Irish Talent: New Shorts Two, DocumentariesThu 12 July / Town Hall Theatre / 12:00
A collection of short documentaries featuring intimate portrayals of both subject and artist. This programme takes us on a nostalgic journey to times past, while examining how traditional walls are broken down by the modern status quo.
Hope – The Story of Yes
A first person account from the man who steered the Yes Campaign in the 1998 referendum on the Good Friday Agreement. Quintin Oliver reveals the highs and lows, and reflects on peace 20 years on.
Director Grace Sweeney (Debut)
Producer Stephen Douds
Country Northern Ireland
Faoin gCeann Tuí (Under the Thatch)
Seán Ó Ciardha’s first documentary follows the filmmaker as he relives the remarkable story that started it all – the day a BBC television crew came to his ancestral home in Connemara in the 1960s. Now, 60 years later, a camera crew returns to revisit the day.
Director Seán Ó Ciardha (Debut)
Producers Seán Ó Ciardha & Oisín Mistéil
Smithy & Dickie
In the 1940s, Margo’s future husband Dickie, nicknamed her “Smithy” and wooed her with countless love letters – which she still has. Smithy & Dickie celebrates old love letters while questioning how the current digital age is potentially obliterating any record of our most precious moments.
Director Hannah Quinn
Producers Hannah Quinn & Michela Orlandi
The Last Miner
Jim Power, the last man left working in his father’s failing coal mine, is faced with a difficult decision. Will he keep working the tunnels alone in the job he was brought up to do, or move on to an uncertain future?
Director Luke Brabazon
Producer Luke Brabazon
For When I Die
Jennifer Sleeman is going to die. But we all die. How to accept and prepare for death is something we don’t want to talk about much. Jennifer has no such problem – even going so far as to buy her own coffin. This documentary explores Jennifer’s outlook on what a good life and a good death mean to her.
Director Paul Power (Debut)
Producer Paul Power
Xavier Corbero: Portrait of an Artist in Winter
Just before passing away in April 2017, Catalan sculptor Xavier Corbero opened up his home for the first and last film to be made about him. A glimpse into the universe of a genius which included friendships with Dali, Picasso and Antonio Gades, and in which he created his final oeuvre, his home in Esplugues, a work of art in itself.
Director Nathalie Biancheri
Producer Nathalie Biancheri
Countries Ireland, Italy, Spain & UK
Console My Heart
This film is an intimate portrait of Veronica that delves into her experiences as an asylum seeker,
and her future aspirations to be an opera singer.
Director James Ward
Producer Will Smith
Mother & Baby
Revealing the children’s perspectives and including powerful archive, this documentary offers a painful yet cathartic insight into the cruel business of Mother & Baby Homes.
Director Mia Mullarkey
Producer Alice McDowell