Irish Film Festival back with a bang

Irish Film Festival back with a bang

Irish Film Festival London back for its 5th outing

The Irish Film Festival London returns for its fifth year next week, as it showcases an outstanding programme of Irish film talent.

Taking place from November 18-22, it is screened across six London venues and also features a number of exclusive directors’ and cast Q&A sessions, and two industry-focused talks; one on film finance and one on casting.

Festival Director Kelly O’Connor said: “2015 has been an outstanding year for the Irish film sector. As we launch into celebrating our 5th year of shining a spotlight on Irish film it is apparent from the quality of the Festival Programme, that the talent emerging from Ireland deserves this dedicated focus each year. With numerous UK & London Premieres lined up over the course of the festival, as well as a large number of award winning shorts we’re proud to be providing a platform to showcase Irish film talent.”

The festival was supported by the Emigrant Support Programme of the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Irish Film Board, Culture Ireland, the Irish Film Institute and our Hotel Sponsor Grange Hotels, as well as new festival partners: Time Out, Ireland Craft Beers and Corrigan’s Restaurant.

Visit www.irishfilmfestivallondon.com for ticketing information and more details.

The Irish World caught up with some of the fine talent taking part in this year’s festival, including An Klondike director Dathaí Keane and Cinemagic Producer Joan Burney Keatings. Interviews will be posted up soon! Watch this space.

Wednesday November 18 Festival Opening Night WB Yeats: No Country For Old MenDocumentary, plus a Q&A with director Maurice Sweeney hosted by Dan Mulhall, the Irish Ambassador to the UK 8pm, Regent Street Cinema, W1B 2UW
WB Yeats: No Country for Old Men at Regent St Cinema, Weds 18th Nov
Wednesday November 18, Festival Opening Night, WB Yeats: No Country For Old Men
Documentary, plus a Q&A with director Maurice Sweeney hosted by Dan Mulhall, the Irish Ambassador to the UK
8pm, Regent Street Cinema, W1B 2UW
Film Finance Panel at Europe House, Thurs 19th
Thursday November 19
How We Can Work Together: UK & Irish Film Financing Industry event and talk, with guest speakers John Gleeson, who heads up Grant Thornton’s Media practice, Nigel Burke, who provides specialist financial advice in the media sector, and Naoise Barry, head of production at Pinewood Productions Ireland.
3pm, Europe House, SW1P 3EU
Thursday November 19 Ten year Anniversary Screening of Breakfast on Pluto Screening introduced by Tiernan Brady, policy director of the Irish Gay and Lesbian Equality Network, and the political director of the Yes Equality campaign 8:30pm, Prince Charles Cinema, WC2H 7BY
Breakfast on Pluto at Prince Charles, Thurs 19 Nov

Thursday November 19
Ten year Anniversary Screening of Breakfast on Pluto
Screening introduced by Tiernan Brady, policy director of the Irish Gay and Lesbian Equality Network, and the political director of the Yes Equality campaign
8:30pm, Prince Charles Cinema, WC2H 7BY

Friday November 20 An Audience with Ros Hubbard, Legendary Casting Agent Aimed a current and aspiring actors, this is a unique opportunity to hear about the role of a world class casting agent, and to pose questions on the best ways to prepare for casting calls 11am, Grange Langham Court Hotel, W1W 6BU
Casting Workshop with Ros Hubbard at Grange Hotel, Fri 20th Nov

Friday November 20
An Audience with Ros Hubbard, Legendary Casting
Agent Aimed a current and aspiring actors, this is a unique opportunity to hear about the role of a world class casting agent, and to pose questions on the best ways to prepare for casting calls 11am, Grange Langham Court Hotel, W1W 6BU

Friday November 20 Special Preview Screening of Room Based on the best-selling novel by Emma Donoghue, this suspenseful and deeply emotional film is an unexpectedly tender exploration of the love between mother and child under the most harrowing of circumstances. Plus special Guest Q&A 8:30pm, Rio Cinema, E8 2PB
Room at Rio, Fri 20th Nov

Friday November 20
Special Preview Screening of Room Based on the best-selling novel by Emma Donoghue, this suspenseful and deeply emotional film is an unexpectedly tender exploration of the love between mother and child under the most harrowing of circumstances. Plus special Guest Q&A
8:30pm, Rio Cinema, E8 2PB

Saturday November 21 Irish Shorts @ The Rio Dalston Two programmes which feature; City of Roses, Rachel Coming Home, Tattooed, Trivia Sluts, The Gravedigger’s Tour, Kowalski, Meet The Vapers, Sit Stay, Love, Dilemma followed by; Irish by Design, Waiting for Tom, Snowfall, I’ve Been A Sweeper, Violet and My Bonnie 12:45 and 2:15, Rio Cinema E8 2PB
Shorts Programme at Rio Dalston, Sat 21st Nov
Saturday November 21
Irish Shorts @ The Rio Dalston
Two programmes which feature; City of Roses, Rachel Coming Home, Tattooed, Trivia Sluts, The Gravedigger’s Tour, Kowalski, Meet The Vapers, Sit Stay, Love, Dilemma followed by; Irish by Design, Waiting for Tom, Snowfall, I’ve Been A Sweeper, Violet and My Bonnie
12:45 and 2:15, Rio Cinema E8 2PB
Saturday November 21 UK Premiere Screening of An Klondike An Klondike is the first Western to be made in Ireland and tells the story of the Connolly brothers, three Irish emigrants who travel from Montana to the Yukon during the Klondike gold rush of the 1890s in the hope of striking it rich 3:30pm, Rio Cinema, E8 2PB
An Klondike at Rio, Sat 21st Nov

Saturday November 21
UK Premiere Screening of An Klondike
An Klondike is the first Western to be made in Ireland and tells the story of the Connolly brothers, three Irish emigrants who travel from Montana to the Yukon during the Klondike gold rush of the 1890s in the hope of striking it rich
3:30pm, Rio Cinema, E8 2PB

Saturday November 21 London Premiere Screening of A Christmas Star (See page 29) Ireland’s first feature length Christmas film, voiced by Liam Neeson, and with cameos from Pierce Brosnan, Dermot O’Leary and Kylie Minogue. With director and cast Q&A 3:30pm Tricycle Theatre, NW6 7JR
A Christmas Star at Tricycle, Sat 21st Nov

Saturday November 21
London Premiere Screening of A Christmas Star
Ireland’s first feature length Christmas film, voiced by Liam Neeson, and with cameos from Pierce Brosnan, Dermot O’Leary and Kylie Minogue. With director and cast Q&A
3:30pm Tricycle Theatre, NW6 7JR

Saturday November 21 Brooklyn Saoirse Ronan plays young Irish emigrant Eilis Lacey who departs Ireland for New York, where the initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish when she finds love. But soon, Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. 8:15pm, Tricycle Theatre, NW6 7JR
Brooklyn at Tricycle, Sat 21st Nov

Saturday November 21
Brooklyn
Saoirse Ronan plays young Irish emigrant Eilis Lacey who departs Ireland for New York, where the initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish when she finds love. But soon, Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.
8:15pm, Tricycle Theatre, NW6 7JR

Sunday November 22 Name Your Poison GAA hard man Anthony Molloy journeys to New York in this documentary to learn more of the toughest Irish immigrant Depression-era New York ever saw, Mike Malloy, the ‘Rasputin of the Bronx, who survived over 20 attempts on his life 1:30pm, Bertha Dochouse at Curzon Bloomsbury, WC1N 1AW
Name Your Poison at Bertha Dochouse, Sun 22nd Nov

Sunday November 22
Name Your Poison
GAA hard man Anthony Molloy journeys to New York in this documentary to learn more of the toughest Irish immigrant Depression-era New York ever saw, Mike Malloy, the ‘Rasputin of the Bronx, who survived over 20 attempts on his life.
1:30pm, Bertha Dochouse at Curzon Bloomsbury, WC1N 1AW

Sunday November 22 A Kind of Sisterhood During the Troubles, many women were imprisoned, mostly from the Republican community, but also from the Loyalist community. This is the story of women political prisoners in Armagh and Maghaberry jails, told in their own words. 2pm, Bertha Dochouse at Curzon Bloomsbury, WC1N 1AW
A Kind of Sisterhood at Bertha Dochouse, Sun 22nd Nov

Sunday November 22
A Kind of Sisterhood
During the Troubles, many women were imprisoned, mostly from the Republican community, but also from the Loyalist community. This is the story of women political prisoners in Armagh and Maghaberry jails, told in their own words.
2pm, Bertha Dochouse at Curzon Bloomsbury, WC1N 1AW

Sunday November 22 UK Premiere Screening of Older Than IrelandOlder Than Ireland is a landmark feature documentary that explores what it means to have lived one hundred years in Ireland, as seen through the eyes of its oldest citizens. With director Q&A 6pm, Tricycle Theatre, NW6 7JR
Older Than Ireland at Tricycle, Sun 22nd Nov

Sunday November 22
UK Premiere Screening of Older Than Ireland

Older Than Ireland is a landmark feature documentary that explores what it means to have lived one hundred years in Ireland, as seen through the eyes of its oldest citizens. With director Q&A 6pm, Tricycle Theatre, NW6 7JR

Youre Ugly Too at Tricycle, Sun 22nd Nov

Sunday November 22
UK Premiere screening of You’re Ugly Too
After her mother’s death, Stacey (Lauren Kinsella) moves with her uncle Will (Aiden Gillen) to a remote region in the Irish midlands. As the two cautiously get to know each other they have to deal with the dark shadows of the past; told with a good dose of Irish humour. With director Q&A.
8pm, Tricycle Theatre, NW6 7JR

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