('We Ourselves', directed by Paul Mercier)

Irish Film Festival London reveals varied line-up celebrating identity, politics, and culture

Back for its 8th year, the Irish Film Festival London presents Ireland’s latest mainstream and independent films over 5 days across London with exclusive previews, panel discussions and director’s Q&As.

Taking place at the Regent Street Cinema and other venues across London from Wednesday 21st November to Sunday 25th November, the impressive line-up celebrates identity, politics, and culture across a wide roster of productions.

Kelly O’Connor, Director of Irish Film Festival London said, “Our 2018 programme genuinely has something for everyone, including fans of comedies and thrillers, soundtrack and live music aficionados, documentary devotees, through to young children and family audiences.

“Once again, we have very strong female representation in the programme – in front of and behind the camera – particularly among the two shorts programmes, which indicates to me that the future of Irish Film will boast an abundance of world-class female directors and producers.”

IFFL 2018 opens on a romantic note with Smithy & Dickie, Hannah Quinn’s delightful short about Irish 1940’s love letters, followed by Under the Clock, directed by Colm Nicell, which tells the enchanting stories of a generation of people whose relationships began under one of Ireland’s most iconic landmarks, Clerys clock.

The closing film is We Ourselves starring Aidan Gillen, Catherine Walker, Declan Conlon, Paul Reid, Seána Kerslake, Gavin Drea, and Caitríona Ennis. Paul Mercier’s second feature is an intimate and intense journey into the minds and hearts of a group of idealists and careerists as they go their separate paths in life, though are still bound together through a shared experience, a shared culture and a shared nation.

Other highlights include:

  • Shelter Me: Apollo House: Documentary following a diverse group of well-intentioned activists who broke into and took over an empty government building, Apollo House, in Dublin City Centre and were surprised and gratified at the reaction of the public.
  • Boy Saint: Short film following two adolescent boys who become aware of their budding sexuality and uncover the pain and longing of the human heart.
  • The Little Stranger: After a doctor is called to visit a crumbling manor, strange things begin to occur. The inhabitants of Hundreds Hall are haunted by something ominous and the doctor has no idea how closely, and how disturbingly, their story is about to become entwined with his own. Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter, Charlotte Rampling.
  • Lint: Short film exploring the strange limbo state that we experience in the aftermath of a break-up, Lint follows one person’s bizarre attempt at regaining some sense of normality.
  • Rosie: Inspired by too many true stories in modern Ireland, Rosie, a devoted mother of four, and her partner, John Paul, try to cope with unexpected homelessness.

IFFL director Kelly O’Connor added: “Regent Street Cinema will be our home again this year and we encourage anyone looking for exposure to some of the highest quality filmmaking, a new cultural experience, or just a taste of home, to join us in celebrating Irish talent in London.”

Visit irishfilmlondon.com for the full line-up and details on how to book tickets.

Written by QWEERIST editor

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