Shorts at the Fleadh – New Irish Shorts 8 – The Documentaries

The 2015 Galway Film Fleadh , July 7th to 12th, includes 11 programmes featuring Irish short film, two of these are for local films, with the other 9 featuring films from throughout the island. In addition the festival will host a Short Film Slam on the closing day of the festival, where the first two minutes of each short film will be played and then the audience will vote on whether or not to watch the rest. In addition the Fleadh will feature the One Minute Film Festival, a film festival within a film festival that showcases the best in super-short filmmaking, where every moment counts.

We continue our look at the short films of the Fleadh with New Irish Shorts 8, which screens at 10am on Sunday July 12th. The programme is the documentary strand, which features the films that display the textured landscape of modern Ireland. This category includes animated visions of the past, dreams of the future and crafted vibrant pictures of Ireland today.


The first film in the strand is Sorcha Clark’s Paper Planes. The film is a short animated documentary about Clark’s animator grandfather and his experience during the Second World War. Paper Planes is backed by Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology.


Documentary two is Siobhan Perry’s Cloudlands. The film centres on the Cloudlands Dublin project, and is an intimate portrait of teenagers living with long term illness. The film explores hospital life and the role of artistic practice in healthcare. Cloudlands was the recipient of the 2014 Documentation Bursary. The film is produced by Helium Arts.


The third film in the strand is Dominic de Vere’s Aonr√∫.¬† A richly textured documentary essay on isolation, loss and change, Aonr√∫ offers a unique exploration of Cape Clear Island, West Cork and the extinction of its indigenous fishing industry. Fusing archive footage and observational camera techniques, this portrait of an island facing uncertainty celebrates one of mankind’s oldest endeavours and questions its place in modern day rural Ireland.The short is produced by Jason Gaffney for Lost Productions, with sound design by Danny Crowley.


Documentary 4 is Cara Holmes’ Queen of the Plough. The film centres on two dedicated farmerettes battle it out on the fields of rural Ireland to win the coveted title ‚ÄúQueen of the Plough‚Äù. Holmes produces for Holmes Made Films, a production company established to make socially aware films and documentaries that make audiences think.


Film five is John Barton’s Grey Area. The film focus on an embalmer who expresses his love for his trade, revealing that the only thing strange about embalming is the society that needs it. The short is produced by Louise O‚ÄôGallagher.


The sixth documentary of the morning is Paul Webster’s Let Those Blues In. This powerful documentary lays bare the extraordinary life of Irish Blues musician Paddy Smith, who is considered one of Ireland‚Äôs greatest harmonica players, and who used his love of music to conquer his demons. Director Webster’s first short Stauma was the winner of the Fisin pitching award at the Dingle Film Festival in 2012, and won Best Irish Film at Underground Film Festival, Cork in 2013. The film is produced by Shay Casserley.


The seventh and final short of this strand is Tanya Doyle’s Waterlilies. A celebration of strong women in an ordinary situation, Waterlilies is a meditation on identity and wisdom, exploring the changing role in a woman‚Äôs life with seven women in their sixties & seventies as they learn how to swim. Shot in Dublin, Waterlilies was written & directed by Tanya Doyle (The House, Bia D√∫chais,), produced by Daniel Hegarty (Marmalade Films), with original score for Sam Joseph Delves, cinematography by Colm Hogan and editing by Cara Holmes. Waterlilies was the recipient of an artist grant from Dublin City Council.

New Irish Shorts 8 screens in the Town Hall Theatre at 10am on Sunday July 12th.

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