Acclaimed filmmaker Alan Gilsenan – known for his portraits of Liam Clancy (The Yellow Bittern), Roger Casement, Gore Vidal and more – has turned his lens on groundbreaking doctor Ivor Browne in The Wonder Eye (showing at Irish Film Institute as part of the First Fortnight festival). The now retired Professor Emeritus at UCD and chief Eastern Health Board psychiatrist ruffled a few establishment feathers...
NOW in its 28th year, ‘Cannes on the Corrib’ aka the Galway Film Fleadh is happening this week. One of the many films screening is Borderland, an investigation into the EU policies that contribute to the refugee crisis by a pair of Irish filmakers. Co-director Paul Webster spoke to me about the documentary and his previous film, Let Those Blues In, the extraordinary story of Navan harmonica...
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The Dublin Tiger Fringefest is under way this fortnight with a packed programme of provocative performances, pushing at the boundaries of what art can do to explore the human condition. Fiona Smith has sifted through the programme to select her highlights of this year’s line-up, with some chosen for their fascinating subject matter dealing with mental health issues, some for their vibrant, uplifting qualities –...
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FIRST Fortnight is delighted to unveil its second podcast of 2015 featuring filmmaker Frank Berry. Frank’s latest film, I Used To Live Here, has just been released in Irish cinemas and last year picked up the Best First Feature Award at the Galway Film Fleadh.