Making their way west for the 28th Galway Film Fleadh are the nine shorts of After ‚Äô16, the special set commissioned by Bord Scann√°n na h√âireann/the Irish Film Board to commemorate the 1916 Rising.
The films will make up one of the shorts programmes at the Fleadh, having premiered at the Audi Dublin Film Festival, before traveling around the world to play at the Newport Beach International Film Festival, the Chicago Irish Film Festival, the Toronto Irish Film Festival, the Washington Irish Film Festival, the Boston Irish Film Festival, the Belgrade Irish Film Festival, the Moscow Irish Film Festival, the Irish Film Festa Rome, the Sydney Irish Film Festival,and the Ottawa Irish Film Festival.
The nine films cover a wide spectrum of Irish film styles and talents, ranging from animated fiction, to documentary, comedic fiction, and dramatic fiction. They are a capsule form of the very best that the industry has to offer and a worthy tribute to the nation’s creative endeavours.
There are many ways to commemorate the 1916 Rising, only one involves bloodshed. This extraordinary documentary looks at one of the more unusual ways that Irish people embrace their nationality and the 100th anniversary of the Rising, by getting tattoos of the heroes and events of the period. Through a series of interviews we get to see just what being Irish means in the context of the modern world. The film is directed by Colm Quinn and produced by David Clarke for El Zorrero Films.
When The Rising starts the local sweet shops are the first to be looted by Dubliners living in the tenements. Noel and Tom race off and leave their mothers and sisters at home but the havoc of the next few days will come right to everyone‚Äôs door. Beautifully shot in black-and-white, this is an emotional tale of the non-combatants who were affected by a city at war, and the impact that it had on the families in Dublin in 1916. The film is directed by Dave Tynan (Rockmount) and produced by Dave Leahy for Warrior Films.
A Father‚Äôs Letter
On the eve of his execution on May 7th 1916, Michael Mallin‚Äôs two-year-old son Joseph was brought to see him in Kilmainham Gaol. That night, his father wrote a letter that would change Joseph‚Äôs life forever. In it he tells family he loves them and asks his little boy to be a priest. A powerful documentary short that shows how the events of 1916 reverberated through the life of one man, and the how they set a course for his life and work. The film is directed by Joe Dolan, based on interviews by Sinead McCoole, and produced by Niamh Heery for Swansong Films.
Granite and Chalk
Director: Patrick Hodgins
Producer/Script: Naomi O‚ÄôLeary
Production Company: NaomiCo
As rebels planned Ireland‚Äôs 1916 Easter Rising, they were watched by two spies code-named Granite and Chalk. This documentary delves into British intelligence to tell their story, one century on. The documentary manages to inform without overloading the audience, striking a delicate balance that is lovingly brought to screen in its bold animation. The film is directed by Patrick Hodgins, based on a script by Naomi O’Leary, who also produced for NaomiCo.
Goodbye Darling is one day in the enduring love story of Irish Volunteer Michael Joseph O‚ÄôRahilly and his wife Nancy. It is day five of the 1916 Rising, and as the fighting intensifies, a concerned Nancy seeks comfort and diversion by playing the piano, unaware that her husband is leaving the beleaguered G.P.O. to lead the charge that will ultimately claim his life. Featuring two wonderful central performances by Aoibhinn McGinnity and Keith McErlean, this is an emotional interpretation of one of the better known stories of 1916, which manages to bring something new and lasting. The film is directed by Maria-Elena Doyle, from a script by Alex Barclay, and produced by Deirdre Levins and Fiona Kinsella for Fantastic Films and Jumper Productions respectively.
Mr. Yeats & the Beastly Coins
Ten years after the Easter Rising, in 1926, the Free State government decided to create a new coinage for the new state. They invited the most famous poet in the world, W.B.Yeats, to chair the design committee. Behind-the-scenes battles were fought before the new coins became one of the most enduring success stories of the new Irish state. Mr. Yeats & the Beastly Coins is a compelling look at one of the lesser known accounts of post-independence Ireland. The story is richly narrated by Ann Marie Hourihane and Moe Dunford, with the Vikings star voicing the esteemed Mr. Yeats. The film is directed by Hourihane and Laura McNicholas, who also produced for 925 Productions.
My Life for Ireland
Ireland, Easter, 1916. In Dublin, Irish rebel Patrick Pearse leads a revolt to free Ireland from the grips of the British Empire. Owen, a young Irish patriot, wants to join them in their fight for freedom. A stand-out in the pack, this comedy is sublimely ridiculous in its satirical nature. The short, which was written by comedian Patrick McDonnell, features great performances from Charlie Kelly and Aoife Duffen. The film is directed by Kieron J. Walsh and produced by Damien O‚ÄôDonnell and Emmaline Dowling for Suitable Films.
Belfast 1972. Laurence welcomes his cousin and man-on-the-run Mickey to a party of drinking, dancing and young love. By morning, reality catches up with them. The Party is very different than its After ’16 brethren, depicting the impact of the Rising on the youth of Northern Ireland during the Troubles. It is a superbly acted and strongly emotional story of how easily violence be-gets more violence. The film is directed by Andrea Harkin, based on a script from Conor MacNeill, and is produced by Farah Abushwesha and Emmet Fleming for Fleming Creative.
A Terrible Hullabaloo
The story of young Vinny Byrne, a fourteen-year-old boy who found himself fighting for Ireland in the Easter Rising. An eighty-year-old Vinny reminisces on his time with the volunteers, which took him around the city during the fighting. With Vinny‚Äôs Dublin brought to life by handmade miniature sets and puppetry, the film offers a uniquely charming first-hand account of the 1916 Rising. This animated short has a lovely stop-motion feel and a timeless quality. The film is directed by Ben O’Connor, from a script from Aoife Noonan, and is produced by Bob Gallagher for Bowsie Workshop.