Irish Film Festival



002_001 (2)Event: Irish Film Festival Celebrates The Past, Present And Future

Where: Chauvel Cinema, 249 Oxford Street, Paddington NSW

When:  Thursday 7th – Sunday 10th April, 2016

Cost: $30* Opening Night (includes Opening Night Gala Reception); $20* Full Price; $15* Concession; (excludes Opening Night); * Transaction fee applies ($1.30).  Book at 02 9361 5398 or
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The 2nd annual Irish Film Festival returns in 2016 boasting a melting pot of films to provide a window into Irish culture. The Festival will open in Sydney on Thursday 7th April until Sunday 10th April, 2016. The Festival screens at the Chauvel Cinema, Paddington and will present eight feature films and three shorts. (See Screenings below).

A Terrible Hullabaloo (1)From action packed mob chases, to weekend love affairs, and films to commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising, the Irish Film Festival presents audiences with the very best of contemporary Irish culture. Ireland has a rich history of struggle for social justice and the films programmed in the 2016 Festival uncover rich and rare stories that capture the spirit of the Emerald Isle.

Festival Director, Dr Enda Murray says:

The films in the festival shine a light on contemporary Ireland. The big story in Ireland this year is the commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising which saw Ireland strike for its freedom from British colonial rule. It’s easy to see some parallels with Australia and the debate around the impact of a republic. Why was it such a big deal in Ireland? You’ll have to come and see the films!

 The opening night celebrations (Thursday 07th April,)gl_4_1445 include a screening of Glassland. Glassland stars Australia’s own Toni Collette as an alcoholic mother whose addiction pushes her son into the underground world of human trafficking. The award winning film has been praised for its two leads’ bold and understated performances which saw Collete nominated for an Irish Film and Television Award and co-star Jack Reynor taking out the World Cinema Special Jury Prize for Acting at the Sundance Film Festival.

The opening night gala screening will also include a pre-screening reception hosted by The Consulate of Ireland. Irish food, drink and music are guaranteed to flow, providing movie goers at the Chauvel with a taste of Ireland in Sydney.

Other films on the bill include the landmark documentary 1916: The Irish Rebellion (Friday 8th April), which examines the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin and the subsequent events that led to the establishment of an independent Irish State and indirectly to the breakup of the British Empire. Narrated by acclaimed actor and Irishman, Liam Neeson, this is a fresh look at the events and their significance in Irish and international history.

Jackie O' Sullivan (102 from Killarney)Continuing the theme of the Easter Rising, After ’16 (Friday 8th April) presents 9 short films in a range of styles from animation to live action, drama and documentaries that capture the filmmakers’ responses to the events that took place in 1916. Older Than Ireland (Sunday 10th April), is a touching documentary that looks into the lives of centenarians, people who were born in the dawn of Irish Independence and the immense social, political and technological change they encountered throughout their lives.

Something that will have the little one’s bursting with delight, the Festival has programmed their first family film with and the critically acclaimed Irish folk animation Song of the Sea (Saturday 9th April). The film follows the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse, the last seal-child, who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea.

Ruth_Bradley_Pursuit[1]For a modern turn, Pursuit (Sat 9th April), takes audiences on a high speed chase with a contemporary take on the Irish legend of Diarmuid and Gráinne. This road-movie employs all the great aspects of a truly engaging thriller – pursuit of power, class, love and the chance to start again.

Relationships are also a focus of the Festival with Lost in the Living Lost in the Living_Still_002_klein copy(Sunday 10th April), a complicated love story set in Berlin. The director of Lost in the Living, Robert Manson will introduce his film in person as well as attend the opening night of the Festival. Game of Thrones’ Aidan Gillen, stars in You’re Ugly Too (Saturday 9th April), which won Best Irish First Feature at the 2015 Galway Film Fleadh and is a touching take on modern family relationships.

Three stand out shorts also compliment the program. Two of the shorts explore aspects of being Irish and in Australia. @HOME Short Film Image 2@Home looks at Melbourne’s ageing Irish community using social media to close the distance between Ireland and Australia, while Follow the Rainbow to Ireland follows the Sydney Queer Irish group as they prepare to march in the 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras ahead of the Irish marriage equality referendum. A third short, Ballsy, is an uplifting documentary on a cancer sufferer’s search for meaning in the world.

The Irish Film Festival provides an essential window onto contemporary Irish culture for all Australians. Whether you’re of Irish heritage or just have an affection for the Emerald Isle and its people, the Irish Film Festival is a must.


Thursday 7th April:
7:30 pm – Opening Night Gala Reception;
9.00pm –  Glassland

Friday 8th April:
6:30 pm – 1916: The Irish Rebellion; 8:45 pm After ‘16

Saturday 9th April:
2:00 pm – Song of the Sea;
6:30 pm – You’re Ugly Too;
8:45 pm –  Pursuit;
10:00 pm – Festival Party @ the Gaelic Club, Surry Hills.

The Irish Film Festival will party late into the night on Saturday night with  a midnight performance of his new show The Man from Moogaga by Irish comedian and musician Aindrias de Staic (The Hardy Bucks, The Jig Gig) – direct from a sold out run in Dublin.

Sunday 10th April:
4:00 pm –  Older than Ireland;
6:30 pm –  Lost in The Living

Festival Director: Dr Enda V Murray BSc MA DCA

Enda Murray is an award winning filmmaker and educator with 26 years’ experience in the industry having worked in Ireland, USA, England and Australia. Enda Murray’s work has featured in many international film festivals and on BBC, RTE, ABC, NITV, Maori TV, SBS and other international broadcasters.

Assistant Director: Loretta Cosgrove

Loretta Cosgrove is one of the leading Art Directors in the Australian film industry. Loretta started her career in Ireland with TV3 and TG4 and has gone on to work on major productions including ‘Australia’ and ‘Wolverine’. Her latest art directing work can be seen on ‘Redfern Now’, ‘The Principal’ and ‘Last Cab to Darwin’. Loretta is passionate about film and all things Irish.

Thanks to our sponsors

The Irish Film Festival is supported by The Consulate of Ireland, Culture Ireland in Dublin, The Irish Film Institute in Dublin, The Irish National Association (INA), The Irish Film Board and a host of generous commercial sponsors.