Short Film Retrospective : Programme TwoThur 12 July / Black Gate Cultural Centre / 1pm - 6pm
Short Film Retrospective, 30 Years of Winning. To celebrate our 30th anniversary and three decades of exhibiting shorts, we are delighted to be screening some of our festivals award winning short films. Daily programmes of the Fleadh’s winning films from 1989 to 2017, will be screening in the Black Gate Cultural Centre Wednesday 11th – Sunday 15th.from 1pm – 6pm So, join us in the Black Gate, grab a drink or some nibbles and catch some films! This screening is free and on a first-come-first-serve basis. Each programme will be a mix of genre, medium, production year and rating.
*Please note this is not the running order of the programmes.
Big Swinger (1989)
Jimmy is an ex-showband drummer who runs a pirate radio station in a small midlands town. He is assisted by Sid, his young side-kick, who is an aspiring musician. The peace and quiet of the town is disrupted when Jimmy’s radio programme interferes with passing aeroplanes. The authorities send two heavies to close the station but Jimmy isn’t going to give in without a fight.
Director Declan Recks
3 Joes (1991)
On a morning in summer, three young men called Joe have a go at doing a bit of housework.
Director Lenny Abrahamson
Producer Ed Guiney
Bent Out Of Shape (1995)
Danny, a gay punk, makes friends with a young bullied boy Stephen but their friendship has consequences.
Director Orla Walsh
Producer Paul Donovan
Midnight dance (1997)
A visual interpretation of Danse Macabre by Saint Saens
Director John McCluskey
Producer Pearse Moore
Sonny Days (1997)
A personal recollection of the changing ways of shop-keeping, told through the eyes of the ‘King’ of Galway’s High street – Sonny Molloy.
Director Donal Haughey
Producer Celine Curtin
The Last Elk (1999)
The film re-imagines the story of the last of the wild Irish Elk. Each animal is represented by a different musical sound; the Elk experience peace, alongside harshness and strife, but always remain harmonious. When the last Irish Elk is killed at the hand of man, the music ceases, and the Elk becomes a relic of Ireland’s natural history. As each Elk dies, so too does the instrument it is attached to until all is quiet. Animated by hand with twelve drawings per second, The Last Elk was written, animated and directed by Alan Shannon, produced by Darragh O’Connell and Cathal Gaffney with music and sound design by Darren Hendley.
Director Alan Shannon
Producers Daragh O’Connell, Cathal Gaffney
Set in the idyllic postcard landscape of Ireland, Paddy is the story of a day in the life of a comic (stereotype) Irishman, who lives in a cottage on a hill. On this particular day he receives a grant for growing shamrocks. He decides to go to town and spend it in the local pub. On his journey to and from the pub, Paddy encounters all things Irish, with hilarious results. Paddy presents a humorous insight into the many facets of Ireland (old and new).
Director Cashell Horgan
Travellers Tale (2001)
Director Julia Barrett
Producer Galway Film Centre GFC
Pulling the devil by the tail (2003)
A group of Irish folk musicians kill a goat which has been pestering them, only to find out the animal belonged to the devil and they now have to pacify him.
Director Stephen McCollum
Producer Pearse Moore
An experimental animated film centers on Sophie who learns she has a rare fatal neuron disease. As her condition deteriorates she experiences sensory hallucinations up until her final days when she can no longer even distinguish between life and death.
Director Eoghan Kidney
Producer Anne Tweedy
A Taxing Night (2005)
The late night taxi cab is the confessional box of modern Ireland, and on this taxing night in the mid naughties one poor taxi driver hears and sees the hilarious sins of a nation as it fumbles its way through the many wonderful cultural changes we have gone through together over the years.
Directors Paul Bushe, Brian O’ Neill
Producers Paul Bushe, Brian O’Neill, Paul Canning
In a tiny cell, somewhere in the Prison District of Heaven, there is a new inmate. A Demon, she will not look out her window because the light burns her. But outside there is a persistent visitor.
Director Eoin Ryan
Producer Seamus Byrne
The Red Ball (2007)
A short film about a purple boy, a green ball, a red ball, a green girl, a red girl and a purple boy
Director Alan Holly
Producer Barry O’Donoghue
The McDonagh Pictures (2007)
The McDonagh Pictures is a film about Michael McDonagh, an Irish traveller who has been collecting and taking pictures of his extended family, the McDonaghs, for the past thirty years. The Film looks at the changes in the lives of travellers over the generations and the years.
Director Ian Palmer
Producers Martina Durac, Laura Fryday
Martin starring Karl Argue, David Cervi, and Aoibhin Garrihy. Martin, an average man with a history of aggression has lost his family and struggles through life alone until his 15 year old daughter Laura, decides she wants to know him for herself.
Director Sean Branigan
Producer Adrienne Greenhalgh
The Man Inside (2009)
Lisandro finds himself locked inside his own apartment, alone and late for work. Award-winning short drama starring Marty Rea.
Director Rory Bresnihan
Bow St (2010)
An urban film-portrait that hurries and slows to the criss-crossing paces of a hundred passers-by.
Director Tadhg O’Sullivan
Producer Tadhg O’Sullivan
The Polish Language (2009)
A journey into the sensuality and subversive power of language and its flowering in post-war Polish poetry.
Directors Alice Lyons, Orla McHardy
Producer Steve Hoods
Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty (2008)
The plot centers on Granny O’Grimm, a seemingly sweet old lady, who loses the plotline as she tells her own version of Sleeping Beauty to her terrified granddaughter.
Director Nicky Phelan
Producer Darragh O’Connell
Two policemen on a house-call in rural Ireland; Frank is young and heartbroken… Con is middle-aged and weary… They’re both alone. They’re both idiots.
Director Domhnall Gleeson
Producers Juliette Bonass, David Clarke, Ciaran Deeney
After befriending a starving donkey a young boy draws the wrath of its abusers, forcing him to surrender his life to the sea.
Director Tom Sullivan
Producers Kealan O’Rourke, Brian Willis
The Boy in the Bubble (2011)
Rupert, a 10-year-old boy, falls hopelessly in love and it goes terribly wrong. He uses a book of magic to cast a spell to shield him from emotion forever.
Director Kealan O’Rourke
Producer Brian Willis
The Girl with the Mechanical Maiden (2012)
A young inventor builds a mechanical wet nurse to take care of his baby daughter after his wife dies in childbirth.
Director Andrew Legge
Producers Ciara Whelan, Andrew Legge
Kev, a mechanic in his 40s, drives up the Dublin mountains to end his life. He is cruelly interrupted by an old man who is lost. Kev is forced to make some hard decisions, for better or worse.
Directors Tom Sullivan, Feidhlim Cannon
Producer Wolf Island Films
A lost soul stumbles drunken through the city. In a park, Death finds him and shows him many things.
Director Alan Holly
Producer Ciaran Deeney
Eleven-year-old Roy Keane needs to get on the starting eleven for his football club – and nothing is going to get in his way.
Director Dave Tynan
Producer Michael Donnelly V
Isolated on a farm and fighting against his family’s decision, Aaron struggles to be heard as he watches his mother willingly die.
Director Phil Sheerin
Producer Jacob Thomas
Queen of the Plough (2015)
Queen of the Plough follows Joanne Deery from Monaghan and Laura Grant from Offaly as they battle it out in the fields of rural Ireland to win the coveted title ‘Queen of the Plough’ at the National Ploughing Competition.
Director Cara Holmes
Producer Cara Holmes
I AM JESUS (2016)
We all want to follow be followed. One man walks the streets of Dublin asking for just that but is met with destain and mockery. He isn’t saying anything but in that he says it all. His mission is to touch people but he must touch something to really be believed.
Director Emmet Harte
Producer Kevin Cassidy
The film tells the story of Lily, a girl with a secret, on the cusp of becoming a young woman.
Director Graham Cantwell
Producer Sharon Cronin
AN ISLAND (2017)
An Island is an immersive short film portraying the physical and emotional journeyundertaken by a lone explorer as he attempts to reach the summit of a remote island. Asevents unfold around him, our protagonist is confronted with the joy and agony of life, loveand loss, and the wonder of the natural world.
Director Rory Byrne
Producer Ciaran Deeney