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


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.


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.

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 


Brooklyn - Exclusive Time Out Preview Screening

Brooklyn - Exclusive Time Out Preview Screening

To get everyone warmed up for this year’s Irish Film Festival London, we ran a special treat! On Nov 3rd, Time Out Cardholders attended the Irish Film Festival London’s preview screening of ‘Brooklyn’ at the Tricycle Theatre. 

About the film
Directed by John Crowley. Eilis Lacey is a young woman who leaves the comfort of her mother’s home in Ireland for Brooklyn in 1952. But, after soon falling for an Italian-American man, she’s forced to consider a move back to Ireland when she learns of some devastating news. The film stars Saoirse Ronan (‘Atonement’, ‘Hanna’, ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’), Domhnall Gleeson (‘Star Wars’, ‘Frank’, ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Calvary’), Emory Cohen, Emily Bett Rickards, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent, and is written by Colm Tóibín and Nick Hornby.

This event was brought to you by Irish Film London, Time Out and Lionsgate. ‘Brooklyn’ is in cinemas from November 6.

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Celebrate Irish films being screened at the BFI London Film Festival 2015

Check out the pics from our recent reception at Bentley’s, co-hosted with the Irish Film Board, to celebrate the Irish films being screened at the BFI London Film Festival 2015.

All images courtesy of Noel Mullen.

Irish Films at 2015 BFI London Film Festival

Irish Films at 2015 BFI London Film Festival

BFI London Film Festival selects TEN Irish Films for their 2015 line-up!

“Ireland, both North and South of the border will be well represented at the 2015 London Film Festival, which announced its line-up this morning. Lenny Abrahamson’s Room and Jerzy Skolimowski’s Polish/Irish co-production 11 Minutes play in competition at the festival. They are joined by the Northern Irish films High-Rise, by Ben Wheatley, documentary I Am Belfast, by Mark Cousins, and The Survivalist, by Stephen Fingleton; as well as Gala screenings for John Crowley’s Brooklyn and Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster. Three Irish short films will also feature at the festival, which runs October 7th to 18th.” Courtesy of Read full article here:

IFI International 10th Anniversary Gathering

Our Director Kelly O’Connor will be speaking at the IFI International 10th Anniversary Gathering at the 27th Galway Film Fleadh this month.

The session will include presentations from film-makers and exhibitors; will identify funding and other resources available to international exhibitors of Irish film; discuss plans for 1916/2016 programmes; and will invite contributions from attendees on a range of festival experiences.

Chaired by Sunniva O’Flynn (IFI Head of Irish Film Programming)
Speakers include:
Frank Berry (Director, Ballymun Lullaby, I Used to Live Here)
Kelly O’Connor (Director, Irish Film London)
Soracha Pelan Ó Treasaigh (IFI International Co-ordinator)
Christine Sisk (Director, Culture Ireland)

More info HERE

Ros Hubbard becomes Irish Film London Patron

Ros Hubbard becomes Irish Film London Patron

We are delighted to announce that Ros Hubbard has become our first Patron. Ros Hubbard is a world renowned casting director having worked on hugely successful films such as ‘The Commitments’, ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy and ‘Father Ted’ with her family.

Ros Hubbard
Ros Hubbard

Ros and her husband John have brought several well known actors to fame having discovered Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Colin Farrell, Orlando Bloom, Sienna Miller and Kate Winslet between them. Hubbard Casting is run in London between Ros, John and their children, Dan and Amy Hubbard and the team has found cast members for international hit films such as ‘Green Zone’; ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’ and ‘The Bourne Supremacy’; ‘United 93’; ‘Evita’ and the ‘Da Vinci Code’.

Where Irish projects are concerned, the Hubbards have filled many celebrated film and TV sets for features and TV dramas such as ‘Into the West’; ‘Father Ted’; ‘Best’; ‘Bloody Sunday’ and several projects with IFTA Industry Contribution award winner, Morgan O’Sullivan including ‘Moll Flanders’; ‘The Nephew’; ‘Angela’s Ashes’.

Ros Hubbard
Ros Hubbard

Irish Film London is honoured to have Ros as our first patron. Festival Director Kelly O'Connor said "Ros has been a great inspiration for years. She has worked incredibly hard, kept her focus, and always pursued her goals, no matter how big the hurdles. She has been a guiding light for thousands of Irish actors, young and old, and together with her family, she has ensured our country's creative talents have upped their game to meet the very competitive international standard that this industry demands. Both Ros and her wonderful husband John have had such a huge impact on the world of Irish Film, and far beyond it and so it seems a very natural link to have this connection. We are very excited about the coming years of partnership.

Read an interview with Ros Hubbard on the Irish Film and Television Network HERE

Hubbard Casting
Hubbard Casting