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The Irish Film and Television Academy commenced its 15th anniversary year today with the announcement of their line-up of nominations for the 2018 IFTA Awards.

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Director: Mick Jackson Starring: Rachel Weisz, Timothy Spall, Tom Wilkinson, Andrew Scott Running Time: 110 minutes


The atmosphere of Western politics in the last 12 months has quickly turned ‘timely’ into one of the most overused phrases in film criticism, with any film past or present that’s even remotely similar to current events now given the label. However with Denial depicting an Anti-Semite, who literally causes a judge to ask if his twisting of the facts regarding the Holocaust can be called lies if they’re what he genuinely believes, timely is definitely the word, to the point where the unrelenting news cycle rendered it more relevant walking out of the screening than it had been walking into it. Relevant and informative, as a film Denial is as blunt as its subject Deborah E. Lipstadt has been about the obvious incorrectness of Holocaust deniers like David Irving and the motivation behind their lies. Its message is important in the face of ‘alternate facts’, but the film struggles in getting beneath the surface of Lipstadt and Irving’s legal battle.

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With 2016 drawing to a close, it’s time to start looking ahead to what 2017 will have to offer for film fans in Dublin. With that in mind, it’s exciting to watch as next year’s edition of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival continues to take shape. Two new films, including next year’s Closing Gala, have been added to the lineup.

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As you may remember, Irish cinema will be represented at the Toronto International Film Festival by The Secret Scripture, Unless, Maudie and Without Name, Northern Irish Film The Journey and the Irish co-production Forever Pure. Handsome Devil directed by John Butler (The Stag) and Gerard Barrett’s Brain on Fire (Glassland) have just been announced as additions to the line-up. That brings the total of Irish productions being recognised at the festival to a whopping eight.

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