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The Kerry International Film Festival have announced a new submission category for their festival, to develop a wider range of stories and experiences. The ‘All Abilities’ category now open for the 2021 edition of the festival aims to promote awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and the artistic expressions of people with, or from people of, different abilities and disabilities.
 

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Director: Taylor Sheridan Starring: Angelina Jolie, Aidan Gillen, Nicholas Hoult, Jon Bernthal, Medina Senghore, Finn Little Running Time: 100 minutes


Taylor Sheridan can dine out in Hollywood for some time to come still off the back of his Sicario script. The films that he’s gone on to direct – some good (Hell or High Water), some less so (Wind River) have struck a similar tone to that star-making work, serious but pulpy adult thrillers, simple stories of heists, hunts and murders that tried to ground themselves in real-American lives, the kind of stories of people struggling and suffering that you’d be as likely to see on John Oliver as on the big screen.

 

Sheridan’s latest Those Who Wish Me Dead is on the same page as those stories, but maybe comes in a paperback. It’s the kind of movie you used to get all the time in the 90s – your Peacemakers, your Paybacks, your Patriot Games – that relied on a few scenes of action and the wattage of a good star. Action thrillers, made for grown ups but not too high-brow. Those Who Wish Me Dead delivers this like a ready-meal, nothing mind-blowing but nice, filling and gets the job done, thanks to some strong storytelling from Sheridan and the draw of Angelina Jolie.

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Nature, some might say, is healing. We have a long way to go before the Covid-19 pandemic can be described in the past tense – if ever – but here in Ireland, as time slowly starts to reshape into having the vaguest semblance of meaning, cinemas are set to reopen. Next Monday 7th June is the big date, with some chains taking bookings already, the IFI returning on the 10th, while the Light House Cinema will be back on the 25th.

 

If you’re feeling safe and ready to return to the cinema over the summer months though, the last year and a half of postponements and cancellations might have you wondering, what exactly is coming out anyway? We’re going to attempt to answer that, with a look ahead to some of the currently slated Irish releases in Summer 2021.

 

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The team at Light House are beyond excited to announce that they are re-opening their doors (again!) on Friday June 25thOur friends at one of Dublin’s best cinemas have been eagerly anticipating the reopening for so long and have saved fans in the fair city of film a seat for when they finally swing their doors open in three weeks time.

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The latest information is that cinemas will be open again at reduced capacity from June 7th. While news, reviews and events in the fair city of film remain a little thinner on the ground, Film In Dublin is still taking an occasional look at What’s On…The Shelf, taking a deeper dive in to some of the films in their personal collections. This time, Luke Dunne sings the praises of unjustly forgotten 90s family film, Mouse Hunt.

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In the most recent issue of our zine Pretty Deadly Films, illustrator Amy Lauren McGrath contributed an art piece on Scarface under our theme of ‘Reboots, Returns, Revivals’. Film In Dublin and Amy are now making a limited run of A4 prints of this piece available, with all proceeds going to support medical relief in Palestine.

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As we head into the summer, the enriching experiences of various arts and cultural festivals and events increasingly arrive on our radar. Hosting events online offers new possibilities, while many of us all also gumming for something in person, film or otherwise. The Carlow Arts Festival returns this June 2021, currently offering a combination of live, digital and virtual experiences.

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Traditionally, the Fastnet Film Festival takes place annually in Schull, County Cork, a selection of cinema under the shadow of Mount Gabriel. In May 2021, the festival will be delivered entirely online, with over 300 shorts from Ireland and abroad available to view completely free this week.

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Many a movie lover in the fair city of film is dying for the day when cinemas are back open again, but as we all know, a cinema is only as good as its programming. At the Light House Cinema in Smithfield and the Pálas in Galway, that selection is curated by Charlene Lydon, a genuine buff with a storied career and a fine eye for film. 

In the latest Movie Memories, Film In Dublin spoke with Charlene to get more info on her own background, the secrets to a good slate of cinema and her hopes for the future as the chance of a return to Screen 1 becomes an ever so slightly bright light projected on the end of a long, uncertain tunnel.

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