IFB Titles Katie and Don’t Go Among First Four Films Announced for 2018 Galway Film Fleadh

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IFB Titles Katie and Don’t Go Among First Four Films Announced for 2018 Galway Film Fleadh

Posted: 1st June 2018

The Galway Film Fleadh, which will take place from 10 – 15 July 2018, has revealed two World Premieres and two Irish premieres making up part of its 30th festival programme. 

A new documentary charting a volatile period in the career of champion boxer Katie Taylor will have its world premiere at Galway and Don’t Go, a psychological thriller starring Stephen Dorff and Melissa George and filmed in the west of Ireland, will also have its world premiere at the Fleadh. 

The Katie Taylor documentary, Katie, is an intimate take on the boxer’s efforts to rebuild her career following a year of turmoil in her life. Dublin-based Wildcard Distribution has already acquired UK and Irish rights to the film. Directed by Ross Whitaker, the film follows the boxer as she aims to reboot her career on foot of a surprising defeat at the Rio Olympics, where she failed to defend her London Olympics crown. Following that disappointment, she made the decision to turn professional and put women’s boxing on the map.

Don’t Go, a psychological thriller starring Stephen Dorff and Melissa George, will have its world premiere in Galway. Directed and co-written by David Gleeson, who penned the screenplay for the forthcoming drama Tolkien, it tells the story of a couple reeling from the death of their daughter in an accident.

The Film Fleadh will this year host a number of special events and celebrations to mark its 30th anniversary. Katie and Don’t Go will also include Irish premieres of stop-motion animated film Captain Morten and the Spider Queen and UK horror Possum.

Further domestic and international films to screen at Galway, as well as festival guests and special events to mark its 30th anniversary, will be announced at a later date.

Speaking about the selection of films, Galway Film Fleadh CEO Miriam Allen said, “We are delighted to announce these four films that we hope will whet the appetite of our audiences for the variety of cinema screening at Galway in July.” 

Also speaking about the announcement GFF programmer William Fitzgerald said, “Katie, Don’t Go, Captain Morten and Possum are indicative of the exciting range of docs, dramas, animations and international cinema that will be on display at Galway in July.”

Katie and Don't Go are both supported by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board.

For more information on this year's Galway Film Fleadh, please click here.