St. Patrick’s Weekend 2014 Irish Film Celebrations

Prince Charles Cinema London

Irish Film London is delighted to be a partner in the Lord Mayor’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival 2014.

The St Patrick’s Day Film Festival will take place throughout the afternoon at The Prince Charles Cinema near Leicester Square, with acclaimed and renowned Irish films, including the multi-award winning short film The Missing Scarf and Oscar winning black comedy, Six Shooter.
The programme which is made up of a screenings of short films curated by Celine Curtain in association with The Irish Film Institute and Irish Film London.

More info about the day is available on the site HERE

More info about the venue is available on the Prince Charles Cinema website HERE

Irish Film Institute




With five programmes performing on the hour starting at 12:00 – 17:00, here is the following list of what is on and when:


Programme 1: Shooting Stars – 12 PM
Recommended Aged 16. Scenes of disturbing nature
Six Shooter Dir. Martin McDonagh
On a sad train journey home, an older man having just been informed about the death of his wife encounters a strange, outlandish and possibly dangerous teenager.
He Shoots, He Scores Dir. John Moore
Set at some point in the indefinite future, a chance encounter between two boys leads to the discovery of a greater universe.
Programme 2: Presenting the Past – films from the IFI Irish Film Archive – 1 PM
Amharc Éireann
St Patrick’s Day moments from Gael Linn’s Irish language cinema newsreel.
The Irish Village Dir. Jim Clark
An early work from Academy and BAFTA award winning English film editor Jim Clark is an elegy to a Crookhaven, a small village in the southernmost tip of Ireland.
Ciall Cheannaigh
Produced by the Guinness Film Society, this observational documentary captures the texture of suburban life in Dublin’s first out-of-town shopping centre – with a rousing score by Irish folk musician, Donal Lunny.
What Remains Dirs. Pat Collins and Tadhg O’Sullivan
Co-directed by Pat Collins and Tadhg O’Sullivan this hauntingly beautiful short film, explores transience and cultural memory through film extracts from the IFI Irish Film Archive.
Programme 3: Animation Antics – 2 PM
Cúilín Dualach Dir. Nora Twomey
Born with his head on backwards, Cúilín Dualach has been shunned and mocked by all but his loving Mother. Then one day, he discovers he can do something better than anyone else
Pilgrim Dir. Matthew Darragh
A stranger in an unknown land braves many dangers as he strives to fulfill his function.
The Ledge End of Phil (from Accounting) Dir. Paul Ó Muiris
Stuck outside looking in, Phil is forced to face the world he’s been ignoring. How he must take a leap of faith.
Trolley Boy Dir. Teemu Auerola
A trolley boy tries to keep himself motivated in his isolated and unfulfilling job.
Here To Fall Dir. Kris Kelly
When a girl receives a call from her father, she is set on a frantic journey through a chaotic world.
The Missing Scarf Dir. Eoin Duffy
A black comedy exploring some of life’s common fears: the fear of the unknown, of failure, of rejection, and of death.
Fear of Flying Dir. Conor Finnegan
A small bird with a fear of flying tries to avoid heading south for the winter.
Programme 4: Contemporary Irish Shorts – 3PM
Hannah Cohen’s First Communion Dir. Shimmy Marcus
Hannah Cohen can’t wait to make her Holy Communion – only problem is – she’s Jewish!
Mechanic Dirs. Tom Sullivan Feidlim Cannon
A mechanic fixes up an old car and drives into the Dublin Mountains to end his life, but old age catches up with him.
Rubaí Dir. Louise N Fhiannachta (subtitled)
As her classmates prepare for their First Holy Communion, Rubaí announces that she is an atheist and refuses to participate.
Programme 5: Irish Shorts – 4PM
Before I Sleep Dir. Paul Mercier
Reuniting old theatre chums Brendan Gleeson and director Paul Mercier, this film follows an unemployed businessman (Gleeson) on his bleak odyssey through the snowy streets of Dublin.
Deep End Dance Dir. Conor Horgan
Mother and son, above and under water, the dance of their lives
Moore St. Masala Dir. David O’Sullivan
Shop clerk, Baba, falls for the sexy estate agent across the street. When he sells her lunch, she steals his heart. There is only one way there love can make it… Bollywood Style!


LAST YEAR’S FESTIVAL: The Annual Irish Film Festival London

Wednesday 20th – Sunday 24th November 2013 

The Irish Pub
The Irish Pub


Wednesday 20th November
Tricycle Cinema
7.30pm screening
Opening Night – UK Premiere Screening

Director: Alex Fegan, 2013, 72 mins
A Q&A with Alex Fegan and one of the film’s publicans led by Shelley Marsden, Arts Editor for the Irish World will follow the screening.

The Irish Pub is a eulogy to the greatest institution in Irish society, the pub or more specifically the traditional Irish publicans who run them. The characters in this exceptionally endearing film all run and own pubs that have been in their families for generations and it is through their warmth, wit and wisdom that we gain an insight into the heart and soul of the Irish Pub.

In The Irish Pub, we meander across Ireland from Connemara to Carlow, from Monaghan to West Cork, from Louth to Limerick, from conversation to captivating conversation. The Irish Pub is also a look at Ireland and who we are as a people. The history of Ireland, characters, song, music, anecdotes, politics, sport, religion, famine and the Irish sense of humour are all reflected upon. These pubs reach out not just to every Irish person today but to the Irish 50 years ago, 100 years ago and even as far back as 500 years ago and to the Diaspora abroad. The names over their doors are iconic. The stuff hanging on their walls is historic. However, the stories these pub owners tell are priceless.

“The Irish Pub is delightful throughout and makes an implicit (but forceful) argument for the magnificence of the traditional Irish pub” - Donald Clarke, The Irish times.

“Go. Enjoy. The Irish Pub is a fantastic film about the real Ireland that we all know and love.” – 4.5* John Byrne, RTE Ten



Irish Short Film

The Irish Pub will be accompanied by a special screening of award winning short film Rúbaí, written by Antoin Beag Ó Colla, directed by Louise Ní Fhiannachta and produced by Gemma O’Shaughnessy.

With the Holy Communion looming, Rúbaí declares she’s an atheist, which bamboozles her teacher, her mother and the parish priest.

Rúbaí won the Best First Short Drama at The Galway Film Fleadh and Best Irish Short Film at The Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival in Kerry 2013

A Traditional Irish Music Session at the Sir Colin Campbell pub directly opposite the Tricycle followed the screening, with Denis Fitzpatrick, Anna Whelehan and friends.



Thursday 21st November
Riverside Studios, 7pm

Director: Pat Collins, 2013, 84 mins
Featuring Eoghan MacGiolla Bhride, Andrew Bennett, Michael Harding
A Q&A with Pat Collins and Eoghan MacGiolla Bhride will follow the screening.

Eoghan is a sound recordist who is returning to Ireland for the first time in 15 years, for a job capturing noises in areas free from man-made sound. His quest takes him to remote terrain, away from towns and villages. Throughout his journey, he is drawn into a series of encounters and conversations, which gradually divert his attention towards a more intangible silence, bound up with the sounds of the life he had left behind.

Influenced by elements of folklore and archive, Silence unfolds with a quiet intensity, where poetic images reveal an absorbing meditation on themes relating to sound and silence, history, memory and exile.

Winner Dublin Critics Circle ‘Michael Dwyer Discovery Award’ 2012

Official Selection BFI London Film Festival

“Succumb to the sound of Silence in this gorgeous tale of a wandering recordist returning to his cultural roots” - Little White Lies

“…a beautiful piece of film-making.” - The Independent

Men & Women
Men & Women


Irish Short Film

Silence will be accompanied by a special UK Premiere screening of Men & Women, directed by Ruth Meehan, and produced by Tamsin Lyons.

Men & Women is based on a short story of the same name from Claire Keegan’s collection Antarctica, a Los Angeles Times Best Book, and recipient of the prestigious Rooney Prize for Irish Literature among others. The story follows a nine-year-old girl over the Christmas of 1979 as her loss of innocence is reflected in her realisation that neither Santa nor relations between her parents are what they seem.

This film was made as part of the Film Offaly scheme.

“Among the finest contemporary stories written recently in English” - The Observer on Claire Keegan’s story Men & Women

Official Selection Galway Film Fleadh
Official Selection Birr Arts Festival



Life's a Breeze
Life’s a Breeze

Friday 22nd November
Tricycle Cinema, 8pm
UK Premiere Screening

Director: Lance Daly, 2013, 90 mins
Featuring Kelly Thornton, Fionnula Flanagan, Pat Shortt, Eva Birthistle
A Q&A with Lance Daly and special guests will follow the screening.

Life’s a Breeze is a feel-good ‘recession comedy’ about a family struggling to stay afloat and stay together through hard times in Ireland.

Unemployed slacker Colm (Pat Shortt), his aging mother Nan (Fionnula Flanagan) and his niece Emma (Kelly Thornton) must overcome their many differences to lead their family in a race against time to find a lost fortune.

Who said life’s a breeze?

Bingham Ray New Talent Award (Kelly Thornton), Galway Film Fleadh 2013
Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival 2013
Official Selection Busan International Film Festival 2013
Official Selection Galway Film Fleadh 2013

“Lance Daly offers a fresh Irish fable with Life’s A Breeze” - Variety

“the most heart-warming inter-generational comedy since Little Miss Sunshine” – Irish Daily Mail

Story Bud?
Story Bud?


Irish Short Film

Life’s a Breeze will be accompanied by a special screening of the popular short film Story Bud?, directed and produced by Jenny Keogh.

Story Bud? Is the first in a series of short films by Keogh celebrating Irish slang & phrases. Story Bud? features Dubliners. It’s “Bleedin’ deadly”.

Story Bud? received 30,000 views in its first 24 hours on YouTube and was screened this year on Trafalgar Square on St. Patrick’s Day. Jenny Keogh is currently planning a feature length film based on this short.

Tickets £10/£8 concession
Tickets available HERE
Tel: 020 7328 1000



In collaboration with the Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith and St. Mary’s University Twickenham

Men at Lunch
Men at Lunch


Saturday 23rd November
Riverside Studios, 4pm

Director: Eamon Ó Cualáin, 2012, 51 mins, Irish Language, with subtitles
Narrated by Fionnula Flanagan, featuring Paddy O’Shaughnessy, Pat Glynn, Peter Quinn
A Q&A with Eamon Ó Cualáin will follow the screening.

Narrated by Fionnula Flanagan, Lón sa Spéir is the remarkable story of one of the most iconic images of the 20th century – Lunch atop a Skyscraper – taken on the 69th floor of the Rockefeller Building in the autumn of 1932. For over 70 years the identity of the eleven men, and the photographer that immortalised them, remained a mystery – their stories, lost in time, subsumed by the fame of the image itself – until the start of the 21st century when the photograph finally began to give up its secrets.

The official credits to the iconic photograph ‘Lunch atop a Skyscraper’ have now been changed based on information revealed in Lón sa Spéir .

Winner IFTA Special Irish Language award
Official Selection Toronto Film festival
Official Selection DOC NYC
Official Selection International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
“The film is a rich and resonant piece of work, well worth seeking out” - IndieWIRE



Saturday 23rd November
Riverside Studios, 5pm

Director: John O’Donnell, 2013, 52 mins, Bi-lingual Irish and English, with subtitles
Featuring Danny Sheehy and Joan Cohen.

A Q&A with John O’Donnell & Danny Sheehy will follow the screening.

This lyrical film explores the epic journey taken by Mary Devine who crossed America on foot with her four-year-old daughter during the 1860s in a desperate attempt to return home to West Kerry from where she had emigrated. It is a story of strength and that elusive search for the promised land but most of all it is a story of self-belief, hope and survival with the abiding haunting and cinematic image of a lone woman carrying her child across a lawless, wild and windswept American landscape. The story is revealed through the personal discovery of her direct descendant, broadcaster and poet Danny Sheehy as he maps her path from its beginnings uncovering proof of her movements.

Official Selection Galway Film Fleadh 2013

“Excellent” - Sunday Independent
“One to watch” - The Irish Times

Tickets £13/£12 concession for double bill
Tickets available HERE
Tel: 020 8237 1111


Saturday 23rd November Riverside Studios, 7pm

A selection of the latest and greatest award winning Irish Short Films, curated by the Irish Film Institute as part of the International Culture Programme to celebrate Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2013.

Shorts Programme running time approx. 70mins

Director: Cathy Brady
2010 – 17 mins

Karen, a young single mother is bored by routine. Slot machines have become her secret thrill and addiction. With Christmas looming, a desperate hope for a big win sees her life spiral out of control.

Winner Best Short Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2011
Winner Phillips Short Film Award
Winner Best Foreign Short Las Vegas Film Festival

Irish Folk Furniture
Irish Folk Furniture

Director: Tony Donoghue
2012 – 8 mins

An animated documentary about repair and recycling in rural Ireland. In rural Ireland old hand painted furniture is often associated with hard times, with poverty and with a time many would rather forget. Because of this association much of the country’s furniture heritage lies abandoned in barns and sheds.

Winner Short Film Jury Award in Animation Sundance Film Festival 2013
Winner Best Short Documentary Global Visions Documentary Film Festival 2013

Director: Rebecca Daly
2006 – 15 mins

As ten year old Kylie struggles to come to terms with her grief, she discovers that imagination can be more powerful than reality.

Winner Best Short Film IFTA 2007
Winner Best International Short Film, Festival de Cine de Huesca

Director: Ken Wardrop
2007 – 3 mins

Two ladies discuss the pros and cons of their addictions to the dreaded weed. Ethel and Nancy have tried giving up the fags before, but haven’t had much luck. This banter explores the pros, but mostly cons of the dreaded weed.

Official Selection AFI Dallas International Film Festival
Official Selection Los Angelus Film Festival

Director: Tadhg O’Sullivan, Pat Collins
2013 – 11 mins

A dynamic assemblage of images selected from personal film collections preserved in the IFI Irish Film Archive.



Director: Domhnall Gleeson
2010 – 18 mins

“Two policemen learn life lessons on a house-call in rural Ireland;
Frank is young and heartbroken…
Con is middle-aged and weary…
They’re both alone.
They’re both idiots. ”

Winner – Tiernan McBride Best Short Film award Galway Film Fleadh 2010.
Winner- Directors Choice, Boston Irish Film Festival 2010
Winner- Gold Coast International Film Festival 2011

Tickets £9.50/£8.50 concession
Tickets available HERE
Tel: 020 8237 1111



Family Workshop
Family Workshop

In collaboration with the Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith and Kabutar Arts
Sunday 24th November
Riverside Studios, 1pm-4pm

A session for all the family, combining imagination, crafts and creative skills with storytelling and animation! Join Manju Gregory in inventing your own villains or heroes, learn how to craft animated characters, and devise your own sneaky plots, or create the perfect romance on our 4ft screens!

Free Juice-boxes & snacks for kids, and refreshments for mums and dads.
Craft workshop level 6yrs+. Children must be accompanied by an adult & vice versa!

Free entry | *Donations welcome
Tel: 020 8237 1111


Art will save the world
Art will save the world

Sunday 24th November
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), 2.30pm

Director: Niall McCann, 2012, 70 mins
Featuring Luke Haines, Jarvis Cocker, David Peace, John Niven, Kieron Gillen, Stewart Home

Singer Songwriter Luke Haines flies back to his homeland to discuss his life on film. Wary of the idea of a film about his life and weary from the long plane ride home from Buenos Aires. While left waiting to go on set, he attempts to piece together his life.
Through fragments of his existence thus far, comments from his contemporaries and friends, including, musician Jarvis Cocker, novelist David Peace and Arthur Matthews, amongst others, Art Will Save the World explores the work, legacy, struggles, battles and future of the perennial outsider the British Music Scene. Haines has regularly been described in the media as one of the greatest English contemporary songwriters.
His wry commentaries respect few boundaries and his musical arrangements are uniquely suited to both the worlds of music and film. He is equally at home writing about teenage sex, terrorism, pop/film stars, child murder or broken love affairs, yet the instrumental versions of his tunes stand firm. Here we meet again the forgotten man.
Singer. Songwriter. Novelist. Artist. Luke Haines is not dead. He is alive and well and back in London….. This is his story.

Official Selection East End Film Festival 2012
“A great film.” the Quietus
“Art may not save the world, but at least we have this” Jude Rogers, Word Magazine
“A clever and fascinating film” Pamela Hutchinson, Empress Magazine

Tickets £10/£8 concession/£7 members
Tickets available HERE
Tel: 020 7930 3647

Breaking Ground
Breaking Ground


Sunday 24th November
Riverside Studios, 5pm

Director: Michelle Deignan, 2013, 63 mins
A Q&A with Michelle Deignan accompanied by members of the London Irish Women’s Centre will follow the screening.

This unique documentary presents a new chapter in the history of Diasporas in the UK. Made by an all women crew, it tells the fascinating story about the rise and fall of the London Irish Women’s Centre, a radical organisation based in North London from 1983 – 2012. Featuring unique archive material, the documentary intercuts eighteen different interviews with women involved in the organisation over it’s rich 29 year history. The London Irish Women’s Centre was founded to provide an alternative cultural and political space for women to be Irish, supporting and representing all women in London who identified themselves as Irish, regardless of politics, religion, colour or class.

The film charts the centre’s activities, from it’s political and social campaigning to it’s provision of desperately needed services for Irish women in London. Throughout the 80′s Irish women arrived in their droves and towards the end of the decade they made up 10% of the capital’s female population. Many of these women were not simply economic migrants but women in search of an alternative life, away from the repressive predominately Catholic culture of Ireland. Their optimism for a new life was tempered by the reality of life in London. Irish women were among the most disadvantaged ethnic and gender groups in terms of housing and employment. From the organisation of the first Irish Women’s conferences in the UK, to the support of research on Irish women and housing and employment, the London Irish Women’s Centre’s work impacted on the culture and politics of London. The organisation openly discussed and made public, issues pertinent to both women in Ireland and Irish women in London against a backdrop of anti-Irish racism from within the UK and at best indifference from the mainstream Irish community in London.

This film was commissioned by Mind Yourself.

Official Selection Cork International Film Festival

Tickets £9.50/£8.50 concession
Tickets available HERE
Tel: 020 8237 1111


Run and Jump
Run and Jump

Sunday 24th November
Riverside Studios, 8pm
Festival Closer – UK Premiere Screening

Director: Steph Green, 2013, 102 mins
Written by Ailbhe Keogan
Featuring Maxine Peake, Edward MacLiam, Will Forte

A Q&A with Edward MacLiam and producers Martina Niland and Tamara Anghie will follow the screening.

Run & Jump follows Vanetia Casey (MAXINE PEAKE), the spirited and impossibly optimistic centre of the Casey family, who is struggling to get life back to normal after her 38 year-old husband, Conor (EDWARD MACLIAM), suffers a rare stroke which changes his personality. Entering the emotional fray is buttoned-up American doctor, Ted Fielding, (WILL FORTE) who arrives in Ireland to stay with them for two months: his research grant providing the Caseys with essential financial aid.

Vanetiaʼs a dynamo, but with two young kids and both men in the house, she’s feeling bombarded and initially treats Ted and his study of Conor with resistance. Only when she observes Ted’s calming influence on the family does she begin to value his friendship, and, in return, Ted enjoys her heady, happy-go-lucky world. But Ted’s continued presence in the house sets the family on course for an emotional collision.

Winner Best Irish Film Galway Film Fleadh 2013
Winner Silver Spike Feature Award Festival Internacional de Cine de Valladolid
Official Selection Tribeca Film Festival 2013
Official Selection Sao Paolo International Film Festival
Official Selection Festival des Films du Monde, Montreal

Tickets £9.50/£8.50 concession
Tickets available HERE
Tel: 020 8237 1111

Fiona Whitty
Fiona Whitty



As part of the Irish Film Festival London 2013, we will be exhibiting video artworks of London based Irish artist Fiona Whitty, and creative partnership, WhittyGordon Projects at Riverside Studios 20th – 24th November.

Fiona Whitty’s work focuses on the documentary as a means to critically examine the spaces where cultures merge and co-exist. Migration and the movement of bodies through borders, cultures and time are points of continual return for Whitty’s practice.

Whether it be Nigerians in Ireland, Irish in England, West Africans in Jamaica – these flows of people and heterotopias, prompt a shift in the perception of cultural hegemony and provides sites for dissent. The work seeks to question and challenge accepted patterns and notions of being in society and their representations.



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