Irish Talent: New Shorts 3, Documentary

Thu 07 July / Town Hall Theatre / 10:00 / 12+

The Galway Film Fleadh is proud to present two programmes of documentary shorts this year. This first selection features works from both established and debut directors, including students’ graduation films, all showcasing the best of Irish talent.

My Name is James

An inspiring documentary of one young man’s determination to overcome the challenges of intellectual disability and follow his dream to become an artist and DJ.

Director: Mary Kelly
Producer: Mary Kelly
Country: Ireland

Big Griff: Lánchúlaí

Filmmaker Nathan Griffin takes us on an emotional journey to celebrate the life of his uncle Martin Griffin, who died in 2021. Considered one of Donegal’s finest footballers, Big Griff helped bring glory to his county in 1983.

Director: Nathan Griffin
Producer: Nathan Griffin
Country: Ireland

Love Song to a Bicycle

Filmmaker Johnny Gogan and artist Laura McMorrow share a passion for cycling and the works of Flann O’Brien while Laura revisits her 10,000km cycle from Japan to Leitrim.

Directors: Johnny Gogan & Laura McMorrow
Producer: Johnny Gogan
Country: Ireland

The People There to Catch Us

Two people, who have gone through their own cancer journeys, work alongside scientists in research and support groups to improve the lives of others living with the disease.

Director: Luke Brabazon
Producer: Ronan Cassidy
Country: Ireland


Undertow looks at the system of direct provision through the stories of three former refugees. The film attempts to contextualise their years of confinement in the system, within Ireland’s own complex history of migration and mass incarceration.

Directors: Kevin Brennan & Laurence Durkin
Producers: Kevin Brennan & Laurence Durkin
Country: Ireland

The Devotions

Part biography, part testimonial and part queer heavenly utopia, The Devotions explores love, shame, community and the intersection between queerness and Catholicism. Inspired by artist Barry Fitzgerald’s friendship with AIDS and LGBTIQ+ activist, Fr. Bernárd Lynch.

Director: Mia Georgis
Producer: Char Boden
Country: United Kingdom

For The Birds

Bird lover Esther Wright feeds the pigeons to atone for the “sins” she committed in her life.

Director: Ciaran O’Connor
Producers: Nuala Cunningham & Jen Dunbar
Country: Ireland

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