, I’ve always loved the social aspect of getting together and having the chats and the craic with the diverse audience that London offers. 

Next year the IFFL celebrates its 10th anniversary, and over the last decade the festival has played a major role in the growing strength and visibility of Ireland’s screen talent in the UK film industry.

Past premieres and screenings at the IFFL include films with Jim Sheridan, Roddy Doyle, Saoirse Ronan, Cillian Murphy, Andrew Scott, John Crowley, Aisling Walsh, Neil Jordan, Martin McDonagh and IFFL patrons Moe Dunford, Colin Farrell and Lenny Abrahamson.

Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn, screened at the Irish Film Festival London in 2015

Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn, screened at the Irish Film Festival London in 2015

Kelly said: “The current political climate in the UK has created challenging times for Anglo-Irish relations. We're proud and delighted to bring a programme of new films to London which reflects both a wonderfully progressive modern Ireland, and the long journey we've been through to get to this point."

To officially launch the Festival, the Irish Film London Awards returns to the beautiful setting of the Ballroom of the Irish Embassy on 12th November. The awards honour world-class Irish feature films, shorts, documentaries and music videos, alongside Irish acting and film making talent.

Among the awards will be the annual Ros Hubbard Award for Acting, which identifies the performance of the year as well as the much-coveted Súil Eile Award.

The Regent Street Cinema

The Regent Street Cinema

The Festival returns to its spiritual home, Regent Street Cinema, regarded as the capital’s oldest and most historic cinema. During the festival, the venue is transformed into a Festival Hub, where visitors can enjoy an Irish welcome, and find out information about many of the other Irish goings on, and many organisations in London. 

 Kelly said: “As well as curating and showing excellent films, we’re proud that the IFFL has developed a reputation as one of the friendliest film festivals in the capital; we get great audiences that run from the Irish diaspora seeking a taste of home to a wide diversity of Londoners looking for new cultural experiences; from serious film buffs to people who just want to see a damn fine film.”

One of the films we are delighted to feature this year is Dark Lies The Island, a dark, comic melodrama about a family spinning out of control in a small Irish town. Two brothers try to crawl out from the shadow of

their domineering father while his young wife is trapped in a whirlpool of sexual jealousy. Dark Lies The Island comes from the fertile imagination of award winning novelist, playwright and screenwriter Kevin Barry (City of Bohane). It is directed by Ian FitzGibbon (Perriers Bounty, Death of a Superhero) and produced by Michael Garland (The Legend of Longwood, Death of a Superhero). Cast includes Pat Shortt (Garage, Queen and Country), Peter Coonan (Penance, The Drummer and The Keeper), Moe Dunford (Handsome Devil, Patrick’s Day), Charlie Murphy (The Foreigner, Philomena), Tommy Tiernan (Derry Girls, Dave Allen at Peace) and Jana Mohieden.

Still from The Bird and the Whale

Still from The Bird and the Whale

Part of Irish Film London’s mission is to support Irish filmmakers from the beginning of their careers, and this year’s line-up includes a number of short films from excellent emerging filmmakers, alongside some of Ireland’s better-known cinematic talents. As example of this excellence is Carol Freeman, a graduate of Ireland’s National Film School. Her extraordinary animated short film The Bird and the Whale, which is comprised of 3,400 beautiful paintings on glass, reflects the exciting new talent coming out of Ireland today.

 IFFL is a truly people’s film festival and tickets for all film showings will be available via the IFFL website and Regent St Cinema website in mid-October. To be the first to know, sign up to the IFFL mailing list at www.irishfilmlondon.com.

 

Press enquiries:

Geri Perry: gbmusicteam@aol.com+44 (0)7535 344264

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Paid Role: Administration and Communications Coordinator

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Paid Role: Administration and Communications Coordinator

Job Title: Administration and Communications Coordinator

Irish Film London (IFL) is a not-for-profit organisation that champions Irish film, TV and animation in the UK with an annual festival and a year-round programme. IFL is seeking a reliable Administration and Communications Coordinator.

Deadline for applications: *5pm on Tues 23rd April 2019

The organisation is approaching its tenth anniversary of running the Irish Film Festival London. The IFFL is launched each year at the Irish Film London Awards ceremony, this year to be held at the Irish Embassy in London. IFL also runs events throughout the year, including the film section of the St. Patrick's Day Festival with the Mayor of London and the film section of the St. Brigid’s Festival with the Irish Embassy.

Through premiere screenings, director Q&A sessions, related workshops, exhibitions and performances, the organisation brings together industry professionals, film fans and fans of Irish Arts & Culture. Focusing on Irish productions, scripts and casts, they provide an outstanding platform for Irish film in London and promote the best of Irish creative talent in the UK.

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Overview of the role

The Coordinator will support the Director in the delivery of IFL’s projects and festivals.

Responsibilities will include:

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  • Research and data recording

  • Support with bookkeeping and financial reporting

  • Planning for and assisting at events

  • Liaising with venues, partners and stakeholders around the UK

  • Coordination of national and international film shipping

  • Making travel arrangements

  • Assisting IFL guests

  • Training and supervising volunteers

  • Post-project evaluation and reporting

  • Preparing meeting agendas and taking meeting notes

  • Managing the central email account

  • Updating IFL website and social media

  • Assisting the Director as necessary

Required candidate attributes:

The most important attribute is being an excellent multi-tasker. This role is busy, varied and will require the ability to juggle multiple concurrent tasks and projects. At times it will get very intense, as is the nature of festival work. You will also need to demonstrate:

  • Exceptional communication and customer service skills

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Drive

  • Prior experience in coordination or administration

  • Excellent time management and punctuality

  • Ability to work unsupervised and take initiative when required

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Ability to remain calm under pressure

  • Flexibility and ability to work as part of a team

This role is freelance, on a £21K rate pro-rata for 2 days per week. Flexible working hours can be arranged, although attendance at most events will be necessary. Candidates will need to provide their own laptop.

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To apply for the role of Administration and Communications Coordinator, please send your CV and a covering letter outlining your reasons for applying and your suitability for the role to info@irishfilmfestivallondon.com by *5pm on Tuesday 23rd April 2019.

We thank everyone who applies for their interest, but please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications are considered confidential.

Irish Film London is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to accommodating people with disabilities and will work with applicants to meet their needs.

*Please note we reserve the right to close the vacancy early in the case of a large response, so early application is highly advised.

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PHOTOS: ST. PATRICK'S FILM FESTIVAL LONDON 2019

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PHOTOS: ST. PATRICK'S FILM FESTIVAL LONDON 2019

Check out our photos from the St. Patrick’s Film Festival London 2019, courtesy of Noel Mullen and Casper Knight. Featuring 3 days of films, workshops and networking. Click on an image to expand.

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Diversity and Inclusion in the spotlight at the St. Patrick’s Film Festival London 2019

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Diversity and Inclusion in the spotlight at the St. Patrick’s Film Festival London 2019

 Modern Ireland reflected in film festival programme to mark London’s celebration of Irish culture and Irish people

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Still from  Mother & Baby

Still from Mother & Baby

The St. Patrick’s Film Festival London 2019 will take the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s ‘London is Open’ campaign as its inspiration, with a programme reflecting the spirit of diversity and inclusion in this great city. As Brexit approaches, many non-British people living in London are feeling unsettled, and Khan has said that he wants “all Londoners to be in no doubt: London Is Open and no matter where you’re from, you will always belong here." 

With this in mind the festival, which is presented by Irish Film London and forms part of London’s official St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade, brings together a collection of films celebrating outsiders, mavericks and the delightfully unique.  

The Irish Film London Founder Kelly O’Connor said, “This year is set to be a real turning point for the UK, and against this backdrop we’re proud to be putting the notion of inclusion front and centre, reminding Irish people here that they are loved, championed and that they have a voice. The programme reflects the modern Ireland that we are all so incredibly proud to be a part of, especially within in the current global climate.”

Shira MacLeod

Shira MacLeod

Regent Street Cinema Programmer Shira MacLeod said, “It’s fantastic to once again join Irish Film London and the official St. Patrick's Day Festival with this weekend celebrating Irish film. We’re particularly pleased to be a part of the conversation about diversity and inclusion. At Regent Street Cinema, our ongoing programme reflects the great diversity of London and we are proud to host unique film festivals like this one."

Events for all ages will be held over the course of the weekend, with the main Festival Programme being shown at the Regent Street Cinema, just a two-minute walk from Oxford Circus tube station.

FESTIVAL PROGRAMME - Also available HERE

Friday 15th March

Venue: Regent Street Cinema

6.30pm: Opening the festival is a collection of short films from Ireland, including Hugh O’Connor’s beautiful animation The Overcoat, which was voiced by Peaky Blinders’ Cillian Murphy. The film tells the story of a young outcast clerk who desperately seeks the approval of the popular office group by spending his every last penny on an impressive new overcoat, only to find it brings him more attention than he bargained for.

Still from  Walls of Limerick

Still from Walls of Limerick

The shorts programme also includes Ireland’s first ever vertical dance film Walls of Limerick, a statement on the psychological effects that harsh political borders have on people. The experimental short, which features versatile performers blending the worlds of dance and aerial dance, explores notions of barriers, borders and breaking loose.

8.15pm: John Butler (Handsome Devil, The Stag) once again delights with cross-cultural comedy drama Papi Chulo, starring Matt Bomer and Alejandro Patiño as unlikely companions. The film sees a lonely Los Angeles weather-man ‘hire’ a middle-aged Latino migrant worker to be his friend, in this darkly comedic reflection on class, ethnicity, and companionship in a busy contemporary world.

Saturday 16th March

Venue: Regent Street Cinema

2.00pm: Family and unusual friendships are at the centre of Colin McIvor’s exciting film Zoo, based on a true story set in Belfast in 1941. It sees Young Tom and his misfit friends fight to save 'Buster' the baby elephant during the German air raid bombings of the city.

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3.45pm: An intergenerational puppet creatures craft workshop with Kabutar Arts. Based on the characters from the film Zoo, IFL invites children, their parents and grandparents to come together create their own 3D animals from everyday objects. Places are limited for the workshop so please book in advance to avoid disappointment. http://bit.ly/Tix_InterGenWShop

6.00pm: Take to the skies with a life-affirming documentary The Man Who Wanted to Fly. Capturing the wonder of one man’s dreams, the film tells the irresistible story of 80-something bachelor farmer Bobby Coote. He is determined to take flight. Even if it’s the last thing he does… Bobby is the perfect example of someone who sticks to his convictions, despite everyone’s preference, although well-meaning, for him to conform to a stereotype. Director Frank Shouldice will attend this screening to share his own experience of making the film.  

St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday 17th March

Venue: Trafalgar Square & Regent Street Cinema

12noon-6pm: Pop in to chat with the Irish Film London Team among the community stalls on Trafalgar Square. You will be able to check out the festival trailer live on The Big Screen in the square, while enjoying the live music, food, dance and festivities.

Still from  We Are the New ireland , featuring Irish musician Steven Sharpe.

Still from We Are the New ireland, featuring Irish musician Steven Sharpe.

6.30pm: After celebrations come to a close on Trafalgar Square, it’s back to Regent Street Cinema for the Festival Closing Night, with a final selection of Irish short films, including We Are the New Ireland, in which four Irish people explain what it is to be gay in Ireland today, framed by the music of Steven Sharpe.

Related hashtags: #LoveIrishFilm #LondonIsOpen #StPatsDayLDN 



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