Above: Photos from the production. First the Red Road flats in Glasglow, and then the famous Balfron Tower that inspired JG Ballard’s High Rise.. As Ireland scrambles to get to grips with its housing crisis, director Paul Sng turns in a blinding exposée of the deliberate dismantling of social housing in the UK. It’s called Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle. Rashers Tierney caught up with him to hear … Read More
Some of us rabblers have been squirreled away putting the final gloss on this 100 minute feature length documentary about Dublin’s original rave generation. What’s it about? Well, I guess it maps the mood and movement of those who caught a buzz for dance music and watched particular cultural explosion happen in the city across the 1990s and into the early 2000s. A measure of rose tinted nostalgia served with … 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 … 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.
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 … Read 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 … Read More
Shot in the style of the old news reels, this short film project aims to emphasis the role of women in 1916. With just days left on their Fund:it appeal, we caught up with comedian Elaine Gallagher to chat about the centenary year. Hi Elaine, so how’s the Fund:it campaign going? Fairly stressful? Hey, it’s going okay. It’s a full time job, constantly plugging the campaign and you start … Read More
Women are notoriously underrepresented in film, both in front of, and behind the camera. Mog Kavanagh takes a look at some festivals and film makers determined to buck the trend in Ireland.
In The U.S. in 2014, of the top 700 theatrical releases, women accounted for a mere 13% of directors, 18% of editors and 13% of writers. And the sad fact of the matter is that over the past two decades things have been getting worse.
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 … Read More
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