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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.

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 ‘Blood Fruit’

UK Premiere of ‘Blood Fruit’

UK Premiere of ‘Blood Fruit’
Time: 3pm
Venue: ICA, Charing Cross, SW1Y 5AH


2014 / 80 Mins / Dir: Sinead O’Brien / (15)

A feature documentary focussing on the Dunnes Stores strikers in 1980’s Dublin. In July 1984 the naive action taken by one young Irish shop cashier was about to change the face of the anti-apartheid movement around the world.
Feature-documentary award winner and crowd pleaser at the Galway Film Fleadh, Blood Fruit takes us to 1984, the height of apartheid in South Africa.

Mary Manning, a 21-year-old Dunnes Stores checkout girl, refused to sell two Outspan grapefruits under direction from her union in support of the anti-apartheid struggle. She and ten other supporters were suspended and a strike ensued. The 11 knew little about apartheid and assumed they’d be back to work before long but the arrival on the picket line of activist Nimrod Sejake changed everything, setting the strikers on a path they could never have expected.

Blood Fruit won Best Feature Documentary at the 2014 Galway Film Fleadh and has been selected for numerous International Documentary Film Festivals this year.

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


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.


(8mins 45secs)

Director: Aidan McAteer


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


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


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


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


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.


UK Premiere of ‘Poison Pen’

UK Premiere of ‘Poison Pen’

UK Premiere of ‘Poison Pen’

Plus Q&A with Directors and Cast

Time: 3pm
Venue: Picturehouse Clapham, SW4 0AT

2014 / 95 Mins / Dir: Steven Benedict, Lorna Fitzsimons & Jennifer Shorthall / (15)
Cast Includes: Lochlainn O Mearain, Aoibhinn McGinnity, Lauryn Canny, Susan Loughnane & Gemma-Leah Devereux

When high-brow author PC Molloy is forced to write for April Devereaux’s gossip magazine Poison Pen, he is not only caught up in a world of stars and their secrets he is also in danger of becoming a celebrity himself. Soon the spotlight is turning on Molloy and he struggles to keep his own secrets off the front page. But when he finds himself falling for his boss will he be able to find the right words?

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.


‘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.

Irish Cinema: Memoir, Nation and Self-narration

Irish Cinema: Memoir, Nation and Self-narration

Irish Cinema: Memoir, Nation and Self-narration

A Public Lecture by Professor Lance Pettitt, Director for the Centre for Irish Studies at St Mary’s University

Time: 6.30pm -7.30pm (doors from 6pm) 
Venue: Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW19 3EU

This fascinating lecture explores how autobiographical writing by filmmakers can be used as a resource for re-thinking the contours of Irish cinema history. It will focus in particular on Belfast-born filmmaker Brian Desmond Hurst, drawing on research published in a new work Travelling the Road: A Memoir of Life in Cinema. Hurst made more than thirty films between 1934 and 1962 including, Dangerous Moonlight (1941), Theirs is the Glory (1947), Scrooge (1951) and a number of Irish-themed films.

Prof Pettitt, is a leading authority in Irish film, television and cultural history, has published two monographs on Irish cinema, many journal articles and essays and is the co-editor of ‘Ireland into Film’, a dual-language critical editions series. He has curated and programmed film festivals in Brazil and Argentina, and published a DVD with the Irish Film Institute, Dublin, in its archive series: Thaddeus O’Sullivan: Films, 1974-1985 (2014).

This was a free event run in collaboration with St. Mary's University London. 

UK Premiere of ‘GOLD’

UK Premiere of ‘GOLD’

UK Premiere of ‘GOLD’

Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Picturehouse Clapham, Clapham, SW4

2014 / 88 Mins / Dir: Niall Heery / (15)
Cast Includes: James Nesbitt, David Wilmot, Maisie Williams and Kerry Condon

Twelve years ago, Ray left town after his childhood sweetheart, Alice, dumped him, taking their daughter away from him. Now he must return home at the request of his ailing father, who wishes to see his granddaughter before it’s too late. But things take a turn for the absurd when Ray realises his daughter and her mother have built a new life with his former P.E. teacher, a controlling and regimented figure who is the direct opposite of Ray. Set in an affluent suburb in south County Dublin, GOLD is an offbeat comedy and unconventional love story that delights in the hilarity of everyday life.

Festival Opening Night – ‘An Bronntanas / The Gift’


Festival Opening Night – ‘An Bronntanas / The Gift’

UK Premiere of Ireland’s entry to the Oscars in Best Foreign Language Film category
Plus Q&A with cast members Owen McDonnell, Dean Whatton and Janusz Shegall
Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn, NW6

2014 / 113 Mins / Dir: Tom Collins
Cast Includes: John Finn, Dara Devaney, Michelle Beamish, Charlotte Bradley & Owen McDonnell

An Bronntanas is a contemporary Irish crime thriller set against the backdrop of the Connemara Coastline on the West of Ireland and the dramatic lives of a local lifeboat crew. The story is told through Irish, Polish and English.

The crew answers a distress call and locates the fishing boat only to discover a dead woman and a cargo of drugs. They are challenged with a moral dilemma – bring the woman on shore and hand the drugs to the authorities, or leave the body, sell the drugs and save their struggling village. It’s a decision that will change their lives forever.

Selected as Ireland’s entry to the Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

‘A well-plotted narrative, which situates itself well in contemporary rural Ireland.’
Film Ireland