Irish Film Festival London 2011

2 - 6 November

The inaugural festival ran from the 2nd-6th November 2011 at venues across London: Riverside Studios, Tricycle Theatre, Rio Cinema and the Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith.

Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle in ‘The Guard’

Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle in ‘The Guard’

The launch took place at Riverside Studios, with John Michael McDonagh’s ‘The Guard’ starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheatle, which screened to a sold out cinema.

The rest of the Programme included:

  • UK Premiere of Darragh Byrne’s ‘Parked’ starring Colm Meaney and Colin Morgan, with a Q&A session with director Darragh Byrne
  • Ian Palmer’s ‘Knuckle’
  • Fiona Whitty’s ‘The Ganger and the Agent’, with special guest Brendan Baily
  • Margaret Corkery’s ‘Eamon’
  • Marian Quinn’s ‘32a’
  • Lance Daly’s ‘Kisses’
  • Ivan Kavanagh’s ‘Tin Can Man’
  • Richie O’Donnell’s ‘The Pipe’
  • Enda Hughes’ ‘Men of Arlington’
  • London premiere of Paul Fraser’s ‘My Brothers’ starring Timmy Creed with a Q&A session with director Paul Fraser, lead character Timmy Creed & special guest Aoife Coughlan from IFI International

We also screened a show reel from Darklight Film Festival featuring films from their recent touring collection.

The final day was Family Cinema Day, including a collection of animated shorts and features aimed at a family audience, including Cathal Gaffney’s ‘Give up yer aul Sins’ and Kathleen O’Rourke’s ‘Granny O’ Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty’. This was accompanied by an exhibition of children’s illustrations by Irish illustrators Sheena Dempsey and Laura Callaghan.