A collection of Ireland’s recent finest short films, from the darker side of life.
80 mins, Ire, (15)
Taking The Waters
18 mins 10 secs
Dir: Kathryn Ferguson, Anna Hart
A short meditative exploration of the magical healing nature of the sea, and the value of a true community pool in turbulent times, based on the 80yr old Walpole Bay Tidal Pool in Margate.
Take Me Swimming
Dir: Claire Dix
A son must overcome his own conflicted feelings and honour his father’s intentions to keep his mother alive, despite her expressed wish to the contrary.
Dir: Nessa Wrafter
Though Kate knows she’s lucky to have become a mother, and her instincts toward her baby are fiercely protective, post-natal trauma and hallucinations make the world increasingly hard to bear. Can anything pull her back to reality – before it’s too late?
Love and Fear / Grá & Eagla
15 mins 28 secs
Dir: Catriona Ni Chadhain
English and Irish with English subtitles
Grá & Eagla is a short documentary examining Irish people’s attitudes towards our native language. The story follows comedian Áine Gallagher as she prepares material for her bilingual stand-up comedy show, giving her an opportunity to explore why so many Irish people feel passionately about the Irish language but lack the confidence to speak it.
Dir: Mike Andrews
Pigsy is an 8 minute short documentary about an Irish artist with severe dyslexia who breaks through the boundaries of everyday communication and expresses himself in new and unexpected ways on the canvas.
1 min 10 secs
Dir: Conor Healy
An army sniper contemplates the lives of those he is tasked with eliminating.
7 mins 17 secs
Dir: Tom Speers
When two adolescent boys become aware of their budding sexuality they uncover the pain and longing of the human heart. A sensitively told story exploring how a sense of danger, shame and confusion can intensify a series of fleeting exchanges and ultimately prove overwhelming.
3 mins 15 secs
Dir: Lisa O'Sullivan
Exploring the strange limbo state we experience in the aftermath of a break up, Lint follows one person’s bizarre attempt at regaining some sense of normality.
2d animation & hand-cut paper stop motion.