A new documentary called The 4th Act looks at the massive regeneration project that took place in Ballymun over 18 years. It will premiere at the Dublin International Film Festival this year. rabble sent Tomás Lynch to catch up with Ballymun native and film director Turlough Kelly to get the whole story. What was it prompted you to make the film? We got access to Plunkett Tower, which was the last remaining tower at that time. There was still two people living in it at that time. We … Read More
The proliferation of sequels, reboots and franchise films that has dominated the world box-office in recent times is, in Benny Profane’s view, emblematic of a broader backward-looking tendency in the consumer-class these days. Now, here he is to ruin Trainspotting 2… What greater example of today’s over-indulgence in nostalgic cultural tokens could there be than the imminent reformation of Bros – I mean fucking BROS! This fixation with what-went-before has resulted in the resurrection of numerous celluloid zombies such as Vin Diesel’s XXX series, the Star Wars universe and … Read More
Benny Profane finds the world somehow tricking him into thinking he might actually enjoy a light-hearted, romantic-musical starring Ryan Gosling more disappointing than Trump’s election and a greater betrayal than the passing of Brexit. Here’s his review of La La Land… The trailer had irked me but the hype, awards and opinions of everyone else compelled me to go into this film with not just an open mind but actual positive expectations. On paper it had little going for it, but the brilliance of Whiplash held out the … Read More
Bearing in mind the distinctly frosty nature of the film under review, Brendan Callaghan’s review will be preceded by a seasonally-sensitive message of caution.
Fifteen years on from mass protests against the US military use of Shannon airport, determined activists continue to hold monthly peace vigils against this flagrant violation of Irish neutrality.
The telly only had two channels when Eoin O’Mahony left Cork for the Big Smoke. He tells rabble how he tried to hide the whack of Benjy with Gauloises and angsty French fillums in the soon to be demolished Screen Cinema. I had a real fondness for the Screen. When I was rent from the Real Capital of Ireland to Dublin in the late 1980s, the 84 from my far flung suburb ended up on the top of Pearse Street. I spent hours on the concrete anti-riot space in … Read More
The Gaze International LGBT Film Festival Dublin returns to the Lighthouse Cinema this bank holiday weekend, Mog Kavanagh has lined up some recommendations… 1. Viva. Paddy Breathnach rides the crest of this current wave of quality Irish cinema with Viva, a film about a young aspiring drag queen in Cuba. Viva won the audience award at the Dublin International Film Festival, definitely worth a watch! Catch it on Friday 29th July, at 8:30pm. 2. Girls Lost. Girls Lost is on Saturday the 30th July at 6:30pm. This … Read More
Caoimhe Butterly is an Irish activist who has been working with refugees across Europe. Over the past year she has started making short films with and about the people she has met through this work. Mog Kavanagh caught up with her to find out more.
May is Green Ribbon month, when people wear green ribbons to show they’re thinking about, and willing to talk about, mental health. There are many films out there that focus on mental health, often very ignorantly, sometimes just plain offensively. So when a film like Two Days One Night comes along, it is all the more special. Two Days One Night is a film about a woman, Sandra, who returns to work after being on sick leave only to find her job is gone. Her boss strikes her a … Read More
Hot Docs is a mega annual documentary festival in Toronto, it’s always worth keeping an eye on for upcoming international features. Stuff like the above. A documentary about two underground techno DJs in Iran and how they are pitted against the regime there. It’s getting an international premiere over the May weekend. Looking for some film fodder? Well being all Canadian and shit, any doc that has sailed through the festival with funding is archived online and available for public streaming. There are some acclaimed classics in there. … Read More