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The 2018 Irish Film and Television Academy Film and Drama Awards were held in Dublin last night. The awards, a celebration of the last year for Irish talent, Irish film and scripted drama, took place in the Mansion House, with Deirdre O’Kane hosting the occasion. Frank Berry’s Michael Inside was among the big winners on the night, picking up the award for Best Film. Aisling Walsh was the winner of Best Director for her work on Maudie, while stars Saoirse Ronan, Barry Keoghan and Cillian Murphy were among the winners in the acting categories. John Connors, star of hit crime drama Cardboard Gangsters, was the winner in the Best Actor category, and made a moving speech celebrating his success in spite of the difficulty he faces getting cast as a member of the Travelling community.

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Director: Luc Besson Starring: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, Rihanna, John Goodman Running Time: 137 mins


There’s a great chase sequence near the beginning of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets in which the characters exist simultaneously in two alternate dimensions. One a colorful, expansive and beautiful looking desert world filled with wide-eyed consumers; the other an over-packed, messy and dangerous market planet, where the possibility of adventure (or disaster) lies around every corner. Much like this inter-dimensional marketplace, the film seems to exist in two separate states at once. And, much like the characters, viewers will likely find themselves torn between the two. Valerian is awful. But it’s also kind of amazing. And damn if it’s not great to look at!Read more…

Director: Aisling Walsh Starring: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Kari Matchett Runtime: 116 minutes


What you notice straight away about Maudie isn’t it’s main character, but its setting. Based and shot in Nova Scotia, Canada, our story enfolds amidst the crashing of waves, the howling of winds and the bitter cold breezes that role off of the Atlantic. “There’s a kind of bleakness in that landscape”, says director Aisling Walsh, “it’s very much like the west of Ireland”. However, just like our stunning western shores, there is a haunting and harsh beauty to be found amongst it all, full of colours that can range from sullen to vibrant and vistas that survey both normal, everyday life and the various marvels of the landscape. It is, in many ways, the perfect setting for a story like Maudie, about a couple’s turbulent journey to finding happiness.

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The full programme for the 2017 Audi Dublin International Film Festival has been announced, with a very exciting selection of films. Seàna Kerslake, festival director Grainne Humphreys and Richard Molley, Head of Marketing and Product at Audi Ireland were on hand Wednesday morning at the Hugh Lane Gallery for a photo call for Dublin’s biggest film festival, which spans from the 16th to the 26th of February. The 15th edition since its revival in 2003, the festival’s programme was officially launched at Eden Quay’s Laughter Lounge yesterday evening. Kerslake, star of A Date For Mad Mary and one of Ireland’s fast-rising acting talents, will be on the jury this year for the ADIFF Discovery Award. Featuring eagerly anticipated films from Ireland and around the world and a number of special guests, February 2017 promises to be the most exciting time of the year for Dublin film fans, spanning righy across the screens of the city’s cinemas, including the Savoy, Light House, Cineworld and IFI.

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Luc Besson is back, returning to big budget science fiction for the first time in 20 years. That film, The Fifth Element was charming, bright and ridiculous, like a comic book come to life. Owing more to Flash Gordon than Star Wars, the film offered jaw-dropping visuals coupled with quirky performances elevating it above the normal summer blockbuster fare.

Now the first trailer has dropped for Besson’s latest film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Adapted from the long-running French Valérian and Laureline created by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières, while it certainly looks spectacular, it can’t help but feel a little familiar.

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At the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room was the winner of the Grolsch People’s Choice Award, recognition from the TIFF audience that begun Room‘s journey to Oscar-winning success. One year later, the Irish film industry continues to receive international spotlight, with three major films supported by support of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) being selected for this year’s edition of the prestigious Canadian film festival.

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