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Returning to the fair city of film for it fourth year, the Dublin Greek Film Festival 2018 will present features, documentaries and short films from Greece along with special events at the Chester Beatty, The New Theatre and The Sugar Club this week.

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For decades, Nick Cave has kept up an impressive juggling act of many creative talents. The Aussie has won plaudits as a songwriter, a screenwriter, atop live performer, and a unique vocalist – but above all the Bad Seeds frontman is considered a storyteller, and his skills as a storyteller will be celebrated at the Light House Cinema this June.

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The second Dublin Bowie Festival will take place citywide this January, beginning on Thursday 5th of January and continuing until Tuesday the 10th, the one year anniversary of David Bowie’s death. With last year’s festival happening to coincide with that event, interest was naturally high and the festival is already expanding considerably, with a programme of live music, Q&A panels and more, celebrating the impact that David Bowie had on art and pop culture. Included in that, of course, is a look at the musician’s work in film, with the Light House Cinema set to host a number of screenings of Bowie-related cinema in January 2017.

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Directors: Ester Gould, Reijer Zwaan Featuring: Luis Camacho, Oliver Crumes, Salim Gauwloos, Jose Xtravaganza, Kevin Stea, Carlton Wilborn Running Time: 83 minutes


It is always worth keeping in mind that despite depicting events that happened in reality, documentaries present a narrative like any other kind of film. At the time it was released, Madonna: Truth or Dare was the highest-grossing documentary of all time, depicted a world tour decried as ‘Satanic’ by the Vatican and for a time made icons and inspirations out of the Blond Ambition tour’s charismatic and cut-from-marble dancers. The film actively courted controversy, having the audacity to show young men, partying, kissing each other (“even” wails a news report) and hanging with one of the world’s biggest and most divisive stars. That documentary had one narrative, now there is another. Strike A Pose allows the reality depicted in Truth or Dare a victory lap of sorts before showing another side of the events that played out at that time, as well as showing how the men involved in the film have been affected in the years since.

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2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Aliens, James Cameron’s follow up to Ridley Scott’s original and terrifying sci-fi horror Alien. A number of events are happening worldwide to mark the occasion, inlcuding a special screening of the film at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

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