The IFI Documentary Festival 2018 pulls no punches this September


The acclaimed documentary Katie is the standout pick among another programme of interesting documentaries screening at the Irish Film Institute’s annual Documentary Festival. The festival will  run this September from Wednesday 26th to Sunday 30th, and Katie director Ross Whitaker will be in attendance after his film’s showing on the Saturday for a Q&A session with the audience.

Under the direction of by Whitaker, Katie follows the champion boxer Katie Taylor as she attempts to rebuild her career after a year of turmoil that threatened to derail her career.

Katie Taylor has won six amateur European championships, five world amateur championships and is an Olympic Gold Medal winner from the London 2012 Olympic Games.  She turned professional after a disastrous campaign at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which saw her crash out in the first round despite being favourite to win.  The film unravels the deeply personal reasons behind the career low and shows the champions grit and determination to start over as a professional. Taylor won her first world title within a year and became the first woman in history to headline her own Sky Sports show.  She added the IBF title to her WBA crown and is now one of only seven professional women boxers to hold unified titles across the different weight divisions in the sport. The documentary had its Irish premiere earlier this summer at the Galway Film Fleadh, winning the festival’s award for Best Irish Feature Documentary and now it makes its eagerly awaited debut in Dublin at the IFI DocFest.

The IFI Documentary Festival is loaded with plenty of interesting films from Ireland and abroad, including a spot specifically for Irish shorts to provide bite-sized insights from Irish filmmakers. With audiences changing and the potential for more eyes on documentaries than ever before, the panel discussion on Documentary Making In Ireland Today is sure to be a revelatory afternoon, where Irish and international speakers will discuss the challenges and successes they have experienced in getting documentaries made.

A full list of the documentaries showing during the IFI Documentary Festival 2018 is listed below. Tickets for all events at the festival are available now, including a special deal of a 5 film pass for €45 from the IFI box office.

Wednesday 26th September Time             
Minding the Gap 8:00pm
Thursday 27th September Time 
The Life After 6:20pm
The Curious Works of Roger Doyle 8:45pm
Friday 28th September Time
Panel – Documentary Making in Ireland Today 12:00pm
 An Engineer Imagines 2:00pm
A Woman Captured 4:30pm
Saturday 29th September Time
 Irish Shorts Programme 1.30pm
Losing Alaska 3:40pm
Gurrumul 2:30pm
Our New President 5:40pm
Katie 8:00pm
Sunday 30th September Time
The Man Who Wanted to Fly 1.30pm
Lovers of the Night 3.30pm
The Judge 4.00pm
When All Is Ruin Once Again 5.40pm
Island 6.00pm
The Silence of Others 8.30pm
Luke Dunne
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Luke is a writer, film addict and Dublin native who loves how much there is for film fans in his home county. A former writer for FilmFixx and the Freakin' Awesome Network, he founded Film In Dublin to pursue his dual dreams of writing about film and never sleeping ever again.

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