The first Irish film by cinematographer and director Patrick Carey celebrates the landscape of William Yeats’ poetry through stunning photography, narrated by Tom St. John Barry. Evocative images of the west of Ireland illustrate the poet’s life including Thoor Ballylee Castle where he lived, Coole Park, home of Lady Gregory where literary figures of the period socialised, Lissadell House, Knocknarea Mountain, the slopes of Ben Bulben, the waterfall at Glencar and finally Yeats’ grave at Drumcliffe.
This lyrical film opens with a quote from Irish mythology where Oisín describes Irish birdsong as ‘the sweetest in the world’ and urges us to ‘Stop and listen!’ What follows is a stunning, non-narrated depiction of Irish birds, animals and landscapes. Oisín was commissioned by the Department of Land of Ireland as a contribution to the European Conservation Year.
Imagining Ulysses is a compelling and beautifully shot feature-length documentary about James Joyce’s epic novel. The film is true to its source material in incorporating an 18-part structure, with each segment presented in a distinctive style. The experimental approach is balanced by the desire to make the novel accessible to a wide audience.
At the beginning of the 20th century, a young servant provokes an independent Irish farm community by her relationship with two brothers. Pregnant, she refuses to reveal the name of the father.
A documentary film which captures the zeitgeist of the Ulster punk scene in the late 70s during The Troubles. Featuring live performances from bands, such as The Undertones and Stiff Little Fingers and interviews with fans.
Novelist Philippe is a French novelist recently relocated to Ireland, where makes friends with Jerry an American expatriate who left his home after the death of his girlfriend. Philippe and Jerry become chummy with Taubelman, who is looking after Anne, a beautiful young woman who cannot speak. Jerry becomes infatuated with Anne, while Philippe tries to win the heart of Sharon, Jerry’s sister.
A rugged newcomer arrives at a village in Ireland’s County Mayo, wowing townspeople with a fantastic tale of violence. Claiming to have recently murdered his good-for-nothing father, Christy Mahon becomes an object of local fascination. But Christy is disgraced when it turns out that the older man is injured, yet very much alive. Trying to rebuild his reputation as a tough guy, Christy commits another act of brutality. Adapted from the classic play by John Millington Synge.
Alfie Byrne is a middle-aged bus conductor in Dublin in 1963. He would appear to live a life of quiet desperation: he’s gay, but firmly closeted, and his sister is always trying to find him “the right girl”. His passion is Oscar Wilde, his hobby is putting on amateur theatre productions in the local church hall. We follow him as he struggles with temptation, friendship, disapproval, and the conservative yet oddly lyrical world of Ireland in the early 1960s.