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Absences and (Im)possibilities. Traces of an experimental cinema in Ireland

Absences and (Im)possibilities. Traces of an experimental cinema in Ireland

Absences and (Im)possibilities. Traces of an experimental cinema in Ireland

Plus Q&A with project coordinator Aoife Desmond from the Experimental Irish Film Club, Soracha Pelan Ó Treasaigh from the IFI, and a representative from LUX

Time: 3pm
Venue: Picturehouse Hackney, E8 1HE

2014 / 93 Mins / Curated by LUX & IFI / (15)

This series of experimental Irish films, curated by the Experimental Film Club, commissioned by Irish Film Institute International and featuring a selection of films from 1897 to 2013, chosen for their relation to the possibility of an Irish experimental cinema. This touring programme, in partnership with LUX, presents a selection of films from the full programme. Filmmakers include the Lumiére brothers, Samuel Beckett, Vivienne Dick, Maximillian Le Cain, Dónal Ó Céilleachair and Jesse Jones.

IFI International provides Irish film programming services for over 100 cultural exhibitors in more than 40 countries annually. Drawing on the collections of the IFI Irish Film Archive and liaising with Irish film directors, producers and distributors, IFI International works to strategically develop a global audience for Irish film culture. Irish film programmes are presented in contexts which enhance understanding of Irish cinema and which provide new routes for audiences who may be unfamiliar with Irish culture.

LUX is an international arts agency for the support and promotion of artists’ moving image practice and the ideas that surround it. LUX exists to provide access to, and develop audiences for, artists’ moving image work; to provide professional development support for artists working with the moving image; and to contribute to and develop discourse around practice.

UK Premiere of ‘Broken Song’ plus Q&A with Director Claire Dix

UK Premiere of ‘Broken Song’ plus Q&A with Director Claire Dix

UK Premiere of ‘Broken Song’ plus Q&A with Director Claire Dix

Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn, NW6

2014 / 70 Mins / Dir: Claire Dix / (15)
Featuring: Willa Lee, James Costello, GI, Dean Scurry

GI, Costello and Willa Lee are street poets, hip-hop artists and songwriters from north Dublin. For these young men self-expression in the form of poetry, rap and song has become a spiritual experience. Their aim is simply to articulate the chaos that surrounds them and to fight it with their words and voices alone. Along the way it has become their identity, their religion and, as they claim themselves, they are its high priests.

Broken Song is a documentary film about music, redemption and the struggle to find and articulate meaning in an often chaotic world.

In the end, the place where they live and their words are one and the same, constantly in flux, full of darkness and light. It is proof that these suburbs – that have bred darkness, murder and hate – have also inspired poetry and these unlikely artists are using words alone to fight back.

Broken Song premiered at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in 2013 where it won the Audience Award and the Dublin Critics Circle ‘Discovery’ Award.


Doghouse

‘Broken Song’ will be accompanied by a fantastic Irish Short Film: ‘Doghouse’

2013 / 17 mins / Dir: Morgan Bushe
Cast includes: Peter Coonan, Lorcan Melia, Deirdre Mullins

The difficulties of being an estranged father overwhelm Doug (Peter Coonan) in this short
drama. Low on cash and hunted for unpaid debts, Doug is given the irreconcilable tasks of babysitting his young son whilst getting rid of family pet Mr. Dog. With Doug assailed by both his own failings and the relentless negativity surrounding recessionary Ireland Doghouse creates a sometimes comic portrayal of a luckless man.