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It was a happy Pride all round this weekend in the fair city of film, as the first announcements started coming in for GAZE 2018. Ireland’s top LGBT film festival were present in Smithfield at the weekend, giving Pride revellers a sneak peak at their programme for this year. They’ll be back in Smithfield for the August Bank Holiday weekend, and have now made the first of their announcements for screenings and advance ticket sales ahead of the GAZE 2018 official programme launch on July 10th.

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As anyone who has seen The Shining will tell you, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. We’re pretty sure the moral of that particular story was to party hard and enjoy the summer outdoors after being cooped up all winter. This July, BrewDog are offering the opportunity to do just that, promising craft beer, classic movies and live music, at their Cinematic Circus.

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Is this the greatest show? The Greatest Showman didn’t make a huge impression with critics when it was released in Ireland at the start of this year, but that must show what critics know…the film has become a mega-hit worldwide, with remarkable staying power. The cast recording of the musical’s songs is still No. 2 in the Official Irish Albums Chart, having spent 25 weeks charting, and despite being released in January, there are still screenings of the film at the likes of Movies@Swords/Dundrum. Thanks to Retro-Drive In though, those aren’t your only avenues to see The Greatest Showman this summer.

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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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This May, the Cinemagic Film and Television Festival for Young People returns to Dublin from its annual film festival. From May 10th-20th, a bursting schedule featuring 100 events including world cinema screenings, film and television masterclasses, school workshops, Q&As and young critics panels will set out to inspire and motivate young film fans.

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The Irish Film Institute yesterday announced a pair of programmes that fit perfectly in our paranoid times. This May, the IFI will present ‘Trust No One’, a season of classic political thrillers from around the world. Running alongside that will be ‘Fake Views’, a combined effort with the Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin.

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Multi award winning actress and Ireland’s own Saoirse Ronan will be presenting her most recent acclaimed film at a special screening in Cineworld this May, in association with the Cinemagic Film Festival. A patron of Cinemagic, Lady Bird herself will be taking part in a Q&A session before showing the film. Just don’t ask what if this is the best version of herself.

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It’s a good month for festivals in the fair city of film. With the East Asia Film Festival opening last night at the IFI and the Japanese Film Festival kicking off throughout the country this weekend, the time is perfect to get out of the April showers and into a cinema. Also this month is the return of the Dublin Sci-Fi Film Festival, and last night the festival held a launch party in the Generator Hostel in Smithfield. With the launch complete and the full schedule of films now announced, the second year of one of Dublin’s top film festivals is ready to get underway at the end of the month.

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