A selection of Irish short films, representing the best that this country has to offer, will play as part of London’s St. Patrick’s Festival on March 13th.
The 15 films, which were chosen from over 300 submissions, form part of a day-long celebration of irish cinema that will be capped by the UK premiere of John Carney’s wonderful new musical drama Sing Street.
The shorts will screen at London’s iconic Regent Street Cinema from 11.30am to 2.30pm on March 13th, with entry free. Tickets can be booked now via the Regent Street Cinema website.
A selection of these films are programmed under the 2016 Centenary Commemoration and Celebration strand with the support of Culture Ireland and the Irish Emigrant Support Programme. They reflect the modern day positive relationship between the UK and Ireland.
This event is part of the Mayor of London‚Äôs St. Patrick‚Äôs Festival, which takes place 12-6pm on Sunday 13th March in London, and is co-ordinated by Irish Film London, and curated by Eibh Collins. For more information go to http://www.irishfilmlondon.com/
The shorts selected are:
Did you hear about her Dad?
Archie is afraid of leaving the house but wants to spend more time with his daughter. With a parent-teacher meeting drawing near he decides to seize his chance to be a normal dad, though when the local kids discover his secret, Archie may risk everything to keep his promise.
Director: Jessica Patterson
Produced by: IDTA
Looks Like Rain
Set in a working class household in Ireland in the 1960s, the film tells the story of young boy who spills tea on his father‚Äôs lap as his mother looks on in despair. The boy’s banishment to the back yard until dinnertime turns into a mother’s race against the elements to get food on the table.
Director: Kevin O’Farrell
Produced by: Dave Leahy and Liam Ryan
Love is a Sting
A struggling children‚Äôs book writer gains an unexpected house guest in the form of an ageing, hyper-intelligent mosquito named Anabel.
Director: Vincent Gallagher
Produced by: Ian Hunt Duffy
Our drone is hungry – watch it slice, dice and chop food at full throttle – shot in super slow motion at 1500fps on the Phantom Miro camera from Vision Research.
Director: Damien Gallagher
Produced by: Damien Gallagher and Billy May
C√©ad Ghr√° (First Love)
C√©ad Ghr√° is a nostalgic coming of age story about two best-friends that set out on a quest in pursuit of their first crush.
Director: Brian Deane
Produced by: Eamonn Cleary
Breathe follows Patrick, a bare knuckle fighting Traveller who becomes increasingly concerned with his young son Francie‚Äôs femininity. The film questions how far a man is willing to defend his family name when the one threatening his legacy is his own son. Does he have the capacity to change and accept him?
Director: James Doherty
Produced by: Peter Frankie Brennan
Even Droids Have Friends
At a local Star Wars convention, two middle aged men, still masquerading as r2d2 and C-3PO are torn apart when one wants to go solo.
Director: Caroline Grace-Cassidy and Sorcha Furlong
Produced by: Kevin Cassidy
A hard hitting drama about a man who wakes up one morning in his car, disorientated, with no recollection of how he ended up parked in the middle of nowhere. The harsh reality soon comes flooding back once he gathers his thoughts.
Director: Tristan Heanue
Produced by: Paddy Slattery
Galway man James Heffernan was eleven when he first began cobbling. He learned his trade in a school for deaf boys in Dublin in the early sixties and for the last three decades has run his own successful cobbling shop in Galway. Now at sixty-five, James has decided to retire, leaving his son Eddie to carry on the tradition. This observational documentary follows a day in the life of James.
Director: Shane Reid
Produced by: Donal Haughey
An all-sung, Irish language musical that tells the story of a romance between street artist, Duke, and, Luna, who works in a shopping arcade’s coffee shop nearby. Luna’s coffee shop is run by her mother, Paula, who disapproves of Duke and his trade. Duke and Luna have kept their romance a secret, but now Duke must round up his fellow street artist friends to help him win over Paula when she nears discovering their secret and if she did, would force the two apart.
Director: Donncha Gilmore
Produced by: David Cullinan, PJ Moloney, and Philip Hickey