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An hour north of Dublin is a place called Mosney. A former Butlin's Holiday Camp built in 1948. It was once a place where Irish families would go to escape. Today, this bizarre place presents a radically different picture, but still a picture of escape. Mosney is now operated by the Irish government as a holding centre for asylum seekers.
From kitchens, living rooms, and hallways across the Irish midlands, His & Hers delightfully combines observation and charm to tell a 90-year-old love story through the voices of 70 women. This intimate gender and cultural snapshot explores a woman’s relationships with the men in her life—father, boyfriend, husband, son
A surprising and darkly revealing cinematic portrait of Liam Clancy, the last surviving member of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem and the man Bob Dylan called "the best ballad singer I ever heard in my life".
In sixties Dublin, a young boy is learning to deal with the loss of his father. With a dedicated love to the Flash Gordon serials on every Saturday morning, he starts to escape more and more into his own fantasy world, eventually declaring to his family that he's from the planet Mercury. It becomes his mission then to make contact with the Mercurian space ships in the hope they'll bring him back.
After time spent at sea, Anton O'Neill returns to find that Ireland is a radically different place to the one he left behind. Northern Ireland is in flames, and civil unrest has spilled south of the border to his beloved home in County Cavan. Blinded by hatred and misguided patriotism, Anton is led into an illicit world of violence and is forced to choose between his family and his country.
Down on his luck actor Mark and his disillusioned friend Pearce find themselves in trouble after a bizarre chain of accidents make them look like murderers! Both writer and actor attempt to use their filmic storytelling skills to "rewrite" the events so they don't look guilty of crimes they didn't commit.
Father James's life is threatened during confession. He ignores the altercation and continues to perform his duties, trying as best he can to help his parishioners. Soon, the sinister undercurrents he has tried to ignore start to make their presence felt more keenly, and as the forces of darkness close in around him he begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary.
Often humorous, always affecting, ONE MILLION DUBLINERS explores life, death and the afterlife, and ends in a way that will stay with you forever. Even in a cemetery you never quite get used to death.
In the early ‘90s, writer John Healy was everywhere – on TV, in the papers, being interviewed, reviewed, profiled. He had many qualities that made him appealing to the media, but the most attractive one was a sense of danger. As well as being an award-winning author and the subject of an award-winning feature film, John Healy had a history of violence.
Jaded Richard Grindle is the sleaziest clown working the children’s party circuit in Ireland. During one birthday party a prank goes horribly wrong and he falls on a kitchen knife. Years later the same nasty kids attend another more grown up bash. Little do they know, thanks to a black magic clown cult, Stitches will be the uninvited guest of honour.
Harry Hambridge, a down-on-his-luck paddy living in London, loses his job, father and beloved pet hamster. On returning home to bury his father, he discovers his Grandfather, was raised the flag over the GPO during the 1916 Rising, which now hangs upside-down in an army barracks in England. Too long used to the mockery of his life, he sets out with his motley crew to find the flag.
Regarded as a harmless misfit, Josie has spent all his adult life as the caretaker of a crumbling petrol station on the outskirts of a small town in the mid-west of Ireland. He is limited, lonely, yet relentlessly optimistic and, in his own peculiar way, happy. Garage is the story of Josie’s hapless search for intimacy over the course of a summer which sees his life changed forever.
It is the summer of 1936 and Europe is on the verge of terrible change. But far removed from the frightening violence the Mundy family are sheltered in their close-knit home in Ballybeg, Donegal. Secrets and sorrows break through the happiness and repressed passion is unleashed. Lingering below the surface lie concealed anxieties which tears the world apart and change the Eden of Ballybeg forever
When Rats is, yet again, released from prison, his return home to the family doesn't go smoothly. The money scraped together by the family to send his aunt to Lourdes is stolen, and so Rats finds himself on a series of hilarious missions to raise the funds back.
Disturbingly apolitical drama charting one of the key moments in recent Northern Irish history; the hunger strikes of 1981. Republican prisoners refused to comply with prison regulations to the point of starving themselves in order to have their political status reinstated by the British Government. After several deaths the protest ended.
It’s a phenomenon that began in Dublin and spread far and wide. Yet the girls who wear pyjamas as daywear, all day everyday, aren’t interested in grabbing attention. With many tender and often hilarious moments, Pyjama Girls traces the explosive micro-dramas of teenage life against the bleak backdrop of Dublin’s inner-city flats.
Sergeant Gerry Boyle is a small-town cop with a confrontational personality, a subversive sense of humour, a dying mother, a fondness for prostitutes, and absolutely no interest whatsoever in the international cocaine-smuggling ring that has brought FBI agent Wendell Everett to his door.
SHOWRUNNERS explores the fascinating world of the US television showrunner and the creative forces around them, as they battle daily between art and commerce to deliver television comedies and dramas to audiences worldwide.
Frustrated by life in a small Irish border town, Vinnie and Arthur see ROUSTABOUT, a movie where Elvis Presley rides a fairground Wall Of Death – to the amazement of the local community, they proceed to build their own wall of death on the outskirts of town.
Jack Flinter is skating on thin ice. Twenty-something and middle class, he's drifting through life and his girlfriend Alice has had enough. Then he meets Isabelle, a German woman visiting the city and the resulting story takes place over a few days and nights when all Jack's chickens come home to roost...
Borstal Boy stars Shawn Hatosy as Brendan Behan, a sixteen year-old republican, who is sent on a bombing mission from Ireland to Liverpool during the second world war. His mission is thwarted when he is apprehended, charged and imprisoned in Borstal, a reform institution for young offenders in East Anglia, England, where he must learn to live with those he perceived as "the enemy".
Miles Butler lives an uneventful life with his girlfriend until he discovers the body of his landlord in a neighbouring apartment. The tragedy of this moment makes a deep impression on Miles. His curiosity is aroused when a beautiful stranger moves in, and his fascination with the vacant apartment develops from obsession to psychosis.
In a modern middle-class town in Ireland, Billy and Breda Farrell reflect on their lives together on the eve of their tenth wedding anniversary. Breda is determined to reignite the passion between them, while Billy becomes increasingly obsessed with an attractive younger woman.
A documentary that delves into the psyche of John Ford and his twenty year struggle to bring his homage to his parents homeland to the screen. The film features contributions from commentators and film makers including Peter Bogdanovich, Martin Scorsese, Jim Sheridan and, exclusively, Maureen O' Hara.
Harry Fox seems to have it all, but when the company he works for goes bust it looks like he will lose everything. A solution is offered by Vernon Stynes who has masterminded a diabolical, all-or-nothing scheme based in the Deep Web, called Trading.
Fred has fallen on hard times and finds himself living in his car with little hope of improving his situation. That all changes when he forms an unlikely friendship with Cathal (Colin Morgan, Merlin), a dope-smoking 21-year-old with a positive attitude who's determined to help Fred sort his life out.
Driven by a deep sense of duty and a love for his country, Damien abandons his burgeoning career as a doctor and joins his brother, Teddy, in a dangerous and violent fight for freedom. But as civil war erupts, families, who once fought side by side, find themselves pitted against one another as sworn enemies, putting their loyalties to the ultimate test.
His entire life, 5-year old Jack has only known Room: a ten foot by ten foot space in which he is confined with his Ma. She has created a whole universe for him in Room, but after they escape Jack makes a thrilling discovery; the outside world.
This mesmerizing debut from writer/director Alicia Duffy tells the story of Dara, a young Irish boy who is moved to rural France with his brother Eoin following the death of their mother. There, the boys befriend a local English family and the vulnerable Dara falls under the spell of their young daughter Bella. But when Bella begins to pull away, Dara’s feelings for her start to get out of hand…
Fifteen-year-old Donald, after several cycles of chemotherapy, feels he has little left to hope for. Worst of all, he might die a virgin! Donald’s friends and family are determined he’ll enjoy the best things about being a teenager: great parties, self-discovery and, most of all, a cherry-popping first love. Donald, however, prefers to escape his demons in his superhero world of comic book art.
Karen, a recovering addict, has forged a new life for herself in a rural town with her husband Brendan and young daughter. But this life is compromised when Karl, an old boyfriend, arrives in town out of the blue, bringing with him memories of Karen's shady past that could destroy everything she holds dear.
Grim tale of marginalized souls in an apocalyptic Dublin inner city. Jimmy takes up residence in a derelict and once elegant house in a no-go inner area. He is soon joined by other squatters, George a business man trying to retain some dignity, Ronnie a drug dealer, Tom a paranoiac, Orwell a jamaican pimp and his prostitute Mary.
Paul Graynor is an alienated press photographer who is attacked late one night and suffers horrific injuries. Paul tries to come to terms with the attack though the scars both physical and psychological prove impossible to heal. As Paul struggles to come to terms with his ordeal his metamorphosis begins - from victim to avenger.
Army corporal Liam and his wife live on a housing estate at the edge of a small Irish town. Late one night Liam arrives home drunk, and the bitter arguments that develop between them result in a series of flashbacks from which life-changing secrets emerge...
Helmed by director Ian Palmer, who gained unprecedented access into the lives of the reclusive Travelling community, this documentary explores the history of violent family feuding within traveler culture, which becomes epitomized in the bloody sport of bare-knuckle fighting.
Goldfish Memory takes a light-hearted look at the dangers and delights of dating in contemporary Dublin. When Clara sees her boyfriend Tom kissing Isolde, it sets of a chain reaction of romances and heartbreaks among a group of people, until the entire cycle has turned full circle, each character trying to solve the pressing question of - what is the perfect relationship?
A chance encounter between a woman on the run from a messy relationship and a man on the run from himself, leads to a strong sexual attraction between Michelle and Conor. They become lovers. The first flushes. Heat. He has to see her; he has to have her. She has to see him - sex, climax, separation and the journey to that essential, fleeting unity begins again.
Abandoned by his wife, dermot Doyle does his best to make it as a single dad, raising his kids alone in Ireland in 1953. Unfortunately, when his wife’s mother reports her daughter’s abandonment to the authorities, the Irish courts take his children away and puts them in orphanages. Vowing to reunite his family, he challenges Irish law before the Supreme Court and makes history in the process.
When an Irish farmer dies, his sole heir Donal is left some land; but Donal hasn’t inherited much in terms of social skills. Despite the encouragement of his best mate, he finds it hard to talk to women, and in frustration turns to the internet where he hooks up with Kiwi call-girl Kim. A woman with a business mind, she has plans to open her own brothel, a dream Donal decides to help her realize.