Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fleadh Time

The Galway Film Fleadh have announced their programme which, I suspect, contains more Irish features and feature documentaries than ever before. There are some unfortunate either/or choices that will have to be made by audiences.

Given the numbers, different venues and so on, the Fleadh will have a job on their hands to manage the voting system so every new Irish title has a transparent chance at the audience awards. Time / location are key determinants of what an audience can get to, especially if they also want to eat occasionally! But best, I suppose, to be spoilt for choice.

There are a few very interesting 'below-the-radar' productions and I hope they don't suffer from the time or location of their screening. I'd be interested to see Paul Farren and Stephen Walsh's collaboration Where The Sea Used To Be and Magma's Jack Taylor, together with the many funded debut features from PJ Dillon, Ian Power, Carmel Winters and others.

For ease of info, here's a list (with links) of the Irish feature-length drama and documentary in the Fleadh this year - July 06-11:

My Brothers (Opening Film)

Na Cloigne (120min version of TG4's three-part series)

Wild Cards Six low-budget features, showing all day Thursday 8th in the Cinemobile.

Nothing Personal

The Pipe

Seachtar Na Cásca (private screening)

Come On Eileen


In Dreams (Annette Bening tribute) rare chance to see the Neil Jordan film on the big screen.

Counting Sheep

The Fading Light

Jimmy Murakami - Non Alien


Where The Sea Used To Be

All Good Children

The Looking Glass


Seaside Stories

Five Day Shelter*
*Update: I have heard that the producers withdrew this film from the Fleadh after the programme went to press.

The Runway

Jack Taylor



Broken Tail

Between The Canals

A Prayer For The Windhorse

Many other Irish short documentaries, shorts and animation, all findable through the Fleadh website.

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