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Festival Closer UK Premiere of ‘Standby’

Festival Closer UK Premiere of ‘Standby’

Plus Q&A with special guests

Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn, NW6

2014 / 90 Mins / Dir: Rob and Ronan Burke / (12)
Cast Includes: Brian Gleeson and Jessica Pare

Standby is a romantic comedy directed by brothers Ronan and Rob Burke. The film stars Brian Gleeson (The Stag) and Jessica Paré (Mad Men). Gleeson stars as Alan, a 28-year-old worker at Dublin Airport who bumps into a former lover, Alice (Paré) who is waiting on standby for a flight to the US. Eight years before, Alan and Alice had a romance that ended badly. Now, every hotel room in Dublin is booked and despite initial frostiness, they decide to spend the evening getting to know each other again. Both will tell lies about how well the last eight years have gone, but as the night goes on they gradually come to realise that perhaps they are more compatible than ever before. But time is running out on this brief encounter. When does an unexpected second chance, become the one you’ve always been looking for?


The Boy in the Bubble

‘Standby’ will be accompanied by adorable Irish Short Film ‘The Boy in the Bubble’

2011 / 8mins / Dir: Kealan O’Rourke, narrated by Alan Rickman

Rupert, a ten year old boy, falls hopelessly in love for the first time. When it all goes terribly wrong, he wishes never to experience heartache again. Turning to a book of magic, he invokes a spell to shield him from emotion forever.

Award winning Short Films From Ireland

Award winning Short Films From Ireland

Award winning Short Films From Ireland

Time: 5.15pm
Venue: ICA, Charing Cross, SW1Y 5AH


Breakfast Wine

(11mins)

Director: Ian Fitzgibbon
Starring: Ruth Bradley, Dylan Moran, David Pearse and Pat Short

Breakfast Wine is a black comedy, which earned a special mention at the 2014 Galway Film Fleadh and took home Director’s Choice at the Boston Irish Film Festival. The film stars some of this country’s finest actors including Ruth Bradley, Pat Shortt, Dylan Moran, and David Pearse, and is based on the delightful premise of “They say it takes just three alcoholics to keep a small bar running in a country town, but what if you’ve only got two?” Frequent Lenny Abrahamson collaborator Stephen Rennicks, who gave us the enchanting soundtrack for Frank, provided the score for Death of a Superhero and Perrier’s Bounty director Fitzgibbon.


Deadly 

(8mins 45secs)

Director: Aidan McAteer

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Deadly tells the story of Boney, a working stiff who doesn’t care about his dead-end job. That is until, he has a run-in with a spirited old lady named Bridie. Academy award winner, Brenda Fricker and Love/Hate star Peter Coonan lend their voices to this bittersweet animated short about life, death and dancin’!
Written and directed by Aidan McAteer and produced by Shannon George for Kavaleer Productions, Deadly won Best Short at this summer’s Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland. Trailer


Volkswagen Joe

(29mins)

Director: Brian Deane
Starring Stuart Graham, Janet Moran, Paddy Rocks, Helen Roche, Matthew O’Brien

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Joe is a dedicated, hardworking mechanic who services cars for both sides of the political divide. Unfortunately for Joe, both communities view his evenhandedness with suspicion and while he’s restoring a vintage Volkswagen for his friend, the local RUC inspector, a young Republican sees this as the perfect opportunity to make a name for himself. Joe is now forced into an impossible decision of endangering the people he loves by becoming either a collaborator or a murderer. Volkswagen Joe has won multiple awards this year including Best Short at Boston, Chicago and Roma Irish Film Festivals and Best Cinematography at the Galway Film Fleadh. Trailer


How’s About Ye? 

(2 mins)

Director: Jenny Keogh

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Jenny Keogh is compiling a collection of short films based on slang from different nationalities and locations. Her previous film “Story Bud?” was a great success among the Irish in London. ‘How’s About Ye?’ is the follow up to ‘Story Bud?’ and is a teaser showing snippets from eight counties of Ireland. The series aims to include all counties and will help to preserve this unique language known as Hiberno-English for generations to come.


Be Lucky

(3mins)

Director: Jenny Keogh

‘Be Lucky’ is a film celebrating London slang. Loaded with humorous insults and exchanges, it includes everything from Cockney to Street slang. This 2:25 minute film packed with 94 slang phrases, is sure to educate and entertain people in London and beyond. The basic plot revolves around a couple who got thrown out of the local pub, which sparks off plenty of gossip.

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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.