Northern Ireland Screen congratulates all the film-makers from Northern Ireland whose films have been selected for the 2012 Galway Film Fleadh.
The Fleadh will open with Jon Wright’s Grabbers on Tuesday 10th July in the Town Hall at 7.30pm. Grabbers, which filmed on location in Belfast and Donegal, follows residents of an idyllic Irish fishing village are attacked by mysterious, blood-sucking sea creatures, a high blood alcohol content could be the only thing that gets them through the night. Written by Kevin Lehane (The Fourth Wall, Gonnabes), Grabbers stars Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley, Russell Tovey, Lalor Roddy and Bronagh Gallagher.
The Good Man will have its world premiere at Galway on Thursday 12th July in the Town Hall Theatre at 9pm. Filmed on location in Belfast and South Africa, the plot weaves together the two interconnecting stories of Michael, an up-and-coming Belfast banker wracked with guilt after causing a stranger’s death in an accident, and Sifiso, a young South African man growing up in the townships. The film is written and directed by Phil Harrison and produced by Susan Picken. An accomplished cast includes Aidan Gillen (Michael), Kelly Campbell, Lalor Roddy and Jonathan Harden.
Jump will screen on Friday 13th July at the Town Hall Theatre at 7pm. Jump follows the lives of four twenty-somethings whose lives collide one fateful New Year’s Eve amidst the ancient walls of Derry in a night of fast talk, accidents and intrigue. Crime-boss daughter Greta is rescued from suicide by drifter Pearse who is on a mission to avenge his brother’s mysterious death. Johnny, a small time crook, and Marie, a frustrated shop assistant, are both looking for a fresh start. As the clock ticks down to midnight and the night’s events fall into place, Jump weaves an existential portrait of our characters’ lives as their hopes, fears and secrets are revealed. Jump is directed by Kieron J. Walsh and boasts an ensemble cast of local actors including stars Martin McCann (Killing Bono, Whole Lotta Sole), Richard Dormer (Good Vibrations), Ciaran McMenamin (Saving the Titanic), Charlene McKenna, Lalor Ruddy and Valene Kane.
Good Vibrations will screen on Saturday 14th July in the Town Hall Theatre at 9pm. Good Vibrations follows the story of Belfast music legend Terri Hooley, the film stars Richard Dormer in the title role (Five Minutes of Heaven), Jodie Whittaker (One Day), Liam Cunningham (Hunger), Dylan Moran (A Cock and Bull Story) and Adrian Dunbar (The Crying Game). The Good Vibrations key creative team hail from Northern Ireland including husband and wife directing team Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn (Cherrybomb). With a script by writers Colin Carberry and Glenn Patterson, it is produced by Andrew Eaton (The Trip) and Chris Martin (Peacefire). David Holmes (Ocean's Eleven) is also on the producing team and will provide the score.
Also screening at Galway are a selection of Northern Ireland shorts: The Attendant, Jogged and Eyeline.
Between the 10th and 15th July the six day international film event will welcome a variety of filmmaking and filmmakers from around the world, attracting directors, actors, cinematographers and artists of all generations and cultural backgrounds.
Speaking at the launch, Festival Programmer Gar O’Brien commented: “This year is without doubt a banner year for Irish film and alongside the usual mix of the best in world cinema and documentaries, the Galway Film Fleadh is proud to host an unprecedented number of new Irish films, including 13 world premieres, seven European premieres and seven Irish premieres. Between the opening film Grabbers, a wonderfully comedic Irish take on the monster genre, and the closing film Shadow Dancer, a tense thriller about a mother’s divided loyalties during the Troubles, this year’s fleadh showcases the best that cinema has to offer – all blended through a uniquely Irish sensibility.”
The festival line-up includes offerings from the best in Irish, European and world cinema. Director Jon Wright will attend the screening of his monster comedy movie, set in rural Ireland, Grabbers, on Tuesday, 10th July at The Town Hall Theatre. Thursday, 12th July sees the screening of The Good Man, staring Aiden Gillen (Queer as Folk, Love Hate, Game of Thrones) also at The Town Hall Theatre.
Other ones to watch in this year’s Fleadh include a Hamlet-esque tragedy played out in the traveller community in King of The Travellers, a dramatic and touching multi-strand narrative in the Derry-set Jump and beauty, loss and redemption in Sanctuary. The Galway Film Fleadh will also play host to Good Vibrations an alternative look at Ulster in the punk era, the New York coming-of-age drama Baby Girl, an utterly charming retro sci-fi in Earthbound, the often-tragic life of a bachelor farmer in Pilgrim Hill and the stunning majesty of Silence.
On the documentary front the festival will screen Paul Duane’s tale of one of America’s last great outlaws in Very Extremely Dangerous, the remarkable story behind one of the world’s most recognisable photos of the New York skyline in Lón sa Spéir and The Gentleman Prizefighter’s biography of ‘gentleman’ Jim Corbett, one of the first true stars of the celebrity era.
Disney Pixar’s new animation Brave, set in ancient Scotland, will screen at Eye Cinema on Wednesday 11th July at 6pm. Directed by Mark Andrews (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, John Carter of Mars) and Brenda Chapman (The Lion King, Prince of Egypt), Brave is an adventure full of heart, memorable characters and the signature Pixar humour, which is enjoyed by audiences of all ages.
The festival will also have a strand dedicated to Danish film, which is one of the powerhouses of European cinema. The selection of new Danish films include Mads Matthiesen’s Teddy Bear, a heart-warming tale of a cripplingly shy Copenhagen body-builder’s quest for love. Other highlights include the screening of The Perfect Stranger, staring Colm Meaney, as well as a strand of films dedicated to the best in the horror genre.
This year’s guest of honour at the Galway Film Fleadh is the internationally renowned French actress, Isabelle Huppert. Celebrated for her versatility and fearless approach to acting, Huppert has portrayed some of world cinema’s most provocative female characters. Isabelle has had the most films in official competition at the Cannes Film Festival and is one of only four actresses who have won the Best Actress Award twice.
Whether you love movies, going to the cinema, are a film buff, film-maker, industry professional or just want to spend an unforgettable weekend at a leading international film festival, The Galway Film Fleadh has something for you.
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