Following their premiere at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival in February, the After ’16 short films, commissioned by Bord Scann√°n na h√âireann/the Irish Film Board to commemorate the 1916 Rising, are set to enjoy further screenings over the month of March.
Crime writer Alex Barclay, author of novels including Darkhouse and Blood Runs Cold, makes her screenwriting debut with Goodbye Darling directed by Maria-Elena Doyle. My Life for Ireland comes from Jump director Kieron J. Walsh and was produced by Emmaline Dowling and Damien O‚ÄôDonnell, director of Inside I‚Äôm Dancing and written by Patrick McDonnell, the actor and comedian known for his roles in Father Ted and Moone Boy. Actor Conor McNeill, who will soon be seen in the Jamie Dornan-starring Jadotville, has made his screenwriting debut with the Northern Ireland-set The Party, directed by Andrea Harkin. Dave Tynan, whose film Rockmount won the IFTA for Best Short Film in 2015, has written and directed The Cherishing which follows the children of the Rising.
Irish Times journalist and author Ann Marie Hourihane wrote and co-directed documentary Mr. Yeats & the Beastly Coins alongside Laura McNicholas. Joe Dolan‚Äôs A Father‚Äôs Letter is based on interviews with Fr Joseph Mallin, conducted with historian Sinead McCoole who authored the book ‚ÄòEaster Widows‚Äô. Baring Arms was directed by Colm Quinn and produced by David Clarke, who have collaborated on the upcoming feature documentary Going Viral.
Bowsie Workshop built a model of 1916 Dublin for the puppet-based A Terrible Hullabaloo, directed by Ben O‚ÄôConnor and written by Aoife Noonan. AFP journalist Naomi O‚ÄôLeary has written the animated documentary Granite and Chalk, directed by Patrick Hodgins.
Tickets are now available for the Irish Film Institute’s screening of the shorts on Easter Monday, March 28th. Tickets are free but limited, and can be reserved from the IFI. The Dingle International Film Festival will also screen the shorts on Sunday 20th March at St. James’ Church
In addition to the Irish screenings, the shorts will screen at a number of international Irish film festivals:
- Chicago Irish Film Festival¬†(March 6th)
- Toronto Irish Film Festival¬†(March 5th)
- Solas Nua Capital Irish Film Festival, Washington DC¬†(March 6th)
- Irish Film Festival Boston¬†(March¬†13th)
- Belgrade Irish Film Festival¬†(March 21st¬†to 22nd)
- Moscow Irish Film Festival