Generally the audience either “detests it or loves it”, says Rouzbeh Rashidi. That’s a point of pride for him. They react.
Director Bertie Brosnan takes a candid look at the downsides of celebrity in this “behind-the-scenes featurette”, writes Luke Maxwell.
Film Tells the Story of Brian Kerr's "Golden Generation" of Football Players
“I thought the documentary was worth making because nobody else had done it,” says writer and director Kevin Brannigan.
Under the Clock, Reviewed
This documentary shows couples and individuals recounting romantic rendezvous under the iconic Clery’s clock on O’Connell Street. It looks at things worth cherishing from that time, and things best left in the past.
The Meeting, Reviewed
Nine years after a savage sexual assault Ailbhe Griffith meets her attacker face-to-face in a mediated environment in “The Meeting”, the difficult new film from Alan Gilsenan.
Black '47, Reviewed
“I can say wholeheartedly, and with some embarrassment, that I wasted my time fretting over whether Black ’47 is all it was made out to be. It’s a special kind of picture for many reasons.”
A Documentary Shares Three Mothers' Experiences of Homelessness
Ingrid Casey worked with friends and called in favours to make the film, released today.
Dublin Oldschool, Reviewed
The narrative lets the film down but there is plenty to admire in “Dublin Oldschool”, writes reviewer Luke Maxwell.
The Breadwinner, Reviewed
Cartoon Saloon’s latest animated feature tells the story of young Parvana’s life under the Taliban. “There is hard work and humanity in every frame,” writes Luke Maxwell.
The Silver Branch, Reviewed
This hypnotic story of man, nature, and poetry in the Burren is “enthralling from beginning to end”, writes Luke Maxwell.
Michael Inside, Reviewed
Frank Berry’s “heartbreaking” drama follows the downward spiral of a naive teenager who, sent to prison, finds the opposite of redemption, writes Luke Maxwell.
Locus of Control, Reviewed
A struggling stand-up comedian teaches life skills to a group of oddballs as part of a back-to-work programme in this “squirmy and appealing black comedy with a bleeding heart”, writes Luke Maxwell.
The Science of Ghosts, Reviewed
“Whenever I felt as though I had a handle on director Niall McCann’s tricks or the limits of the film’s form, there was another surprise waiting for me,” writes Luke Maxwell.
The Man Who Invented Christmas, Reviewed
This new film dramatises Charles Dickens’s writing of A Christmas Carol in a style that’s “silly and sincere all at once”, writes Luke Maxwell. In it, Dublin does a fine job as a stand in for 1840s London.
Beyond State Control
In the 1970s and 1980s, Dublin’s Irish Film Theatre, beyond the censor’s reach, played whatever films it pleased – to the great consternation of some.
Behind the Soundtrack for Cardboard Gangsters
Dan Doherty, the man behind the soundtrack to the new film, left the civil service and devoted his life to making music. “I didn’t give a fuck about anything else really to be honest,” he says
Demon Hunter, Reviewed
Zoe Kavanagh’s lo-fi, high-concept horror-action debut “Demon Hunter” is a bona fide B-picture that makes a lot out of a little.
Crash and Burn, Reviewed
This is not so much a rags-to-riches story as it is a rags-to-further-rags-and-then-contentment kind of story, writes Luke Maxwell. “I wasn’t born with a silver spoon up my ass,” Tommy Byrne explains.
Strange Occurrences in a Small Irish Village, Reviewed
Aoife Kelleher’s documentary about the village of Knock, is “simply put, a magnificent achievement”, writes Luke Maxwell.
In "Cardboard Gangsters", John Connors Corrects the Record
The ex-Love/Hate actor talks about his new film, set in Darndale, which again looks deep into gangland – but this time at street level.