Homemade Highlights You Have to See at Foyle Film Festival
Littered throughout a packed programme in Derry this year is a feast of Irish cinema from modern classics to new works by fresh filmmaking talents
Premieres, short films, animated films, features, documentaries and more will be interspersed with industry workshops and Q&As with leading filmmakers. And amidst all these are a series of homemade highlights showcasing some of the best filmmaking on the island of Ireland...
'Dear Orson Welles. You left no autobiography… but you left something else.'
Pivotal to Feargal Ward’s documentary is the titular farmer, who doesn’t want to sell his land for 'any price, no matter what offer' despite Intel’s desire to build a manufacturing facility there. His 'lonely battle' is to retain the warm insularity of his inherited, generational community against the persistent threat of the expansive corporation. It's an intriguing spin on 'the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one' with a man single-minded enough to fight against the 'if you can’t fight them, join them' mentality. The 'beautifully made and important documentary' (Jason Coyle, Scannain) can be seen at the Nerve Centre Cinema on Thursday November 22 at 8pm. Book here.
'You do realise if you escape, you won’t be able to go home... ever.'
A pair of films by Dubliner Stephen Burke, one short, one long, After '68 and Maze respectively revolve around a 1960s Derry~Londonderry-based civil rights march and the true story of a 1983 prison break. Seeking to unify history and genre filmmaking in exploring local identity within and without isolation, these engrossing and potentially enlightening works can be seen together on Monday November 19 at 8pm in the Nerve Centre Cinema. Book here.
A free screening at the Nerve Centre cinema on Saturday November 24 at 7.45pm, Maeve Murphy's Siobhan is about how deeply one can be affected, for better or worse, by the lingering spirit of a prematurely departed loved one. Quietly creepy, yet painfully truthful, this psychologically resonant and disturbing short film gently and tastefully highlights the fine line between heartbreak and madness, illustrating the consequences that can reverberate from instances of both in the company of others. More details here.
Clery’s Clock, the iconic Dublin landmark which once spawned a Radiators song, is key to the award-winning Snackbox Films’ latest production, a nostalgic peek into the Fair City’s past from the eyes of those ordinary people who were lucky enough to fall in love under the titular O’Connell Street timepiece.
An efficiently produced and constructed history lesson from the point-of-view of a key agent in the Troubles, Ed Moloney’s 'powerful, honest and disturbing' (Suzanne Breen, Belfast Telegraph) I, Dolours focuses on one of the first female leaders of the IRA, the late Dolours Price, and her passage from civil rights activist, to conflicted bomber, to peace process sceptic.
Praised for being 'scrupulously even-handed' (Wendy Ide, The Guardian), Alex 'Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room' Gibney’s No Stone Unturned is about justice promised but not yet found, in this case for the families of those killed in the Loughinisland Massacre of 1994, during Ireland’s World Cup clash with Italy.
The screening will feature an introduction and post-screening discussion from Barry McCaffrey and producer Trevor Birney. Book here.
On November 24-25, the Foyle Film Festival will host a series of lectures, workshops and screenings dedicated to Anim18 as part of the year long celebration of talent in animation taking place across the UK, Anim 18.
Highlights include the Northern Irish Animation Retrospective, on November 24 at 5 pm in the Nerve Centre, which will feature two hours of ground-breaking animation from several locally-based animators. These will include Joel Simon's Macropolis and the IFTA-winning Horn Please OK, Corrina Askin’s The Big Picture, Glen Marshall’s The Nest That Sailed The Sky, Stephen McCollum’s Pulling The Devil By The Tail and John McCloskey’s BAFTA-nominated The Crumblegiant.
Nerve Centre will also screen a series of animated shorts on the theme of War And Conflict: Ireland - The King's Wake, Flipsides, and Guns, Bees And Tadpoles - at 10am on the Sunday.
HUNGER - 10TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING
Foyle Film Festival runs from Friday November 16 to Sunday November 25. For more information visit www.foylefilmfestival.org.