Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland Films at the 2018 Galway Film Fleadh


Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland Films at the 2018 Galway Film Fleadh

Posted: 10th July 2018

The 2018 Galway Film Fleadh begins today, 10 July and runs until Sunday 15 July. Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland will be attending the festival, co-presenting the Fleadh Forum as well as premiering our latest slate of new Irish short films. Screen Ireland titles also feature throughout the Fleadh's impressive programme, which boasts a total of 107 films for the 2018 edition. 

Below you will find times and dates of Screen Ireland titles at this year's Fleadh:


The Belly of the Whale
After breaking free from his foster home, feral teenager Joey Moody returns to Laytown, a rural Irish town just over the horizon, in a bid to reclaim his family’s caravan park and salvage his friendship with his best mate and drinking partner, Lanks. Meanwhile, on a mission to find the money to pay for his sick wife’s medication. Ronald Tanner, a fractured soul, risks his meagre lifesavings on a get-rich-quick scheme that ends in abject failure and humiliation the hands of local big shot Gits Hegarty, pushing Ronald over the edge and off the wagon. 

Director Morgan Bushe
Script Morgan Bushe, Greg Flanagan
Irish Production Company Fastnet Films
Screening Tues 10 July, 19:30, Town Hall Theatre


Keepers of the Flame
Keepers of the Flame 
delves into the archives of the Irish Military Service Pensions and what emerges is a truly personal retelling of a brutal and divisive period in the birth of a nation and the devastating legacy it left in its wake, for the individuals who took part and their families who suffered long after the fighting ended. 

Director Nuala O’Connor
Script Diarmaid Ferriter, Nuala O’Connor
Irish Production Company South Wind Blows
Screening Wed 11 July, 13:45, Town Hall Theatre

The Camino Voyage
Dónal Ó Céilleachair's documentary: an epic 2,500 km modern day celtic odyssey, The Camino Voyage/Iomramh an Chamino. For hundreds of years people sailed from Ireland to A Coruña in Northern Spain and walked the camino to Santiago de Compostela from there. This inspiring crew have done their own version of this historical voyage in a Naomhóg. The film features Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, Glen Hansard, Liam Holden, Brendan-Pháid Ó Muircheartaigh and Writer and Poet; Domhnall Mac Síthigh (1951-2017).

Director Dónal Ó Céilleachair
Irish Production Company Anú Pictures
Screening Wed 11 July, 18:00, Town Hall Theatre


The Man Who Wanted to Fly
Offering a unique insight into a disappearing world, The Man Who Wanted to Fly, tells the story of eighty-something-year old bachelor farmer, Bobby Coote, whose lifelong dream to fly has remained with him since he left school at thirteen.

Director Frank Shouldice
Irish Production Company Loosehorse
Screening Thurs 12 July, 12:00, Pálás Screen 1

Good Favour
Good Favour
is an enigmatic and haunting drama directed by Rebecca Daly (Mammal, Sundance 2016; The Other Side of Sleep, Cannes 2011). The film follows a remote Christian community experiencing a crisis of faith that finds new hope in the arrival of a mysterious young man. 

Director Rebecca Daly
Script Rebecca Daly, Glenn Montgomery
Irish Production Company Savage Productions
Screening Thurs 12 July, 14:00, Pálás Screen 1

The Life After
The Life After
uses a mixture of powerful testimony, archive and poetry to examine the impact of The Troubles in Northern Ireland on those who lost loved ones in the violence.

Directors Brian Hill, Niamh Kennedy
Script Nick Laird
Irish Production Company Marcie Films
Screening Thurs 12 July, 15:45, Town Hall Theatre

The Curious Works of Roger Doyle
This documentary studies the character and life's work of Irish avant garde composer Roger Doyle and closely observes him presenting one of his most ambitious musical projects to the Irish general public, his first major opera.

Director/Script Brian Lally
Irish Production Company Instigator Films
Screening Thurs 12 July, 18:30, Pálás Screen 1


One Million American Dreams
This documentary paints a portrait of the lives and deaths connected to Hart Island, and follows the campaign to finally turn New York’s Potter’s Field into a dignified resting place.

Director Brendan Byrne
Irish Production Company Fine Point Films
Screening Fri 13 July, 13:45, Town Hall Theatre

I, Dolours
I, Dolours 
presents one woman’s story of life and death in the IRA. In 2009, Dolours Price, militant IRA activist, hunger striker and vocal opponent of the peace process gave an interview on condition that it not be broadcast in her lifetime. For the first time her shocking story can be told, entirely in her own words. Dolours was a ruthless terrorist but also a charismatic, loving mother, sister, friend. She was passionate, fragile, dogmatic, tortured.

Director Maurice Sweeney
Irish Production Company New Decade TV
Screening Fri 13 July, 18:00, Town Hall Theatre

Cellar Door
Racing from young love to tortured loss and back again, this story follows Aidie, a fighter inside and out, as she searches for her son while in the grip of the Church. With a unique point of view on a familiar trauma, Cellar Door cuts deep into the character’s experience in an exploration of love regained and loss relived.

Director/Script Viko Nikci
Irish Production Company Samson Films
Screening  Fri 13 July, 20:00, Town Hall Theatre


Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland World Premiere Shorts
We are delighted to present the world premiere of new Irish short films at the 2018 Galway Film Fleadh, funded under the agency’s Short Stories and Frameworks schemes, alongside the world premieres of two co-productions.

More info here.

Screening Sat 14 July, 12:00, Town Hall Theatre

When All Is Ruin Once Again
At the beginning of the Anthropocene — an epoch defined as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on the natural world — a rural community carve out their lives while a motorway ploughs forth through the landscape. It goes no further than the town of Gort in the west of Ireland, halted by the dawn of a financial crisis. 

In this poetic documentary from director Keith Walsh, who lives on the South Galway/Clare border where the documentary was made, a myriad of personalities weave an epic tapestry through the bog lands, farms, firesides, race tracks and hurling pitches of recession Ireland.

Director Keith Walsh
Irish Production Company Twopair Films
Screening Sat 14 July, 14:00, Town Hall Theatre

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.

Director Ross Whitaker
Irish Production Company True Films
Screening Sat 14 July, 16:00, Town Hall Theatre

Metal Heart
Metal Heart
is a teen drama about two estranged sisters, home alone for their last summer together before adulthood beckons.

Director Hugh O’Conor
Script Paul Murray
Irish Production Company Treasure Entertainment
Screening Sat 14 July, 18:00, Town Hall Theatre

A Mother Brings Her Son to be Shot
A Mother Brings Her Son To Be Shot
 presents a shocking portrait of the complexities of a post-conflict society. One night Majella O’Donnell took her teenage son Philly to be shot in both legs. Majella, Philly and his shooters are all part of the dissident Republican community in Derry, Northern Ireland.  The Troubles officially ended in 1998 but this dissident community is still at war. They do not accept the Good Friday peace agreement, the government or police. Some members are in armed groups. They respond to so-called antisocial behaviour with kneecap shootings, banishment and even murder.  All this happens within the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom.  How do you bring your son to be shot? What happens afterwards?

Director Sinéad O’Shea
Irish Production Company Blinder Films
Screening Sat 14 July, 18:30, Pálás Screen 1

Don’t Go
Following the tragic loss of their only child, Molly, Ben and Hazel retreat to begin a new life together in a hotel, which they have inherited on the west coast. Bu there is no escape. Ben is haunted by a recurring dream of an idyllic day all three spent together on the beach last summer. As his life spins out of control and those around him begin to question his sanity, Ben becomes more determined than ever to finally bring Molly home.

Director David Gleeson
Script Ronan Blaney, David Gleeson
Irish Production Company Wide Eye Films
Screening Sat 14 July, 20:15, Town Hall Theatre


Black 47
Black 47 — set during the Great Famine in Ireland — follows an Irish Ranger, Feeney (James Frecheville),who has been fighting abroad for the British Army. After turning deserter, he returns home to Ireland during the famine. When he discovers what has happened to his family, Feeney swears vengeance and goes on a murderous rampage. His old British Army comrade Hannah (Hugo Weaving) is dispatched to try and put an end to Feeney's uprising.

Director Lance Daly
Script PJ Dillon, Pierce Ryan, Eugene O’Brien, Lance Daly
Irish Production Company Fastnet Films
Screening Sat 14 July, 20:00, Town Hall Theatre