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Fifty Percent Grey

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A bloodied soldier, Sergeant Cray, wakes from death to a desolate landscape furnished only with a series of televisions and video players. Armed with his gun, he trudges from one TV to the next where he encounters a series of upbeat messages about an infinite future in the tranquil realms of heaven, purgatory and hell. […]

The Shore

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The Shore is the inspiring story of two boyhood best friends – Joe (Ciarán Hinds) and Paddy (Conleth Hill) – divided by 25 years of misunderstanding. When the world and their friendship is shattered by the conflict escalating in Northern Ireland, the two boys’ lives take very different paths until, 25 years later, Joe returns […]

Three Kisses

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In this short drama, a promising young hurler from the fictional village of Ballykilly is invited to play for his county. A fictional young hurler (Colm Gallagher) embarks on a courtship with a lively camogie player with whom he shares three chaste but charming kisses. When his hurling prowess catches the eye of the local […]

Boogaloo and Graham

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In 1970s Belfast, two boys discover the facts of life with help from their two pet chickens. James and Malachy are over the moon when their father brings home two baby chicks which they name Boogaloo and Graham. The chicks grow and the boys proudly carry them wherever they go. They declare themselves vegetarian and […]

The Crush

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Michael Creagh’s quirky drama about an 8-year-old boy and his infatuation with his teacher. Eight-year-old Ardal has a romantic heart and a passionate crush on his second-class teacher, Ms Purdy. But his dreams of marrying his love are dashed when she becomes engaged to her boyfriend, who Ardal deems entirely unacceptable. Inspired by his favourite […]

Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty

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This short animated film offers a bedtime story told with a very modern twist on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty. Granny O’Grimm begins to tell the story of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ to her sleepy granddaughter but there is a twist. The classic fairy–tale is told with a 21st century sensibility as Granny reimagines the story […]

Six Shooter

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Overwhelmed by grief following the death of his wife, Donnelly (Brendan Gleeson) shares a train carriage home with a troubled young man identified only as the ‘Kid’ (Rúaidhrí Conroy). As the Kid becomes more agitated and foul-mouthed, the journey takes on a violent and dangerous hue – for the bereaved Donnelly and for other hapless […]

Conquest of Light

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Conquest of Light celebrates the process, expertise, and craftsmen at the Waterford Glass factory in Ireland. Through stunning and vibrant cinematography, Louis Marcus examines the mesmerising construction of clear crystal glass pieces created by the craftsmen of Waterford. The process from the intense heat of the furnace to glass blowing, shaping, cutting, honing, filling and […]

Páistí ag Obair

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Louis Marcus’s observational documentary Páistí ag Obair (Children at Work) watches children learning through play in Irish Montessori schools in the 1970s. A voiceover, in both Irish and English, explains the Montessori method which celebrates the importance of play in developing children’s potential. Children are seen in classrooms playing with Montessori materials which promote reasoning […]

Cradle of Genius

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British documentarian Paul Rotha celebrates the playwrights and players of the Abbey Theatre, the national theatre founded by W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory in 1904. The film, made some years before the theatre moved into its present-day Abbey Street premises, tells the history through colourful reminiscences from an extraordinary line-up of Abbey stalwarts – Siobhan […]

Return to Glennascaul

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When Orson Welles offers a stranger with car trouble a lift, his passenger recalls a haunting event which spooks and intrigues the driver. The film opens as Orson Welles interrupts his filming of Othello (in which he performed alongside his old friends Micheál Mac Liammóir and Hilton Edwards) to present a ‘short story from the […]

New Boy

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Most children have enough to be worried about on their first day at school, but young African boy Joseph is different from all the other pupils. His arrival attracts the unwanted attention of teacher’s pet Hazel and kings of the playground Christian and Seth. Adapted from a Roddy Doyle short story, New Boy brings the […]