Irish Film Festival London Set to Showcase the Latest and Greatest in Irish Film


Irish Film Festival London Set to Showcase the Latest and Greatest in Irish Film

Posted: 28th November 2017

Presenting the latest and greatest of Irish film to a London audience, the Irish Film Festival London begins tomorrow, 29 November and runs until 3 December, featuring a host of premiere screenings, Q&As, workshops and talks. From Pat Collins' stunningly beautiful Song of Granite to Nora Twomey's highly anticipated debut animated feature, The Breadwinner, the festival will showcase a series of IFB-supported titles over the course of five days. 

The festival was preceded by an awards ceremony which was held at the Irish Embassy in London last week and you can read about the winning films here. Below is a list of all the IFB titles screening in the festival as well as information on the series of talks, workshops and events that will take place during Irish Film Festival London 2017. 

The Drummer and the Keeper
Wednesday 29th November
Picturehouse Central, 18:45

Ireland 2017. Dir. Nick Kelly. With Dermot Murphy, Jacob McCarthy, Niamh Algar, Andrew Carroll, Peter Coonan. 92 min. Cert 12.

An unlikely friendship develops between the bipolar drummer of a rock band and an institutionalized teen suffering from Asperger's syndrome. This uplifting and comedic feature début deservedly bagged the Best Irish First Feature Award at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh.

Panel discussion: Irish Screen Industries, the UK and Brexit
Thursday 30th November
Grange Langham Court Hotel, 11am-1pm

How will Brexit affect the Irish Film and TV industries? Will there be more obstacles to companies based in Northern Ireland and those trying to shoot films on location there? Will actors, writers and other creatives find it more difficult to work in the UK post-March 2019? What would happen if the UK departed the European Convention for Co-Production? Will there be fewer Irish and other European films on our screens after 2019 or will it herald a new era of creative exchange? 

Our panelists will include speakers from the Irish Film Board, the BFI, Ateliers du Cinéma Européen (ACE), and Grant Thornton.

Panel discussion: Female Focus Forum
Thursday 30th November
Grange Langham Court Hotel, 18:30 – 20:30

A discussion around female Irish talent in the screen industries, touching upon a number of topics, including: the rise of female talent, the new IFB funding schemes for women, ambition, collaborations and female networks. The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

Our panelists will include Celine Haddad (Irish Film Board); Aisling Walsh (Dir. Maudie); Aoife McrCardle (Dir: Kissing Candice), Anne Marie Naughton (WFT.I); Roisin Geraghty (GAZE).

Irish Short Films:Programme 1
Friday 1st December
Regent Street Cinema, 17:00

Cert 15. A celebration of this year’s finest Irish Short Films from well-known and new Irish filmmakers. Including ACORN, directed by Kevin de la Isla O'Neill, in which busy-body mother Maureen battles Principal Finan during a parent-teacher meeting concerning her son Greg and his unusual behaviour during the school’s nativity play rehearsals. Plus; Late Afternoon, The Widows Last, Gustav and LISTEN.

Preview Screening (invite only)
Plus a Q&A with director
Friday 1st December
Regent Street Cinema, 18:30

Ireland 2017. 100 min. Cert 15.

This year the festival will be holding a preview screening of an upcoming feature film from one of Ireland’s hottest female directors. This screening is by invite only.

Plus a Q&A with director Stephen Burke and members of the cast
Friday 1st December
Regent Street Cinema, 20:30

Ireland 2017. Dir Stephen Burke. With Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Barry Ward, Martin McCann, Eileen Walsh, Aaron Monaghan, Niamh McGrady. 92 min. Cert 15.

This gripping suspense-filled drama is inspired by the true events of the infamous 1983 prison breakout of 38 IRA prisoners from HMP, which was to become the biggest prison escape in Europe since World War II.

The Star & Shadow Animation Workshop
Saturday 2nd December
Regent Street Cinema, 11.30am

USA 2017, Dir. Tomothy Reckart. PG. In association with Kino Kids.

A small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas. A Shadow Animation Workshop will follow the screening. Join the Irish Film Festival London artists in creating your own fantastical characters and bringing them to life on-screen!

Limited places available, please book in advance.

Gaze @25yrs – Irish LGBT Short Films
Saturday 2nd December
Regent Street Cinema, 15:00 - 16:30

Cert 15. This year GAZE International LGBT Film Festival Dublin celebrated its 25-year legacy of LGBT inclusivity, visibility, celebration, activism and progress. Here IFFL joins them in marking this Silver Anniversary!  

This collection of Irish shorts includes 3 Friends, based on a Colm Tóibín short story, which follows Fergus, a pensive, young man, who is propelled on a powerful journey that begins at his mother’s funeral. The grief becomes a catalyst to reflect upon his life and relationships. Ultimately it is through death, joy, and sex that Fergus looks inside to define himself. Dir: Michael Moody Culpepper.

Song of Granite
Saturday 2nd December
Regent Street Cinema, 16:45

Ireland 2017. Dir Pat Collins. With Michael O'Chonfhlaola, Macdara Ó Fátharta, Leni Parker, Alain Goulem. 118 min. Cert 12A. Language: Irish & English

Acclaimed filmmaker Pat Collins brings the dramatic life story of legendary sean-nós singer Joe Heaney to the screen with an audacious exploration of the man and his music. With an approach that marries traditional narrative episodes with documentary footage, the film celebrates the music Joe Heaney created while painting an unflinching portrait of Heaney, the man. Song of Granite is Ireland’s entry for the 90th Oscars, in the Best Foreign-language Film category.

The Secret Scripture
Plus a Q&A with director Jim Sheridan
Saturday 2nd December
Regent Street Cinema, 19:30

Ireland 2016. Dir. Jim Sheridan. With Rooney Mara, Aidan Turner, Theo James, Jack Reynor, Eric Bana, Vanessa Redgrave, Pauline McLynn, Charlie Kelly, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor. 118 min. Cert 12A.

Residing in a psychiatric hospital, a woman receives visits from a young psychologist whose interest in her diary triggers flashbacks of her youth, which was filled with romance, obsession and chaos.

Irish Short Films – Programme 2
Sunday 3rd December
Regent Street Cinema, 12:45

Cert 15. A second celebration of this year’s finest Irish Short Films from well-known and new Irish filmmakers. A celebration of this year’s finest Irish Short Films from well-known and new Irish filmmakers. Including INBOX, directed by B. Welby-Delimere, in which an agoraphobic and a post woman have a strange date through a letterbox. Starring Rory Fleck Byrne (Harlots) and Charlie Murphy (Peaky Blinders). Plus; Tit for Tat, FERN, Break in the Clouds, PEEL, Inhale and Throwline.

The Breadwinner
Plus a Q&A with director Nora Twomey
Sunday 3rd December
Regent Street Cinema, 15:00

Ireland, Canada, Luxembourg 2017. Dir. Nora Twomey. With Saara Chaudry, Laara Sadiq, Shaista Latif, Ali Badshah, Noorin Gulamgaus, Kawa Ada. 94 min. Cert PG-13.

Angelina Jolie exec produced this long-anticipated Cartoon Saloon feature animation from director Nora Twomey (The Secret of Kells). After her father Nurullah is unjustly arrested, Parvana, a girl in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, bravely dresses as a boy so she can work to support her mother Fattema and her sister Soraya.

In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America
Plus a Q&A with director Maurice Fitzpatrick hosted by Maxine Mawhinney
Sunday 3rd December
Regent Street Cinema, 17:00

Ireland 2017. Dir. Maurice Fitzpatrick. With Liam Neeson (narrator), Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, U2’s Bono, John Major, Tony Blair. 90 min. Cert PG.

This is the story John Hume who won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1998 as well as the Martin Luther King Award and the Gandhi Peace Prize, the only person to have been awarded all three. The documentary includes wide-ranging and insightful interviews with President Bill Clinton, President Jimmy Carter, as well as Irish leaders, U2’s Bono and Prime Ministers John Major and Tony Blair who helped to secure peace in Ireland. Liam Neeson is the Voice-Over narrator of the film and Bill Whelan (composer of Riverdance) is the film’s musical composer.

The Farthest
Plus a Q&A with director Emer Reynolds hosted by Dara O’Briain
Sunday 3rd December
Regent Street Cinema, 19:00

Ireland 2017. Dir. Emer Reynolds. With Frank Drake, Carolyn Porco, John Casani, Lawrence Krauss, Edward Stone. 120 min. Cert PG.

Join the Irish Film Festival in officially closing its 2017 celebration of Irish film with this stunning, award-winning documentary from Emer Reynolds.

More than 12 billion miles away a tiny spaceship is leaving our Solar System and entering the void of deep space — the first human-made object ever to do so. The Farthest gets to the hearts of the men and women who built the Voyager spaceships, one of humankind's greatest achievements.

For more information on the Irish Film Festival London, click here